Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone reiterated his claims that Hitler supported Zionism, claims that got him suspended from Britain’s beleaguered Labour Party.
Livingstone on Monday returned to the BBC London morning radio show where he made the original remarks five months ago, in defense of Labour lawmaker Naz Shah, who was suspended a day earlier over a Facebook post in 2014 suggesting Israelis should be moved en masse to the United States. This time he used Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum to bolster his claims.
“The fact that during the 1930s Hitler collaborated with the Zionists and supported them because he believed that a solution to his problem – the Jews – was that they should all move to Palestine. Then in the 1940s that changed and he decided on genocide,” Livingstone told BBC interviewer Vanessa Feltz.
“And that’s the point I made on your program. I’m just surprised that people didn’t check that it was true before they started screaming ‘Nazi apologist’,” he also said.