By Jessica Elgot
July 20, 2011
As if the Jewish community didn't have enough self-appointed representatives, Sir Gerald Kaufman has also decided to act as spokesman of the community.
He demanded William Hague condemn Israel's new anti-boycott legislation at oral questions for the Foreign Office yesterday, asking the Foreign Secretary to “join the very many Jewish supporters of Israel in Britain, the United States and Israel itself in expressing utter disgust at the legislation”.
It's a confusing statement. Does Sir Gerald count himself as a Jewish supporter of Israel? The same Sir Gerald who said Israel was worse than Iran because "at least it kept its theocracy within its own borders." The same who was caught by a microphone saying "here come the Jews again" when Louise Ellman spoke in the House of Commons?
Or is he merely speaking on behalf of "Jewish supporters of Israel"?
If there really is a crisis of representation of the Jewish community, this might be the most depressing development so far.