Nazism and Zionism were two sides of the same coin: Galloway
British politician and broadcaster George Galloway has expressed strong support for former mayor of London Ken Livingstone, who has been suspended by the Labour Party over bringing up the issue of Israeli war crimes and implying that Adolf Hitler was a Zionist, saying “Nazism and Zionism were two sides of the same coin.”
In an interview with BBC on Thursday, Livingstone put forward a fiery defense of Naz Shah, a member of the British Parliament who recently resigned after being forced to apologize for backing calls for Israel to “relocate” to the United States.
“When Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews,” Livingstone stated.
In response, the Labour Party suspended Livingstone “for bringing the party into disrepute.”
London mayoral candidate Galloway told Sky News on Thursday night that Livingstone’s comments on a Nazi-Zionist accord on relocation were a matter of “historical fact,” adding that the former London mayor had fallen victim to an “entirely synthetic crisis.”
“Ken Livingstone said absolutely nothing wrong, everything he said was the truth: historical fact, proven. I’ve got the books, so should you,” Galloway argued.
Galloway, a former Labour and Respect Party MP, stated that there was an “agreement between the Nazi filth of Hitler and the Zionist leaders in Germany to send Germany’s Jews to Palestine because both of them believed that the German Jews were not German and that they were aliens.”
He added “in that sense Nazism and Zionism were two sides of the same coin. They even actually minted a coin to celebrate the Haavara agreement which was reached.”
The Haavara Agreement, or the transfer agreement, was a deal between Nazi Germany and Zionist German Jews signed on August 25, 1933. The agreement was designed to help facilitate the emigration of German Jews to Palestine.
Galloway admitted the statement was poorly timed and worded, “but you can’t be expelled for telling the truth. Oh wait… that is what happened to me over Iraq.”
In May 2003, the Labour Party announced that it had suspended Galloway from the party due to remarks he had made opposing the war against Iraq.
Earlier this week, Naz Shah resigned after she was forced to apologize for backing calls for Israel to “relocate” to the United States.
The Bradford MP, who made the comments in a 2014 Facebook post, stepped down as the parliamentary private aide to the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, British media reported Tuesday.