Ken Livingstone: Does anybody seriously believe this is the face of modern-day anti-Semitism?

The Evening Standard‘s interview with Ken Livingstone – post-resignation – is par for the course nowadays: The assumption is always that Mr L did wrong so the piece is written from a position of mystification as to why he won’t admit it, bordering on condemnation.

But Mr Livingstone, who has had to put up with this kind of ignorance for nearly two years, has a perfect response – and it’s one that all those of us who have faced similar attacks will understand.

We don’t admit the claims against us because they are lies. These lies blacken our good name. They are based on a false assumption – that we are guilty because someone else has decided to pin a false label to our actions and then had the cheek to tell us what our intentions were.

In this instance, Mr Livingstone is absolutely right – he didn’t  say, “Hitler was a Zionist.”

But we have been force-fed that interpretation of his behaviour for nearly two years, to the point where we are now expected to believe it without question.

I’m not okay with that. Nor should you be.

“If a newspaper alleged that you were a paedophile and this was being reported for two years, you’d go and do interviews to point out you weren’t a paedophile, wouldn’t you? Put your mind on what it’s like to be on the receiving end of this sh*t. To ignore it? Just let the lie rumble on? I don’t want to go to my grave with people assuming I said Hitler was a Zionist.”

Source: Ken Livingstone interview: ‘Apologise over anti-Semitism? That would involve me lying’ | London Evening Standard


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