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UK: Labour anti-Semitism row grows as ex-London mayor Livingstone refuses to apologise for Hitler remarks

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UK: Labour anti-Semitism row grows as ex-London mayor Livingstone refuses to apologise for Hitler remarks

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the UK is riling from accusations of anti-Semitism.

In the latest development the former Labour mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, refused to apologise for remarks he made to the BBC that Hitler had supported Zionism in 1932 before going on to kill six million Jews.

His remarks have drawn widespread claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and prompted the leader of the Israeli opposition, Isaac Herzog, to post a letter on Facebook inviting Jeremy Corbyn to visit the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

In a radio interview in London on Saturday, Livingstone refused to apologise for his comment, saying he wouldn’t apologise for “telling the truth”.

But historians have disputed the accuracy of his remarks. He’s now been suspended from the Labour Party pending an inquiry and has faced a backlash from some fellow members.

He was confronted outside the BBC’s studios by Labour MP John Mann, who accused him in front of TV cameras of being a “Nazi apologist”.

Labour has recently started an inquiry into how to tackle anti-Semitism.

The row comes just days before a series of local and regional elections in the UK.