Labour has suspended a party member who described the Holocaust as “a useful political tool” of Israel to “establish a financial racket”.

John McAuliffe is the latest in a string of party members to have faced similar action in recent weeks.

Dublin-based McAuliffe, who is understood to have been an international member of the UK party, wrote ton Facebook: “The Holocaust has been the most useful political tool of the Zionist government in Israel to establish a financial racket in the West, whereby Israel receives an unlimited sum for the duration of its existence.

“The large level of poverty in Israel among Holocaust survivors shows they don’t care about the emotional impact they are trying to generate. It is about money and military technology. This further paints a clearer picture of the divide between Zionism and Judaism, and their incompatibility.”

His Facebook profile describes him as a “foreign affairs heavyweight” and columnist at Digital Journal and the Cambridge Globalist.

A Labour spokesperson said: “John McAuliffe has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.”

It comes a day after former Labour peer Lord Sugar launched a scathing attack on Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan and Jeremy Corbyn, saying: “Militants, Trots, anti-Semites and terrorist sympathisers all seem to have been welcomed into Labour with open arms.”

Corbyn has described anti-Semitism as “abhorrent” and insisted anyone responsible is “auto excluded”. But community leaders have called for the party to go further.

The Jewish Labour Movement has put forward a proposal to change Labour rukes to make it easier to permanently exclude those who express anti-Semitic or Islamophobic sentiment.