Letter to the Guardian: we reject the call for the expulsion of Ken Livingstone

Letter was published in the Guardian on 13 April

Dear Sir or Madam,

As Jewish and non-Jewish members and supporters of the Labour Party, we reject the call from supporters of Zionism and the Labour Right for the expulsion of Ken Livingstone. [Jewish Labour members say Livingstone must go, April 6th]

Those who call for a new disciplinary hearing simply because they didn’t like the conclusions of the previous one, demonstrate their contempt for democracy and due process.

A year ago Livingstone, responding to a question from Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London, said: ‘Let’s remember when Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism.’

There is nothing whatsoever anti-Semitic about this.  Francis Nicosia, the Raul Hilberg Professor of Holocaust Studies at Vermont University wrote in his book Zionism and Anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany (p. 79) that:

‘Throughout the 1930s, as part of the regime’s determination to force Jews to leave Germany, there was almost unanimous support in German government and Nazi party circles for promoting Zionism among German Jews’   Is telling the truth also anti-Semitic?

Support for Zionism can go hand in hand with anti-Semitism. What the campaign against Livingstone is really about is his long-standing support for the Palestinians and his opposition to Zionism and the policies of the Israeli state.

Those who help to throw Livingstone overboard today are preparing the way for Jeremy Corbyn’s removal tomorrow.

Yours faithfully,

Tony Greenstein  Brighton Kemptown CLP

Jackie Walker  South Thanet CLP

Miriam Margolyes OBE  Lambeth & Vauxhall CLP

Professor Richard Seaford Exeter CLP

Professor (emeritus) Moshé Machover  Hampstead & Kilburn CLP

Professor Bill Bowring  School of Law Birkbeck College

Professor (Emeritus) Jonathan Rosenhead  Hackney South and Shoreditch CLP

Professor Haim Bresheeth School of Oriental and African Studies

Dr Tanzil Chowdhury  School of Law University of Manchester

(Emeritus Professor) Wade Mansell Thanet North CLP

Professor Chris Knight  Streatham CLP

Malcolm Adlington  Derby’s Dales CLP

John Airs               Riverside CLP

Jane Airs                Riverside CLP

sharif ali                Preston CLP

Zulfqar Ali            Tower Hamlets CLP

Anne Alidina        Horsham CLP

Andy Almashoor      Exmouth CLP

Dr Ben Alofs         Arfon North-West Wales CLP

Ali Alzoubi            Oxford CLP

Maureen Arnaiz   Bristol South

Dave Atkin           York outer CLP

Susan Atkins        Sheffield Central CLP

rosalind austin      Camberwell and Peckham CLP

Clare N. Ayton-Edwards    Kenilworth & Southam CLP

Mohammed Aziz

Mo Aziz                 Dulwich and West Norwood CLP.

Claude Baesens,  Warwick and Leamington Spa CLP

Agnès Baetens     Brighton Pavilion CLP

Chris Bailey          Cambridge CLP

David Bangs         Brighton Kemptown CLP

James Bardsley

Jean Scott-Barr    Reading CLP

Terry Barry           Dulwich and West Norwood CLP

Roger Barton        Bournemouth East CLP

Graham Bash       South Thanet CLP

Labina Basit         Uxbridge and South Ruislip CLP

Mark Battison

Mary Beaman

Gilly Bean

Janet Beattie        York Central CLP

Peter Benson        Thurrock CLP

Jillian Beresford   Loughborough CLP

David Berkeley    Plymouth Sutton and Devonport CLP

Frances Bernstein                Leeds East CLP

Marie Berry

Karen Bett            Eastwood CLP

Martyn Wood-Bevan         Swansea West CLP

Kelvin Bland

Rick Blyth             South West Devon CLP

Suzy Blyth            South West Devon CLP

Jen Borel               Portsmouth CLP

Alfred Bouch        Hastings and Rye CLP

Robert Bowles      Ashton Under Lyne CLP

Bill Bowring          Colchester CLP

Chris Brace           York Central CLP

Simon Brace         Gedling CLP

Andy Bramley

Julia Bray              Dartford CLP

Nicole Brennan

Susan Brock         Eastleigh CLP

Dave Brokenshire                Cambridge CLP

Alison Brown        Walthamstow CLP

Andrew Bryant    Bristol West CLP

Professor Ray Bush            University of Leeds

Neil Cameron       Sheffield Central CLP

Catherine Campbell            Stretford & Urmston CLP

Val Cane               NUT

David Carrier

Andrew Carter      Coldharbour and New Eltham CLP

Avis Carter            Brighton, Pavilion CLP

Piers Carter           Forest of Dean CLP

Jane Casmally     South East Cambridgeshire CLP

G M Casmally      South East Cambridgeshire CLP

Maria Cavaliere   Luton South CLP

Allan Challenger Gorton CLP

Trevor Challenger                Taunton Deane CLP

Stephen Chambers              International member

Dave Chappell     Fire Brigades Union Exeter

Caroline Charlton                Birmingham Hall Green CLP

Helen Chessum

Simon Childs.       Preseli Pembrokeshire CLP

Brian Chinnery    Enfield Southgate CLP

Sahail Chohan     Heeley CLP

Jason Chrisostomou           Stevenage CLP

Bob Clark             Camberwell & Peckham

Carl Clarke           Richmond CLP

Ted Clement-Evans

Steve Coates        Bradford South CLP

Steven Cockrill     Liverpool Riverside CLP

Sylvia Cohen        Momentum

Michael Coleman                Hampstead & Kilburn CLP

Lindsey J Colvin

Steve Cooke         Stockton North CLP

Andy Coombes

Jan Coombs         Hornsey and Wood Green CLP

Max Cowell          Banbury Constituency Labour Party

Darrall Cozens     Coventry NW CLP

Michael Craig       N Ireland Labour Party

Amanda Crawford              Labour International

Cristina Soler Crespo

Dr Don Crewe       Leeds Beckett University

Paul Crofts            Wellingborough CLP

Jackie Crookston South West Norfolk CLP

Gillian Cruddace  Easington CLP

Victoria Cuckson                 Bootle CLP

Leta Cullen           GedlingCLP

Mike Cushman    Streatham CLP

Deborah Darnes   Congleton CLP

Patrick Darnes

Chris Davies         Ashfield CLP

John Davies          Liverpool Riverside CLP

Malcolm Davis    Bristol South CLP

Chris de Cordova

Anya-Nicola Darr                East Devon CLP

Chris Davies

Yvonne Davies    Chester CLP

julie dent               Islington South & Finsbury CLP

Helen Dickson      Wavertree CLP Liverpool

David Dillon         International member

Neil Donaldson    Telford CLP

Roger Dow            Wells CLP

Peter Dowse          Bretton Peterborough CLP

Tom Dragicevic   Brentford and Isleworth CLP

Elizabeth Dudley Hornsey and Wood Green CLP

Ian Dudley            Croydon North CLP

Bridget Dunne      Hampstead and Kilburn CLP.

Graham Durham UNITE the Union Rep

Sally Eason

Andy Edwards     Garston and Halewood CLP

Mark Elf                Barking CLP

Michael Ellman   North Islington CLP

Janette Evans       Finchley & Golders Green CLP

Peter Evans

Barry Farnworth  Unite

Dr Catherine Farnworth

BRIAN FAUX      Ceredigion CLP

Ian Ferrie               Hampstead and Kilburn CLP

Arye Finkle           Barnet CLP

Andy Fiore            North Essex CLP

PETE FIRMIN     Hampstead & Kilburn CLP

Michael Foulkes  Hove and Portslade CLP

Jenny Flintoft       Meon Valley CLP

Gerry Flintoft        Meon Valley CLP

Sabine Ebert-Forbes            Keighley CLP

Mike Eggboro

Philip Foxe            Enfield Southgate CLP

Austin France       Chorley CLP

Roisin Francis       Hampstead & Kilburn CLP

Annie Franklin     Islington South CLP

Ed Fredenburgh

Kenny Fryde         Cambridge CLP

Oliver Gaggs         Cambridge CLP

Rita Gaggs            Cambridge CLP

Terry Gallogly      York CLP

Janis Garbutt        Gloucester CLP

Donna Gardner

Rob Gardiner        Huntingdon CLP

Chris Gaynor        GMB

Katie Gibbins        Sheffield

Ian Gibson            Edinburgh South CLP

John L Gibson      North Thanet CLP

Daphne Gilbert     Hexham CLP

Esther Giles           Bristol NW CLP

Stuart Goodman  Finchley& Golders Green CLP/Member Jewish Socialists’ Group

Peter Gorbach      Hove and Portslade CLP

Andrew Yungé GORDON  Labour Party International (Germany)

Annette Gossett   Hornsey and Wood Green CLP

Roger Gordon

David R Graham Brentfordand Isleworth CLP

Bill Grant               Luton North CLP

Sue Grant              Exeter CLP

Elleanne Green     Cities of London and Westminster CLP

Janet Green           Holborn and St Pancras

John Green            Ealing CLP

Ian Grigg-Spall     Canterbury CLP

Sarah Grimstone Mirfield CLP

Rhisiart Gwilym

Dr James Hall       South Cambridgeshire CLP

Martin Hall           Wythenshawe and Sale East CLP

Tim Halpin           Brighton Kemptown CLP

Robert Hasell       Lewisham East CLP

Pauline Hammerton           Manchester Central

Peter Hammerton                Penistone and Stocksbridge CLP

Luke Hammond

Jenny Hardacre   South Cambridgeshire CLP

Elsa Hardman-Clark          Truro and Falmouth CLP

Jackie Hardy

David Harrison    Batley & Spen CLP

NEIL HARVEY

Abe Hayeem        Harrow East  CLP

Rosamine Hayeem             Harrow East  CLP

Nina Heaton

Malcolm Hecks   Chippenham CLP

Councillor Claudia Hector                 Hampstead and Kilburn CLP

Iain Hedley           Berwick-upon-Tweed CLP

Varinia Heidel      Luton South CLP

Keith Henderson  Clacton-on-Sea CLP/GMB

Mike Higgins        Doncaster CLP

Karolin Hijazi       Aberdeenshire West CLP

David Hillman     Oxford East CLP

Simon Hinds

John Holloway     Stretford and Urmston CLP

Doug Holton         Hackney North Labour Party

Hannah Hookes  Liverpool Riverside CLP

Mike Homfray     Bootle CLP

Alan Horton         West Cornwall CLP

Dave Horton        Stockport CLP

Anna Hubbard     Southport CLP

Sally Hughes        Thirsk and Malton CLP

Ian Hunter            Halewood and Garston CLP

Richie Hunter       Liverpool Riverside CLP

Patrick Hunter      Hendon CLP

Zaed Hussain       Hyndburn CLP

Emma Spurgin Hussey       Truro and Falmouth CLP

Philip A. Hutchinson           Burton & Uttoxeter CLP

Diana Isserlis        Thornbury and Yate

Pat Irwin                High Peak CLP

Andy Jackson      Isle of Wight CLP

Gary Jakings         Peterborough CLP

Selma James

Steve Jansky

Peter Jenner          Leeds NW CLP

Martin John          Sheffield Central CLP

Jack Johnson        “Labour International.”

Chris Jones            Vice Chair Conwy County Peace Group

Clifford Jones       Sefton CLP

Matthew Jones     Cathcart CLP, Glasgow

Phil Jones              resigned from Labour Party over Livingstone witch hunt

Ashley Jordan      Bexhill & Battle CLP

Caroline Juler       Preseli Pembrokeshire CLP

Åsa Karolina        Hove CLP

john keen              North Herefordshire CLP

Cllr Terry Kelly     Renfrewshire Council

Gill Kennard         Chatham & Aylesford CLP

Lloyd Kennedy    Horsham CLP

Faraz Khan           Cambridge CLP

David Kilcyzcki

Eleanor Kilroy      Winchester CLP

Jennifer King        Dover and Deal CLP

lynda kirkbride     Membership number;- L1641569

Ruth Knight          Slough CLP

Bev Krell               Cheadle Constituency.

David Lancaster  York Central

Professor Conrad Lashley West Bridgford CLP, Nottingham

Sandra Law

Geoff Lee              Holborn and St Pancras CLP

Claire Lees            Riverside CLP

Mara Leverkuhn Salford and Eccles CLP

Susanne Levin     City and Westminster CLP

Richard Lightbown

Richard Lines       Portsmouth CLP

Debbie Litchfield                 Don Valley CLP

Mary Lloyd          Southampton Itchen CLP

Elizabeth Lock     Oxford CLP

John Lohrenz       South West Surrey CLP

Ian Lowery           South West Bedfordhire  CLP

Marie Lynam       Hamsptead and Kilburn CLP

Jenny Lynn           Halifax CLP

Sangeeta Lyons

Doug Macari        Canterbury CLP

Ian MacDonald   Edinburgh South CLP

Ilana Machover

Rev. Dr Duncan Macpherson           Twickenham CLP

Wendy Madden

Dr Alan Maddison               Houghton & Sunderland South CLP

Andy Maguire      South Down and Strangford CLP

Beryl Maizels       Registered supporter

Victoria Malcolm                Ceredigion CLP

Kay Manasseh     Streatham CLP

Patrick Mansfield                Former Bristol South CLP

Sherry Marks        Chippenham CLP

Valerie Marriott   Loughborough CLP

Glenn Martin        Walsall south

Becky Massey     Hove and Portslade CLP

Kathy McCubbing              Reading East CLP

Rachelle Mcevilly                Sefton CLP

Michael McEvoy Feltham CLP

Ray McHale         Ellesmere Port & Neston CLP

Timothy McHale                 Alyn & Deeside CLP

Mark McKenzie   Islington South CLP

Steve Mckenzie   Bexhill and Battle CLP

Ellen McNay        Sunderland Central CLP

Jim McSporran    Bracknell CLP

melanie melvin    Brighton Kemptown CLP

Jim Merritt

John Metson         Leeds North East CLP

Merlo Michell       Saffron Walden CLP

Anna Miller           Bury CLP

Anna Miller           Saffron Walden CLP

Jay Millington

Carole Milner

Susan Milner

Angie Mindel        Nottingham East CLP

Ghazala  Mir        Leeds NE CLP

Anne Mitchell       Hove and Portslade CLP

Doug Moffatt       Durham City CLP

Kenneth Mogford

Bev Molineaux    Keighley CLP

Fiona Monro        Brighton Kemptown CLP

Christine Mooney                North West Norfolk CLP

Geoff Moore        Henley CLP

Elizabeth Morley Ceredigion CLP

Shelley Morris

Patricia Morrison York Central CLP

Peter Morton        Labour supporter Medway

Jane Elise Muir

Margaret Mulheran             High Peak Constituency Labour Party

Ellen Musgrove    Norwich South CLP

Susan Naser

Diana Neslen        Ilford South CLP

John Newman      Huddersfield Palestine Support Network

Dr Ephraim Nimni

Graham Noble     Havant CLP

Paddy O’Keeffe   Brighton Kemptown CLP

Brian O’Leary      Chingford and Woodford Green CLP

Dennis O’Malley  Registered supporter Cambridge

Joseph O’Neill       Chester City CLP

Caroline O’Reilly Brighton Kemptown CLP

Edmond O’Reilly Brighton Kemptown CLP

James O’Sullivan East Worthing & Shoreham CLP

Darren Owen

Dave Owen           Hackney North CLP

Pam Page              Brighton Pavilion CLP

Mike Paling           Redcar CLP

Mike Parker          Literary Editor Tribune

Averil Parkinson  Cambridge CLP

llan Pearson          South Ribble CLP

Professor David Pegg          York Central constituency

Dr Miranda Pennell             Hackney South & Shoreditch CLP

Professor Anand Pillay       Labour International

David Pinto           Hammersmith CLP

Bob Pitt Holborn & St Pancras CLP

Daniel Platts         Wentworth & Dearne CLP

Edward Pope        Oxford West & Abingdon CLP

Nicola Pratt           Coventry South CLP

Jane Kitty Pride Kane

maureen Purcell   Worthing West CLP

Claire Pyper          Birmingham Momentum

Michelle Ramsay                Hove & Portslade CLP

Caroline Raine     Oxford East CLP

Susan Ram           Labour International

Elizabeth Ramsden

Roland Rance

Janine Reed          Islwyn CLP

Peter Reilly            Southport Labour Party

Iain Rendell          Rutland and Melton CLP

Andy Richards     Hove CLP

Frances Rifkin      Holborn and St Pancras CLP

David Riley

Mira Riley

Anne Robinson    Easington CLP

Heather Robinson               St Austell and Newquay CLP

Nick Robinson     Epping Forest CLP

Lee Rock               Sheffield Hallam CLP

Samantha Rogers                Don Valley CLP

Samantha Rogers                Rhondda CLP

Léa Rohan

Michael Rosen

Kal Ross                Riverside CLP

Rob Ross

Susan Ross,          Edinburgh East CLP

Daniel Rowe         Norwich south CLP

Jerry Rulf              Hove and Portslade LP

Adrian Rupp         Central Bedfordshire CLP

Kevin Russell        Bradford East CLP

Helen Rutherford                Chester

Ali Samhan           Penarth CLP

Jenny Sanderson Derbyshire Dales CLP

Steph Sankey

Paul Scott              Hampstead and Kilburn CLP

Sheila Scoular      Ilford North CLP

Rose Seabury       North Durham CLP

Amanda Sebestyen             Holborn and St Pancras PLC

Sam Semoff         Liverpool Riverside CLP

david serva

Awula Serwah      Brent Central CLP

Ashok Sethi

George Shaw        Barnet CLP

Sue Shaw              Henley CLP

Patrick Sheehan   Withington CLP

Janet Sheek          Berwick-Upon-Tweed CLP

Irene Shemaria

Raymond Shemilt               North Cornwall CLP

June Simmons      Brentwood and Ongar CLP

Donna Sloane      Saffron Walden CLP

Professor John Smith

Sally Spangle

Amanda Speed

Michael Spencer  CLP Halifax

Thomas Spencer

Dr Neal Spowage Leicester South CLP

Harry Stannard    Leicester West CLP

Peter Richard Stott              Moray CLP

Laura Stuart         Unite/Momentum

Tony Stuart

Paul Stygal.           Rochford & Southend East CLP

Helen Sutcliffe     Halifax CLP

Stephanie De-Sykes            Woking CLP

Inbar Tamari        Walthamstow CLP

Anne Tanner

Max Tasker          Clwyd West CLP

Ruth Thacker       Great Yarmouth CLP

John Thatcher      International member

Jean Thirtle           North Norfolk CLP

Natasha THODAY   Brighton Pavilion CLP

Daniel Thomas    Milton Keynes North CLP

Jack Thomas        Sefton Central CLP

Norman thomas  South Thanet CLP/Thanet Momentum

Susan Thomas     swansea east

Debbie Thompson               Mid Norfolk CLP

Graham Thorpe   Calderdale CLP

Steve Tiller            Hackney South CLP

Christine Tongue South Thanet CLP/Thanet Momentum

Julian Townsend  Camberwell and Peckham CLP

Norman Traub     Southend West CLP

Geoff Treasure     Weaver Vale CLP

Benjamin Treuhaft             Edinburgh North and Leith CLP

Kevin Treweeks   Sutton and Devonport CLP

Kevin Tulliver       Arfon CLP

Hugh Tunks          South Norfolk CLP

Ben Tunstall         Streatham CLP

Saras Udanpur

Steve Voros          Portsmouth North CLP

Carl Wain              South Leicestershire CLP

Paul Waley           Leeds University

Bob Walker          Bexhill & Battle CLP

Carl Walker

Ian Malcolm-Walker          Bournemouth West CLP

Janet Walker        Cambridge CLP

Julie Walker          Birkenhead CLP

Hugh Wallis          Dulwich & West Norwood CLP

Susan Walpole     Dorchester CLP

David Walters      Liverpool Riverside CLP

Andrea Warner    International member

Adam Waterhouse              Southampton and Romsey CLP

Daniel Waterman                International Member

David Watson      Walthamstow

Jean Watson         Bedford CLP

Roger Watson

Jean Webb            Sheffield Hallam CLP

Sam Weinstein     Hampstead & Kilburn CLP

Ian Wellens           Central Devon CLP

Roy Wenborne     West Ham CLP/CWU

Helen Wheat        Skipton CLP

Cyril Wheat          Skipton CLP

Stewart Whitehead              Arundel and South Downs CLP

Sara whiteside      Riverside CLP

Lee Whitaker        Brighton & Hove District Labour Party

Mark Whyte         York Central CLP

Carol Wilcox        Secretary Christchurch CLP

Eric Willoughby

Sarah Wilkinson  Ludlow CLP

Stephen Williams Lewisham West  CLP

John Sidney Williamson

Marie Williamson

Eric Willoughby   Palestine Media Digest

Asa Winstanley

Jean Wood            Leeds Central CLP

Nola Wolley          North Somerset CLP

Bob Wood            Leeds Central CLP

Dr Naomi Woodspring

Jan Woolf             Finchley and Golders Green CLP

Norman Wright    former member Hove CLP – disenfranchised

Monica Wusterman            York Central constituency

Sue Young            Ceredigion Labour party

Charley Young     Ceredigion Labour party

Mari Zadeh           Kingston-upon-Thames CLP

Zoe Zero                Beckenham CLP

Ali al-Zoubi           Oxford & District CLP

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73 thoughts on “Letter to the Guardian: we reject the call for the expulsion of Ken Livingstone”

    1. At last! This is all about Israel. Jonathan Arkush on the BBC last week let the cat out of the bag, when after criticising Labour and Livingstone said “Many Jews are wondering why (the Labour party) is obsessing about the one democratic state in the Middle East. And there we have it.
      I’m also wondering whether or not certain Labour MP’s have another agenda as well.
      As you clearly state, Mr Livingstone has done nowt wrong – except possibly getting himself caught up a Mr Mann self publicising shoot.

    2. As a British born Jew involved in the Palestine/Israeli conflict, I agree that Ken should be given full support.
      To do otherwise, is to ignore the difference between criticising behaviour and criticising Jews -the criticism is of the behaviour of the Israeli Government and the failure of Jews to condemn the occupation and oppression of the Palestinians.
      Will we have to wait another fifty years before Israel enter into any serious dialogue to resolve this conflict?

    1. Stephen, leave your name and constituency in a comment and we’ll add you to the list of extras we are compiling

  1. I too would like to sign my name to this letter ‘after the fact’ – it’s what I have been saying for days !
    LINDA SWIFT [member, Henley CLP, in a personal capacity]

  2. It’s about time somebody had the gumption to come out in support of Ken Livingstone. The current Labour party (of which I have been a member and supporter for over fifty years) is an absolute shambles. I despair when an honest and forthright man like Ken is pilloried and vilified in this way, It smacks of Stalinism

  3. It’s impossible to view recent events; the attacks on Livingstone, Corbyn and the deliberate discrediting over “anti-semitism in the Labour Party” without question the possibility of it all just being evident of the Zionist state flexing its muscles within British politics as it does within American politics, comforted by the collusion of bedfellows on the British Right, the latter of which Ken alluded to in his comment of a “35 year long struggle” against shape shifting interests who would all too often put on a “Jewish” mask in an attempt to use the identity politics in order to discredit a Left wing leader.

    However, that is just the ‘short play’.

    Equally, it’s impossible not to question whether there is a ‘long play’ too; and that is the creation of a bogus consensus and making taboo of certain areas of academic discussion and investigation that paint a far more complete and complex picture of history. In this specific case, not just the Nazi-Zionist empathy and collusion, but even more to their attitudes and actions towards Assimilationist Jews. Jews who declared that they were no longer a separate nation but an organic part of the larger nation in whose midst they lived (and let us remember he and we are really just primarily discussing the activities and attitudes of the German Zionist federation and their allies, something which Livingstone again correctly alluded to),

    Even more, the ‘big play’ seeks to bury inconvenient questions over the responsibility the same group has for directly engendering and extending Jewish suffering as an acceptable cost for achieving its entirely materialistic and nationalistic aims, and the sabotaging and failure of worldwide anti-Nazi campaigning that, arguably, could have obstructed Hitler’s coming to absolute power in the first place.

    It would seem the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance front, and other players, seek not just to make objectively accurate comparisons of contemporary Israeli policies and those of the Nazis illegal, but to extend that goal revisionistically backwards into history, in order to protect the original architects of the terroristical apartheid Zionist state.

  4. Absolutely agree. There is a witch hunt against Ken, led by the Israel lobby. It is essentially aimed at Jeremy Corbyn and all his supporterstwhile.

  5. I support Ken 100 percent, we need him back in front line politics.

    Labour party member, Salford.

  6. Since when has speaking historical facts as documented been cause for any form of disciplinary action. I support Ken Livingstones right to state facts and I support anyone’s right to challenge any other persons point of view or opinion. I despise opinions and arguments put forward deliberately promulgated to stigmatise individuals on the basis that a political and emotionally charged label ( anti Semitic) by being assigned to that individual somehow demeans the accuracy, point of view or statement the individual is making. The challenge back to such individuals is prove the historical inaccuracy of Ken Livingstones statements or shut up.

  7. I support Ken Livingstones right to state facts and I support anyone’s right to challenge any other persons point of view or opinion

  8. I would be very pleased if you were to add my name in support of Ken Livingstone.

    Richard Collington.

    1. Ken Livingstone has not breached any of the necessary limitations to Freedom of Speech (inciting violence etc.) and must not fall victim to this Labour-Rightwing attack. If allowable Free Speech is no longer allowed in the Labour Party, then the Labour Party should pack up and go home.

  9. As an historian I’m alarmed at any form of censorship,
    The Ha’avara agreement is an historical fact. This is all about interpretation. This is what Richard Verber the Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews states
    (As a result of the Ha’avara agreement, thousands of Jews went to Palestine before the Second World War broke out and it could reasonably be argued that the agreement saved the lives of more than 60,000 Jews. Livingstone wilfully ignored the context What Ken Livingstone has done consistently is to focus on this final fact, entirely aware of the media storm it will create. Although it is historically correct that some Jewish Zionists did work with the Nazis in order to help Jews escape Nazi Germany, the former Mayor of London has wilfully neglected to put the events in their wider historical context. He has done this in full knowledge that it is offensive to Jews and insulting to history. Labour’s decision not to take firmer action further damages its credibility as an anti-racist party. Livingstone’s punishment is so light – despite being found guilty on three charges – that the decision marks an all-time low in relations between the Jewish community and the Labour Party.) .
    Ken’s words were clumsy but then he’s not academically trained historian, anyway this is all rather academic as a whole matter has been passed over to the NEC. I was somewhat surprised to see leading members of the party making judgements and comments, while the enquiry is going on. Perhaps it would be better if they stated it would be against natural justice to make any comments while the hearing is on going
    And of course it’s not up to Jeremy Corbyn whether anybody is expelled or not. Personally I would have pointed out that from its very beginning the Labour Party has fought racism and anti-Semitism it was to the fore in Cable Street Lewisham Smethwick and many other towns and cities where ethnic minorities were under attack, we should also remind the media the Daily Mail supported Oswald Mosley and with the rest of the right wing press condemned us when we took to the streets to fight fascism. We should also remind the press that we are the party that brought in the race relations act which the Tories are right wing press opposed vigorously.

  10. Agree. Please add my name. Alexander Jamal Dulwich and West Norwood CLP. Transparently opportunistic and immoral answer campaign. Only good thing may be that people might know the history of Zionism and their record of even more shameless and immoral opportunism

  11. Nice to see so many village idiots on a day out! Your statement uses one quote from Livingstone that’s historically dubious, and ignores dozens of others. It’s good though that you’re so willing to abandon Corbyn, who personally asked the NEC to investigate more recent comments by Livingstone; hopefully you’ll all now help to rid the Party of this electoral deadweight and return it to a position of electability for the millions of our citizens who are being robbed of the chance of a Labour government they so desperately need because of the complete incompetence and moronicity of the leadership.

  12. I am in support of Ken Livingstone and his right to free speech on this issue. If you consider Mr Livingstone to be factually incorrect, then challenge him with the relevant facts. There is no evidence to support the anti-Semitic charge. It is hugely disappointing that in a democratic society we cannot discuss historical details without being stigmatised in this manner.

  13. I agree. Please add my name to the above list. Luqman Khan, South Derbyshire CLP.

  14. Freedom of speech should not be selective. Truths that some people don’t want to hear still need to be spoken.

  15. I have been making this point ever since I heard about it. There is nothing remotely anti-semitic about what Livingstone said. How do I add my signature?

  16. My first Indian passport (1963) prohibited me from visiting Israel (and South Africa). The Indian Government led by Jawaharlal Nehru refused to recognise the state of Israel. Nehru even wrote to the USA and USSR governments criticising their support for the existence of Israel. Following this tradition, I would like to sign the petition.

  17. Some sanity
    at last.It remains important to combat anti-Semitism and those who trivialise it tocover upthe
    barbaric actions of the state of Israel and their own refusal to actively and unreservedly condemn
    them.

  18. A very good letter and some antidote to the avalanche of one-sided Guardian articles attacking Ken Livingstone. What happened to balance?

  19. Expeled for telling the truth???
    It wrong just wrong
    And why wasnt mr mann disciplined over his ludicrous media stunt?
    Since when did being anti zionist become antisemetic?
    Those involved in this ridiculous situation they are bringing the party into disrepute they are the ones that need to be expeled permanently

  20. Beware the Zionist lobby. You can fool some of the people some of the time. But you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.

  21. Please add our names to the list of signatories. This is the first we’ve heard of this letter. We wholeheartedly support it.

    Shame on The Guardian for flinging around accusations of anti-semitism against anyone who speaks the historical truth.

    David and Linsey Cottington, Kingston & Surbiton CLP

  22. I do think he should be expelled. Corbyn’s Labour party is a shambolic echo of what it used to be and only pays lip service to the values it used to represent. I’m repulsed by Livingston’s ridiculous interpretation of these events. If I was gay, black or Muslim and offended you lot would be jumping to my defense. But I’m not, I’m Jewish so you apply different standards. No doubt you all claim to be anti racist anti discrimination, anti this and anti that. Well I am offended and disgusted by Livingston and all his apologists. Shame on those that support him.

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