After anti-Israel George Galloway’s surprise return to British parliament – a group of prominent Jewish members of the “Labour Friends of Israel” who ran a smearing campaign against London Mayoral candidate Adam Yosef Ken Livingstone – have now announced to back him over Conservative rival Boris Johnson who is leading by eight percentage points according to latest poll by ComRes. Boris Johnson’s victory is considered ‘a vote of confidence’ for David Cameron’s pro-Israel and anti-Iran policy.
On March 1 – Israel-Firsters Andrew Gilbert, Neil Nerva, Judith Bara, Jem Stein and Rabbi Danny Rich met Ken Livingstone to clarify his views on Israel, Iran and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. However, after learning that Ken still stands-by his praise of Qatar-based Egyptian Islamic scholar Dr. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Iranian Press TV – and his dislike for Zionism and Israel – they wrote a letter to Labour Party leader Ed Milliband, a Zionist Jew, demanding that he should expel Ken from the party.
Ken Livingstone who profess to be an atheist – determines Jews as a religious group but does not accept Jews as an ethnicity and a people. He has also stated: “I am not against Israel, I am against Zionists“.
Concerning Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s views on homosexuality, Ken had responded: “One would expect the same views on homosexuality from extreme Christians, Muslims and Jews“. Ken repeated his view that al-Qaradawi is a moderate cleric and since he was not advocating suicide bombings in the UK, and as he had apparently been the victim of a smear campaign by the Zionist-controlled British press, Ken would gladly embrace him as he would anyone being attacked by the Murdoch empire.
Endorsing Ken in their latest letter the Jewish Labour leaders say they are acting with “eyes open and breathing deeply, maybe with a sigh or two” in endorsing him.
They claimed that as Mayor of London Livingstone would “irritate, upset and annoy”, but encourage Jewish supporters to back him over Conservative rival Boris Johnson. They also claim that Ken has “regularly upset” them with his position on Israel and his “inappropriate” approaches to political Islamists.
The Israel-Firsters were not ashamed to acknowledge Ken’s services toward British Jewish community in the endorsement letter.
“So much about Ken is good for London and even for the Jewish community. Ken’s policies on housing, transport, regeneration, business, young people, crime and so much more is streets ahead of Boris“.
Their letter concludes that voting for Ken Livingstone would lead to better results for the Jewish community than the election of Boris Johnson, who would provide “a few laughs, but little service and not much engagement”.