The suspension of Ken Livingstone, which was due to expire in April, has been extended with “no time limit”.
Mr Livingstone is facing an internal investigation into his conduct after refusing to apologise for statements he made about Adolf Hitler and Zionism.
The extension of Mr Livingstone’s suspension was made by the National Executive Committee of Labour and appears to have been implemented thanks to fresh comments made by the former Mayor of London.
Livingstone has always denied his comments were anti-Semitic, however, he has also shown a complete lack of remorse for making the comments.
Some Labour MPs and Jewish groups have criticised the decision not to expel Mr Livingstone, but the former Labour MP said he had been “suspended for stating the truth”.
Labour MP Wes Streeting, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, said the decision to extend Mr Livingstone’s suspension was “long overdue”.
“Almost a year has passed since Jeremy Corbyn announced that Mr Livingstone’s conduct would be subject to further investigation with seemingly little action by the NEC.”
He said Mr Livingstone should be expelled for his “gratuitously offensive remarks” and “his lack of remorse” – and urged the NEC to take tougher action against “anti-Semites and their apologists infesting the Labour Party”.
This whole controversy came about when Ken was defending Labour MP Naz Shah’s anti-Semitic comments on social media. Ken came to Shah’s defence by saying, Hitler “was supporting Zionism”.
The definition of “Zionist” is “a supporter of Zionism”. So to say Hitler “was supporting Zionism” is the same as saying “Hitler was a Zionist”. But Ken still doesn’t get it.
On top of this, Ken has previously claimed that “right up until the start of World War II you had real collaboration” between Hitler and the Zionists. He also claimed that Hitler “supported Zionism” before he “went mad”.
Hitler himself disputes this. In Hitler’s book Mein Kampf he clearly lays out his feelings of the Jews, and includes his thoughts about Zionists which are as follows:
“While the Zionists try to make the rest of the World believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim. It doesn’t even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organisation for their international world swindler, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks.”
Just to clarify, the above paragraph was written by Adolf Hitler in 1925, years before he supposedly “supported Zionism” and before he “went mad”, as Ken put it. Clearly these are not the words of a Zionist.