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.

  6. Anonymous

    You mean they are mates of Ken (anti-semite) Livingstone. Who would have guessed it.

  7. Anonymous

    Finegold: Mr Livingstone, Evening Standard. How did tonight go?
    Livingstone: How awful for you. Have you thought of having treatment?
    Finegold: How did tonight go?
    Livingstone: Have you thought of having treatment?
    Finegold: Was it a good party? What does it mean for you?
    Livingstone: What did you do before? Were you a German war criminal?
    Finegold: No, I’m Jewish, I wasn’t a German war criminal and I’m actually quite offended by that. So, how did tonight go?
    Livingstone: Ah right, well you might be Jewish, but actually you are just like a concentration camp guard, you are just doing it because you are paid to, aren’t you?
    Finegold: Great, I have you on record for that. So, how was tonight?
    Livingstone: It’s nothing to do with you because your paper is a load of scumbags and reactionary bigots.
    Finegold: I’m a journalist and I’m doing my job. I’m only asking for a comment.
    Livingstone: Well, work for a paper that doesn’t have a record of supporting fascism.

  8. Roger

    Not perhaps his finest hour, but do we know what was done and said between the two men earlier in the night, or on previous occasions? There was a lot of bad blood at this time between Ken and the Evening Standard, which was a very rightwing paper owned by the Daily Mail. The ES had conducted a vicious campaign against Ken. Ken was rude to the reporter for this reactionary rightwing rag, but his rudeness wasn’t anti-semitic in intent.

  9. Gerard

    So Carole Swords isn’t an anti-Semite she would just slap anyone who defends something representative of Israel? That’s so much better.

  10. Markstocks

    Left Foot forward has let itself down by publishing this drivel. I am very disapointed in what is usually an excellent collection of blogs

  11. ABradfordian

    What is this rubbish from Left Foot Forward? Very disappointing to see biased propaganda attacking Galloway that would be worthy of the Daily Mail. I have followed this blog for a long time, but unless an adequate explanation can be made for this pathetic article I will be withdrawing my support for LFF.

    Congratulations to George Galloway, a great campaign with a great message. His comments that the mainstream parties are completely out of touch with mainstream opinion seems now to apply to this blog?!! Shocked and disappointed LFF, shame on you!

    From a Bradfordian.

  12. LabourBhoy


    Absolutely no evidence that Galloway’s band of eejits are in anyway anti-semitic. Swords herself is part Jewish.

  13. Dave Morgan for chilling report on anti-semites involved in Bradford campaign. MPAC who tell people to vote BNP played role

  14. Rotherham Politics for chilling report on anti-semites involved in Bradford campaign. MPAC who tell people to vote BNP played role

  15. Bernie Mayall

    This seems murky on first glance. Does anyone know more?

  16. Sternum

    Remember the Gay Rights activists protesting at Ken as well. 2 great examples of why whoring out political beliefs for votes has destroyed the Labour party.

  17. Reese Hugo for chilling report on anti-semites involved in Bradford campaign. MPAC who tell people to vote BNP played role

  18. Les Seavor

    The sick anti-Semites at the heart of Galloway’s band of bigots #spartacusreport #wrb #nhs #democracybroken #corruption

  19. Jooma Fink

    "The sick anti-Semites at the heart of Galloway’s band of bigots" – #Galloway's antics make my flesh crawl

  20. Anonymous

    You have to take it as it is read.

    After all, the left keep telling us that racism is defined by the people who hear, rather than the intent of the speaker.

  21. Anonymous

    Great, stop backstabbing the left and go back to the BNP, your ideological home.

    Don’t like it? Then don’t support people whose views are indistinguishable on Jewish issues from them, as far as I’m concerned. Yes, Jewish.

  22. Anonymous

    Ah yes, your latest invention as to why people should be offended only according to your ideology.

  23. Brenda Gunning for chilling report on anti-semites involved in Bradford campaign. MPAC who tell people to vote BNP played role

  24. Matt Harwood

    RT @leftfootfwd: The sick anti-Semites at the heart of Galloway’s band of bigots

  25. A.S.

    Absolutely horrendous blog. The Israeli bias in Left Foot Forward is laughable. You need to sort this rubbish out asap.

  26. Mike Gapes for chilling report on anti-semites involved in Bradford campaign. MPAC who tell people to vote BNP played role

  27. DuncanB

    Fifty six percent of the vote on a 51% turn out doesn’t seem very divisive to me.

  28. ABradfordian

    @Newsbot9 Is this reply a mistake or are you mentally unhinged?!

    On another note I’m very proud to now have George in Parliament, I can’t wait for his opening speech! Watching his videos on youtube is always good fun, the man is a master of political oratory. I can’t wait for him to get into the ConDems and the Blue Labour party!

    All the best George, sock it to ’em!

  29. Anonymous

    No, the unhinged one is you.
    Advocating violence as usual for the right.

  30. Ed's Talking Balls

    Hold your horses: don’t try and palm off Galloway and his supporters as right wing! I’m not having that! You might not want them, but they’re yours.

  31. Anonymous


    No, he’s no mutualist.

  32. Ed's Talking Balls

    Given Galloway’s litigious nature, I’ll refrain from expressing an opinion.

  33. ABradfordian

    What are you talking about?! Your posts make absolutely no sense!

    I’m actually laughing out loud! So this is what an internet troll does? Please put a small amount of logic into your next post.

    Here’s some ammunition for you:

    I’m a big George Galloway fan precisely because he stands against racism and violence, the man is anti-war and anti-violence through and through!

  34. Mr. Sensible

    Lets remember also that this is someone who, when he was last an MP was so bothered about his London constituents he spent some time on Selebrity Big Brother.

    Well we’ll see what happens I guess…

  35. Anonymous

    Oh yes, laugh. Laugh it up.
    Pretend anyone against you can’t be sane.

    Blah blah excuses for intolerance and advocating violence.

  36. ABradfordian

    You are rolling around in jam, cackling at the moon, bat-shit mental!

    I love it!

    “Sock it up”?!?! Hahahaha!

    If you are really trying to argue that the respect party is to the right of Labour ,or to the right of any other political party in parliament even, then you have left reality, and gone to cuckoo land. There’s no real point in me taking my time to deconstruct your argument.


    It’s nice to see your edit in support of George’s long standing anti-racism stance. I see that my posts have been worthwhile in converting you to George’s anti-war anti-racism anti-violence message. Have a nice evening.

  37. Anonymous

    No, I’m in favour of ACTUAL anti-racism, not your and George’s support for terror and terrorism against Jewish people.

    Of course you can’t deal with someone actually on the left saying this. You have to borrow the social darwinist tactic of accusing people of insanity.

    I’m a left-winger. Labour are centralist. You’re once again using right-wing tactics on THAT. And when it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and acts like a duck, it ain’t an alien from epsilon pegasi, it’s a duck.

    Of course you gotta run away from any analysis. You might have to face up to Galloway’s actual views, which are most certainly not generally anti-violence, but selectively so.

  38. ABradfordian

    Well, it appears that you’re the biggest supporter of this article that so many others have trashed. I’ll personally be writing to LeftFootForward and using you as an example of the type of nutter that this sort of journalism attracts. Calling George Galloway an anti-semite (which is both a lie and ameliorates its impact when used so loosely, shame on you) on the day he wins a historic by-election is what I would expect from the Murdoch press, and not a blog that is supported by my union, Unison, who I will also be writing too if this Carl Packman’s excuse for an article is not removed.

    Good luck George Galloway!

  39. Anonymous

    You are explicitly denied permission to quote anything I write on any other website. I’ve had people try this crap before, and I won’t stand for being used as a weapon against my people.

    Your politics of division, and your attempt at censorship – which I take as social darwinist and an expression of eugenics in itself, after your attempt at calling me mentally ill here – speaks for itself.

    I, frankly, hope Unite expel you.

    VERY few Jews are going to disagree with this article, you’ll find.

  40. ABradfordian

    Mate you really need some help.

    “I, frankly, hope Unite expel you.” I’m in Unison.

  41. Anonymous

    Supporting Hezbollah IS a serious issue, C Larus. They’ve come out strongly in favour of Syria and against the Arab Spring.

    This isn’t a matter of polite disagreement. It’s about support the side of freedom – even Hamas has cut it’s ties with the Syrian-Iranian axis.

  42. belgravedave

    Really poor article, it’s like something you’d read in the mail or Sky news.

  43. Anonymous

    Typically social darwinist, as I said.

    Don’t like it? Accept that disagreement from your dogma isn’t a sign of mental illness. That you don’t have to try and get opponents thrown into asylums. That democracy means many voices, not one.

    I hope, one day, you’ll come to respect democracy. As it stands? Well, ain’t you a FINE example of Respect’s views.

    …And my bad, corrected that.

  44. Jonathan Lewis

    Bradford has some of the best Muslim/Jewish relationships in the country.I'm terrified that Galloway will destroy it.

  45. Anonymous

    Good riddance!

  46. Selohesra

    Typical Loonbot – everyone who disagrees with you is far right social darwinist – I’m no fan of Gorgeous George but you don’t do your causes any good by always attacking the posters in personal way rather tha challenging their arguemnt

  47. Riszla

    Its a great victory for the people of Bradford West.
    Labour’s elite engineered mass immigration into many northern towns and cities via ‘dispersal zones’ and numerious loopholes because they thought these were thousands and thousands of votes in the bag for their safe seat MPs.

    What’s utterly wonderful is that it looks like the prospect of an engineered entrenched monopoly of a corrupt, disgraced Labour party can easily be overcome by simply appealling to the issues pertaining to the ethnic bias of the huge new populations.

    After all the words are spoken about this, the bottom line is that Labour are more vunerable than they ever have been in these types of consituencies it has engineered and in many upcoming seats.

    The Labour party cannot hope to overcome its recent past in these seats.

    Respect have proven this political formula in Bow and now in Bradford West. How many more seats have Labour turned vunerable?
    The top 10 seats currently with massive muslim populations are;
    Birmingham; Sparkbrook and Small Heath
    Bethnal Green and Bow
    Bradford West
    East Ham
    Birmingham; Ladywood
    Poplar and Canning Town
    West Ham
    Bradford North
    Ilford South

    All of these seats could easily become part of UK Muslims ‘Spring revolution’ from Labour’s corrupt leadership, because the potential muslim vote, if they were mobilised, is larger than the sitting Labour MP’s majority. i.e. they could be swept away. It doesnt stop there –

    Leicester South
    Birmingham; Hodge Hill
    Oldham West and Royton
    Luton South
    Manchester; Gorton
    Leyton and Wanstead
    Birmingham; Perry Barr

    Also offer similar potential for a party like Respect to either win outright or become the ‘official opposition’ – holding local government power for example in these seats and attack Labour vigorously. Even seats you would never have thought – like Liverpool Wavertree and Liverpool Riverside have growing muslim populations, delibrately imported by Labour, and have a great potential to return Respect Party councillors to attack the Labour party in Local government.

  48. Callummcp

    I don’t agree with many of his viewpoints, but Galloway is exactly the sort of dissenting voice needed in a vibrant democracy. Many of the things you have pointed out are small-scale and tenuous and (as you admit in the article) impossible to prove. Galloway will bring up taboo issues in the commons that the other parties are too afraid to approach. That is why his election is a good thing.

  49. Anonymous

    Pathetic. This from the people who supported Phil Woolas. Some of us remember the Hodge Hill by-election where the Labour campaign demonised asylum seekers to attack the Lib Dems. As for ‘the Labour activist who travelled from London to Bradford’ – there weren’t many of them, are you making this up too?

  50. H. O.

    RT @leftfootfwd: The sick anti-Semites at the heart of Galloway’s band of bigots

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