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Old 02.05.2016, 23:22
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Re: Jeremy Corbyn refuses to denounce terrorist 'friends' Hamas and Hezbollah

For what it's worth I don't think Ken Livingstone is antisemitic in the usual sense. But his hostility towards Israeli actions in the West Bank and towards Palestine (some of which I share) is so intense that it spills over into quite unnecessary pronouncements about Hitler and 'the Jews' that are simply no-go territory in the context of the debate about Zionism and Labour attitudes.

Rightly or wrongly, there are some cultural places that you simply don't stray into e.g. using the "N word" (even from a sympathetic perspective), or making an insensitive remark about rape. Chit chat about what Hitler really thought about Jewish aspirations towards their homeland, before he murdered 6 million of them, is similarly unwise.

Ironic that Naz, a political ingénue, and the immediate source of the recent trouble, should instinctively know that she'd crossed the line while Ken, the horny handed political warrior, was quite unwilling or unable to remove his ancient ideological goggles.