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British George Galloway is beaten by man in Israeli army t-shirt, and the chattering classes are silent

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Cross-posted from Mondoweiss

George Galloway Attacked in the Street over Israel Remarks
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The outspoken British member of Parliament George Galloway was set upon in London on Friday afternoon by a supporter of Israel evidently enraged by Galloway's sharp criticisms of the country. On Russia Today, Anissa Naouai interviews him and wonders why his beating has not drawn more attention.

Galloway says that his assailant wore an IDF t-shirt and was "shouting support for Israel and opposition to my views on Israel" as he unleashed a "torrent of punches and kicks." Galloway says that the man posted on his Facebook page that he wanted to cut George Galloway's throat. The attack is "unprecedented in recent times." MPs have not been savagely attacked in this way.

Is the lack of response from fellow MPs an indication of the Israel lobby's power?

"'It is something quite serious. It has been remarked on... by a Conservative writer Peter Oborne.' If this can happen to Galloway, it can happen to anybody."

Here is that Oborne column saying that a similar attack from a fanatic on the other side would have resulted in a national outcry. "Why the silence over the assault on George Galloway?" and an excerpt:

"There is something very disturbing about the response to this event by the mainstream British political establishment. Mr Galloway has received no public message of sympathy from a single MP from any party -- nothing from Speaker Bercow, from the Prime Minister, or from any of the other elected political leader.

"I know that Mr Galloway is a very controversial figure and that many people, for honourable reasons, disagree very strongly with his views. Yet that is irrelevant. The attack on Mr Galloway is beyond doubt an attack on British democracy itself...

"Had an MP been attacked by some pro-Palestinian fanatic for his support of Israel, I guess there would have been a national outcry and rightly so."

Back to the RT interview. Naouai quotes Galloway saying, We don't want Israelis to come to Bradford (his district in Yorkshire), and asks whether his anathema on Israelis is anti-Semitic.

"The word Jew never crossed my lips, would never cross my lips."

Zionism has nothing to do with Judaism, Galloway says. Ilan Pappe is on my side.

What about Hamas, do they bear responsibility? Naouai asks.

"'Well the Palestinian resistance has for almost 70 years been trying to restore their country to the map. It was wiped off the map.' Nobody would accept that. You wouldn't accept that. Mycountry wouldn't accept that... You're gong to struggle to return, and it is the legal and moral right of the Palestinian people to resist the occupation of their country."

The Israeli opposition to apartheid?

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Philip Weiss is a longtime writer and journalist in New York. He co-edits a website on Israel/Palestine, Mondoweiss.net, which he founded in order to foster the movement for greater fairness and justice for Palestinians in American foreign policy. He is currently working on a novel about the US in Australia during WW2.

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