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  5/8/2014, Iyar 8, 5774

London's Former Mayor in Hot Water Again for Anti-Semitism


London's former mayor Ken Livingstone has once again hit headlines for peddling anti-Semitic stereotypes, after he claimed that Jews tend to vote for the right-wing Conservative party because they are wealthy.

The comments were made Tuesday night in an interview with BBC Newsnight, in which Livingstone, who also served as a Labour MP in the past, claimed that income, rather than ethnicity, was the single biggest factor in determining how people vote. That seemingly innocuous suggestion took on an altogether more sinister tone, as he continued to assert that because the Jewish community is "rich" most Jews had switched their allegiance the Conservatives.