That's the Yorkshire city which, as I briefly described here, owes an immense debt to Jews who settled there in the nineteenth century and contributed materially to the civic and cultural life of the locality.
“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 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.”
Regarding this barbarous call, the Yorkshire Post reports:
'A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police 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 August, 2 2014. We are currently investigating the complaints.”
Bradford Council leader Councillor Dave Green has condemned Mr Galloway’s remarks. He said: “George Galloway may be a member of parliament but he does not speak for Bradford. He can only speak for himself and his party.” He described the comments as “deliberately divisive.”....
Reaction to the film on the social media site Twitter was angry and immediate. Julie Lenarz wrote: “He’s a disgrace to country/office.”.... ...Samuel LBS tweeted: “I wonder if George Galloway wants Muslim Arabs who are Israeli citizens banned from Bradford as well?”
Mr Galloway last night defended his speech and said he looked forward to hearing from the police inquiry. He said that “at least 95 per cent” of Israelis supported the military actions of the Israeli Government in Gaza.'The Bradford Telegraph and Argus adds:
'Nigel Grizzard, a commentator on Jewish affairs, said: "George Galloway is a very extreme politician and these are very extreme remarks which are not helpful in any shape or form....
Israeli tourists with an interest in textiles visited Bradford, he said, "Whether they will want to come now is a different matter."
Mr Galloway said there was wide-spread support for the scale of military action taken in Gaza and added: "Bradford is the centre of peace studies, why on Earth would you want those people here?"
He said he could not comment on the police investigation until he knew further details of the nature of the complaints.
Mr Galloway made similar comments that Bradford should be an 'Israel free zone' after he was invited to speak at a rally in City Park last month.
At that event he also called on other city MPs and councillors to 'twin' with Gaza, though Bradford Council leader David Green later suggested that any move to twin with communities in that region should involve both Gaza and Israel. The process would have to go through normal council procedures.'Here's a video of that rally in City Park. Yes, City Park, Bradford, England. Hear a familiar Scottish voice rant. Hear the hordes of Islamists rave. A "centre of peace studies" indeed.
More anti-Israel hatred expressed there:
To quote the splendid Douglas Murray:
'Certainly, across Europe there is a new hatred in the air -- but this hatred is also the old one. The people on the streets of Paris, Berlin, London, Amsterdam and other cities across Europe include the descendants of some of those who fought against, fought for, allied or collaborated with the evil regime which spurred this hatred on last time. But most of the perpetrators are not those people. Most of them are of immigrant backgrounds. In Britain, these are mainly from the Indian sub-continent (with a smaller group from the Gulf countries); in France and the Netherlands, they are from North Africa; in Germany and Austria, largely from Turkey.
As a Spanish analyst (quoted here) observes:
"It is possible legitimately to criticize Israel. But it smells fishy when all of the blame is attributed to Israel, without even mentioning the small detail that a terrorist and jihadist group that rules Gaza has infringed on every conceivable humanitarian principle, by using civilians as human shields, and launching missiles from apartment blocks, while their leaders are living comfortable in Qatar, guests of a sheik.
It is not difficult to unmask an anti-Semite: someone who frivolously abuses the term "genocide," a word that has such profound significance for the Jewish people ....'Another, quoted in the same article, remarks:
"There is no territory more occupied than the body of a Palestinian woman, or a strip narrower than the female spirit severed by the violent imposition of the superstitions of Allah and the followers of Mohammed. We had better not even mention the situation of Palestinian homosexuals. This selective outrage by top progressives when it involves Israel is indeed anti-Semitism."And writes the staunchly pro-Israel French academic Guy Millière:
'....All French politicians are ready to condemn anti-Semitism in general terms (except members of the National Front); none are ready to call the anti-Semitism that is exploding in France today by its name: Islamic anti-Semitism....
Almost all French politicians adopt an attitude of appeasement toward the enemies of Israel and Jews. They never define Hamas as an Islamic terrorist organization. They close their eyes to the anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish hate speech disseminated by the enemies of Israel in the Middle East, and to the irony that France finances that speech. They act as if they did not see that the hate speech France finances in the Middle East is now spreading throughout France........All reports major French television reports on Israel's war against Hamas are made from the point of view of Hamas or the Palestinian Authority. No report speaks of Hamas's genocidal Jew hatred or of the use of Arab women and children as human shields. Journalists from major French media outlets act as if they did not know that by adopting a watered-down vision of the protesters and rioters in France, and by describing the war from the point of view of Hamas or the Palestinian Authority, they are playing a dangerous game that could lead to more pogroms and even civil war....
French politicians also know that France's Muslim population now amounts to 15% of its total population and that radical Islamist organizations are particularly well established. The Union of Islamic Organizations of France (UOIF), the French branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, is the main French Muslim organization; it attracts tens of thousands of people in each of its annual meetings and openly lends political support to Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. French politicians do not want a confrontation with the UOIF.
French politicians also know that more than 750 neighborhoods in France are considered "no go zones" by the police, and that the authorities have lost control of them.
They also know that 70% of all inmates in the French prison system are Muslim , and that self-proclaimed imams and gang leaders have taken over many prisons. They know that these prisons have been transformed into recruiting centers for jihadists, and that regaining control of these prisons is an almost impossible task. Mohamed Merah and Mehdi Nemmouche, the Brussels Jewish Museum killer, became jihadists while in French prisons.
French politicians know, as well, that more than 800 French Muslims are being trained in the Islamic State, in Iraq and Syria.
They know that Muslims vote. Eight million Muslims clearly have greater political weight than do four hundred thousand Jews. [The greater clout at the polls in Europe and in Australia that Muslims now have compared to Jews owing to their far greater numbers must, of course, be a central worry for all who support Israel, whether Jew or non-Jew.]
The major French media are also scared and paralyzed. Criticizing radical Islam on French television is now almost impossible. Organizations fighting "Islamophobia" are extremely vigilant and extremely well funded....
On July 21, Meyer Habib, a MP representing French citizens living in Israel, said that "an atmosphere of Kristallnacht" spreads over the country. Many French Jews agree.'
Writes that fine American, Lieutenant-Colonel Allen West:
'Watch this video of a former US Marine being attacked by a pro-Hamas mob this past Saturday in Washington DC. What makes me angriest was the way these animals surrounded the Marine and began shouting “Allahu Akhbar” and then attempted to coerce the DC police who finally showed up at the scene. This Marine’s crime was that he stood with an American and Israeli flag. He was punched, kicked, and spat upon by these ravenous savages. It is only by way of violence and intimidation that these supporters of Islamism and jihadism achieve their goals. And to think this occurred right in our nation’s capital, just as in Paris and London....
We have allowed a cancer to infiltrate Western Civilization and it is metastasizing at an alarming rate. This cancer will indeed destroy the host unless a precision emergency surgical procedure is conducted.
Those who support Islamic terrorism live side-by-side with us — the evidence is clear as to why. When in our country an American, who has served his nation, cannot express his First Amendment right of freedom of speech and expression without being attacked by a mad mob there is something very wrong.
This goes beyond the scope of multiculturalism. It is a matter of survival and respect. Perhaps those who attacked the Marine would do better living in Gaza with their Hamas brethren. And you can bet that behind this violent protest you will find the instigation of Muslim Brotherhood front groups ....
When tolerance becomes a one-way street it leads to cultural suicide....'
It's not the first time that Colonel West has given that warning, and I doubt that it will be the last. Abetted by the perverse and destructive Left, a terrible force has been allowed to penetrate the soft underbelly of the democratic West, and the recent demonstrations against Israel in Western capitals and other large cities has thrown that fact into sharp relief. The Jews are the canaries in the coalmine, as seen in what one commentator has termed "The Hate-Wave all over the Islamicised West".