Britain’s MP George Galloway is put under police investigation for making anti-Israeli comments and declaring his area of Bradford an “Israel-free zone.”
Speaking at a meeting of Respect Party activists in Leeds on August 2, Galloway slammed Israel for the massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and urged party members to issue a boycott of Israeli goods, services, academics and tourists.
“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,” Galloway told activists.
“We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same,” he added. The Respect MP had distinguished between Israel and the world’s Jewish population earlier in the speech.
West Yorkshire police said they are currently investigating two separate complaints they received over the comments attributed to Galloway.
Ron McKay, a spokesperson for the Respect Party who also attended the meeting, defended Galloway’s comments on Thursday, saying they were “quite reasonable.”
“The Israeli administration is engaging in mass murder, slaughter and war crimes,” McKay said.
The investigation comes as London’s Tricycle Theater has also ended its eight-year association with a Jewish film festival over the Israeli war on Gaza.
Israel launched its recent military offensive on the Gaza Strip on July 8. Reports showed that the Israeli regime has been using weapons containing British-made components in the war, which has claimed the lives of at nearly 1,900 Palestinians, including 400 children.
Galloway took the Bradford West seat following a by-election in 2012. The co-founder of the anti-war Respect Party was expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 after he fiercely rapped former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for his decision to go to war in Iraq.