Ken Livingstone is right. He should also say against the accusations of the BDS movement claiming that BDS is a repetition of the boycott of Jewish businesses called for by the Nazi government in 1933 Germany, that the real precedent in those times is the call to boycott Germany made by the “revisionist” wing of the Zionist movement to protest the racist moves by the Nazi government. That is actually the model for the boycott of the racist colonial regime of the State of Israel.
And it should be noted that the World ZIonist Congress of August 1933 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, did reject such calls to boycott Germany, and opted for a cooperation with the Nazi government in order to get as much Jews out of Germany to Palestina. There was common ground of the Zionist movement and the Nazi regime: Get the Jews out of Europe. The Berlin office of the “Palästina-Amt” founded 1908 in Jaffa by Arthur Ruppin on behalf of the Zionist World Movement could function until at least 1938.
One has also to understand the place of Antisemitism in Hitler’s strategy for the fascist movement.
The central goal proclaimed in his book was “Germany must be a world power, or it will not be” (he nearly succeeded to make the second alternative a reality).
For this, a continuation of the World War of 1914-18 would be needed. Hitler writes, that the war was ended by the workers and the workers in uniform revolting agains the war, and that this had to be prevented. The workers movement had to be smashed, completely pulverized, atomized so that workers would never again come together as workers. He further wrote that a simply police state would not suffice to keep the workers in subordination, but that they had to be neutralized by offering a surrogate ideology. And that is antisemitism — putting up the caricature of the “Jewish banker” hiding the real banker and industrial capitalist.
But once having taken power, and having put the leaders and activists of the communist and social-democratic parties and of the trade-unions into the Concentration Camps or even killed them right away, the fake anticapitalism provided by antisemitism was no longer needed, instead workers had to become “followers” of their plant leaders, meaning the actual capitalist owners.
Antisemitism was turned into a fantasy of a biological inferiority of the “Jewish race”.