Friday, August 08, 2014

8-Aug-14: Galloway MP thoughtfully helps clarify gap between principled position-taking and hateful odious prejudice

Galloway and fellow terror-friendly thought-leaders at 2010 rally honouring
'peace activists' in Gaza City [Image Source]
From the BBC:
Galloway under investigation over Israel remarks | Calls by George Galloway for Bradford to be "declared an Israel-free zone" are being investigated by West Yorkshire Police. Officers said two complaints had been made about a speech he made urging the city to reject all Israeli goods, services, academics and even tourists. A spokesman for the Bradford West MP said he stood by his remarks... Galloway's comments, made at a packed meeting of Respect activists in Leeds on Saturday, were posted on YouTube and prompted a storm of comment on Twitter. The Respect MP told the meeting: "We have declared Bradford an Israel-free zone. We don't want any Israeli goods; we don't want any Israeli services; we don't want any Israeli academics coming to the university or the college..." A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "We have received two separate complaints about comments attributed to George Galloway MP during a speech he gave at a public meeting in Leeds on 2nd August 2014. We are currently investigating the complaints." Mr Galloway, who took the Bradford West seat from Labour following a by-election in 2012, is a staunch campaigner and supporter of the Palestinian side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He co-founded the anti-war Respect Party in 2004 after being expelled by Labour because of comments he made as part of his opposition to the Iraq war. [BBC, August 7, 2014]
We wish the British authorities much success in the discharge of their duty.

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