Moshé Machover, born in Tel Aviv in 1936, is a mathematician and socialist activist who has been active in and written extensively on Middle-Eastern politics.
In 1962 he co-founded the Israeli socialist organisation Matzpen. He was a lecturer in mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and then a visiting lecturer at the University of Bristol. In 1968, Machover moved to London where he was Reader in Mathematical Logic at King's College London from 1973 to 1995. Since 1995 he has been Professor of Philosophy at the University of London (now retired).
Together with Shimon Tzabar and others, Machover established the Israeli Revolutionary Action Committee Abroad.
A collection of his essays on the Middle East, Israelis and Palestinians – Conflict and Resolution, is published by Haymarket Books.
He is a member of Hands Off the People of Iran (HOPI).
Latest articles by Moshe Machover
181 pages oozing hate
Moshé Machover spoke to the London Communist Forum about Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’.
Moshé Machover focused on the Israeli aspect in his address to the Hopi meeting.
Neither a one-state solution nor a two-state solution is feasible, argues Moshé Machover. This article is based on his talk at Communist University.
Three political dimensions
Israeli politics cannot be understood in terms of classical left and right, argues Moshé Machover. This article is based on a talk he gave to the October 6 aggregate meeting of CPGB and Labour Party Marxists comrades.
Populism, annexationism, messianism
Moshé Machover looks at the growth and increasingly influential role of religious zealots
‘No political attachment’
Binyamin Netanyahu’s approach to the Israeli far right is regarded by many US Jews as highly offensive. Moshé Machover welcomes the opinion shift
End of a love affair?
The relationship between US Jews and Israel is becoming more and more strained, argues Moshé Machover. This is an edited version of his talk to the May 22 London Communist Forum
On the 70th anniversary of the nakba, Moshé Machover notes a remarkable piece of hypocrisy
Falsely accused of anti-Semitism
Moshé Machover - recently reinstated into the Labour Party - has written this testimony on behalf of Tony Greenstein
Target for a witch-hunt
Moshé Machover, recently reinstated into the Labour Party following his summary expulsion, addressed a meeting organised by the CPGB and Labour Party Marxists on November 12
Build the momentum
In an outstanding victory against the rightwing witch-hunters, Moshé Machover has been unconditionally reinstated as a Labour member. David Shearer of Labour Party Marxists urges comrades to build on the success of the campaign to overturn his expulsion
Following his summary expulsion from the Labour Party Moshé Machover has responded to the governance and legal unit. This is a slightly abridged version of his letter
Expelled for saying the unsayable
Labour Party Marxists attracted much praise and support from delegates at the Labour Party conference, in particular because of the excellent ‘Anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism’ article written by Moshé Machover. Since then the right has taken its revenge. Around the country anyone who has expressed a liking for the LPM online or forwarded an article could well be on the receiving end of an expulsion letter. One of them is Moshé Machover. LPM’s Reg Kingston spoke to him
The war Israel planned
Military action against Syria had been contemplated for several months prior to the Six-Day War of June 1967, writes Moshé Machover
Israel and the Messiah’s ass
On the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War Moshé Machover looks at the background and consequences
Class struggle or national war?
Moshé Machover replies to Tony Greenstein
Burial of the two-state ‘solution’
Netanyahu has been dealt a Trump card, affirms Moshé Machover
Palestine and Hebrew self-determination
Is there a Hebrew nation and how should it be defined? Moshé Machover proposes a strategy envisaging the defeat of Zionism
Obituary: Moshé Machover remembers Sadiq Jalal al-Azm, 1934-2016
The decolonisation of Palestine
Zionism constitutes a unique colonisation process, argues Moshé Machover - which means that the route to Palestinian freedom must be equally unique
Don’t apologise - attack
The right will not let up if we retreat before their smears, argues Moshé Machover. This is an edited version of his speech to the May 15 London Communist Forum
Zionism and anti-Semitism
This interview with Israeli communist and Weekly Worker writer Moshé Machover was conducted by the Croatian online publication Slobodni Filozofski
New context, new focus
In the second of three articles, Moshé Machover examines the colonial question in Lenin’s wake(1)
Colonialism and the natives
Moshé Machover begins an examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict by looking back at controversies in the Second International
The dog and the tail
Jeff Halper War against the people: Israel, the Palestinians and global pacification Pluto Press, 2015, pp352, £13
US imperialism and Israel’s role
The ‘unsinkable aircraft carrier’ is central to the US military-industrial complex, observes Moshé Machover
Searching for a pretext
What lay behind the election?In this edited transcript of a talk delivered to a Communist Platform meeting on March 22, Moshé Machover looks at Netanyahu’s motives
Netanyahu’s double gamble
Calling the general election is partially the result of the dissonance between Washington and Jerusalem, writes Moshé Machover
Zionism: Quest for legitimacy
Israeli communist Moshé Machover examines the significance of Zionist claims that Israel is the ‘nation-state of the Jewish people’
Mainspring of the Arab revolt
Moshé Machover reviews: Adam Hanieh, 'Lineages of revolt: issues of contemporary capitalism in the Middle East', Haymarket Books, 2013, pp273, £14.99
Palestine/Israel: Belling the cat
Does the demise of apartheid provide a model for the ending of Zionism? Moshé Machover exposes this notion for the fallacy it is
The party we need
Is actually existing Leninism the right model? In this edited version of his speech at the CPGBs Communist University earlier this year, Moshé Machover explains why it is wrong
Global economy: Too big not to fail
The very size of the global economy produces a tendency to crisis, argues Moshé Machover1
Israel - Palestine: Déjà vu all over again
Moshé Machover finds the recent 'peace process' talk oddly familiar
Zionist myths: Hebrew versus Jewish identity
This is an expanded version of the talk given by Moshé Machover at the March 3 London conference, Reclaiming an Alternative Jewish Culture and Identity
Syrian bombing: Netanyahu attempts to provoke new confrontation
Over the weekend of May 4-5 Israel launched air raids against targets in Syria. Yassamine Mather and Moshé Machover, two members of the Hands Off the People of Iran steering committee, discuss the issues raised by this latest development
Review: Nation-states, globalised capital and a former Marxist
Moshé Machover reviews, Nigel Harris: 'The return of cosmopolitan capital'. IB Tauris 2003, pp292, £24.50
Anti-war anniversary: Party with all-round strategy needed
Moshé Machover looks back at a decade of anti-war protest. This is an edited version of his speech to the March 9 Ten wasted years? school, organised by the CPGB
Israel: Implosion and polarisation
Moshé Machover gives his impression of the Israeli elections
Israel-Palestine: Race against history
What future for Israel? asks Moshé Machover
Israel-Gaza: Why did Israel do it?
The success or failure of the onslaught on Gaza can only be judged against the operations aims, writes Israeli socialist Moshé Machover. This is an edited version of a talk given to the December 8 CPGB aggregate
Value, prices and probabilities
What is the connection between value and price? Moshé Machover concludes his discussion of the labour theory of value
The centrality of labour-power
Moshé Machover begins his examination of the labour theory of value by looking at the preliminaries
Netanyahu's war wish
The threat of a military provocation by Tel Aviv against Iran is very real, warns Israeli Marxist Moshé Machover
Saving labour or capital?
Does the rate of profit tend to fall? The traditional Marxist argument upon which this theoretical proposition is based is badly flawed, argues Moshe Machover
Zionist 'negotiating strategy' sham
What does Mahmoud Abbas expect to achieve at the UN? Moshe Machover analyses the Palestinian bid for statehood
Israel rocked by protests
The Arab awakening and the prospect of unity
In this edited version of a speech given to the CPGB's Marxism fringe on July 3, Mosh
The long road to the Arab revolution
Moshé Machover addressed last weekend's CPGB aggregate on the defeat of the Libyan revolution, Al-Jazeera, and the goal of Arab unity
Nuclear dangers and capabilities
With the decline of US hegemony and the loss of its ally in Egypt Moshé Machover fears that Israel could react irrationally and launch a spectacular attack on Iran
Grounds for optimism
Israeli socialist Moshé Machover talks to Mark Fischer about the implications of the uprising in Egypt for the whole region
Why I am not an Israeli peace activist
Genuine socialists fight against the Zionist project, writes Moshé Machover
Voting - present and future
The electoral system we demand under bourgeois rule is not connected to the forms of democratic decision-making we advocate for the future communist society, argues Moshé Machover
Proportional representation and Brown's opportunist ploy
What sort of electoral system should communists advocate? Moshé Machover - mathematician, lecturer in philosophy and leftwing activist - examines the alternatives to 'first past the post'
Rights and wrongs
A boycott of Israeli academe should target institutions, not individuals, argues Moshe Machover
UCU debate closed down
Moshé Machover's article was written in 2005, before the Association of University Teachers and the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education merged, in June 2006, to form the University and College Union. The UCU's inaugural congress in May 2007 carried a motion agreeing to circulate a call to boycott Israeli academic institutions and to encourage members to debate it. But on September 28 the UCU leadership, pleading 'legal advice', declared that any such boycott, and even the proposal to debate it, would be 'unlawful'. This letter of protest was sent to The Guardian, but has not been published
Imperialism, Palestine and Israel
Is the Israeli tail wagging the US dog? In this edited version of a talk given to the London branch of the Campaign for a Marxist Party in August, Moshé Machover looks at the history of western intervention in the Middle East