The Jewish Chronicle - - COM­MENT -

The most sur­pris­ing as­pect of your poll re­veal­ing that 7 in 10 Jews fear a Jeremy Cor­byn Labour lead­er­ship victory, ( JC, Au­gust 21) is that only 9 per cent of re­spon­dents said they would back Liz Ken­dall, plac­ing her be­hind Burn­ham and Cooper. Sur­pris­ing be­cause Liz Ken­dall is the most pro-Is­rael of the can­di­dates and her prin­ci­ples and pol­icy po­si­tions are very much in line with the val­ues and as­pi­ra­tions of Bri­tain’s Jewish com­mu­nity.

Liz Ken­dall is the only can­di­date to have ab­stained on the vote to recog­nise Pales­tine in Par­lia­ment last Oc­to­ber and has stated that “recog­nis­ing Pales­tine was not the right thing to do. The way to achieve peace is through a two-state so­lu­tion, and ne­go­ti­a­tion, not through ne­go­ti­a­tions pass­ing res­o­lu­tions in the House of Com­mons or the UN.”

Fur­ther­more, as the can­di­date of New Labour, Ken­dall be­lieves in com­bin­ing eco­nomic ef­fi­ciency with so­cial jus­tice. It could be the case that most of your re­spon­dents were un­aware of Liz Ken­dall’s po­si­tions and that is why she scored so poorly.

How­ever, when it comes to Is­rael and British Jewry, Liz Ken­dall is by far the best can­di­date to lead Labour. David Abra­hams Ade­laine Gar­dens, Newcastle

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