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Labour Party hands professor his P45

12 October, 2017 — By John Gulliver

Moshé Machover

MOSHÉ Machover, an 81-year-old eminent professor in the mysterious laws governing mathematics and logic at Kings College London, has upset the powers-that-be in the Labour Party who have suddenly expelled him.

He got his P45 in a letter last week from a Labour official called Sam Matthews, described as Head of Disputes. All very Orwellian.

I talked to him yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) and discovered our paths have crossed in the past. We both knew the great Leopold Trepper, head of the anti-Nazi espionage group in Europe, called the Red Orchestra – he in the late 1950s, me a few years later. Machover met Trepper while completing his PhD in Warsaw; I stayed in Trepper’s flat, and later helped a campaign to persuade the Polish government to allow him to settle in Israel.

A free-thinking man of the left, Machover, a member of the Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party, laughed when he told me this is his third expulsion from left parties – the other two were in Israel in the 50s and 60s.

He upset Labour because he wrote an article on anti-Semitism and Zionism for the Weekly Worker which was republished as a four-page newspaper at the party’s Brighton conference.

He is accused of writing for a “proscribed” organisation.

But is it that? Or be­cause criticising Zionism is seen as the same as being an anti-Semite?

Now, dozens of Labour Party branches, including two in Camden and St George’s in Islington, have passed resolutions demanding he be re-instated.


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