Because Ken Livingstone is actually good for the Jews.
- Ken says "Ahmenijad is barking mad" (JPost)
- Ken says "I'd love to visit Israel" (JC)
- Something Jewish interview
Sample Ken quotes:
On Saudi Arabia: "the Saudi royal family should be hanging from lampposts".
On being Jewish: "There’s no evidence of where my maternal grandmother came from, she was called Zona. And I remember a couple of times when I was a kid, she would say to me, 'Don’t let anyone ever tell you you’re Jewish.' Which made me think we must be, otherwise why would she raise this? And I remember chatting to Greville Janner about this, saying it sounds like a middle European name. So I might be Jewish"
On Zionism: "I think Zionism is like every other form of nationalism. It can be inspiring or it can have a dark side."
On Israel: "I went [to Israel] as the guest of Mapam in 1986 and was there for two weeks. Everywhere I went I found myself at home".
On Iran: "The idea of a society run by ayatollahs is horrifying to me and completely wrong... The [Iranian] president is barking mad... Iran is a threat, but we must encourage progressive forces in the country to elect a better government."
On Yusuf al-Qaradawi: "Qaradawi had [been] issued a visa virtually every other year during the [Margaret] Thatcher and [John] Major governments, and that had continued. He'd been issued a visa on the recommendation of the security services... more will come out about the role he played that led the British security services to see him as an asset. I wouldn't be surprised to find that the Muslim Brotherhood was being funded by MI6 during the 1950s when they were the main threat to [Egyptian president Gamal Abdel] Nasser. I have been surprised by the degree of commitment of our security services to Qaradawi."
On the Mayor of London's role in Middle East politics: "For those London Jews who have a problem with me, I quote a man who came up to me in Golders Green [a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in London] during the last mayoral election: 'I hate everything you say about the Middle East, but you're a very good mayor, and as nothing you say has any effect on the Middle East whatsoever, I don't mind voting for you.'"
By the way, I googled around a bit on Ken's claim that the Thatcher and Major Tory governments repeatedly gave Quradawi a visa. Anyone know anything more about this?
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