Hypocrisy is the tribute that Vice pays to Virtue

Ken Livingstone in the Jewish News today (today being Yom HaShoah in Israel):

And asked directly if, as he has continually used al-Qaradawi’s stance against al-Qaeda in the Sheikh’s defence, he equally opposes his stance on attacks in Israel, he said: “Yes. I have never said I agree with everything he says. And I want to see an end to all the violence and I want a peaceful, negotiated settlement that ensures the Israelis and Palestinians forge a future based on an equal footing.”

Ken Livingstone had a message for Israel in 2009. He told Stop the War:

“Don’t complain when young men launch a rocket when that’s all you’ve left them the right to do”

What could possibly explain Livingstone’s latest words to the Jewish News?

By the way, this is Qaradawi on Israel:

“Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people who would punish them for their corruption…The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them…Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers.”