Moshe Machover's brief "auto-expulsion" from the Labour Party

On the expulsion and reinstatement of an Israeli anti-Zionist from the Labour Party


  1. Israeli-born Marxist Moshe Machover authored a leaflet on antisemitism, Zionism and Nazism circulated at Labour Party conference in Brighton in September 2017. The leaflet: alleged an Israeli-organised conspiracy to silence criticisms of Israel by using false allegations of antisemitism; selectively quoted unrepresentative German Zionists in the 1930s (when German Jews were in abject fear but did not yet know where Nazi antisemitism would lead) to portray Zionism in general as pro-Nazi; and selectively quoted a senior Nazi to portray the Nazis as pro-Zionist.
  2. Machover was investigated for antisemitism, but in the course of the investigation it was noticed the leaflet was published by a group ("Labour Party Marxists" - a brand used by the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), better known for their newspaper the Weekly Worker) deemed incompatible with Labour Party membership.
  3. After four weeks, the Labour leader's office issued a statement saying they are "glad" that Machover's "auto-suspension" has been rescinded.
  4. The auto-suspension...

  5. For fuller information, see here:
  6. Here are my tweets from 4 October, when he was "auto-suspended".
  7. (As a footnote, there is no evidence Machover is a Labour Party Marxists member, or a member of its parent body the CPGB(PCC). If he was, the latter's support for George Galloway against Labour's Sadiq Khan in the London mayoral election of 2016 would be grounds for auto-suspension, although I am not sure of the time limits of these things.)
  8. Additionally, Machover argues that the Nazis were not genocidal until Wannsee (January 1942), which he says constituted a "change of policy" from one that had been one of "emigration and segregation". This is a topic of contention (and Machover is ambiguous, because he says the change of policy "occurred following the attack on the Soviet Union", which happened seven months before Wannsee, then later repeating his claim that "emigration, not extermination, was indeed Nazi policy until the winter of 1941-42"), but as the following later series of tweets point out, it seems to edit out the genocidal acts committed prior to that point: