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London Mayor Criticized for Remarks

Posted: February 16, 2005




 
 
 
 
February 16, 2005
 
 
The Honorable Ken Livingstone
Mayor of London

Greater
London Authority
City Hall
The Queen's Walk
London SE1 2AA

 

Dear Mayor Livingstone:

 

Your recent remarks comparing a Jewish journalist to a "German war criminal" and "concentration camp guard" were both inappropriate and offensive.

 

The implication of your remarks, recalling the pain and suffering of Jews at the hands of an anti-Semitic regime, was particularly troubling in the context of the sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the United Kingdom.

 

We urge you to repudiate your comments and utilize public platform to raise awareness of the dangers of intolerance and anti-Semitism.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Abraham H. Foxman

National Director

 

 

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