Shalom Life | October 19, 2015

George Galloway Claims He Will Not Declare London an “Israel Free Zone”

Controversial London mayoral candidate tells all in interview with BBC's Andrew Neil

By: Nathan Burley

Published: June 1st, 2015 in News » World

Photo: George Galloway

Credit: Telegraph


George Galloway, the former Respect Party MP in Bradford West, has been no stranger to controversy and confrontation since declaring Bradford an “Israel free zone” in response to the Israel-Gaza conflict last summer.

However his declaration was, of course, only demonstrative of his stance on the conflict and not in any way enforceable. “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 Israeli tourists coming to Bradford even if any of them had thought of doing so,” said Galloway last summer standing in front of a Palestinian flag.

As The Jerusalem Post reports, Galloway was questioned by Andrew Neil as to whether he would attempt to make London a “Israel free zone” should he win next year’s mayoral race. Galloway responded, “I think Palestine has more supporters in London than anywhere else in the country. But the Mayor is not the Pope and the Mayor is not the president and is not the prime minister or the foreign secretary.”

When pressed as to why he would ever make such a statement in the first place, Galloway said, “I called for it. It’s not exactly branding and of course it’s unimplementable. It’s a moral position and my moral position on Palestine is well known to you and people watching this.”

Though he denies that he will try to make London an “Israel free zone,” Galloway does aim, “to encourage the huge swell of pro-Palestinian support in London.”

Galloway’s recent comments come amid possible legal action for an illegal tweet regarding an exit poll sent before voting had finished.

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