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Livingstone apologizes to UK Jews
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: JONNY PAUL, Jerusalem Post correspondent
Date: Dec 10, 2006
Start Page: 05
Section: News
Abstract (Document Summary)

[Ken Livingstone], speaking to Jewish leaders at the launch of the London Jewish Forum (LJF) at City Hall over the weekend, said, "Finally, if I've caused any offense to anyone in the past, I apologize, it was never my intention. It was never a calculated intention to cause offence, as Rabbi Pinter, a member of the LJF steering committee, said, 'He's not anti-Semitic, he's just very rude.'"

Relations between the mayor and Jews deteriorated after several incidents, including Livingstone's justification of Palestinian suicide bombings. Last year he likened Oliver Finegold, a Jewish journalist at the Evening Standard, to a Nazi concentration camp guard. In March, following disagreement over a building project, he suggested that two Indian-born Jewish property developers, David and Simon Reuben, should "go back to Iran and see if they can do better under the ayatollahs," claiming later he did not know they were Jews.

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