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October 28, 2014 2:13 pm

British-Jewish ‘Harry Potter’ Actress Goes on Anti-Israel Rant

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Actress Miriam Margolyes. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Miriam Margolyes, a British-Jewish actress who played the role of Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter movie series, said that Israel is “stupid” for letting people “vent” about anti-Semitism.

“I don’t think people like Jews. They never have. English literature, my great love, is full of greasy and treacherous Jews. I’m lucky they like me… and one always needs a Jewish accountant,” she said in an interview with the British Radio Times.

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“I loathe Hamas, but they were democratically elected and Israel’s behavior is not acceptable. There’s been a troubling backlash [against Jews],” added Margolyes. During Israel’s Operation Protective Edge this summer, the Community Security Trust reported that 302 anti-Semitic incidents took place in the U.K. in July compared to 59 such incidents in July 2013.

While anti-Semitism is “horrible and can’t be defended,” Israel is “stupid for allowing people to vent [about] it,” Margolyes said.

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  • Ate Dege

    This is a useless piece of non-news.
    The comments of this woman are of no interest to anyone and contribute to nothing.
    I fail to see why journalists feel compelled to report worthless comments made by non-entities. The world is already full of them.

  • josh etter

    You complain about AP headlines being misleading then you write this tripe.

    From your, pathetic article:

    While anti-Semitism is “horrible and can’t be defended,” Israel is “stupid for allowing people to vent [about] it,” Margolyes said.

  • shloime

    why publish such incoherent babble? it contributes absolutely nothing, and is not newsworthy.

  • Kris Kristian

    THAT WITCH HAS NO REAL IDEA ABOUT HAMAS AND ANTI SEMITISM.

    I WILL PUT MY HEAD ON A BLOCK THAT THE MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO 302 INCIDENTS AGAINST ISRAEL AND JEWS IN TH UK WERE MUSLIMS.

    OF COURSE THERE WERE CHRISTIANS ALSO. BUT THOSE ARE THE IDIOTS WHO ALLOW ISLAM TO SPREAD AND WITHOUT USING THEIR SENCE, ARE PLAYING RIGHT INTO THE HANDS IF ISLAMIC TERROR

    WHEN THEY WAKE, IT MAY BE TOO LATE

  • Yoav Sari Levi

    The woman is as ugly in nature as in looks.She has form when it comes to criticizing Israel.Every family has one of these.Though WE Jews seem to have more than our fair share of them.In fact we get more than our fair share in just about everything.In the Good and the Bad..

  • Miriam Margolyes,Just exactly how do you propose to Israelis to get everyone to stop venting about anti-semitism.Look to your own country who wants Palestinians to have half of Jerusalem. There are no Palestinians. Arafat made up that word for the Arabs living in Israel.Secondly, anti-semitism is taught from parent to child all over the world. For some reason,even in this modern age, people don’t want to take responsibility for their failures. Well,let’s blame it on the Jews.14 million Jew in the entire world. 1.50 billion Muslims and it is the Jews they blame.Two years ago when I was in London,a very loud English native said he couldn’t see the Palace because of all the tourist and the bloody Jews.I asked him what the Jews had to do with it. He didn’t mean it like that it is just usual British sentiment. Don’t you find it odd that all the Christian countries are against Israel,the very place where the Jewish Jesus lived. And they think they are Christians. Maybe you ought to get better informed about anti-semitism it is not some-thing you can ask people to stop.It is in their brain and blood. Sincerely, Gail Maizel
    p.s. I have always admired your acting.

  • BH in Iowa

    I’d rather be hated as an “Uppity Jew” than tolerated an “one of those good Jews”

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