The upcoming election for the new Mayor of London has taken a twist. The hate filled anti-Israel former member of the British Parliament George Galloway has entered the race.
The former MP for Bradford West and leader of the Respect Party is looking for a new job after he lost his bid for re-election in May. Galloway served less than one full term in Parliament, having won his seat in a byelection.
Jews and other minorities certainly have reason to be concerned.
Galloway may try to hide his hate behind the veneer of legitimate criticism of Israel, but people have had little trouble seeing through this. Politicians of his vein lead small parties all over Europe and they always say the same thing: We are not racists or anti-semites, we just love our countries.
In 2013 he walked out of a debate at Oxford on the Arab-Israel conflict after he heard that Israelis were participating stating, “I don’t recognize Israel and I don’t debate with Israelis.”
Galloway then made headlines last summer during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza when he attempted to ban the sale of any and all Israel made goods in his district. He also told Israelis to stay away.
The former MP said at the time, “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. We don’t even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford, if any of them had thought of doing so.”
“We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same.”
Galloway has taken a populist tone in his campaign.
In his speech announcing his candidacy, Galloway said, “London has for too long been run in the interests of the 1% working in the city’s glittering towers, whilst the vast majority of Londoners feel that their voices are not heard.”
“I’m running because I want to represent every piece of the mosaic of this city which I have called home for 35 years.”
Galloway also made references to London’s bankers. This was not a very well veiled attack on Jews. Who is he telling people they should blame for all of their problems? The Jews, of course.