The sick anti-Semites at the heart of Galloway’s band of bigots

Carl Packman exposes the sick underbelly of anti-Semitisim at the heart of George Galloway’s victorious Bradford West by-election campaign.

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Carl Packman blogs at the Though Cowards Flinch blog

George Galloway, the new MP for Bradford West, could hardly contain his satisfaction in the early hours after it was reported he had won his election campaign. “By the Grace of God”, he opined in a tweet, “we have won the most sensational victory in British political history.”

George-GallowayBefore long it was being dubbed the Bradford Spring, the implication being that a despot was ousted while a rainbow coalition of groups has united in search of the goal of democracy.

But unity was the last thing Galloway had on his mind when he took to the road.

Reading around I found that the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, an organisation that wants to empower “Muslims to focus on non-violent Jihad and political activism”, who naturally support Galloway and Respect, had published a blog post on the Bradford West Labour candidate Imran Hussein, describing him as “thirsty”, dishing out ad hominem attacks, relaying childish jibes that Hussain “might have to rely on his trusted pals John E Walker and Jackie Daniels to give him a hand”.

One of course would naturally assume that this level of politics be beneath the anti-war firebrand. But of course this turned out to be false.

When I spoke to one Labour activist who travelled from London to Bradford to join the campaign against Galloway, he described Respect’s campaign as “vile” – not least because of the personal letter sent around by Galloway claiming:

“I, George Galloway, do not drink alcohol and never have. Ask yourself if you believe the other candidate in this election can say that truthfully.”

Addressing the “voters of the Muslim faith and Pakistani heritage in Bradford West”, Galloway felt it apt to write:

“God KNOWS who is a Muslim. And he KNOWS who is not. Instinctively, so do you.”

His references to his Labour opponent as a “Muslim” in inverted commas made it obvious he wanted the “Muslim faith and Pakistani heritage” vote because he was the real Muslim candidate, which Labour rightly responded to as a “bizarre and deeply insulting letter”.

While on the trail Galloway also dragged out of the woodwork supporters of note, namely Carole Swords and Yvonne Ridley. Swords, chair of the Tower Hamlets Respect Party, was convicted in February for slapping a Jewish man during a boycott protest at a supermarket.

Making the line between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism even thinner she was previously found to have written on Facebook that Zionists are “cockroaches” who “hide in the dark and try to create havoc where they lay their eggs” and that those “slimy, vile, hard skin bugs need to be stomped out”.

Yvonne Ridley, on the other hand, who is reported once to have said she’s “quite a fan of Mahmoud Admadinejad who is adored by the common man and woman in Iran”, and that “Zionists have tentacles everywhere”, told supporters of Galloway’s campaign recently that sentences handed to young men after the Bradford riots represented an “apartheid-style justice that we haven’t seen since the days of South Africa”.

With the “most sensational victory in British political history” and comparisons to South Africa, Bradford ought to feel like the centre of the universe.


See also:

How much longer will Labour MPs cosy up to extremists? 30 Jun 2011

The A-Z of Ayman al-Zawahiri 16 Jun 2011

Too many on the Left are continuing to promote Islamist extremists 20 May 2011

Hell Called, Your Place is Reserved: Muslim-country blogs react to Bin Laden death 3 May 2011

We shouldn’t abandon the label “extremist” for extremists 20 Jan 2011

Lifting the lid on Islamist radicalisation at British universities 19 October 2010

Islamic extremist calls British troops Nazis 4 Jan 2010


But in the age of austerity it drew a cheap politician.

The way in which Galloway conducted his deeply divisive campaign should leave him with nothing to be proud about. But as I said yesterday he doesn’t care about you, or me or Bradford, or Glasgow or Bethnal Green, or Joe Public, or the man-in-the-street. Galloway is a one-man brand, and one who appeals to low politics and dirty tricks – what a pity that we have to see him in parliament (occasionally) again.


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99 Responses to “The sick anti-Semites at the heart of Galloway’s band of bigots”

  1. C Larus

    I’m no Galloway fan, but where is the evidence of anti-Semitism in any of that?
    – That the Labour candidate isn’t teetotal?
    – That Admadinejad is popular?
    – That Galloway bangs on about God a lot?

    There has never been any suggestion that Carole Swords became involved in the fracas mentioned because the ‘volunteer’ guarding Israeli fruit in Tesco’s (!) was Jewish. I’m sure the same outcome would have occurred regardless of the ethnicities of anyone involved.

    Ridley clearly doesn’t use nice words about Zionists, but unless you equate being a Zionist with being a Jew (a bit of a racist generalisation), how is that anti-Semitic?

    Smear politics, or evidence based thinking?

  2. Daniel Rhodes-Mumby

    I’m also not a Galloway fan and I’m a Labour supporter, but Ken Livingstone is equally an anti-semite and yet the party has never taken him to task on this.

    I really think we need to get round to it sometime soon. *sigh*

  3. Average Joe Public

    what a load of rubbish written in this blog, i agree with C Larus post

  4. Roger

    Have you read this?

    If so, do you still think Ken is anti-semitic? And if so, why?

    I think you are being unfair. Ken hasn’t always expressed himself as sensitively as he might have – and his sympathies with the Palestinian cause are well known (and there’s nothing anti-semitic about having such sympathies) – but he isn’t an anti-semite.

  5. C Larus

    Exactly: Ken is so racist he’s writing long articles in the main Jewish newspaper saying “working with the Jewish community is essential to me and what I stand for”.

    Sadly seems that some are quite happy to denude anti-Semitism of all meaning by condemning all and sundry in those terms. If this is about disagreeing with someone about the Middle East or the like, just say so. Don’t degrade the struggle against a still serious form of racism by pretending differences of opinion over Israel’s behaviour is the same as hating Jewish people.

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