Only last night I posted on the question of racism, some real and some imagined. I left out another sort, opportunist.
There were times in Britain not that long ago when guest houses would have notices that said "No Blacks, No Irish, No dogs". Such things are no longer acceptable ..
Except George Galloway thinks its OK to put up a notice in Bradford saying no Israeli's. He told a meeting of his remaining followers:
“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.
That's discrimination against a whole people. Not even just "Zionists". All Israeli's.
When he opposed the Iraq War did he say the same about US Citizens?
Of course not.
Nothing to gain from such a notion.
But Israeli's. Hmm.
Might help him retain a few votes in Bradford by appealing to base prejudice.
Oh and can someone remind us of his views on Assad in Syria where the death toll is in the hundreds of thousands......
And "Gorgeous" George should know all about oppressive and brutal regimes. He once worked for Press TV, the propaganda outlet for the Iranian Clerical Fascist government and now has a programme on Russian TV.
Ukraine, Gay Rights, murdered journalists, just to think of a few things that one might be concerned about under Commissar Putin.
However complaints have been made and according to the BBC:
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....
Jonathan Arkush, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, described the remarks as "odious".
"What about an Israeli who is a supporter of the Palestinian cause? He doesn't differentiate between an Israeli who supports the Israeli government or an Israeli who doesn't," he said.
"He doesn't differentiate between an adult or child - most people are apolitical. This man is so intolerant he can't bear to have someone with an opposing view in his town - how ridiculous is this."
Time for a Galloway free Bradford instead.