Labour Party Marxists have published an article titled “Anti-Zionism does not equal antisemitism” in which they defend Ken Livingstone arguing that “the point he was making about the Nazi regime and Zionism is basically correct”, dedicating an entire section to “Nazi collaboration”. They have reportedly been handing out this article at their stall at the current Labour Conference in Brighton and have published the article on their website.
The article, written by Moshe Machover, alleges that “the Jewish Labour Movement and the right wing media have been running a completely cynical campaign. The whole campaign of equating opposition to Zionism with antisemitism has, in fact, been carefully orchestrated with the help of the Israeli government and the far-right in the United States.”
Machover has previously been exposed for suggesting that Hamas should adopt tactics more akin to those of Hizballah. Both are genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisations which are proscribed under the Terrorism Act. He also reportedly accused Jewish students at an event at Queen Mary, University of London, of being under the control of the Israeli Embassy.
The article concludes: “we must go on the counterattack against the current slurs. It is correct to expose Zionism as a movement based on both colonisation and collusion with antisemitism. Don’t apologise for saying this.”
According to their aims and principles, “The central aim of Labour Party Marxists is to transform the Labour Party into an instrument for working class advance and international socialism.” Their website, however, shows an emphasis on dismissing claims of antisemitism, with separate sections on antisemitism and on the “witchhunt” both of which show a large focus on dismissing the concerns of the Jewish community.
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