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Statement of Principles:

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Constituency and Branch resolutions on the expulsion of Moshé Machover

What follows are some of the resolutions passed by various Labour Party constituencies and branches and some model resolutions from which Party members can fashion their own motions, depending on local knowledge of the issues at stake.

The major sources of relevant information are contained in the JVL statement in support of expelled Labour Party member Moshé Machover,  Jewish Socialists’ Group statement in support of Dr Moshe Machover and The Free Speech on Israel article Guilt by Association is now Labour Party Practice

There is a copy of the Labour Party expulsion letter here: Prof Moshé Machover’s summary expulsion

Moshé Machover’s rebuttal of the charges

A one page summary of the expulsion of Moshé Machover for use or distribution at meetings discussing motions on this matter.

Constituency Resolutions

C5. South Thanet CLP unanimously agreed the following resolution

This GC calls upon the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes immediately to rescind the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, so that due process can take place and Prof. Machover can be given the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

C4. Penrith and the Borders CLP unanimously passed the following motion, 19 October:

On Tuesday 3 October 2017, Dr Moshé Machover was expelled from the Labour Party based on allegations which he denies.  Two key reasons are given for this expulsion (which happened without a right of defence): that he wrote “an apparently antisemitic article” and that he supported two organisations, the Labour Party Marxists and the Communist Party of Great Britain.

We are deeply concerned that the definition of anti-semitism apparently being used to accuse Dr Machover seems to be the extended version of the IHRA definition, which regards .  We note that the Chakrabarti Report advised that the Party should favour education rather than heavy-handed disciplinary measures; offer transparent, fair and just process with regard to complaints against members; and encourage respectful free speech within the Party.  Dr Machover’s expulsion flies in the face of these recommendations.

Many members of the Labour Party  attend the events of other groups and have articles published by them, representing their own viewpoints.  Dr Machover was invited to publish his work in the publications concerned and has never been a member of the organisations responsible for publication.

We demand that Dr Machover is immediately re-instated and given a fair hearing before any further consideration of action against him, in line with Chakrabarti Inquiry’s call for “the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality”.

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C3. Brent Central CLP overwhelmingly passed the following motion, 19 October:

Brent Central Constituency Labour Party calls for the expulsion of Professor Machover to be rescinded immediately and for due process so that Professor Machover is given the opportunity to challenge the claims made against him by the Labour Party Head of Disputes.

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C2. Hampstead and Kilburn CLP (Moshé’s constituency) voted overwhelmingly for a motion in support of Moshé Machover , 18 October.

Text to follow later.

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C1. Islington North CLP voted overwhelmingly for a motion in support of Moshé Machover with 1 against and 2 abstentions, 18 October.

Text to follow later.

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Branch Motions

27. Preston Park Labour Party branch passed new con on 18 October

The Preston Park branch of Pavilion CLP notes that:

Emeritus Professor, Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, was expelled from the Labour Party on 3 October.

Professor Machover, 81, is a lifelong Israeli socialist, anti-racist and campaigner for social justice in Israel/Palestine, and a distinguished academic. He is accused by the Labour Party Head of Disputes of ͞membership or support for another political party, or a political organisation with incompatible aims to the Labour Party͟ evidenced by publication of a articles in particular outlets.

Professor Machover regards the allegation as malicious and totally unfounded. He denies that he is a member of either of the organisations that have been cited, and regards publication as a forum to express his views.

The 2016 Chakrabarti Report found the Labour Party’s complaints and disciplinary procedures failed to observe the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality. The report’s recommendations for these principles and a right of review to be observed have been adopted by the NEC.

This branch calls upon the Labour Party to rescind the expulsion of Professor Machover immediately, so that due process can take place and he will have the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

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26. Larkswood & Valley Branch (Chingford and Woodford Green CLP)

This branch calls upon the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes immediately to rescind the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, so that due process can take place and Prof. Machover can be given the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

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25. Resolution adopted by Alnwick Branch of Berwick upon Tweed CLP on 17th October

Alnwick Branch of Berwick upon Tweed CLP otes that:

Emeritus Professor, Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, was expelled from the Labour Party on 3 October.

Professor Machover, 81, is a lifelong Israeli socialist, anti-racist and campaigner for social justice in Israel/Palestine, and a distinguished academic in the fields of Logic, Philosophy and Mathematics.

He is accused by the Labour Party Head of Disputes of writing an “apparently antisemitic article” and of “membership or support for another political party, or a political organisation with incompatible aims to the Labour Party.”

Professor Machover regards the allegation about the article as malicious and totally unfounded. He denies that he is a member of either of the organisations that have been cited.

The 2016 Chakrabarti Report found the Labour Party’s “complaints and disciplinary procedures . . . lacked sufficient transparency, uniformity and expertise” and “failed to observe the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality”. The report’s recommendations have been adopted by the NEC. Members deserve to see these principles applied in all disciplinary cases.

This branch calls upon the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes to rescind the expulsion of Professor Machover immediately, so that due process can take place and he will have the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

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24. South West Central branch of Oxford East CLP, passed unanimously, 17th October:

This branch notes that:

The 2016 Chakrabarti Report found the Labour Party’s “complaints and disciplinary procedures . . . lacked sufficient transparency, uniformity and expertise” and “failed to observe the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality”.

The report’s recommendations have been adopted by the NEC.

Members deserve to see these principles applied in all disciplinary cases

This branch therefore calls upon the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes to rescind the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover immediately, so that due process can take place and he will have the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

Emeritus Professor Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, was expelled from the Labour Party on 3 October. Professor Machover, 81, is a lifelong Israeli socialist, anti-racist and and campaigner for social justice in Israel/Palestine, and a distinguished academic in the fields of Logic, Philosophy and Mathematics.

He was declared by the Labour Party Head of Disputes to have excluded himself from the party by “membership or support for another political party, or a political organisation with incompatible aims to the Labour Party.”

Professor Machover denies that he is or ever has been a member of either of the organisations that have been cited [the ‘Communist Party of Great Britain’ and a group called ‘Labour Party Marxists’].

He has on occasion written for CPGB publications and spoken at their events, as have other non-members. The same principle could be used to expel prominent party members and trade unionists who have written for the Morning Star, in effect the paper of the Communist Party of Britain; or appeared on platforms and supported events organised by Unite Against Fascism which was launched by the SWP.

His only right of appeal is to submit evidence to the same official who expelled him. He should instead be entitled to be treated according to the principles accepted by the NEC and still not brought into force.

We further call on the Labour party to protect the right of members to contribute to the political debate across numerous platforms, without expressing support for other political parties or views contrary to the values of the Labour party.

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23. Brighton and Hove UNISON Local Government Branch, passed unanimously, 16th October:

This branch deplores the decision to expel Emeritus Professor and distinguished mathematician Moshe Machover from the Labour Party for alleged ‘anti-semitism’.

Moshe is an Israeli citizen of Jewish heritage who has been a life-long critic of Zionism and of Israel which he has defined as a ‘settler/colon state’.

He is a life-long socialist and committed opponent of all forms of racism.

We consider this expulsion to be an example of attempts to re-define anti-semitism so as to include all critics of Zionism and of Israel.

We call on UNISON to support the demand for Moshe’s expulsion to be rescinded.

We further call for an end to all suspensions and expulsions from the Labour Party on the basis of people’s political views or membership of political groups.

No expulsions should take place without an investigation and hearing before the National Constitutional Committee.

We call for the recommendations of the Chakrabarti Report concerning natural justice and transparency to be implemented immediately.

22. Camden Town with Primrose Hill Branch (Holborn and St Pancras CLP) 10 October 2017

Professor Emeritus Moshe Machover, the Israeli socialist and long-time campaigner for justice for Palestinians, has been expelled from the Labour Party without reply.

On 3 October the Head of Disputes wrote that an allegedly antisemitic article by MM had come to his attention. Had the article actually been found ‘antisemitic’, MM would have been charged under rule 2.1.8 and suspended with a right of appeal.

A second letter on 6 October explained that this was not necessary, since the article was in a paper published by a left-wing group ‘incompatible’ with the Labour Party. This apparently proved MM’s ‘clear support’ for that group, and he was immediately expelled without due process.

No evidence was offered of MM advocating support for two cited groups or any opposition whatsoever to the Labour Party.

The summary expulsion of MM is a deeply disturbing repetition of bad practice. It flies in the face of the party’s wish to be more democratic and accountable. Furthermore, it ignores NEC policy following adoption of the Chakrabarti Report that automatic exclusions are to cease.

Therefore:

  • This branch calls for the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes immediately to rescind the expulsion of MM so that due process can take place, and he can be given the opportunity to challenge allegations made against him.
  • We call on the NEC to investigate the procedures followed in this case to ensure that principles of natural justice are upheld.

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21 Leabridge Branch Labour Party (Hackney North CLP) 5 October 2017

This ward/CLP condemns the anti-democratic summary expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover from the Labour Party. Moshe is an Israeli socialist and anti-racist and we particularly abhor the completely unwarranted accusation of antisemitism against this distinguished historian and activist.

This ward/CLP, following the Jewish Socialists’ Group and Jewish Voice for Labour, express our solidarity with Moshe and demand the Labour Party immediately reinstate him to membership and apologise for what has happened. Any allegations against Moshe should be investigated with due process so that he has an opportunity to respond to these (in line with the Chakrabarti Report recommendations).”

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20. Trumpington Branch Labour Party (Cambridge CLP), 12 October 2017

Resolved that the Labour Party rescind forthwith the expulsion on 3 October 2017 of Professor Moshe Machover from membership of the Party so that due process can take place. In accordance with the recommendations of the Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry, Dr Machover should be accorded the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him in hearings which uphold and do not deny the principle of natural justice and which protect his right to free speech as a Party member and citizen.

The Labour Party brings into force with immediate effect all parts of the “New End to End” disciplinary process recommended in the Report of the Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry to prevent similar expulsions in the future which breach the principle of natural justice by failing to ensure due process. [Page 21 of Inquiry Report]

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19. Holme Valley North branch LP (Colne Valley CLP) passed unanimously, 5 October

Holme Valley North branch calls upon the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes to immediately rescind Professor Moshe Machover’s expulsion, and for any allegations against him to be investigated in accordance with due process and natural justice, so that he is given the opportunity to challenge those allegations made against him.”

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18. Kilburn Branch LP (Hampstead and Kilburn CLP) passed overwhelmingly, 5 October

Kilburn (Brent) branch is outraged that:

  • Professor Emeritus Moshe Machover has been expelled from the Party. Prof Machover is Jewish and Israeli, the distinguished co-founder of Matzpen, the socialist organisation which from the 60s to the 80s brought together Arab and Jewish opposition to the illegal occupation of Palestine;
  • the Head of Disputes has accused Prof Machover of writing an “apparently antisemitic article” according to the new IHRA definition, and further accused him of “membership or support for another political party, or a political organisation with incompatible aims to the Labour Party” on the basis of “participation in CPGB events and regular contributions to the CPGB’s newspaper, the Weekly Worker”.

Kilburn (Brent) branch notes that:

  • The Chakrabarti Inquiry found that the party’s “. . . complaints and disciplinary procedures . . . lacked sufficient transparency, uniformity and expertise . . .” and called for “the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality”.
  • The IHRA definition is being monitored by Camden Council to ensure that it is not used to stifle free expression and criticism of Israeli policies.
  • Prof Machover who denies the accusations, has not been given the opportunity to challenge either the accusation of antisemitism nor his alleged support for another party or organisation with incompatible aims to the Labour Party.
  • This expulsion is a frightening precedent in a party which is working to be more democratic and called for, in the words of its leader Jeremy Corbyn, ‘support to end the oppression of the Palestinian people, the 50-year occupation and the illegal settlement expansion’.

Kilburn (Brent) branch therefore calls for:

  • Prof Machover’s expulsion to be immediately rescinded and for due process to take place so Prof Machover is given the opportunity to challenge the claims of the Head of Disputes.

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17. South Thanet CLP, resolution passed unanimously on 13th October:

This GC calls upon the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes immediately to rescind the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, so that due process can take place and Prof. Machover can be given the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

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16. 12th October: UCU London Retired Members Branch

This branch deplores the decision to expel Emeritus Professor and distinguished mathematician Moshe Machover from the Labour Party for alleged ‘anti-semitism’.

Moshe is an Israeli citizen of Jewish heritage who has been a life-long critic of Zionism and of Israel which he has defined as a ‘settler/colon state’.

He is a life-long socialist and committed opponent of all forms of racism.

We consider this expulsion to be an example of attempts to re-define anti-semitism so as to include all critics of Zionism and of Israel.

We call on UCU members in the Labour Party to support the demand for Moshe’s expulsion to be rescinded.

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15 Brixton Hill Branch (Streatham CLP), resolution passed nem con, 12th October:

Brixton Hill Branch Labour Party condemns the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover, before any hearing of evidence against him, from the Labour Party.

This branch notes the expulsion has been justified though a process of guilt by association and was sparked by a totally unfounded allegation that Professor Machover, who is Israeli and Jewish by origin, wrote an antisemitic article. This allegation is based highly selective quoting from a long and closely argued article and by an extreme interpretation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association working definition of antisemitism that “pejorative language which may cause offence to Jewish people” is antisemitic.

This branch therefore demands from the Party: his immediate reinstatement; an apology for such tarnishing of his reputation; and an urgent review of Party disciplinary procedures so such an injustice is not repeated.

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14.  St Michael’s Branch Labour Party, the largest branch in Liverpool Riverside Constituency Labour Party, itself the second largest CLP in the country by membership, voted unanimously on 10th October to call for the re-instatement of Prof Moshe Machover, the noted mathematician and anti-Zionist Israeli socialist.

The conclusion calls for “Prof. Machover’s immediate reinstatement; an apology for such tarnishing of his reputation; and an urgent review of Party disciplinary procedures so that such injustices are not repeated.” Enough of the witch-hunt and undemocratic exclusions!

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13. After an excellent discussion, this was passed unanimously on 11 Oxtober at the Cam, Dursley and Berkeley branch (Stroud CLP)

Emergency Resolution

The Cam, Dursley and Berkeley branch of Stroud CLP notes that Emeritus Professor, Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, was expelled from the Labour Party on 3 October.
Professor Machover, 81, is a lifelong Israeli socialist, anti-racist and and campaigner for social justice in Israel/Palestine, and a distinguished academic in the fields of Logic, Philosophy and Mathematics.

He is accused by the Labour Party Head of Disputes of writing an “apparently antisemitic article” and of “membership or support for another political party, or a political organisation with incompatible aims to the Labour Party.”

Professor Machover regards the allegation about the article as malicious and totally unfounded. He denies that he is a member of either of the organisations that have been cited.

The 2016 Chakrabarti Report found the Labour Party’s “complaints and disciplinary procedures . . . lacked sufficient transparency, uniformity and expertise” and “failed to observe the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality”. The report’s recommendations have been adopted by the NEC. Members deserve to see these principles applied in all disciplinary cases.

This branch calls upon the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes to rescind the expulsion of Professor Machover immediately, so that due process can take place and he will have the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

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12.Emergency Resolution Passed by the Bethnal Green Ward Labour Party (Bethnal Green and Bow CLP), 5 October 2017

Reinstate Moshe Machover

The Israeli socialist and long-time campaigner for Palestinian rights, Moshe Machover, has been expelled from the Labour Party for writing an article entitled “Anti Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism”.

We note with great concern:
The expulsion letter from the head of disputes, Sam Matthews, describes the article as “apparently antisemitic” and that it “appears to meet” the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism which has just been adopted by the Labour Party.

The letter does not quote the definition but instead says: “Antisemitism in of any form – whether direct attacks or pejorative language which may cause offence to jewish people – is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in the Labour Party. Language that may be perceived as provocative, insensitive or offensive falls short of the standards expected of us as party members and has no place in the party.” It appears to be referencing the parts of the IHRA definition that were not adopted at the conference.

Moshe has been expelled, not suspended, without the right to defend himself, on the grounds that the publication concerned, Labour Party Marxist, is regarded as a front publication for another political organization, even though there are many examples of Labour members and politicians writing for comparable journals.

We believe:
This action is arbitrary, lacking in basic justice and is bringing the Labour Party into disrepute.

Therefore we resolve:
1. We fully support Moshe Machover and call for his expulsion to be rescinded and for his immediate reinstatement as a member of the Labour Party.
2. We reject any McCarthyite-style move to expel members for alleged “involvement and support for” other left groups on the basis of writing articles and attending and participating in meetings. It is common practice for Labour members of all levels to speak and participate in events of other groups, and have articles published, representing their individual viewpoints, in a range of publications.
3. We call on the NEC to investigate the procedures followed to ensure that principles of natural justice are upheld.

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11. The motion below was passed unanimously at a well attended (45+) Merseyside Pensioners Association meeting, 11 October:

Re: the expulsion of Moshe Machover from the Labour Party

“We, the member of The Merseyside Pensioners Association wish to protest strongly against the expulsion of Professor (Emeritus) Moshe Machover from the Labour Party on the grounds that he allegedly made anti-semitic remarks in an article in a publication of a Marxist group, of which he is not a member. We understand that Moshe is a lifelong Marxist and socialist and, therefore, would reject all forms of racism. We understand that he wrote articles critical of the actions of the Zionist settler-colon state of Israel, of which he is a citizen. We believe that such criticisms cannot be construed as anti-Semitism, which can be properly defined as dislike and/or mistreatment of Jewish people simply because they are Jews.

We believe such treatment of Moshe Machover brings the Labour Party into disrepute. He is a distinguished, world-famous mathematical logician, and has contributed, with an Israeli comrade, to the development of deeper understanding of Marxian economic theory by applying ideas from physics. This has created a new branch of Marxian economics, ‘Econophysics’, which has many followers, especially in Germany and other parts of Europe.  We also believe that he and his Israeli comrade also helped to found the Arab-Jewish socialist party in Israel, called Matzpan.

We, therefore, believe that being a Marxist and writing articles critical of Zionism are no grounds whatsoever to expel anybody from the Labour Party. We therefore demand that comrade Machover is immediately reinstated in the Labour Party and an appropriate apology given to him for his treatment.”

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10. Emergency Motion for Sherwood Branch LP (Nottingham East CLP) passed unanimously on 10th October

Sherwood Branch Labour Party condemns the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover, before any hearing of evidence against him, from the Labour Party.

He has been accused of ‘membership or support for another political party, or a political organisation with incompatible aims of the Labour Party’, based on him having articles published and participating in meetings.

This branch notes the expulsion has been justified though a process of guilt by association and was sparked by a totally unfounded allegation that Professor Machover, who is Israeli and Jewish by origin, wrote an antisemitic article. This allegation is based highly selective quoting from a long and closely argued article and by an extreme interpretation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association working definition of antisemitism that “pejorative language which may cause offence to Jewish people” is antisemitic.

This branch therefore demands from the Party: his immediate reinstatement; an apology for such tarnishing of his reputation; and an urgent review of Party disciplinary procedures so such an injustice is not repeated.

And to support Mark Wadsworth and all other members suspended over similar charges.

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9. The following Emergency Resolution was ovewhelmingly passed at St Georges Branch (Islington North CLP) on 9th October.

EMERGENCY RESOLUTION

The St Georges branch of Islington North CLP notes that:

Emeritus Professor, Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, was expelled from the Labour Party on 3 October.

Professor Machover, 81, is a lifelong Israeli socialist, anti-racist and and campaigner for social justice in Israel/Palestine, and a distinguished academic in the fields of Logic, Philosophy and Mathematics.

He is accused by the Labour Party Head of Disputes of “membership or support for another political party, or a political organisation with incompatible aims to the Labour Party.”

Professor Machover regards the allegation as malicious and totally unfounded. He denies that he is a member of either of the organisations that have been cited.

This branch calls upon the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes to rescind the expulsion of Professor Machover immediately, so that due process can take place and he will have the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

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8. Wanstead  Branch (Leyton and Wanstead CLP) motion on the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover

Passed unanimously, 9th October 2017

The Wanstead Branch of the Labour Party condemns the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover, before any hearing of evidence against him, from the Labour Party.

This original letter of expulsion addressed two things. The branch notes that the expulsion has been justified through a process of guilt by association and was sparked by a totally unfounded allegation that Professor Machover, who is Israeli and Jewish by origin, wrote an antisemitic article. This allegation is based on highly selective quoting from a long and closely argued article and by an extreme interpretation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association working definition of antisemitism that “pejorative language which may cause offence to Jewish people” is antisemtic.

The second issue cited in Professor Machover’s expulsion letter and in the updated letter of expulsion upon which his expulsion was based relates to his membership in, or support of, the Communist Party of Great Britain and Labour Party Marxist. Professor Machover denies this.

The fact that Professor Machover was unable to defend himself at the disputes meeting is a violation of due process and democratic procedure.

The branch therefore demands from the Party that the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes immediately rescind the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, so that due process can take place and Professor Machover can be given the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

We also ask that an urgent review of Party disciplinary procedures is undertaken so that such an injustice is not repeated.

The motion should be sent to:

Chair of the Labour Party
Party General Secretary (iain_mcnicol@labour.org.uk)
Leader’s Office (petersenn@parliament.uk)
Sam Matthews, Head of Disputes  (legal_queries@labour.org.uk

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7. Ecclesall Labour Party branch (Sheffield Hallam CLP) passed  unanimously the following motion at its meeting on October 9.

Reinstate Moshe Machover

On Tuesday October 3, Professor Emeritus Dr. Moshe Machover was expelled from the Labour Party, based on allegations that he denies. Professor Machover is an Israeli Jew, the distinguished co-founder of the socialist organisation Matzpen, which from the early 1960s to the 1980s brought together Arab and Jewish opposition to the illegal occupation of Palestine.

This Branch/CLP notes:

The first expulsion letter from the head of disputes, Sam Matthews, on October 3, focuses on Professor Machover’s article ‘Anti-Zionism does not equal Anti-Semitism’, which is described as “apparentlyantisemitic” and that “it appears to meet the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism which has just been adopted by the Labour Party.”

The letter of expulsion does not quote the definition but instead says: “Antisemitism of any form – whether direct attacks or pejorative language which may cause offence to Jewish people – is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in the Labour Party. Language that may be perceived as provocative, insensitive or offensive falls short of the standards expected of us as party members and has no place in the party.” It appears to be referencing the parts of the IHRA definition that were notadopted by the Labour Party.

The article in question is a scholarly criticism of Zionism as a political ideology.

Professor Machover is accused “of involvement and support for both Labour Party Marxists and the Communist Party of Great Britain (through your participation in CPGB events and regular contributions to the CPGB’s newspaper)”.

Prof Machover has denied all allegations, but has not been given the opportunity to challenge them.

That after many Labour Party members, branches and organisations have sent in protest statements, Professor Machover was sent a second expulsion letter on October 6, which states he has only been expelled for his “clear support”for LPM and CPGB. The allegations of anti-Semitism “are not subject to an investigation as you are not currently a member of the Labour Party.”

This Branch/CLP further notes:

The Chakrabarti Report found the Labour Party’s “complaints and disciplinary procedures . . . lacked sufficient transparency, uniformity and expertise” and “failed to observe the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality”. Members deserve to see these principles applied in all disciplinary cases, including that of Professor Machover.

This accusation of anti-Semitism will be held on file in the event that after 5 years Professor Machover was to reapply for membership.

This Branch/CLP believes:

This action in expelling Professor Machover is arbitrary, lacking in basic justice and is bringing the Labour Party into disrepute.

This Branch/CLP agrees:

To call for his expulsion to be rescinded and for his immediate reinstatement as a member of the Labour Party.

To reject any McCarthyite-style move to expel members for alleged “involvement and support for” other left groups on the basis of writing articles and attending and participating in meetings. It is common practice for Labour members of all levels to speak and participate in events of other groups, and have articles published, representing their individual viewpoints, in a range of publications. Jeremy Corbyn had his own column in the Morning Star for many years.

To call on the NEC to investigate the procedures followed to ensure that principles of natural justice are upheld.

This Branch/CLP further agrees:

To submit this this to the next higher unit of the Labour Party (e.g. Branch to CLP, CLP to DLP).

To send the motion as passed to the following:

 

Sam Matthews, Head of Disputes

Chair of the NCC

Chair of the NEC

Party General Secretary

The Leader’s Office

Shami Chakrabarti

Plus the Chair and Secretary of all other branches of this CLP

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6. This resolution was passed on 5 October 2017 by the Queen’s Park branch of the Labour Party (part of Hampstead & Kilburn CLP).

(This is the branch to which Moshé Machover belonged until he was summarily and arbitrarily expelled by the party HQ.)

This branch calls upon the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes to do the following:

1) Rescind immediately the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover;
2) Rescind immediately the letter informing Professor Machover of his expulsion.

These 2 actions should be taken because:

First, the allegations against Mr. Machover are unsubstantiated; and, second, the process through which the decision to expel him was taken seems to have him guilty until proved innocent, rather than presumed innocent until proved guilty. The letter to Professor Machover and the apparent lack of process seem both unworthy of the Labour Party and unjust.

We further call on the Labour party to protect the right of members to contribute to the political debate across numerous platforms, without expressing support for other political parties or views contrary to the values of the Labour part

Passed unanimously but for two abstentions

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5. Resolution passed unanimously by West Branch (Hastings and Rye CLP)

On Tuesday 3rd October, Labour Party member Professor Emeritus Dr. Moshe Machover was summarily expelled from the Labour Party, based on allegations which he denies. Dr. Machover is Jewish and Israeli, the distinguished co-founder of Matzpen, the socialist organisation which from the early 1960s to the 1980s brought together Arab and Jewish opposition to the illegal occupation of Palestine. Dr Machover has been an activist for decades and is an asset to the Labour Party. It is an act of self-harm to expel such a valuable member.

However, we would be demanding reinstatement for any member, regardless of their political perspective who has been treated like this because we are equally concerned that this action was taken without a clear and transparent process ‘in accordance with the principles of natural justice and proportionality”. These were within the recommendations of the Chakrabarti Review, which seem to have been largely ignored. These included looking at other penalties short of suspension and expulsion .

We demand the immediate reinstatement of Moshe Machover and a public apology. In addition we demand a clear and public assurance that no member of this Party will again be treated in such an appalling manner and that in future, any actions will be taken only following such a clear process, as outlined in the Chakrabarti Report.We are also very concerned at the apparent misuse of the IHRA definition of antisemitism to stifle free expression, including the right to non abusive criticism of the State of Israel as we had outlined in our own Rule change. We insist that the Party firmly commits to uphold the right to non abusive free speech in all its political discourse.

This motion to be sent to:

Chair of the Labour Party
Chair of the NCC
Chair of the NEC
Leader’s Office
Shami Chakrabarti

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4. Emergency resolution passed by Herne Hill Branch (Dulwich and West Norwood CLP)  5.9.17
Passed nem con

This Branch notes the NEC policy that auto-exclusions ceased following the party’s adoption of the recommendations of the Chkrabarti Report, that the Party’s policy is now to follow due process, based on natural justice, in relation to disciplinary procedures.

The proper application of this policy is pertinent to a very recent case where a long standing member of Hampstead and Kilburn Branch, MM, has been expelled without due process, having not been informed in advance of the action, not having been suspended pending investigation, and where the grounds for expulsion are not even that he is, or ever has been, a member of a proscribed organisation (he has, in fact, never been a member of the organisations cited).

The grounds are that he has attended their public meetings and has had articles published in their journals. In none of the articles cited as evidence did MM in any way advocate support for these organisations nor advocate opposition in any way whatsoever to the Labour Party.

The Chakrabarti Report, found the Labour Party’s  “. . . complaints and disciplinary procedures . . . lacked sufficient transparency, uniformity and expertise . . .” and “failed to observe the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality”.

The summary expulsion this week of MM is a deeply disturbing repetition of this bad practice and heralds a serious curtailment of free speech within the Party. It sets a frightening precedent and flies in the face of a party which is working to be more democratic and accountable and to adopt procedures based on natural justice.

This Branch therefore calls for the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes immediately to rescind the expulsion of MM, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, so that due process can take place, and MM can be given the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him in proper hearings.

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3. Resolution was adopted nem con on 4 October 2017 by the West Hampstead and Fortune Green branch of the Labour Party (Hampstead and Kilburn CLP). [This text was amended on 16th October to correct some errors which had crept in.]

The West Hampstead branch / Hampstead and Kilburn CLP is outraged that:

Professor Emeritus Moshe Machover has been expelled from the Party. Professor Machover is Jewish and Israeli, the distinguished co-founder of Matzpen, the socialist organisation which from the 60s to the 80s brought together Arab and Jewish opposition to the illegal occupation of Palestine.

The Head of Disputes has accused Professor Machover of writing an “apparently anti-Semiitic article” according to the new IHRA definition, and further accused him of “membership or support for another political party, or a political organisation with incompatible aims to the Labour Party.”

The West Hampstead branch / Hampstead and Kilburn CLP notes that:

The Chakrabarti inequiry found that the party’s “… complaints and disciplinary procedures … lacked sufficient transparency, uniformity and expertise…” and called for “the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality”

The IHRA definition is being monitored by Camden Council to ensure that it is not used to stifle free expression and criticism of Israeli policies.

Professor Machover who denies the accusations, has not been given the opportunity to challenge either the accusation of anti-Semitism nor his alleged support for another party or organisation.

This expulsion is a frightening precedent in a party which is working to be more democratic and called for, in the words of its leader Jeremy Corbyn, ‘support to end the oppression of the Palestinian people, the 50-year occupation and the illegal settlement expansion’.

The West Hampstead / Hampstead and Kilburn CLP therefore calls for:

Professor Machover’s expulsion to be immediately rescinded and for any allegations against him to be investigated in accordance with due process so that he is given the opportunity to challenge the claims of the Head of Disputes.

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2.Motion passed on October 4 by Highams Park Labour Party Branch (Chingford and Woodford Green CLP)

A similar motion was passed  by both Haggerston and Hoxton West Branches (Hackney South and Shoreditch CLP) on Thursday October 5th 2017

This branch calls upon the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes immediately to rescind the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, so that due process can take place and Prof. Machover can be given the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

Motion to be sent to Sam Matthews
cc: Party General Secretary Iain McNichol; the leader’s office; plus
chair and secretary of the three other C&WG branches and of the CLP.

Supporting argument

As outlined in a statement from the Jewish Socialists’ Group, Moshe Machover – a lifelong Israeli socialist, anti-racist and anti-imperialist, who has lived in Britain since 1968 – has been expelled from the Labour Party accused of writing “an apparently antisemitic article” and accused of “involvement and support for” two organisations, the Labour Party Marxists and the Communist Party of Great Britain.

The accusation regarding the “antisemitic” article references the controversial, flawed definition of antisemitism, which the JSG and many others on the left have challenged. The article by Moshe Machover, that has been cited, is a critique of the political ideology of Zionism, not of Jews. Indeed the article exposes antisemitic ideas.

As the JSG further notes, the action against Professor Machover represents a McCarthyite-style attempt to expel members for alleged “involvement and support for” other left groups on the basis of writing articles and attending and participating in meetings. It is common practice for Labour members of all levels to speak and participate in events of other groups, and have articles published, representing their individual viewpoints, in a range of publications.

According to the Chakrabarti Report, the Labour Party’s “. . . complaints and disciplinary procedures . . . lacked sufficient transparency, uniformity and expertise . . .” and failed to observe “the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality”. Members deserve to see these principles applied in all disciplinary cases, including Moshe Machover’s.

The expulsion letter sent to Prof Machover by Sam Matthews is attached. Evidence presented appears in the form of articles written for the CPGB paper and a report of a discussion in which Prof. Machover participated.

 

1.Motion passed at  Alston Moor Labour Party Branch (Penrith and the Border CLP)

On Tuesday 3 October 2017, Dr Moshé Machover was expelled from the Labour Party based on allegations which he denies.  Two key reasons are given for this expulsion (which happened without a right of defence): that he wrote “an apparently antisemitic article” and that he supported two organisations, the Labour Party Marxists and the Communist Party of Great Britain.

We are deeply concerned that the definition of anti-semitism apparently being used to accuse Dr Machover seems to be the extended version of the IHRA definition, which regards .  We note that the Chakrabarti Report advised that the Party should favour education rather than heavy-handed disciplinary measures; offer transparent, fair and just process with regard to complaints against members; and encourage respectful free speech within the Party.  Dr Machover’s expulsion flies in the face of these recommendations.

Many members of the Labour Party  attend the events of other groups and have articles published by them, representing their own viewpoints.  Dr Machover was invited to publish his work in the publications concerned and has never been a member of the organisations responsible for publication.

We demand that Dr Machover is immediately re-instated and given a fair hearing before any further consideration of action against him, in line with Chakrabarti Inquiry’s call for “the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality”.

 

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Suggested Branch/CLP model motions:

1.

This Branch Labour Party condemns the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover, before any hearing of evidence against him, from the Labour Party.

This branch notes the expulsion has been justified though a process of guilt by association and was sparked by a totally unfounded allegation that Professor Machover, who is Israeli and Jewish by origin, wrote an antisemitic article. This allegation is based highly selective quoting from a long and closely argued article and by an extreme interpretation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association working definition of antisemitism that “pejorative language which may cause offence to Jewish people” is antisemitic.

This branch therefore demands from the Party: his immediate reinstatement; an apology for such tarnishing of his reputation; and an urgent review of Party disciplinary procedures so such an injustice is not repeated.

2.

This branch calls upon the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes immediately to rescind the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, so that due process can take place and Prof. Machover can be given the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

3.

This Branch/CLP is shocked that:
Professor Emeritus Moshe Machover has been summarily expelled from the Party.

Prof Machover is Jewish and Israeli, the distinguished co-founder of Matzpen, the socialist organisation which from the 60s to the 80s brought together Arab and Jewish opposition to the illegal occupation of Palestine.

Professor Machover has been found guilty – by the Head of Disputes Sam Mathews, with no due process whatsoever – “of involvement and support for both Labour Party Marxists and the Communist Party of Great Britain (through your participation in CPGB events and regular contributions to the CPGB’s newspaper)”.

Prof. Machover has never been a member of either organisation.

Prof Machover denies the accusations, but has not been given the opportunity to challenge the accusations.

This Branch/CLP notes that:

The Chakrabarti Report, found the Labour Party’s “complaints and disciplinary procedures . . . lacked sufficient transparency, uniformity and expertise” and “failed to observe the vital legal principles of due process (or natural justice) and proportionality”.

Members deserve to see these principles applied in all disciplinary cases, including that of Moshe Machover.
In addition, the Head of Disputes has accused Prof Machover of writing an “apparently antisemitic article” according to the new IHRA definition. This accusation is being held on file in the event that after 5 years Prof. Machover were to reapply for membership.

The article in question is a scholarly criticism of Zionism as a political ideology. Nowhere does it use the word zionist as an epithet for Jews, but Prof.Machover has been given no opportunity to respond.

This expulsion is a frightening precedent in a party which is working to be more democratic, accountable and to adopt procedures based on natural justice.

This Branch/CLP therefore calls for the Labour Party’s Head of Disputes immediately to rescind the expulsion of Professor Moshe Machover, a member of Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, so that due process can take place and Prof. Machover can be given the opportunity to challenge the allegations made against him.

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7 comments to Constituency and Branch resolutions on the expulsion of Moshé Machover

  • Dennis Leech

    Emergency Resolution Passed by the Bethnal Green Ward Labour Party, 5 October 2017

    Reinstate Moshe Machover

    The Israeli socialist and long-time campaigner for Palestinian rights, Moshe Machover, has been expelled from the Labour Party for writing an article entitled “Anti Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism”.
    We note with great concern:
    The expulsion letter from the head of disputes, Sam Matthews, describes the article as “apparently antisemitic” and that it “appears to meet” the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism which has just been adopted by the Labour Party.
    The letter does not quote the definition but instead says: “Antisemitism in of any form – whether direct attacks or pejorative language which may cause offence to jewish people – is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in the Labour Party. Language that may be perceived as provocative, insensitive or offensive falls short of the standards expected of us as party members and has no place in the party.” It appears to be referencing the parts of the IHRA definition that were not adopted at the conference.
    Moshe has been expelled, not suspended, without the right to defend himself, on the grounds that the publication concerned, Labour Party Marxist, is regarded as a front publication for another political organization, even though there are many examples of Labour members and politicians writing for comparable journals.
    We believe:
    This action is arbitrary, lacking in basic justice and is bringing the Labour Party into disrepute.
    Therefore we resolve:
    1. We fully support Moshe Machover and call for his expulsion to be rescinded and for his immediate reinstatement as a member of the Labour Party.
    2. We reject any McCarthyite-style move to expel members for alleged “involvement and support for” other left groups on the basis of writing articles and attending and participating in meetings. It is common practice for Labour members of all levels to speak and participate in events of other groups, and have articles published, representing their individual viewpoints, in a range of publications.
    3. We call on the NEC to investigate the procedures followed to ensure that principles of natural justice are upheld.

  • Howard Cohen

    Excellent work! Thank you JVL for helping to bring the Labour Party out of the disrepute in which it would surely fall and linger were these McCarthyist tactics, to “take out” and sully the name of any member who criticizes Zionism or Israeli policy, to go unchallenged! For far too long the JLM and LFI have had carte blanche in steering the party line according to Israel’s interests, and their collusion with the State of Israel for these purposes has been exposed. Without a true counterpoint to these actions and the witch hunts they are giving rise to, the integrity of the Labour Party would be irrevecobably dammaged. It is already severely tarnished! People support and join Labour because of its commitment to defending the rights of the people wherever and however these rights are infringed and abused. This has never been more so than under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. To have a situation today where those who speak out bravely in support of Palestinian human rights, and against the suffering and oppression Palestinians are subjected to under Israeli occupation and Apartheid policies, are demonized and expelled from the party, is both intolerable and unconscionable. It is also wholly antithetical to Labour values. We are proud of your efforts JVL! We humanist Jews are behind you in this all the way! From a British Jew living in Israel I extend my heartfelt appreciation to you!

  • I can only guess that those who decided to expel him thought he was obscure and therefore of no matter in the sphere of public opinion. Yes, all Labour Party member are equal but, in reality, to quote Orwell, some “are more equal than others,” and he’s a published author who doesn’t express himself in the thoughtless, Trump-Johnson manner.

    “Israelis and Palestinians” (Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2012) Essays surveying anti-Zionism within Israel; author co-founder of Matzpen, the Socialist organisation in Israel. You’ll find other writings in journal, but here are some books that document his contribution…

    with : John O’Mahony, Tony Greenstein, Lenni Brenner : “Arabs, Jews and Socialism : The Debate on Palestine, Zionism and Anti-Semitism” (Workers’ Liberty pamphlet, ca. 1987) Note : originally published in Socialist Organiser,nos. 77-302, 1977-1987; including ‘Trotsky and Zionism.’

    with M. Jafar : Machover : “Zionism, Why We Oppose It” / Jafar : “War & Peace in the Middle East” (publication of two essays; Palestine Solidarity Campaign, ca. 1977)

    with : Haim Hanegbi & Akiva Orr : “The Class Nature of Israeli Society”  (Pluto Press, 1971)

    See also Tikva Honig-Parnass’ “False Prophets of Peace : Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine” Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2011)  Deeply researched analysis of the Israeli Left’s attempts to legitimise Israeli apartheid; a rare, English-language assessment, endorsed by Ilan Pappé, Moshé Machover, and Noam Chomsky.  Valuable endnotes, despite occasional misspellings of authors’ names and English titles sometimes wantonly given to Hebrew books.

    And also Nathan Weinstock’s book, “Zionism : False Messiah (translated from the French by Alan Adler” (Paris : François Maspero, 1969; Ink Link, 1979, contains interview with Moshe Machover; Pluto 1987). Belgian author’s classic work that questioned the motives of Mandate-era Zionists; he since turned his back on anti-Zionism and reportedly regrets this book.

    No doubt a trawl through the digitised Guardian and various magazines will turn up his more fulsome bibliography.

  • […] In smearing Professor Machover, the antisemitism-mongers have doubtless overreached. Machover is well-known in the UK and internationally, and the notion that he is antisemitic or […]

  • Jill Hood

    [The corrections notified to us in this comment have been incorporated into the text above – web editor]

    As the proposer of the emergency motion passed unanimously on 4 October by West Hampstead Branch/Hampstead and Kilburn CLP, I am writing to ask you to correct your version which has somehow managed to gain an extra paragraph which was not part of the motion and therefore not voted on. It is the final paragraph, which begins “This Branch Labour Party …” (sic) and ends “… injustice is not repeated.” Please also substitute “The” for “This” as the first word in each of the ‘headings’ and delete the words “Fortune Green” from both of them. “West Hampstead” covers both West and Fortune Green wards.

    Thank you.

  • Alan Maddison

    The political manipulations within the Labour Party, by which false allegations of anti-Semitism are repeatedly employed to discredit Corbyn and his supporters, must be stopped NOW!

    Such manipulations are an attack on our very democracy and those involved, including the JLM and LFoI, need to be investigated and held to account for bringing our Party into disrepute. It seems the inquiry into the serious revelations of collusion between these groups and the Israeli Embassy exposed in the documentary “The Lobby”, namely to “take out” supporters of Palestinian human rights, has been dropped by the Foreign Affairs Committee! It is time for Corbyn to initiate a Labour Party inquiry, and this should include the whole process by which Corbyn supporters have been suspended or expelled from the Labour Party.

    I am heartened by the actions of the JVL movement, and am convinced they will better serve the genuine fight against antisemitism and all forms of racism, than the discredited JLM/LFoI organisations. The JVL will also be better for the Labour Party, and the whole Nation too.

    silence critics of Israeli Government violations

  • Alan Maddison

    The political manipulations within the Labour Party, by which false allegations of anti-Semitism are repeatedly employed to discredit Corbyn and his supporters, must be stopped NOW!

    Such manipulations are an attack on our very democracy and those involved, including the JLM and LFoI, need to be investigated and held to account for bringing our Party into disrepute. It seems the inquiry into the serious revelations of collusion between these groups and the Israeli Embassy exposed in the documentary “The Lobby”, namely to “take out” supporters of Palestinian human rights, has been dropped by the Foreign Affairs Committee! It is time for Corbyn to initiate a Labour Party inquiry, and this should include the whole process by which Corbyn supporters have been suspended or expelled from the Labour Party.

    I am heartened by the actions of the JVL movement, and am convinced they will better serve the genuine fight against antisemitism and all forms of racism, than the discredited JLM/LFoI organisations. The JVL will also be better for the Labour Party, and the whole Nation too.

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