Gerald Kaufman - spokesman for UK Jews


By Jessica Elgot
July 20, 2011
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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.

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Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 17:36

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http://www.thejc.com/blogs/jonathan-hoffman/gerald-kaufmans-blatantly-an...

Is that the same Gerald Kaufman MP who tried to claim £8865 for his TV plus £1800 for a rug? And who for months submitted a claim of £245 every month for "odd jobs" (the maximum an MP could claim without receipts for odd jobs was £250 per month)?

And whose constituency party in Manchester Gorton did not bat an eyelid ... wonder why ...


Joe Millis

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 18:03

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I don't know what you are complaining about Jonathan. You and he are peas in a pod - two oldies whose days have long gone.


richmillett

Thu, 07/21/2011 - 10:55

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I have to stick up for Gerald. I know he attempted to make excessive expenses claims, meets Hamas and has said a few dreadful things about Jews, but he does seem to be a rare voice on the far left that does seem to believe in Israel's existence. He always mentions two states. Maybe he wants the "palestinian refugees" to go to Israel, which isn't commensurate with believing in Israel's right to exist, but he always does mention a two-state solution.


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 07/21/2011 - 11:45

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He allows Israel to exist and that makes him your best friend??????

Gimme a break....!


Joe Millis

Thu, 07/21/2011 - 13:04

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Ladeez, Ladeez, please. Are you two going to have a fight outside Ahava or Lush in Brent Cross next time you picket? Where can I buy tickets?


richmillett

Thu, 07/21/2011 - 16:06

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I didn't say he's my best friend, just that he isn't as bad as some of them. Joe, aren't you in Israel? If i was lucky enough to be there I wouldn't on the JC website (as good as it is). Get to the beach, you lucky sod!


Joe Millis

Thu, 07/21/2011 - 16:34

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Indeed in Israel, Richard. It's now off to Jaffa's Abu Hassan-Ali Karavan for the best humous in the Middle East and a few beers at Armadillo on Ehad Ha'am Street. Also let me recommend Agadir as a good burger place.


richmillett

Thu, 07/21/2011 - 17:08

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very jealous. humous and beer, lovely.


amber

Fri, 07/22/2011 - 10:48

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Millis, you really are the most narcissistic blogger I've ever seen. Why do you think anyone wants to know what you're doing on holiday? And even sadder than that, why you feel the need to post about it here?


amber

Fri, 07/22/2011 - 11:02

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Kaufman is despicable.


Jon.

Fri, 07/22/2011 - 11:23

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Amber, stop being so cross.

@Joe get some meatballs in.


amber

Fri, 07/22/2011 - 11:29

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Millis, get a life.


StevenKalka

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 00:16

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Once in a while, it's nice for bloggers to digress a little. Must every single comment on this blog be so serious? Sometimes, we need to loosen up. Is it so awful to hear about Joe's Israeli vacation?

Although I often post serious comments, occasionally I take a break and post some entertainment from You Tube.


haya malka

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 10:32

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Kaufman is a professional Kapa in that he crawls to those whom he thinks will give him something.


Watchful Iris (not verified)

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:13

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Jonathan's not an oldy....look at his pic!

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