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Maureen Lipman gets a taste of her own medicine

Maureen Lipman: She has spoken out with misguided claims of anti-Semitism against others in the past. How does she feel, now that such claims have been made against her?

In fairness, veteran actress – and outspoken Jew – Maureen Lipman has reacted well to claims of anti-Semitism against her latest theatrical performance by a Jewish Chronicle reviewer.

It seems that critic Jonathan Sacerdoti reckons her play Rose, at London’s Ambassadors Theatre, “demonises Israel” and draws false comparisons between that state and Nazis.

Lipman portrays an 80-year-old Holocaust survivor sitting shiva for a child, and it is initially unclear who she is mourning. It later becomes clear that it is “a Palestinian child, shot in Israel by her zealous Israeli grandson”.

Sacerdoti takes offence at this. He writes that it is surprising to see Lipman “supporting a play that invests so much dramatic capital in the outdated notion that Jews kill children”.

His observations that we “hear about her own child, shot dead in the Warsaw ghetto” leads him to conclude that the play “relies on an unforgivable comparison between the IDF and the Nazis”.

He adds that the show is “perpetuating the same stereotypes and political manipulation that have historically led to our persecution – before, during, and since the Holocaust”.

The trouble is, we know that the Israel Defence Forces do indeed routinely shoot Palestinian children:

It’s not a false comparison with Nazism; it’s just a fact.

Lipman responded, saying of the reviewer: “He is wrong on so many issues. Let’s take one. The notion of ‘Jews should be better than anyone else’ is denied by two of the protagonists in Rose’s debate. This is a debate not a cancellation like the JC review… See you on the way down.”

But the fact that she, a Jew, has been attacked for anti-Semitism by the Jewish Chronicle is a taste of Lipman’s own medicine, after she spent a period of years attacking the Labour Party and its leaders, Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Miliband before him.

At an anti-Corbyn rally in 2018, Lipman said she knew the party was becoming anti-Semitic when it elected Ed Miliband as leader – and the interviewer had to quietly point out to her that Mr Miliband is of Jewish heritage.

She went on to say, “We have an anti-Semite as the head of the British Labour Party.”

It was a false accusation, as we all now know. Jeremy Corbyn has been a fierce advocate for respect between people of all races and beliefs for more than the 40 years he has been a member of Parliament.

Now she has had the same false accusation levelled against her in another act that suggests the anti-Semitism fakers are starting to turn on each other.

While she put a brave face on it, This Writer wonders how it felt.

Source: Maureen Lipman hits back at claim her new show compares Jews to Nazis | Jewish News


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Tributes pour in for left-wing social media activist Maureen Fitzsimmons

This Writer is one of many who will be mourning the loss of a genuine asset to UK politics today.

Like many, I never met Maureen Fitzsimmons in real life; I only communicated with her on the social media, where her comments were a breath of fresh air amid the murk and miasma of Tory neoliberals and New New Labour backstabbers.

Her tweets enliven many Vox Political articles and much of my Twitter feed.

Tributes have been pouring into Twitter – and if you’re not following any of the accounts below, you should; they all support the kind of sensible politics that Maureen advocated.

Here’s a selection:

Maureen Lipman quits actors’ union Equity to support apartheid Israel

Maureen Lipman: this is an old image from 2018 because she honestly doesn’t rate the time it would take me to get a new one.

Once upon a time, Maureen Lipman was best-known as a legend among her fellow actors. Oh, and as Beattie from the British Telecom ads.

Now she’s best known for quitting the Labour Party – multiple times, apparently – and today for quitting actors’ union Equity.

Here’s Metro:

Coronation Street actress Dame Maureen Lipman has resigned from Equity, the actors’ union, after the organisation urged members to join a pro-Palestine march, it has been claimed.

‘I’m going to resign and I’m also going to ask for my £1000 a year membership fees to be given back to me, and I’m going to send it a charity for the victims on both sides,’ she told [The Telegraph].

‘I didn’t join a political union. I joined a union to protect its members. You don’t dictate to artists what they believe in, and don’t incite them to join a mob.’

This Writer is sure that the 200,000 people who took part in the “mostly peaceful” event in London last weekend will be nonplussed to learn that Lipman has branded them a “mob”.

And while some may say she is right to ask, “Where is [Equity president] Maureen Beattie on the Uyghurs, Rohingyas, the Sudanese, the Yemenites?” some of us applaud the decision to take a stand on a topical issue.

And when there’s a major demo for Yemenites and the others, I for one will look forward to seeing Equity representatives standing alongside everybody else.

A few misguided souls have supported Lipman’s stand:

I wonder whether she feels validated by the support of a former journalist who, as editor of The Sun, falsely accused Liverpool supporters of responsibility for the Hillsborough disaster?

And, as she is falsely accusing Equity of drumming up support for a “mob”, I can only surmise that she does.

Perhaps she prefers the statement by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, which falsely claimed that Israel’s bombardment of Gaza happened because that overwhelmingly better-armed nation, supported as it is by the weaponsmiths of the UK and the USA, needed to defend itself against some home-made fireworks that mostly rebounded from the so-called Iron Wall.

Before reading this, let’s remember that the violence happened because Israeli soldiers had been attacking residents of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem, turfing them out of their homes in what’s known as ethnic cleansing, and had invaded the Al Aqsa Mosque, hitting worshippers there with rubber bullets and stun grenades:

Strangely enough, accusing Jews in the UK of being more loyal to the people they know in Israel, has been described to us all as an anti-Semitic trope. Draw your own conclusions on what this says about the Board of Deputies.

Would you appreciate some more rational responses?

Some have reminded us that Lipman spent the last few years threatening to quit Labour over the false claims that the party had become a hotbed of anti-Semitism:

In fact it seems this isn’t the usual time of year for Lipman to quit Labour – that’s October or November, as far as I can tell.

Others have pointed out that Lipman’s stand is a contradiction: by opposing Jeremy Corbyn in 2019, she supported anti-Semite Boris Johnson’s racist Conservative Party back into power…

(If you don’t think Johnson is an anti-Semite, you need to read his novel 72 Virgins – or at least those parts of it that he stuffed with anti-Semitic tropes.)

… and by supporting apartheid Israel, she supported – well, read it for yourself:

Others have been more generalised in their criticisms:

But the message that people have taken from her announcement is all too clear:

Perhaps the most cutting comment is the one on which I’m going to end:

How the mighty have fallen. Lipman has brought a once-glittering career down to end in ashes.

Postscript: There is some good news:

Source: Coronation Street’s Maureen Lipman ‘quits’ union’ over pro-Palestine march urge | Metro News

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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