Ken Livingstone arrives at the hearing that will discuss whether his comments about Hitler and Zionism brought the Labour Party into disrepute [Image: PA].

Having done a great deal of research on this case, This Site knows that Ken Livingstone has not brought the Labour Party into disrepute, but has accurately quoted facts.

Whether that is accepted by the panel from the Labour Party’s National Constitutional Committee is a different matter, of course.

Mr Livingstone is right to say there had been “real collaboration” between Nazis and German Zionists in the 1930s – there was.

He is also right to say that this does not mean Hitler was a Zionist and that he never suggested this. The reasons for Hitler’s deal with the Zionists are well-documented in other articles on This Site and it is to be hoped that they are fully explored in the hearing.

Of course a huge amount of the case against Mr Livingstone is that his comments caused deep hurt and offence to Jewish people including Holocaust survivors. One must question the truth of that statement.

Are these people offended because the statements were untrue? Clearly not, because it isn’t.

Are they offended because it contradicts what they thought was true? Possibly.

Are they offended because they were told to be offended by people who were distorting the facts? This is likely. The right-wing mass media were full of anti-Livingstone commentary at the end of last April and the beginning of May – all of which could be refuted very easily if one only mentioned the facts.

So Ken Livingstone’s comments weren’t responsible for any damage at all; on the contrary, it was done by the comments made against him – and it is those within the Labour Party who made those comments who should be facing disciplinary action.

The hearing concludes today (Friday, March 31).

Ken Livingstone has dismissed criticism of his controversial comments about Hitler as he headed into a disciplinary hearing.

The former London mayor could be expelled from Labour by a misconduct panel over his claim that Hitler had supported Zionism in the 1930s.

As he arrived he said there had been “real collaboration” between Nazis and Zionists before World War Two.

But he said claims he had said Hitler was a Zionist were “fake news”.

Source: Livingstone defiant in misconduct hearing – BBC News

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