LONDON – One of Britain’s most popular comediennes and actresses, Maureen Lipman, has indicated that she is considering leaving the country because of the increasing levels of anti-Semitism.
Lipman, 68, famous in the UK for brilliant portrayals of a semi-neurotic Jewish mother in a series of television advertisements for British Telecom during the 1980s and 1990s, was being interviewed on a London Broadcasting Company program discussing anti-Semitism in the context of Tuesday’s Holocaust Memorial Day when she expressed her concerns at the situation in the UK.
“When the going gets tough, the Jews get packing... It’s crossed my mind that it’s time to have a look around for another place to live. I’ve thought about going to New York, I’ve thought about going to Israel,” she said.
Asked about the fears of Jews in France in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings and the attack on a kosher supermarket, Lipman explained that it was not just in France where Jews felt threatened.
“When the economy dries up, then they turn on the usual scapegoat: the usual suspect – the Jew. There is one school of thought that says it’s because of Israeli policies in the West Bank, but it isn’t. There’s been anti-Semitism for the past 4,000 years,” she said.