Suspended London mayor denies anti-Semitism

February 28, 2006 13:01

London Mayor Ken Livingstone, suspended from his job for comparing a Jewish reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard, said Tuesday that criticism of his comment contained the "unstated allegation" of anti-Semitism, a charge he vehemently denied. Asked whether he regretted the comment, Livingstone replied that the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the country's leading Jewish group, had filed the complaint that led to his suspension because of its long-standing displeasure with his criticism of Israel. "If the issue hadn't been this, it would have been something else," he said. "For far too long, the allegation of anti-Semitism has been used against anybody critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians."

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