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Moshé Machover Gains International Support

Fields Medal

In an extraordinary development, an international array of talent has rallied to the support of a retired professor expelled from the British Labour Party. They join the growing ranks of Party members and trade unionists demanding an apology to Professor Moshé Machover for alleging that an article of his was antisemitic; and for an inquiry into the processes that resulted in his expulsion. […]

Dogpiling – becoming the target of coordinated online abuse

Greg Hadfield , was elected then suspended as pro-Corbyn secretary of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party in July 2016 and later from the Party itself (following “unspecified allegations by an unnamed complainant about [his] “treatment” of Councillor Warren Morgan, the leader of the Labour Group on Brighton & Hove City Council … in October). He still remains suspended, his case unheard.

In September this year the self-styled online group “Labour Against Antisemitism” seemed to accuse Hadfield of antisemitism. He asked for evidence – and instead got a torrent of abusive tweets. Here he chronicles the abuse and asks: why now? He suggests a connexion, looking at how Progress supporter Cllr Morgan rushed to trash the reputation of Labour Party conference delegates by regurgitating second-hand fabrications about alleged antisemitism. […]

Julia Bard celebrates Moshé Machover’s reinstatement as a victory for justice and for grass-roots campaigners in the Labour Party against the right wing’s persistent attempts to chip away at the left and to discredit Corbyn by trying to taint them with the accusation of antisemitism: “Ordinary members have discovered that they have the clout to demand that the Labour Party’s structures, officers and representatives act in accordance with its founding principles of socialism, equality, accountability and justice.” […]

After Machover’s reinstatement – moving forward

Following the success of our efforts to get Moshé Machover’s expulsion rescinded, now is the time to broaden our campaign against suspensions and witchhunts in the Labour Party more widely. We urge members to press their branches and CLPs to adopt motions on a range of related issues and will publish any we are notified of on this page. […]

Moshé Machover’s response to the Labour Party’s legal queries unit

In his response to the legal queries unit of the Labour Party, Moshé Machover highlights the absurdities, ambiguities, non sequiturs and sheer injustices of the accusations leveled against him and the procedures that have been followed. In accord with natural justice he demands that all the evidence against him, including the identity of his accuser/s, be disclosed. And he denies that he is in beach of party rules as claimed. […]

An Open Letter to the Leader of the Labour Party

An open letter to Jeremy Corbyn from over 270 members of the Labour party has been published on the Free Speech on Israel website. [13.10 UPDATE: the number signing has now exceeded 900.] It begins: “We, the undersigned members of the Labour Party, condemn the expulsion of Moshé Machover from our Party. This decision is a political attack on a life-long socialist activist, and a scholar of international renown.” […]

It’s all a bit Orwellian – Camden New Journal diary piece and letter

A generous piece about Moshé Machover appears in John Gulliver’s weekly column in Camden New Journal. Plus: a letter by Richard Kuper, calling for Machover’s expulsion to be rescinded immediately, was prominently displayed in the same issue of this weekly newspaper. It says that if he or anyone else has charges to answer, they should be made clearly and explicitly, and investigated and resolved transparently, in the spirit of Shami Chakrabarti’s Report – and not by a Star Chamber dispensation of summary “justice”. […]

Machover expulsion update

A supplementary expulsion letter from Sam Matthews, Head of Disputes at the Labour Party has “clarified” the grounds for Moshé Machover’ summary expulsion.

He is now being done solely for being in breach of Chapter 2.I.4.B of the Labour Party’s rules. viz. joining or supporting “a political organisation other than an official Labour Group or unit of the Party”. If this is a rule that is to be consistently applied where is the ruling and what is the practice on all the unofficial labour groups so including Compass, Making Votes Matter and Labour Friends of Israel […]

Moshé Machover reinstated but no apology – the campaign continues

Collected together here are some of the resolutions passed by various Labour Party branches and some model resolutions from which Party members can fashion their own motions in defence of Moshé Machover, depending on local knowledge of the issues at stake.

This post is being updated as and when news of additional resolutions is received. […]

Jewish Socialists’ Group statement in support of Dr Moshe Machover

Dr 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.

The JSG recognises the article by Moshe Machover, that has been cited, as a critique of the political ideology of Zionism, not of Jews. Indeed the article exposes antisemitic ideas. The JSG rejects any 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. […]