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London Mayor Ken Livingstone
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London Jews say 'no' to mayor
Bumper sticker campaign targets Ken Livingstone, London mayor who has antagonized British Jews by criticizing Israel and using inappropriate Holocaust references

Londoners fed up with their Mayor Ken Livingstone can now buy a Hebrew and English sticker that offers a message direct to him.


The 'Say lo to Ken' sticker takes the Hebrew word for 'no' which is 'lo' and costs £1 with 10 percent of the revenue going to an Israeli charity that helps disabled people take part in sport.


Already over 200 stickers have been sold from an initial print run of 1000.


"I'm sure Mr Livingstone's parents never meant to give him a name which lends itself to a play on words in Hebrew," said Mark Rivlin who runs Create Services, a design agency that counts Elite Tiles and the League Against Cruel Sports as clients.


Rivlin feels not enough is being done to curb the London Mayor and his various verbal attacks being made on members of the Jewish community which is why he decided to produce the stickers and let Jewish Londoners express how they feel.


Two weeks after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel should be wiped out the map, Livingstone told a UK Jewish publication that questioning the morality of Israel's foundation was "a perfectly valid thing to say after so many wars."


In February Livingstone was found guilty of bringing his office into disrepute for comparing a Jewish reporter to a concentration camp guard.


The Adjudication Panel of England, which hears complaints against local authorities, imposed a month suspension on Livingstone after a three-man panel ruled against him in a complaint brought by a Jewish group for his Nazi jibe.


A spokeswoman for the Adjudication Panel of England said the body, which hears complaints against local authorities, would decide

what penalty to impose after a three-man panel ruled against Livingstone in a complaint brought by a Jewish group.


"Either we take it on the chin like the Board of Deputies and don't do anything, or we stand up and say what we think about Livingstone. I wanted to see how much feeling there is in the community and judging by the responses I have been getting, I would say Mr Livingstone is about as popular as a Manchester United fan at Elland Road.


Reprinted by permission of Something Jewish


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