I have a piece today in Tablet about Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London running to regain his seat against incumbent Conservative Boris Johnson. Among his many faults, one is a tendency to make outrageous remarks about Jews and Israel. Even D.D. Guttenplan, London correspondent for the far-left Nation, agrees that Livingstone has a Jewish problem, as he lays out in today's Ha'aretz:
But the argument that a progressive stand on social issues excuses callousness toward Jewish pain is no better than the claim, frequently heard among American and British conservatives, that support for Israel trumps any concern for social justice at home.