Galloway vows ‘not to be not be silenced’ over Israeli remarks

MP George Galloway
MP George Galloway

Respect MP George Galloway has vowed not to be silenced after he was interviewed under caution by police investigating his declaration that Bradford was “an Israel-free zone”.

West Yorkshire Police received more than 300 complaints about a speech earlier this month in Leeds in which he said Israelis were not welcome in the city where he has a constituency.

Detectives travelled to London to speak to him and he did so voluntarily under caution, and is understood to have denied being anti-Semitic.

Mr Galloway said: “This is an absolute and despicable attempt to curb my freedom of speech by people who appear to be quite happy about the indiscriminate murder of Palestinians in Gaza.

“I won’t be silenced, I will keep speaking out against horrendous injustice.”

He is understood to believe no prosecution for inciting racial hatred will follow his comments.

He is thought to have told police that Israel was not a race.

Mr Galloway is due to appear at a public speaking event at the Ulster Hall on Saturday.

The event, billed as Saturday Night with George Galloway, is going ahead despite unionist opposition.

The Crown Prosecution Service will decide whether any charges should be made against Mr Galloway.

Film of his speech shows Mr Galloway standing in front of a Palestinian flag saying: “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.”