‘Outrage as Ken justifies suicide nuts’

“Mayor Ken Livingstone faced calls to quit last night after trying to justify suicide bombing. He said: ‘Given that the Palestinians don’t have jet fighters and don’t have tanks, they have only their bodies to use as weapons. In that unfair balance, that is what people use.’

“Last night Lord Janner of the World Jewish Congress said: ‘His sad attempt to justify Middle Eastern suicide bombers is a betrayal of the hundreds of innocent people who suffered from this terrorist barbarism in London.’ The Board of Deputies of British Jews added: ‘It is absurd he should parrot this apology for indiscriminate mass murder.’ Ann Widdecombe demanded Mr Livingstone resign.”

Sun, 20 July 2005