Respect Party leader George Galloway was forced to backtrack after mistakenly retweeting a Holocaust denier this week.
Galloway was left red-faced after the Respect politician retweeted a comment from David Carter about the right-wing Henry Jackson Society before being told Carter was well-known for his Holocaust denial.
“I didn’t know that,” said Galloway, who is seeking re-election in Bradford West, after being challenged by Hertsmere Council Labour candidate Jeremy Newmark. “My views on the Holocaust are well-known: the greatest crime in history. Denying it should be a crime.”
Galloway forwarded Carter’s derogatory tweet, which implied that Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party financed the London-based think-tank.
However this was before he learned that Carter calls Holocaust denier David Irving as “one of the top three historians in the world,” suggested Zyklon B was used for de-lousing and referred to Jewish bankers and media owners as being part of a “Zionist matrix” (see collage of past tweets below)
Jonathan Arkush, Vice President of the Board of Deputies, said reports that Galloway had retweeted a Holocaust denier were of “deep concern”.
He added: “If the reports are true, he should lose no time in deleting the material from his account and issue a statement which condemns Holocaust denial and clarifies his position.”