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Labour re-admits member, banishes another, for Holocaust revisionism

(JTA) – Amid an outcry over the reinstatement to British Labour of a member who is accused of Holocaust revisionism, the party punished another activist for making an antisemitic remark about Adolf Hitler. Labour activist Nasreen Khan this week was passed over, according to the Jewish News, from representing Labour at a municipal election over her 2012 Facebook post about Jews, in which she said teachers are “brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler.” Khan said she regretted the text, which also read: “What have the Jews done good in this world?” Separately, philosopher Moshe Machover was readmitted after writing that Nazism and Zionism had “basic agreement.”

The developments are the latest in a two-year saga involving antisemitism in Labour under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, who has led his opposition movement to a major electoral feat this year despite accusations by all most British Jewish political groups that he is responsible for whitewashing and tolerating hatred of Jews.

Earlier this month, Corbyn, who in 2009 called Hezbollah and Hamas his “friends,” said he was “glad” about the reinstatement of Moshe Machover, an Israel-born anti-Zionist Jew who in September published an article alleging that the Nazis had been supporters of Zionism before they began murdering Jews in Europe and the Middle East. Machover was briefly suspended from Labour over the article, in which he quotes a document by Reinhard Heydrich, an architect of the Holocaust, making “a friendly mention of Zionism, indicating an area of basic agreement it shared with Nazism,” as Machover described it. The Campaign Against Antisemitism accused Machover of Holocaust revisionism for the article, in which the author quoted a 1935 essay by Heydrich where the Nazi had written that the Nazi government “finds itself in complete agreement with the great spiritual movement within Jewry itself, so-called Zionism.” Ken Livingstone, a former mayor of London, was suspended for one year earlier this year from Labour over similar claims.

David Hirsh, a senior lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, accused Machover of disingenuously “monstering of Jews and of Israel” with the Heydrich quote. Hirsh said this is evident from a passage about Zionism in Mein Kampf, the book authored by the leader of the Nazi movement, Adolf Hitler.

“While the Zionists try to make the rest of the World believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim. It doesn’t even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organisation for their international world swindler, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks,” Hitler wrote.

“There should be no place in democratic Labour politics for Machover’s misrepresentation of history,” Hirsh wrote last month.

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