Have you heard the one about Rushdie and Arafat ... Ken Livingstone's tasteless Muslim joke
London Mayor Ken Livingstone was at the centre of a fresh controversy today after it emerged he made a joke about Muslims in a magazine interview.
Mr Livingstone was asked by a journalist to tell a joke and responded with a story that name-checked Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie, Yasser Arafat and Shia Muslims in general.
"Salman Rushdie was on a train and it pulled into a station," said the future mayor.
Salman Rushdie: the Satanic Verses author, on whom extremist Muslims proclaimed a fatwa, featured in Mr Livingstone's gag.
"He saw Yasser Arafat and his entourage of bodyguards and was so overcome with the emotion of seeing his great hero, he raced to embrace him.
"But the bodyguards weren't very well versed in modern literature and had no idea who he was.
"So they shot him dead, thus proving the value of that old adage: never go for a Shi'ite while the train is in the station."
I am sure the joke is quite funny but I personally just don't get it...
1) Have you heard the one about Rushdie and Arafat ... Ken Livingstone's tasteless Muslim joke