Ken Livingstone party hearing has been said that the former Labour mayor of London led the party’s reputation by suggesting Adolf Hitler had supported Zionism, the assertions of Livingstone, repeated at length to journalists outside the meeting Thursday morning.
Before the hearing, by the Work of the higher disciplinary body, Livingstone addressed journalists, saying that he had been â€œa true collaborationâ€ between the Nazis and the Jews.
â€œ[Hitler] is not just to sign the agreement,â€ said Livingstone. â€œThe SS set up training camps so that the German Jews who were going to go could be trained to deal with different kinds of countries when they arrived there [Palestine].â€
The hearing of Labour’s national constitutional committee (NCC), the only body with the power to expel members, and will continue until Friday, when the panel will make a decision.
Ken Livingstone sweet remarks about Hitler and “Nazi-Zionist collaboration”
Livingstone has promised that he was going to present a historical analysis to back up its claims in a series of TELEVISION and radio interviews that Hitler â€œwas in support of Zionism,â€ before he â€œwent crazyâ€. It is also understood to have argued on Thursday that the case has been motivated by a conspiracy to undermine the Work of leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters within the party.
Livingstone comments refer to the ha’avara agreement signed by the Nazi government, which has facilitated the move of some Jews to Palestine in 1933, before the Third Reich began their mass extermination.
However, Livingstone’s claim that the agreement allowed Hitler was in favor of a Jewish homeland has been widely contested by historians, including Professor Richard Evans, an expert witness for the defence in the high profile libel brought by holocaust denier David Irving.
Livingstone, who has been suspended from the party for 11 months, told journalists that the Nazis have sold arms to the Zionist fighters and set up training camps to help Jews to adapt to life in a different country. â€œSo, you had, until the beginning of the second world war, a true collaboration,â€ he said.
The work of the general secretary, Iain McNicol, has clearly stated in a letter to the former mayor that the case against him was not about the historical facts, but if his conduct was â€œseriously detrimentalâ€ to the party, especially considering its defense of the anti-semitic Facebook messages by Bradford West MP Naz Shah. She has since apologized for the messages.
Livingstone has claimed the Labour party was no longer investigating him over the course of the anti-semitism or of the claim that Hitler was a Zionist, but by concentrating on the prosecution and the defence of the Shah had brought the party into disrepute. He said that he had hoped that the meeting could be held in public.
Ken Livingstone: “I did not say that Hitler was a Zionist
â€œIt is completely unfair,â€ he said. â€œWe have a tradition of law and is open. There is absolutely no justification for something like this is done in the private sector.â€
The labour Movement was Jewish, including the president of Jeremy Newmark has been called as a witness at the hearing Thursday, is understood to have submitted a 170-page dossier on the incidents leading to the expulsion hearing. Among those believed to be referenced in the document condemning Livingstone’s comments are the chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, and other senior rabbis Orthodox and progressive movements.
The two main QCs are presenting the cases of each side. Livingstone lawyer Michael Mansfield, who represented the families of victims at the Bloody Sunday inquiry and advised Corbyn during the legal challenge to the party’s leadership election last summer.
The work of the national executive committee, which referred the case to the NCC, is represented by Clive Sheldon QC, who successfully defended the party to the court of appeal of his right to make, Â£25 recorded to bear the costs of the result of a provocation by the members during the last summer of the leadership race.
Livingstone has submitted five testimonies of Jewish Labour party members in his defense, all five of them are involved in anti-Zionist and Palestinian rights activism, including the london stock EXCHANGE, professor Jonathan Rosenhead, the founder of the campaign for a boycott of Israeli universities. All five are understood to be present in person.
As well as Newmark the evidence, the NEC has assembled the statements of the polling and campaigns of experts to give their point of view on the effects of Livingstone’s statements on the party’s electoral performance.
The NCC has 11 long-standing members of the Labour activists, councillors and trade union representatives and is chaired by Rose Burley, a Labour member of 52-year-old, who presided over the expulsion of George Galloway.
Newmark would not comment on what had taken place at the hearing where he was cross-examined by Mansfield, but criticized Livingstone’s remarks earlier Thursday. â€œHe continues to dig himself a hole, even outside of its own expulsion hearing, with his poor reading of the history of the Holocaust.â€
Karen Pollock, the chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said Livingstone’s comments on Thursday showed that he was adamant about the harm that he had caused. â€œEven when it has been made blatantly clear that his comments have caused deep hurt and offence to the Jewish people, and in particular for the survivors of the Holocaust, yet Ken Livingstone, has persisted down this road several times by invoking the Holocaust, the promotion of a misleading and wrong version of history in the pursuit of its agenda,â€ she said.