Ken Livingstone [Image: Rob Stothard/Getty Images].

Who can blame Ken Livingstone for bringing in the lawyers when even a nominally-neutral Huffington Post article can’t get the facts right?

The piece said he claimed “that someone was anti-Semitic only if they hated all Jewish people, ‘not just the ones in Israel'” [bolding mine].

Here’s his actual comment, from an interview on the BBC’s Daily Politics: “A real anti-Semite doesn’t just hate the Jews in Israel; they hate their Jewish neighbour in Golders Green or Stoke Newington. It’s a physical loathing.” He was saying it is not okay to hate any Jewish people, if that hatred is based solely in the fact that they are Jews. That is an important difference.

The Huffington Post reported that Mr Livingstone’s case is due to be heard next week by Labour’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC), a quasi-judicial body that rules on the most serious disciplinary cases. A special panel of three members from the 11-strong committee will decide the case, which has dragged on for nearly a year.

This Writer has discussed the matter extensively in the book The Livingstone Presumption, which you can buy in paperback by clicking this link – or in a handy (and cheaper) eBook version by clicking here.

Mr Livingstone has said he will take the Labour Party to court if the panel – which he says consists of two right-wing members of the party and only one left-winger – rules that he should be expelled. He said that leading barrister Michael Mansfield QC and solicitor Imran Khan were preparing a judicial review, which could end up costing the party tens of thousands of pounds.

“Michael Mansfield says there’s just no case against me, and can’t justify it. But they’ve rigged the panel against me so there’s two right-wingers and only one leftwinger,” he said, according to the Huffington Post article.

“And the way the proceedings are, no press or public admitted, is a complete contempt for our traditions of justice and law and order. So when we go to judicial review the court will just tear it apart.

“We’ve started by asking that the press and public should be submitted. You’ve had 11 months where these smears that I’ve said Hitler was a Zionist have gone completely unchallenged. It’s outrageous.”

It is. He said very clearly that Hitler was an anti-Zionist.

He added: “If they expel me they’ve got to have reason for doing it. I didn’t bring the party into disrepute, it was Labour MPs screaming I was a Nazi apologist. That just can’t stand up in court.”

It won’t.

This is going to be an interesting week.

For further information, please buy The Livingstone Presumption via the links listed above. You can also read Vox Political’s original articles on this subject, in which you can see how the story changed as the facts became clear:

Livingstone suspended from Labour over Hitler remarks: An overreaction?

Livingstone vindicated: There WAS a Nazi-Zionist agreement and Hitler DID support it

Required reading: Statement on ‘Labour’s problem with antisemitism’ | Jewish Socialists’ Group

This hysteria over Hitler, anti-Semitism and Ken Livingstone has to stop

Nobody bothered to check who created that “anti-Semitic” image Naz Shah retweeted, did they?

Anti-Semitism row: Do YOU know who originally said “Everything Hitler did was legal”?

The lazy misrepresentations that mark out the “anti-Semitism” witch-hunters

This revelation could throw the whole ‘anti-Semitism’ row into reverse

The blunder that should exclude this major historian from the ‘anti-Semitism’ debate

 

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