Golda Meir's grandson defends Helen Mirren in 'Jewface' film row

Golda Meir’s grandson says the Israeli PM would have ‘lovedbeing played by Helen Mirren and it ‘doesn’t matter at allthat she’s not Jewish after Maureen Lipman criticised the casting amid ‘Jewface row

  • Shaul Rahabi said: ‘I have no issue with Helen Mirren playing my grandmother
  • His comments, to the Jewish Chronicle, come following a row over her casting
  • Dame Helen, who is not Jewish, will play ex-Israeli Prime Minister in biopic Golda
  • But her casting sparked a row after comments by actress Dame Maureen Lipman
  • The Coronation Street star said the ‘Jewishness of Meir’s character is so integral
  • Golda Meir’s grandson has today defended Dame Helen Mirren over her casting as the former イスラエル人 Prime Minister, saying she would have ‘lovedto have been played by the actress and it ‘doesn’t matterwhether or not she is Jewish.

    The Oscar-winning star was drawn into a ‘Jew facerow after her casting as the iconic Israeli politician in the upcoming biopic ‘Goldawas called into question by British actress Dame Maureen Lipman.

    ザ・ Coronation Street star said she disagreed with the casting of the 76-year-old, who is not Jewish, because the ‘Jewishness of (Meir’s) character is so integralto the role.

    The 75-year-old soap star later doubled down on her comments, saying Bette Midler and Barbara Streisand, both of whom are Jewish, should have been considered first.

    Her comments sparked an online row, with comedian David Baddiel defending Dame Maureen, while others, including Maidenhead Rabbi Jonathan Romain, urged that ‘actors should act’.

    Now Golda Meir’s grandson has given his verdict, saying ‘it doesn’t matterwhether or not Dame Helen is Jewish.

    と話す Jewish Chronicle, Shaul Rahabi, whose mother was the politician’s daughter, 前記: ‘I have no issue with Helen Mirren being Jewish or not Jewish playing my grandmother.

    ‘It doesn’t matter at all. I’m sure Helen Mirren is great.

    Ms Meir (で描かれています 1969) was the fourth prime minister of Israel and held the position from 1969 まで 1974

    A publicity image of the film Golda, where Dame Helen portrayed Ms Meir during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, showed Dame Helen covered in prosthetic to look more like the politician.

    A publicity image of the film Golda (正しい), where Dame Helen portrayed Ms Meir during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, showed Dame Helen covered in prosthetic to look more like the politician (左の写真 1969)

    Speaking to the Jewish Chronicle, Shaul Rahabi, whose mother was the politician's daughter, 前記: 'I have no issue with Helen Mirren being Jewish or not Jewish playing my grandmother.'

    Speaking to the Jewish Chronicle, Shaul Rahabi, whose mother was the politician’s daughter, 前記: ‘I have no issue with Helen Mirren being Jewish or not Jewish playing my grandmother.

    The Oscar-winning star was drawn into a 'Jew face' row after her casting as the late-politician in the upcoming biopic 'Golda' was called into question by British actress Dame Maureen Lipman

    The Oscar-winning star was drawn into a ‘Jew facerow after her casting as the late-politician in the upcoming biopic ‘Goldawas called into question by British actress Dame Maureen Lipman

    However the interior designer added that he had some advice for the actress when playing his grandmother.

    彼は言った: ‘If anyone was to portray my grandmother they should know she glowed, she had an amazing powerful aura about her.

    It comes after Dame Maureen told the Jewish Chronicle she disagreed with the casting of the multi award-winning actress as Ms MeirIsrael’s first female Prime Minister.

    Asked about her feelings on the casting, 彼女は言いました: ‘With that I disagree, because the ‘Jewishness of (Meir’s) character is so integral.

    But the comments sparked a backlash on social media. Rabbi Jonathan Romain, director of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire, jumped to the defence of Dame Helen, 言って: ‘You don’t have to be Jewish to play a Jew’.

    The 67-year-old wrote: ‘We had a discussion on this at Maidenhead Synagogue two weeks ago; the unanimous verdict was that actors should actthat’s what is their skill.

    ‘You don’t have to be Jewish to play a Jew or orphaned to be an orphan. But it’s wise to have an adviser from whatever is the context.

    Jewish Chronicle editor-at-large Stephen Pollard also disagreed, 書き込み: ‘I adore Maureen Lipman but she couldn’t be more wrong on this. The logic of her position is that the only character any actor can play is themselves.

    But comedian David Baddiel, who himself faced backlash for using blackface in a sketch, said Jewish roles should be cast ‘authentically’.

    In an op-ed in the Guardian, 彼が書きました: ‘I believe two things at once – that in an ideal world, non-Jews should be allowed to play Jews, but the fact this allowance already exists, and has up to this point received very little pushback is, in the modern casting context, a discrepancy, and one that needs to be deconstructed, because it says a lot about how people see Jews.

    Dame Maureen later double-down on her comments, saying stars Bette Midler and Barbara Streisand, who are Jewish, should have been considered ahead of Dame Helen.

    She also suggested Scarlett Johansson, whose mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, could have played the part in Israeli director Guy Nattiv’s film.

    But she somewhat undermined her own argument by also suggesting Tracey Ullman, who isn’t Jewish, as another possible contender.

    She also admitted ‘contradictingherself over her comments on Dame Helen’s casting and said she did not want to get to a stage where ‘only actors with scoliosis could play Shakespeare’s Richard III’.

    The Coronation Street actress today said stars such as Bette Milder and Barbara Streisand, who are Jewish, should have been considered for the starring role in upcoming film 'Golda'

    The Coronation Street actress today said stars such as Bette Milder and Barbara Streisand, who are Jewish, should have been considered for the starring role in upcoming film ‘Golda

    Dame Maureen's comments sparked fans to point out that she herself had played a vicar in a 2015 Red Nose Day special of the Vicar of Dibley. In the comedy special, Dame Maureen's character (写真中央) competed with Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Emma Watson and Ruth Jones, Annette Crosbie for the job of archbishop

    Dame Maureen’s comments sparked fans to point out that she herself had played a vicar in a 2015 Red Nose Day special of the Vicar of Dibley. In the comedy special, Dame Maureen’s character (写真中央) competed with Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Emma Watson and Ruth Jones, Annette Crosbie for the job of archbishop

    Lipman suggested 37-year-old American-star Scarlett Johansson (写真), whose mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, could have played the part

    Lipman suggested 37-year-old American-star Scarlett Johansson (写真), whose mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, could have played the part








    She also said she believed Dame Helen would be a good fit for the role as Ms Meiraffectionately labelled ‘the grandmother of the Jewish people’ – because ‘she is sexy’.

    Her latest comments were made in an interview with Good Morning Britain, in which she also revealed that she had only met Dame Helen once.

    But she said she expects the highly-acclaimed actress will ‘understandthe contexts behind her comments and urged her to look beyond the ‘headlines’.

    The times that Dame Maureen Lipman has played non-Jewish characters

    Up the Junction (1968)SylvieA working class girl who befriends a wealthy young heiress

    The Smashing Bird I Used to Know (1969) – サラ – A lesbian prisoner who befriends an inmate from a middle-class background

    On Your Way, Riley (1985) Kitty McShaneA fictional version of the real-life Irish actress

    Educating Rita (1983)TrishA room mate of the titular character Rita

    Water (1985) – マーガレット・サッチャー – A fictional version of the real-life British prime minister

    Bookmark (1992)Enid BlytonA fictional version of the real life English writer

    Coronation Street (2002)Lillian SpencerA relief manager who helps run the Rovers Return Inn

    ドクター・フー (2006)The WireAn energy being villain that takes the souls of TV-watching Britons during Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation

    Holby City (2011) Bonnie WaltersA patient at Holby City Hospital

    The Vicar of Dibley (2015) – アリシア – A Church of England vicar competing with five other women to become an archbishop

    Coronation Street (2018 to Present)Evelyn Plummerthe grandmother of established character Tyrone Dobbs

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    Despite the criticism of her views, Dame Maureen, who once played a Church of England reverend in the Vicar of Dibley, doubled-down on her view.

    In an interview with Good Morning Britain, 彼女は言いました : ‘My feeling is, firstly, that Helen Mirren is a fine actress, and will be brilliant in the role and will green-light the film

    ‘And she will be very good because she is sexy and Golda Meir, believe it or not, was very sexy. She didn’t look it but read her book.

    ‘And I’ve seen shows about her before, so I have nothing against Helen playing it.

    ‘My query is should the casting directors looked first, and maybe they did, at Bette Midler, (Barbara) Streisand, Jennifer Connolly, Scarlet Johansson, or indeed, probably I would have gone with, Tracey Ullman, who is a brilliant actress.

    ‘But maybe they wouldn’t have green-light a film and maybe they have considered that Helen has Russian in her background and therefore she could play this Jewish women from Milwaukee.

    Dame Maureen also admitted she herself had been questioned for playing an Irish Catholic, a role which was critiqued by the late Canadian film critic Milton Shulman.

    ‘It’s a complicated argument, and I will end up contradicting myself, but say for example that, you wanted to cast a film about Ghandi, would it be alright, would there be a fuss, if you cast Salma Hayek say, a Mexican, probably Catholic?

    ‘Once I played an Irish Catholic, and Milton Shulman wrote a review: “Maureen Lipman playing an Irish Catholic is like Barbara Streisand playing mother Theresa”.

    ‘Now you might say “何故なの?”.’

    Asked if acting was about the skill of a person’s portrayal of a character, 彼女は冗談を言った: 'もちろん, and that’s why I would be arguing against myself, because as globalisation gets bigger, casting gets smaller.

    ‘And we are getting more and more tribal. So in the end, if you were doing theMaureen Lipman Showyou would only be able to have a 75-year-old woman who was born in Northfield Road, Hull, with an overbite and myopia.

    ‘And it’s crazy, it’s not what it should be.

    ‘But you’ve had a lot of things lately, like Javier Bardem has been criticised because he’s Spanish, not Cuban, in Being the Ricardosthat’s nuts.

    ‘Jake Gyllenhaal has played a Persian when he’s American-Swedish, Rooney Mara has been criticised for playing a Native American.

    Dame Maureen Lipman

    Dame Helen Mirren

    Actress Dame Maureen Lipman (左) said Dame Helen Mirren (正しい) should not have been asked to play the Israeli leader Golda Meir, adding that she was uncomfortable with the casting

    Dame Maureen suggested Barbara Streisand may have been a good fit for the role as Golda Meir

    Dame Maureen also suggested Bette Midler could have played the role of Gold Meir

    The Coronation Street actress said she thinks stars such as Tracey Ullman, Bette Midler (右の写真) and Barbara Streisand (左の写真), should have been considered for the starring role in upcoming film ‘Golda








    Rabbi Jonathan Romain, director of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire, today took to Twitter to express his view on the row, 言って: 'You don't have to be Jewish to play a Jew'

    Rabbi Jonathan Romain, director of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire, today took to Twitter to express his view on the row, 言って: ‘You don’t have to be Jewish to play a Jew

    The first woman to be the prime minister of Israel who earned the nicknamed the ‘strong-willed grandmother of the Jewish people’: Who is Golda Meir?

    Born Golda Mabovitch in Kiev, present-day Ukraine, に 1898, Golda Meir would go on to become on of Israel’s most prominent political figures.

    彼女の父, Moshe, was a carpenter in the city, then under the control of the Russia empire.

    She faced a difficult life as a child, later recording in her autobiography that her first memory was of her parents boarding up their home for fear of anti-Semitic violence.

    Meir grew up with two sisters, Sheyna and Tzipke, as well as five other siblings who died in childhood.

    に 1903, her father Kiev for New York City, while her family moved to Pinsk in modern-day Belarus.

    After finding a job and in Milwaukee, Moshe moved his family over the United States, where Meir’s mother Blume Mabovitch ran a grocery store.

    Born Golda Mabovitch in Kiev, present-day Ukraine, に 1898, Golda Meir would go on to become on of Israel's most prominent political figures. 写真: Golda Meir standing with U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1973

    Born Golda Mabovitch in Kiev, present-day Ukraine, に 1898, Golda Meir would go on to become on of Israel’s most prominent political figures. 写真: Golda Meir standing with U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1973

    Meir showed leadership skills at a young age, organizing a fundraiser to pay for her classmatestextbooks and forming the American Young Sisters Society.

    While at high school she joined the Labour Zionist Youth Movement and became a keen Socialist Zionist.

    She married sign painter Morris Meyerson in 1917 after the pair met in Denver four years earlier. She remained married to him until his death in 1951. The pair had two children together.

    As part of a pre-condition of their marriage, Meir agreed to settle in Palestine, but the couple were delayed due to the US entering the First World War.

    The pair made the move in 1921 with her sister Sheyna, living in an international community of Jews known as a kibbutz. They later moved to Tel Aviv before settling in Jerusalem.

    It was here she became secretary of the Working Women’s Council, a job which meant she returned to the US for two years as an emissary.

    During her time back in America she was the Jewish observer from Palestine at the Évian Conferencewhere a discussion took place on Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in Germany.

    Meir continued to rise up the ranks in Jewish politics and was one of 24 signatories of the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948.

    She was selected as Minister Plenipotentiary to Moscow, carrying the first Israeli-issued passport, before being elected to the Knesset and becoming Israel’s Labor Ministera position she held from 1949 まで 1956.

    During Meir's (で描かれています 1973) time as premier she faced dealing with the fourth Israel-Arab conflict - which came to be known as the Yom Kippur War. The short 19 day war ended in an Israeli victory

    During Meir’s (で描かれています 1973) time as premier she faced dealing with the fourth Israel-Arab conflictwhich came to be known as the Yom Kippur War. The short 19 day war ended in an Israeli victory

    Meir later served as Foreign Minister, before stepping back from her role in 1966 after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

    However she returned to front line politics in 1969 after being elected by her party to succeed leader Levi Eshkol following his sudden death.

    She became Israel’s fourth Prime Ministerand the first female Prime Ministera role she held until 1974.

    During her time as premier she faced dealing with the fourth Israel-Arab conflictwhich came to be known as the Yom Kippur War. The short 19 day war ended in an Israeli victory.

    But her government became plagued by infighting and questions over Israel’s lack of preparation for conflict.

    Her party won the next election, but her coalition government lost seats and was unable to form a majority, leading to her resignation.

    二年後, に 1975, Meir was awarded the Israel Prize for her special contribution to society and the State of Israel.

    に 1978, five years after her resignation, Meir died of lymphoma at the age of 80.

    However her legacy lives on in Israel, どこ, while her success as a prime minister is debated, she is widely praised for her work as a labour and foreign minister.

    Today she is described as the ‘strong-willed grandmother of the Jewish people’, while others have referred to her as the original ‘Iron Ladybefore British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

    In the Muslim world however her legacy is one of controversy, having been quoted in 1969 in the Times as saying: ‘There were no such thing as Palestinians’.

    に 2019, the American Muslims for Palestine, a US-based group dedicated to educating the American public about Palestine, 前記: ‘She had no problem with forcibly removing people from their homes and kicking them out of their country in order that Israel may exist.

    In the US Meir has several buildings named after her, including a school and a library in Milwaukee, where she lived her early years, while there is a bust of her at Golda Meir Square, ニューヨーク市.

    In Israel she has has a road named after her, Golda Meir Boulevard, Jerusalem, and a performing arts centre, Gold Meir Centre for Performing Arts, which is home to the Israeli Opera.

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    ‘My point here, and I’m contradicting myself, as I said, if the religion fires the character, then I honestly think you should look at that group that gender, if the character is gay I think you should see the gay actors first, see the Jewish actors first, if it doesn’t work out, けっこうだ, go ahead.

    ‘Clearly there will never be another Lawrence Olivier playing Othello, that’s probably right, although he was wonderful, or an Alec Guinness in A Passage to Indiathat’s been and gonebut we don’t want to get to a stage where Richard III has to be played by someone with Scoliosis, whose committed insanity.

    Asked if she thinks she had upset Dame Helen with her comments, 彼女は付け加えた: ‘I’m sure that she of all people will understand what the headline was was not necessarily what the context was. So I’m not worried about that.

    It is not clear if those behind the film, which is being directed by acclaimed Israeli director Guy Nattiv, had considered Jewish actresses for the role prior to Dame Helen’s casting.

    MailOnline previously contacted representatives for comment but did not receive a response.

    In November a publicity image of the film Golda, where Dame Helen portrayed Ms Meir during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, showed Dame Helen covered in prosthetic to look more like the politician.

    Ms Meir was the fourth prime minister of Israel and held the position from 1969 まで 1974.

    During her time as premier she faced dealing with the fourth Israel-Arab conflictwhich came to be known as the Yom Kippur War. The short 19 day war ended in a Israel victory.

    But her government became plagued by infighting and questions over Israel’s lack of preparation for conflict.

    Her party won the next election, but her coalition government lost seats and was unable to form a majority, leading to her resignation.

    二年後, に 1975, Meir was awarded the Israel Prize for her special contribution to society and the State of Israel.

    Speaking about the casting of Dame Helen for the role of Golda, Dame Maureen said: ‘The Jewishness of the character is so integral.

    ‘I’m sure she will be marvellous, but it would never be allowed for Ben Kingsley to play Nelson Mandela. You just couldn’t even go there.

    Dame Maureen’s comments sparked fans to point out that she herself had played a vicar in a 2015 Red Nose Day special of the Vicar of Dibley.

    In the comedy special, Dame Maureen’s character competed with Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Emma Watson and Ruth Jones, Annette Crosbie for the job of archbishop.

    It is later revealed there are five positions open and Dawn French’s character is the only one not to be selected.

    She returns to find she has been replaced in her Dibley role by another vicar, played by presenter Fiona Bruce.

    It comes after Tamsin Greig told The Daily Telegraph last month she ‘probably shouldn’thave played a Jewish mother in Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner.

    Ms Greig is a practising Christian, although does have Jewish ancestry.

    But Patrick Marber, the playwright who directed Sir Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, said he did not think ‘lived experienceshould be taken into consideration when casting for roles.

    He said to force actors to have experienced lives similar to the characters they play would deny the actor the challenge and right to impersonate someone else.

    Sarah Silverman, the US comedian, has previously slammed the casting of non-Jewish actress Kathryn Hahn as Joan Rivers, calling it ‘Jewface’.

    Elliot Levey, who is currently playing a German Jew in Cabaret in the West End, called the argument a ‘dystopian nightmareas he criticised the idea of ‘people showing their papers to authenticate Jewish ancestry’.

    Dame Helen is a supporter of Israel, adding her name to an open letter rejecting a cultural boycott of the country.

    While promoting her film The Debt, in which she played a retired Mossad agent, she was asked by The New York Times whether she might be ‘a secret Jew’.

    She said she ‘wouldn’t be surprised’.

    Last year internet trolls branded Dame Helen ‘racistand described her as a ‘well known Zionist and Israel-worshipperafter taking on the role of wartime prime minister Ms Meir.

    フィルム, Golda, is set during the Yom Kippur War in 1973 when Arab states attacked Israel.

    Dame Helen described Meir as ‘a formidable, intransigent and powerful leaderand said it was ‘a great challenge to portray her at the most difficult moment of her extraordinary life’.

    But critics on social media described the production as ‘fascism’, ‘sickand ‘tasteless’.

    1人のTwitterユーザー, who said they were ‘Palestinian and proud’, 書きました: ‘How sick making a biopic on criminal Golda Meir and yes no surprise Helen Mirren the racist is happy to portray the pure distorted version of a disgusting individual.

    別の書き込み: ‘Helen Mirren doing a film about the first female prime minister of Israel is a slap in the face to all the people of Palestine, they are literally celebrating taking over Palestine and taking families out of their homes, murdering children, 家族! Tasteless film!’

    One social-media user said it was ‘hugely disappointing that Helen Mirren is volunteering for this role’, while another wrote: ‘More fascism to show how ‘wonderfulIsrael is.

    Born in Ukraine in 1898 before moving to the US as a child, Meir made history in 1969 as Israel’s first female prime minister.

    She soon provoked international controversy, 言って: ‘There were no such thing as Palestinians.

    Meir faced huge criticism in Israel for failing to adequately prepare for the threat of war, despite receiving word that Arab forces were gathering for an attack.

    Following the backlash for her handling of the war, Meir announced her resignation in 1974. She died in 1978 高齢者 80.

    Dame Helen has faced criticism in the past for saying that she was a ‘believerin Israel and that she rejected calls to boycott the country.

    The film also stars Call My Agent! actress Camille Cottin as Meir’s personal assistant and Israeli Lior Ashkenazi as her chief of staff.

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