The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

His Hon­our Judge Bar­ring­ton Black need not be­rate him­self ( JC, Nov 12) for his child­hood con­nec­tion with Sir Ger­ald Kauf­man. When I at­tended Coun­cil School in Leeds there was recorded in the Head­mas­ter’s 1940 diary a list of schol­ar­ship win­ners and my name ap­peared next to his. I ac­cept no re­spon­si­bil­ity.

His at­ti­tude is far more re­cent as he was brought up in what was at that time prob­a­bly the strong­est Zion­ist-ori­en­tated home in Leeds. Un­til June 1977, there was no bet­ter spokesman for Is­rael in this coun­try than Kauf­man. Fol­low­ing the elec­tion of Me­nachem Be­gin’s Likud, Kauf­man re­versed into the vir­u­lent an­tag­o­nism that he con­tin­ues to dis­play un­til this day, de­spite sub­se­quent short- term, left-wing Knes­sets.

With re­gard to his dis­grace­ful state­ment about “Jewish money” in­flu­enc­ing the Con­ser­va­tives, even if that was pos­si­ble, it has not had any ef­fect.

For a num­ber of years I have mon­i­tored Par­lia­men­tary Early Day Mo­tions and de­bates re­lat­ing to Is­rael. My lists show that there are more than twice as many anti-Is­rael Labour MPs than there are pro-Is­rael Con­ser­va­tive ones. I am cer­tain that Kauf­man also knows this. Percy Stern, Leeds LS17

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