"There's been a very well-orchestrated campaign by the Israel lobby to smear anybody who criticizes Israeli policy as anti-Semitic. I had to put up with 35 years of this. It's completely over the top but it's not anti-Semitic. Let's remember when Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy was that Jews should be moved to Israel," Livingstone said.
"He was supporting Zionism — this is before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews."
Now Shah herself has condemned the Labour Party's national executive for extending his suspension for one more year — to two — rather than expelling him completely. Shah has joined more than 100 MPs in condemnation of the decision not to expel him.
More than 1,000 Labour MPs and supporters have now signed a letter expressing "disgust and frustration at the decision by the NCC to not expel Ken Livingstone from the party."
"The decision to allow him to remain a member presents us with an immediate dilemma about our future in the party. Despite pledges of 'zero tolerance' on antisemitism, Labour has been found wanting when it truly matters. The Jewish community has a proud history with Labour, but this decision has thrown its future into jeopardy. We are sick of the complacency shown towards the prejudice we face. Enough is enough," the letter says.
Livingstone was originally suspended over the matter in April 2016 and his suspension was extended for another year by the national executive committee. He is now calling for his reinstatement.
"Ken Livingstone's comments have been grossly insensitive, and he has caused deep offense and hurt to the Jewish community. Labour's independently elected National Constitutional Committee has found Ken guilty of bringing the party into disrepute and suspended him for two years," said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Ashamed of my party today, but there are some of us — I think, many of us — who will fight and fight and fight again #kenlivingstone— Cllr Sam Stopp (@CllrStopp) 4 April 2017
Now Corbyn — already facing falling membership and deep divisions within his party over the Brexit fallout — is having to handle to Livingstone scandal, which is further opening rifts within his own party and supporters.