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October 30, 2014 1:05 pm

British Jewish Opposition Leader Driving UK Jews Away Over Israel, Angers Iconic Actress

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Ed Miliband, Jewish leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, has been criticized by UK Jews over his stance on Israel. Photo: Wikimedia

Ed Miliband, the Jewish leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, is under heavy criticism from members of the UK Jewish community for his party’s growing hostility to Israel.

Among Miliband’s critics is the famed Jewish actress Maureen Lipman, who is a household name in Britain, and the advocacy group Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI,) which has garnered a national reputation for its energetic counter-demonstrations against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigners picketing the store owned by the Israeli company SodaStream in the English seaside town of Brighton.

In an article for Standpoint magazine, Lipman, who had a starring role in Roman Polanski’s 2002 film about the Holocaust, The Pianist, excoriated Miliband for his support for British recognition of a Palestinian state independently of any negotiations with Israel.

“If you recognise a state you can officially arm that state,” Lipman wrote. “Already billions of pounds have been allotted to rebuild Gaza. Ha! Rebuild the tunnels and reequip the arsenal. Oh, how the propaganda has worked on these clever, concerned people again and again and again. If Hamas and Fatah cared one iota for the Palestinians, might they not have built schools and hospitals and streets for their people the first time the billions poured in and were converted into weaponry and hotel suites in Paris and citizens were used as human shields?”

Lipman stated that she will vote for “almost any other party” until Labour is “once more led by mensches“ – the Yiddish word for a person of integrity. She also poked fun at Miliband for “being all over the papers, knocking back a bacon sandwich” a few days after the two of them met at a London gathering, during which Miliband suggested that he attend a shabbat dinner at Lipman’s house.

In a separate development, Sussex Friends of Israel has protested Miliband’s forthcoming appearance at a November 26 fundraising dinner for Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East (LFPME,) a pro-Arab group within the party that describes itself as “a proactive voluntary group in an environment long occupied and dominated by the pro-Israeli lobby.”

In a letter to the Labour leader – the son of the late Jewish Marxist academic Ralph Miliband, who came to the UK as a teenager fleeing the Nazi occupation of Belgium – Simon Cobbs of SFI pointed to a statement in an LFPME pamphlet that undermined Israel’s very right to exist. “The one state proposal is not so much unfeasible as implausible. It is a solution maybe to a different problem, but not to this one, or at least not now,” the pamphlet stated.

“My question is this,” Cobbs wrote to Miliband. “If not now, then when? Perhaps later? Maybe as soon as you are elected Prime Minister? Is it Labour Party policy now to accept a two state solution today – and to advocate for the destruction of the State of Israel at some point in the future?”

Fiona Sharpe, a member of the SFI Executive, told The Algemeiner that the letter to Miliband had been sent this morning and shared “multiple times” on Twitter and other social media networks. Sharpe expressed disappointment that no-one from the Labour Party had been in touch with SFI “just to confirm that our concerns are being addressed.”

Sharpe added that the lack of response so far, “can only lead us to believe that either Ed Miliband does indeed support the views of the LFPME, or that he is simply unaware of, and unconcerned by, their position documents. Either way, that makes me very worried about voting for him or his party at the 2015 election.”

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  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    I note that his father was a Marxist Jew, That is an oxymoron. Ed is a leftist and that should say enough about where his head is located. Might it not have been good if the Nazis caught the Miliband family and taught them a bit or the real world. His is not the heart of a compassionate person, but rather the heart of a machine which will operate as the machine driver will direct.

  • Dona axelroad

    The Jewish vote is not enough these days ! The MUSLIMS on the other hand are all over Britain France and Europe they votes are important to people with no soul , blind people that can’t see that EUROPE we all knew is GONE! The MUSLIMS are taking us all down! sOON, already NOW.

  • Leah B

    He has a missing link in the area of integrity. Remember the recent past: His brother, the more capable, and more popular of the two brothers, was set to become the leader of the Labour Party. Consumed with envy Ed Milliban hastily courted groups to forge ahead, creating shock waves and disgust in the onlookers. Is all fair in war and politics? I do not think so, particularly if the origin of the drive is vicious envy of an older, more capable brother. I then saw the expedience, recklessness, and ruthlessness of this immature, narcissistic individual. True to form, he uses the Jews in the same way, to get ahead.

  • Michael Forster

    Just another willing “Hof-Jude”, a fig-leaf for the labor party to hide behind.

    Really convenient, even better than just being able to say: “But I have Jewish friends!; I can’t be an Anti-Semite!”

    They have a Jewish “leader”…

  • maria

    Milliband is a traitor, he is like Kerry

  • theo

    Miliband, how low can you go ? You snivel and ingratiate yourself to terrorists Is that what it means to you to be a descendant of holocaust survivors Backstabbing is indeed your stock in trade
    Shame on you The one democracy in the Middle East has to be subverted and destroyed
    In heaven’s good time you will pay the price for your treachery

  • June Grant

    Milliband is yet another reason I’m happy not to live in the United Kingdom any more where I was a Labor supporter. His attitude is typical of the “court Jew” who desires desperately to integrate, even if it means throwing his fellow Jews under the bus.

  • Israel Homenet

    At risk of feeding steroetyping, Ed can expect to lose the support of a few donors over this. The subsequent cutbacks on campaign funding will cost them dearly at the next election. All this notwithstanding the fact that he is on the wrong side of history and that truth & justice of jewish self determination will prevail.

  • These are thrash people. He will sell his mother, to gain a Muslim vote here. These monkeys have no moral light but to thrash Israel. In 10 days time we will remind ourselves of the Kristalnacht,many body remembers that? We have seen Jewish and supermarkets boycottig Israeli products,, remember 1933? We should pack our things and return to our homes, in Israel.

    Am Israel, ChI

  • steven L

    To be considered UN-biased, by the West and the Muslims, Jews must be antisemites. Miliband play the role expected from him.

    • Ilonka Stille

      Yes, you are so right. He has to side with the devil (the lefties, islamists etc.) in order to be accepted socially. He always gave me the impression of being an extremely weak man.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    Jews like Ed Miliband often come from far-left families. In this case, his father was a Marxist. They never get beyond what their parents taught them, and what they taught them was to criticize their own and side with the enemy.

    • Delilah

      Finally somebody tells it like it is with the Jews support everybody else except yourselves

  • Dale

    Perhaps things are as I see them here in America. A politician’s true goal is to remain a politician. That means votes; and if your constutuency is changing, or a growing faction has entered that is louder than the others, then they have become your bread and butter. Politicians in the West today are sacrificing the freedoms of our children for their own egotistical and greedy desires.

  • Bryan Levy

    It’s all a question of numbers of votes. There are approx 3,000,000 Muslims in the UK and approx 250,000 Jews. Milliband needs the Muslim vote more than the Jewish vote to stand any chance of returning to power. There are clearly no morals in politics. It’s also sickening to think that his family (fortunately) escaped Nazi persecution and that young Milliband is prepared to stab Israel in the back by fighting for the Muslim vote. Come back Tony Blair.

  • Talk about stabbing Israel in the back. I don’t know what He’s thinking, He’s lost it!

    • racy

      He’s thinking about the growth of the Arab Muslim population in England as well as all over Europe and he wants their vote and will do anything to get himself
      elected. This is what is
      happening all over Europe. When the Muslims first come to a new country they are quiet. Since they are allowed four wives and have many children in a matter of a
      generation or two they multiply by the ten thousands.
      Once they are about 6% of the population, the European leaders begin to bow down to them,
      carry their terrorist causes, uphold their extreme agendas. It’s for political profit. The Muslims understand
      this and bide their time. Politicians are dirty and
      dishonest. They lie and cheat to get elected.
      France, England, Belgium etc. of today are not the
      countries they were in the 1970s, 80s, 90s. Anti Semitism has shown its ugly face against the Jews of

      Europe as it did in the 1930s and the politicians are by the wayside if not applauding them on. Are they afraid of them? Are they being threatened by them?
      I don’t know. All I know is that the politicians are cowards and by appeasing them Europe will fall.
      Except for Angela Merkel’s (Germany) and Harper’s (Canada) speech, the world has gone mad. The President
      of the U.S. whom the Jews elected, too, has turned his
      back on Israel. Jews, we are on our own. We don’t need
      a Judas in our midst.

    • Vittore

      Isn’t it clear? Milliband wants to win over the Muslim constituency. What is Israel to him? He doesn’t live in Israel. He does not believe in the God of the Jews. He probably does not even identify as Jewish, only as a person of Jewish descent. So, why should he care? He doesn’t. He only cares if it will get him votes or provide a nice photo-op, like he tried to get with Maureen Lipman.

  • Bernard Ross

    a jew trying to prove he is not a jew…non jews wont trust him either

  • Jim,

    This is a list of some of the Jewish actors in Britain. It would be interesting to get their opinions.

    Jacob Adler,[6] Yiddish actor
    Ben Barnes (born 1981), actor[7]
    Sacha Baron Cohen (born 1971),[8] comedian, notable for his comedy characters Ali G, Borat and Brüno; Borat is ironically portrayed as extremely anti-Semitic.
    Alfie Bass (1916-1987), actor[9]
    Gina Bellman (born 1966), New Zealand-born actress[10]
    Steven Berkoff (born 1937) actor, writer and director[11]
    Lionel Blair (born 1931),[12] TV entertainer
    Claire Bloom (born 1931), actress[13]
    Helena Bonham Carter (born 1966) Academy-Award nominated English film/television actress[14]
    Bernard Bresslaw (1934-1993), actor[11]
    Eleanor Bron (born 1938),[15] actress and name inspiration for Eleanor Rigby
    June Brown actress Eastenders
    Katrin Cartlidge (1961-2002),[16] actress (Jewish mother)
    Debbie Chazen (born 1971)[17]
    Joan Collins (born 1933)[18] actress
    Daniel Day-Lewis (born 1957)[19]
    Marty Feldman (1934-1982), television comedian (See “Film Actors” list, above.)
    Fenella Fielding (born 1927)[20]
    Maria Friedman,[21] musical theatre actress
    Rebecca Front (born 1964),[22] Comedy actress
    Stephen Fry (born 1957),[23] comedian and actor (Jewish mother)
    Andrew Garfield (born 1983)[24]
    Hermione Gingold,[25] actress
    Iddo Goldberg (born 1975)[26]
    Henry Goodman (born 1950),[27] actor
    Laurence Harvey (1928-1973)[28] actor
    Leslie Howard (1893-1943),[29] actor
    Jason Isaacs (born 1963),[30] actor
    Sid James (1913-1976),[31] comic actor (South African-born)
    Tony Jay (1933-2006) English/American actor[32]
    Lesley Joseph (born 1945),[33] Dorian in Birds of a Feather
    Miriam Karlin (1925-2011) actress (The Rag Trade)[11]
    Paul Kaye (born 1965) comedian and writer[11]
    Robert Kazinsky (born 1983) television actor (EastEnders)[34][35]
    Barbara Kellerman (born 1949), actress (in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Sea Wolves)[36][37]
    Felicity Kendal (born 1946),[38] actress (convert to Judaism)
    David Kossoff (1919-2005),[39] actor and stage monologuist
    Harry Landis (born 1931)[40]
    Mark Lester (born 1958) actor[41]
    Maureen Lipman (born 1946) film, television and theatre actress[11]
    Miriam Margolyes (born 1941),[42] actress
    Kay Mellor (born 1951),[43] actress and scriptwriter
    Warren Mitchell (born 1926),[44] Alf Garnett in Til Death Us Do Part
    Anthony Newley (1931-1999) English actor, singer and songwriter[11]
    Sophie Okonedo (born 1969) Academy Award-nominated actress (Hotel Rwanda)[45]
    Tracy-Ann Oberman (born 1966), actress:[46]
    Nathalie Press (born 1980),[47] actress
    Lara Pulver (born 1980) actress in Spooks and Sherlock (Jewish father)[48]
    Daniel Radcliffe (born 1989) English actor (Harry Potter)[49]
    Andrew Sachs (born 1930) German-born English actor, Manuel in Fawlty Towers[11]
    Emma Samms (born 1960)[50]
    Jane Seymour (born 1951), actress[51]
    Antony Sher (born 1949),[52] actor
    Georgia Slowe (born 1966) actress[53] Perdita in Emmerdale
    Sarah Solemani (born 1982),[54] actress in BBC series Him and Her
    Samantha Spiro,[55] actress
    Ed Stoppard (born 1974)[56]
    Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011),[57][58] actress (English-born; convert to Judaism)
    Harriet Thorpe (born 1957) [59][60][61] English actress
    Meier Tzelniker,[62] Yiddish actor
    Rachel Weisz (1970-),[63] Oscar-winning actress
    Sam Wanamaker,[64] actor – “The Globe Theatre” project
    Zoë Wanamaker (born 1949),[65] actress
    David Warner (born 1941), actor best known as Jennings in The Omen
    Sophie Winkleman (born 1980)[66]
    Henry Woolf (born 1930),[67] actor

  • Yochanan Lavie

    Ed’s a wanker.

    • lucifer69

      Yes, heis a wanker.

  • Larry

    How did this idiot, Ed Miliband, ever get to the position he has? He needs to go back to Kindergarten and this time graduate.

  • Throughout Jewish history, the Jews have spent time arguing and fighting amongst themselves. One of the biggest breakups was when Christianity was formed, by Jews.
    During the fight to create the State of Israel, the fighting between different Jewish factions was nearly as bad as that against the British and Arabs.
    Yet Israel survives. What’s the problem with a little dissent now. Is there no faith in the ability of Jews to overcome whatever is sent to try them?

    • Michael Garfinkel

      “Jim” writes “What’s the problem with a little dissent now. Is there no faith in the ability of Jews to overcome whatever is sent to try them?”

      Tell that to the eight-hundred thousand Hungarian Jews who unwittingly went to their death in 1944 – at a time when the Nazis hadn’t the resources to manage the problem.

      Relying relied instead on Jewish traitors and collaborators, they met with success beyond their expectations.

      It’s a mistake the underestimate the damage that the Ed Milbrands of the world can do.

    • steven L

      The problem is that the powerful American Jewish left (> 66% of US Jews)is against Israel and support a President who believes that Israel must accept an irrational solution and must give in irrational Muslims who have clearly stated that they WANT NO Jews in the land of Israel.
      What don’t U get?

  • HaroldT

    The quisling Jew Miliband fills me with disgust.

    • Vittore

      I don’t think he considers being Jewish important to him. So, why should we consider him Jewish? Now, if he has a child and the child decides to look into that question, the child should be welcomed. But Miliband should not be treated as such, if he behaves like the evil son.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    I can’t imagine that Red Ed really cares either way and given the tiny # of Jews in Britain what difference does it make?

    • Sonia Willats

      It makes a difference to truth, though. The concluding paragraph “unaware” and “unconcerned” to which we should add UNINFORMED clearly describes Ed Miliband.

      Youtube has footage of British Conservative and Laour MPs discussing Gaza etc. AND ALL CONDEMNING ISRAEL etc. They are all politically-correct but HAVE NO IDEA about the reality on the ground. It’s a a sort of self-congratulatory liberalism I’ve noticed often in liberal circles.

      In short, the world has bought into the lies of the liberal media. “Palastine” has managed to portray itself as the victim, in spite of the fact that it is the aggressor.

      The sheer inverse of the logic of this position is demonstrated by the ‘Terror Tunnels.’ The tunnels have no one-way valve. If they are a terror to the Israelis and not to the Palastinians, that is simple, logical proof of where the terror – to civilians – is coming from. But this bad old world, including -notably – the British Parliament and the Labour Party and Ed Miliband – has no concern for truth.

    • Pam Kaye

      He’s not bothered about the small number of Jews still in the Uk – he’s looking for the larger Muslim vote: hence his attempts to ingratiate himself with Jew haters. This ploy might even work for him

  • Uncle Sam

    One year living in Europe before and after 9-11 convinced me that most of Europe had learned nothing from the Second World War: or if they had, they have forgotten it. I guess the same must be said for UK and Ireland. Sad!