London Jews relieved at Livingstone’s loss

18.05.2012                      26.Ijar. 5772                    Tag 41 des Omer


London Jews relieved at Livingstone's loss

London’s Jews will be hoping the Labour candidate defeat means they can return to the politics of ‘Yes, we can’.

In April, a new phrase entered the London Jewish lexicon. The phrase is simple: “I’m sorry. I can’t. I’m Jewish.” It is a statement of political assertiveness that comes with a resigned smile, a semi-apologetic shrug of the shoulders and a half turn-up of the palms of both hands. It was said in response to Labour Party campaigners when they asked London’s Jews if they would be voting for Ken Livingstone, Labour’s candidate for mayor of London, who lost his bid May 3 to the incumbent Tory, Boris Johnson. This sentiment is rarely challenged, and is normally met with understanding, even empathy….