Lipman gave the game away at protest against anti-Semitism

Maureen Lipman: You’d think a performer of her standing would know the danger in ill-advised words.

Actress Maureen Lipman gave the fake crusade against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party a shot in the foot on Sunday when she accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour members of opposing – not Jews, but Israel.

Opposition to the actions of the Israeli state is not anti-Semitism and never has been considered to be – at least, not by reasonable people. How could it be, when we see so many examples of Israelis behaving like this? The Campaign Against Antisemitism, which organised the demonstration on Sunday where Ms Lipman made her ill-advised comment, has a somewhat problematic position on the matter – as, of course, must the various Parliamentary ‘Friends of Israel’ organisations which are constituted to support the nation, not the Jewish religious/ethnic group.

Here’s Ms Lipman, talking herself into accusing Mr Corbyn of hating Israel and supporting Arabs:

One of the proposals for future ways in which Labour should tackle anti-Semitism is, of course, education – to ensure that members know what currently constitutes this attitude. But some of us are there already. Not only do we know what it is – we know what it isn’t, and we know what it means when people talk about it in a certain way:

Ms Lipman, of course, courted ridicule at the demonstration when she said Mr Corbyn was the reason she left the Labour Party. She had said the same thing about Ed Miliband in 2014, a fact that was – conveniently? – forgotten by certain newspapers (note the name of the paper mentioned below)…

… but not by members of the public…

…who, of course, found a unique way to remind the mainstream media’s representatives – who should have been reporting this to the public anyway:

This issue has always been about misrepresentation, though – misrepresentation of Jeremy Corbyn and notable Labour members (including myself) as aggressors; misrepresentation of Jews as victims (a position against which many right-thinking Jews have taken offence).

Result: British Jews are divided and the British public is disinterested. Who profits from that?

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5 thoughts on “Lipman gave the game away at protest against anti-Semitism

  1. NMac

    The inexcusable brutality of the State of Israel has, since its founding in 1948 has always hidden behind the accusation of anti-Semitism.

  2. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    Maureen Lipman appears to have other concerns on her agenda than defending the Jewish population against anti-Semitism. My best friend is Jewish and like the majority of decent Jewish people is horrified at the Israeli government’s cruelty and greed towards the Palestinians.

  3. Vanda

    She should take off the silly hat and get real. I am not in the least bit antisemitic – I lost family to the nazis in the last war – but the Netanyahu government is clearly following a policy of apartheid almost akin to ethnic cleansing, as witnessed by the constant attacks on innocent Palestinians, women and children to boot. I am free to criticise ANY country who puts into practice such extremist and vile policies.

    And the likes of Lipman won’t tell me who is a good Jew and who isn’t. I’ll make up my own mind, thanks. I will not be cowed by racist bullies and thugs waving the antisemitism card. Israel, and Netanyahu, need to be taken to the ICC for war crimes.

  4. mohandeer

    It is not anti semitic to condemn Israel’s aparthed decimation of Palestinian’s Human Rights, it is anti-semitic to condemn Jews, especially for believing in Human Rights, which is what the extremist Zionists do. Lipman condemned Milliband in 2014 and said she was leaving Labour because of him. So the question must really be: Was Lipman EVER a Labour supporter or just a pro Israel supporter?

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