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Harry Potter star blames Israel for ‘allowing’ anti-Semitism

She blamed Israel for ‘allowing people’ to voice prejudice against Jews

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Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes criticized Israel’s actions which she said allowed “venting” of anti-Semitism, she told Radio Times magazine.

She blamed Israel for “allowing people” to voice prejudice against Jews adding that there had been a “troubling backlash” following the recent 50-day Gaza war.

The conflict claimed the lives of more than 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians and more than 70 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

“I loathe Hamas, but they were democratically elected and Israel’s behaviour is not acceptable. There’s been a troubling backlash,” she said.

“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,” she told the British magazine.

“One always needs a Jewish accountant. Antisemitism is horrible and can’t be defended, but Israel is stupid for allowing people to vent it.”

Margolyes played Professor Pomona Sprout in the eight-film cinematic adaptation of the iconic Harry Potter franchise.

Her character was a Herbology teacher and Head of the Hufflepuff House at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

She also participated in the plot-defining Battle of Hogwarts alongside Harry Potter against Lord Voldemort.

Margolyes, 73, has been performing since the 1970s.

“I’d have thought my particular brand of quirkiness, combined with sharp intelligence and a fine voice, would have yielded more. But it hasn’t. Yet! Maybe it’s because I’m fat. It’s jolly hard to lose weight. I’m peeved, but it would be stupid to feel bitter.”