Israellycool » George Galloway Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:23:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 George Galloway’s Lawyer Needs A Good Lawyer Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:07:33 +0000 Remember George Galloway’s dodgy law firm Chambers Solicitors? The one who sent out borderline illegal threatening letters to anyone who so much as tweeted that George Galloway hated Jews? The ones with a website explaining how happy they were to defend people on charges of child sex and murdering their relatives for “honour”. Well they’re in trouble:

TWO solicitors at a leading Bradford law firm, including a senior partner, and a third employee are facing fraud charges after a long-running investigation by West Yorkshire Police.

Mohammed Ayub, 53, senior partner with Chambers Solicitors in Grattan Road, and Neil Frew, 47, a solicitor who works as immigration department associate with the firm, are accused of conspiracy to defraud.

Ayub’s brother Mohammed Riaz, 47, who works in the translation side of the company’s business, has been summonsed to appear in court in relation to the matter.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed Ayub and Frew had been charged with conspiracy to defraud.

They are understood to have been charged after answering their bail at a police station.

The allegations relate to the defrauding of the Legal Aid Agency over payments for the provision of interpretation services.

Chambers has vehemently denied any criminality.

The charges follow police raids on the firm’s offices in the centre of Bradford in July last year.

Read it all at the Telegraph & Argus.

Oh dear.

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George Galloway’s Mayoral Ambitions Sat, 30 May 2015 20:37:16 +0000 Recent election loser George Galloway has announced his intention to run for mayor of London in 2016. With a tweet featuring his infant son.

I think it misses the mark. Here is a more appropriate poster.

galloway cat

(See this if you do not understand it. But have some eye bleach handy)

And George, here’s hoping you lose the mayoral election as well.

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Ding Dong, The Ding Dong (George Galloway) Loses His Seat In UK Election Fri, 08 May 2015 06:08:35 +0000 George Galloway assaultWhat great news to wake up to: Anti-Zionist-Not-Antisemitic George Galloway has lost his seat in Bradford, paving the way for Israelis to feel welcome in Bradford. Not to mention alignment of the planets, and universal harmony allowing meaningful contact with all forms of life from extraterrestrial beings to common household pets.

Ok, perhaps we are not quite there yet, but let’s agree this is great news.

Bonus: He’s being investigated for being a naughty boy.

Respect leader George Galloway has been reported to police for allegedly breaking election law.

The Bradford West MP is said to have retweeted his party’s own exit poll before voting ended.

Bradford Council’s returning officer made the report to police, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

It is against the law to discuss voting while polls are open, under section 66 of the Representation of the People’s Act.

A spokesman for Mr Galloway told the BBC: “The returning officer is wasting police time. It’s a storm in a thimble.”

West Yorkshire Police said it would be reviewing the matter.

I am not sure if this is the retweet in question, but it can’t hurt to screenshot it, can it?

galloway retweet

Added bonus: he may be investigated for being a naughty boy again.

George Galloway could face an investigation by the Commons expenses watchdog after his former parliamentary secretary claimed that he wasted public money on personal chores.

Aisha Ali-Khan has lodged an official complaint alleging she spent more time on Mr Galloway’s personal errands than she did on parliamentary duties when she worked for the Bradford West MP.

Ms Ali-Khan said she was asked to carry out a list of non-parliamentary tasks during her six months working for Mr Galloway in 2012, including shopping for his underwear and planning his wedding.

Solicitors acting for Ms Ali-Khan have now filed an official complaint with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), claiming Mr Galloway breached his obligations to use parliamentary funds only for parliamentary functions and activities.

IPSA could investigate Mr Galloway if it finds there is enough evidence to support Ms Ali-Khan’s claims of improper payments.

Because I’m a giver, I will help Galloway out by suggesting some alternative employment opportunities for him.

Update: It gets even better! David Ward has also lost is seat.

Update: Guess who Galloway is blaming the defeat on. The J..ehh, I mean the Zionists!

“I don’t begrudge the Labour members here their moment of celebration of course,” he said.

“But there will be others who are already celebrating: the venal, the vile, the racists and the Zionists will all be celebrating. The hyena can bounce on the lion’s grave but it can never be a lion and in any case, I’m not in my grave. As a matter of fact I’m going off now to plan the next campaign.”

In other words, his usual suspects.

Interesting too he uses the “hyena” metaphor. Must remind him of an old friend.

Update: A priceless moment.

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Did Israel Haters Galloway And Lynch Both Condone Violence Against “Zionists”? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:52:22 +0000 I’ll let you be the judges.

First up, we have this retweet by Galloway, brought to my attention by UKMediaWatch.

I have asked Galloway to explain himself, but so far no response.

Next up, we have Jake Lynch, who was himself part of a violent protest against the fabulous British Colonel Richard Kemp, and waved money in the face of an elderly Jewish woman (Sydney University has now threatened him with disciplinary action). He posted the below back in March. Note the comment I marked, which Lynch has left up for almost a month.

coward comment

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George Galloway vs. A Pub Sat, 04 Apr 2015 18:40:53 +0000 George Galloway has made a complete doofus out of himself yet again on Twitter. The “not-antisemitic” MP of Bradford, England has responded to the following tweet from Bradford Brewery in the worst possible way, resulting in a complete walloping via viral hashtag, #IsGeorgeGallowayStillAThing?

“You have been most unwise”? What are you a James Bond villain?


Of course Twitter white knight, @SuedByGalloway has offered the pub legal counsel in any “letters” it may receive from Galloway.

As a result, Galloway predictably blocked the pub on Twitter, threatened them (thereby abusing his powers as MP), and drew humungous support for the little pub around the world.

The pub itself is taking the whole thing with pride as being part of the not-so-exclusive club of Twitter users blocked by Galloway.

Through yet another Twitter pummeling, George Galloway has once again done a complete disservice to himself and to his community. Oh. And he’s up for election again. Good luck, scumbag.

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George Galloway Pulverized On Twitter. Again Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:55:33 +0000 A few days ago, I penned a post to George Galloway, letting him know why people consider him to be an antisemite.

One of my reasons was his support of antisemites such as Gilad Atzmon.

Just recently, you tweeted in support of Gilad Atzmon, whose views are not merely “anti-Zionist” but blatantly antisemitic – so much so that even fellow haters of Israel have asked him to tone down the rhetoric

In fact, you have previously said you were “enthralled” by his antisemitic book The Wandering Who.

Enter English author and former UK parliamentarian Louise Mensch, who has done a sterling job highlighting Atzmon’s antisemitism borne out of his own tweets and “enthralling” book.

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How’s Twitter working out for you, George?

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An Inspector Calls Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:19:12 +0000 chambers legal cheek

Image credit: Legal Cheek

Yesterday I wrote up the contents of the web site belonging to Chambers Solicitors, the firm of lawyers who act on behalf of George Galloway. Here are some other interesting tidbits about that firm that are worth bearing in mind.

Last July the firm was raided by the West Yorkshire Police and two people were arrested there as reported at the time in Bradford’s local paper, The Telegraph and Argus:

Two people were in custody last night following a police raid at a Bradford solicitors’ office.

They were arrested after police swooped on the business in Grattan Road at about 10am.

West Yorkshire Police have declined to give further details of the investigation, though they say it is an ongoing inquiry into an alleged fraud. The action was orchestrated by the force’s Economic Crime Unit.

Detective Sergeant Gary Ferris said: “This was a pre-planned operation carried out by the Economic Crime Unit in conjunction with Bradford CID and Neighbourhood Policing Teams.”

The UK based legal blog Legal Cheek followed up and asked for comment and got this:

The force today would only say that those two people had been released on police bail. Chambers Solicitors’ senior partner Mohammed Ayub told Legal Cheek this afternoon that he had no comment on the police investigation.

Legal Cheek also seems to be well on top of this story and a good source of real information.

And as if this wasn’t enough bad news for George Galloway, the UK Newspapers are now full of the story of the woman who is to run against him for the Parliamentary seat of Bradford West which Galloway holds at the moment.

The headlines scream that she’s the daughter of a murderer but it’s worth getting past those to understand her story (Daily Telegraph):

A Labour Party candidate has told her extraordinary life story including her mother’s imprisonment for murder and the arranged marriage she was forced into at the age of 15.

Last week, Naz Shah was selected to fight the seat of Bradford West at the forthcoming general election, the town where she grew up in extreme poverty, becoming homeless after her father left her mother for a 16-year-old neighbour when she was six.

She has now told the full story of traumatic childhood, including how she was forced to be a parent to her two sisters after her mother, who had suffered years of abuse at the hands of a local drug dealer, was jailed for his murder.

The full story is in the local Urban Echo paper and they published it on International Womens’ Day. I don’t know a great deal more about this woman, but if she can unseat George Galloway, she’ll be a hero for that reason alone.

Update 13:30: I want to mildly qualify my enthusiasm for Naz Shah above with the following quote from Ben Judah in Table Magazine. He’s writing a huge (and very good so far) exposition on Jew hatred in the UK and in the second part (of five) he has this to say about Bradford and specifically Naz Shah (my emphasis):

Bradford is not much of a place to be a Jew. There are fewer than 300 Jews living in the city and only a handful observant. The city’s one Jewish politician is very quiet about his origins, Orthodox Jews are nervous to walk around in kippot, and even a Jewish funeral has been attacked by marauding Muslim anti-Zionist protesters. Even the candidates bidding to dislodge George Galloway now mimic his pro-Palestinian rhetoric, seeking to outdo each other in their condemnation of Israel. The only party that stands a chance of dislodging him is the Labour Party. I contacted every leading candidate bidding to represent them against George Galloway. Most had websites exhibiting photos of themselves at pro-Palestinian protests. Only two wrote back: One Labor hopeful responded rather bizarrely to my request for an interview on the subject of anti-Semitism with a video and transcript of herself speaking at a pro-Palestinian rally. Another, Naz Shah, a Palestine activist I contacted by Twitter direct message stopped responding when I explained Tablet magazine was a Jewish publication. Shah was finally selected to fight Galloway for Labour from an all-Muslim shortlist. The first candidate selected by Labour withdrew amid accusations Pakistani clan elders were unhappy.

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Better Call Talut: The Interesting List Of Galloway’s Lawyers’ Expertise Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:58:43 +0000 Serious Crime   Fraud Solicitors Bradford   West Yorkshire Chambers Solicitors landscapeAs Dave wrote a few days ago, George Galloway is on a bit of a legal fishing expedition on Twitter. His lawyer(s) are sending frightening, intimidating demand letters to anyone who even casually re-tweeted an accusation that George Galloway is an antisemite.

So who are the lawyers working for George on this case? All the letters come from a firm called Chambers Solicitors based, unsurprisingly, in George’s home constituency of Bradford. It should be pointed out that Bradford is a city with a high proportion of Muslims and it’s the city Galloway tried to ban Israelis from visiting. Leading to much mirth as Israelis visited and took pictures at Bradford’s various “landmarks” with their passports.

When the good folk at Chambers Solicitors aren’t sending out possibly rule breaking demands for immediate payment of fees from unsuspecting twitter users, what else do they do? Well their website paints an illuminating picture of the kinds of legal problems they help their other clients with.

In the (rather large and detailed) list of serious crime and fraud we have such delightful areas of expertise as Murder, Death by dangerous driving, Immigration offences, Benefit fraud, Money laundering, Firearms offences and many more.

Chambers Solicitors Terrorism listLet’s take a look at the category details of terrorism:

  • Terrorism
  • Preparing for acts of terrorism
  • Membership of a proscribed organisation
  • Fund raising for the purposes of terrorism
  • Money laundering of terrorist property
  • Failing to disclose information which may assist in the preventing an act of terrorism
  • Weapons training for terrorism
  • Proscription of organisations
  • Possession of an article connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism
  • Eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of armed forces

Now obviously, I’m sure, many of their clients seeking help with these issues were no doubt falsely accused. And it’s right and proper that they be afforded adequate legal help in mounting their defence. Be assured Chambers Solicitors do handle Legal Aid cases where the State will pay for defence if the defendant does not have the means to do so.

On to another area, much in the news these days in the UK. That of predatory sexual offenses against children. The UK is currently swamped with such cases as a simple google search will show (Rochdale child sex grooming: 10 men charged after new police … ; Oxfordshire grooming victims may have totalled 373 children ; Married groomer, 32, jailed for having sex up to 50 times with vulnerable girl, 15 just to pick three).

  • Chambers Solicitors Sexual offences against children listRape of a child under 13
  • Sexual assault of a child under 13 by penetration
  • Sexual assault of a child under 13
  • Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity
  • Sexual activity with a child
  • Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child
  • Causing a child to watch a sexual activity
  • Child sex offences committed by children or young persons
  • Arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence
  • Meeting a child following sexual grooming
  • Abuse of position of trust: sexual activity with a child
  • Sexual activity with a child family member
  • Sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice
  • Paying for sexual services of a child
  • Causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography
  • Sex with an adult relative: penetration
  • Possession of Indecent Images of Children from the Internet or Otherwise
  • Taking, having, permitting, distributing or publishing indecent photographs of children
  • Possession of indecent photograph of children
  • Possession of extreme pornographic images

The other areas of their expertise, like run of the mill murder, manslaughter and paying people to kill are all covered in great depth. So are driving offences (I wonder if they offered help to killer Lord Ahmed after he crashed into a stationary car killing a person, probably while texting at 70 MPH).

Feel free to peruse the full list on their site. Let me know in the comments if you find anything else of note.

But do you know what really made me laugh? In all these lists of things Chambers Solicitors are competent to deal with guess what I can’t find any mention of: libel or defamation. That’s got to tell you something!

libel not found Chambers solicitors website

Google search of just Chambers Solicitors website: libel not found in their list of expertise.


And a note about the title of this post. Talut is the Islamic version of the name for first king of a united Kingdom of Israel and Judah. The more well known version is Saul. And if you don’t know the phrase “Better Call Saul” you’ve not watched enough of the US TV series, Breaking Bad.

Updated: It’s been pointed out to me that the lead lawyer for Chambers Solicitors is a Mr Alias Yousaf. He was the defence lawyer for one of the 9 men convicted of scores of sex offences with children in Rochdale back in 2012. He was clearly interested in Twitter way back in 2012.

The solicitor for Adil Khan, one of the convicted men, said an appeal would be lodged.

Alias Yousaf claimed outside court that jury deliberations had been “breached”.

He claimed comments on Twitter by the far-right group Infidels of Great Britain and the leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, showed they knew the men would be found guilty before the verdicts were delivered.

Mr Yousaf said: “We are left with no option but to conclude that the confidentiality of the jury’s deliberations must have been breached.”

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Dear George, This Is Probably Why People Have Called You An Antisemite Sat, 07 Mar 2015 18:05:31 +0000 Hey George, you don’t know me but you have me blocked on Twitter – probably because I have been calling you out for a long time now on what many see as your hatred of Israel.

You have taken to suing a lot of people for calling you antisemitic – a move destined to fail spectacularly for you.

Granted, you are very careful to distinguish between “Judaism” and “Zionism.”

And between “Jews” and “Israelis”

But let’s first look at the definition of “antisemitism.” According to the European Forum on Antisemitism, the working definition is:

“a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

It adds:

In addition, such manifestations could also target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity.


Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:

  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.

However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.

According to this definition, you can see why many are calling you antisemitic. You are denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor, and you draw comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

Many would argue your hatred for Zionism – which is nothing more than the “nationalist and political movement of Jews and Jewish culture that supports the reestablishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel” – is extremely problematic. Why shouldn’t the Jews have a homeland? You contend the palestinians should, yet the Jews are the indigenous people of the land. And even if you claim it is the palestinians who are indigenous – a claim many of us reject – why do you invalidate the Jewish claim despite all the historical evidence?

Also, despite your claims, Zionism is entrenched in Judaism. The Jews who oppose Israel whom you describe are the lunatic fringe. They may “look like Rabbis” but they do not represent Judaism. They number in the thousands out of the 14 or so million Jews in the world, the majority of whom do support Israel.

So according to established definitions of antisemitism, it could be argued you are on shaky ground with the way you single out Israel and deny Jewish people  their right to self-determination in their historical homeland.

But there’s more.

Look at those you support.

You have recognized Hamas and delivered money to them, despite them being blatantly antisemitic and having a problem with Jews, not “just” Israel. This is from their charter.


For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails.


Article Seven: The Universality of Hamas

The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said:The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).


Article Thirteen: Peaceful Solutions, [Peace] Initiatives and International Conferences

Those conferences are no more than a means to appoint the nonbelievers as arbitrators in the lands of Islam. Since when did the Unbelievers do justice to the Believers? “ And the Jews will not be pleased with thee, nor will the Christians, till thou follow their creed. Say: Lo! the guidance of Allah [himself] is the Guidance. And if you should follow their desires after the knowledge which has come unto thee, then you would have from Allah no protecting friend nor helper.”


Article Fifteen: The Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine is an Individual Obligation

When our enemies usurp some Islamic lands, Jihad becomes a duty binding on all Muslims. In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad.


Article Twenty: Social Solidarity

The Nazism of the Jews does not skip women and children, it scares everyone. They make war against people’s livelihood, plunder their moneys and threaten their honor. In their horrible actions they mistreat people like the most horrendous war criminals.


Article Twenty-Eight

We cannot fail to remind every Muslim that when the Jews occupied Holy Jerusalem in 1967 and stood at the doorstep of the Blessed Aqsa Mosque, they shouted with joy: “Muhammad is dead, he left daughters behind.” Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims. “Let the eyes of the cowards not fall asleep.”


Article Thirty-Two: The Attempts to Isolate the Palestinian People

Within the circle of the conflict with world Zionism, the Hamas regards itself the spearhead and the avant-garde. It joins its efforts to all those who are active on the Palestinian scene, but more steps need to be taken by the Arab and Islamic peoples and Islamic associations throughout the Arab and Islamic world in order to make possible the next round with the Jews, the merchants of war. “We have cast among them enmity and hatred till the day of Resurrection. As often as they light a fire for war, Allah extinguishes it. Their effort is for corruption in the land, and Allah loves not corrupters.” Sura V (Al-Ma’idah—the Table spread), verse 64.

How can you support those who hold such antisemitic views when you claim to oppose antisemitism?

The same goes for your support of Hassan Nasrallah and Hizbullah, who have made vile antisemitic statements.

Robert S. Wistrich devotes an entire chapter of his comprehensive, worldwide history of anti-Semitism, A Lethal Obsession, to Hezbollah and other like-minded anti-Semitic groups. In the book, Wistrich described Hezbollah’s anti-Semitism as “contempt normally reserved for weak and cowardly enemies. Like the Hamas propaganda for holy war, that of Hezbollah has relied on the endless vilification of Jews as ‘enemies of mankind,’ ‘conspiratorial, obstinate, and conceited’ adversaries full of ‘satanic plans’ to enslave the Arabs. It fuses traditional Islamic anti-Judaism with Western conspiracy myths, Third Worldist anti-Zionism, and Iranian Shiite contempt for Jews as ‘ritually impure’ and corrupt infidels.”

Jeffrey Goldberg, staff writer for The New Yorker, described the group as a “very, very radical, anti-Semitic organization.” He stated that Hezbollah has embraced an ideology “melding of Arab nationalist-based anti-Zionism, anti-Jewish rhetoric from the Koran, and, most disturbingly, the antique anti-Semitic beliefs and conspiracy theories of European fascism.”

An article by Jeffrey Goldberg published in The New Yorker in 2002 quoted Ibrahim Mousawi, the director of English-language news at Al Manar, calling the Jews “a lesion on the forehead of history.”

The Hezbollah-owned and operated television station Al-Manar was criticized for airing “anti-Semitic propaganda” in the form of a television drama depicting a Jewish world domination conspiracy, and for making accusations that Jews deliberately spread AIDS.

Hezbollah also used antisemitic educational materials designed for 5-year-old scouts.

In 1996, Hezbollah called on Muslims to boycott the movie Independence Day, calling it “propaganda for the so-called genius of the Jews and their alleged concern for humanity.”

In the movie, a Jewish scientist played by Jeff Goldblum helps save the world from an alien invasion. Goldblum replied that “Hezbollah has missed the point: the film is not about American Jews saving the world; it’s about teamwork among people of different religions and nationalities to defeat a common enemy.” Hezbollah’s anti-Jewish crusade, Goldblum added, “does not sit well with me.”

Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, a Lebanese writer and political analyst, devoted an entire chapter of her book Hizbu’llah: Politics and Religion to an analysis of Hezbollah’s anti-Jewish beliefs. Sadd-Ghorayeb argues that although Zionism has influenced Hezbollah’s anti-Judaism, “it is not contingent upon it” because Hezbollah’s hatred of Jews is more religiously motivated than politically motivated.

According to Shaul Shai, The Hassan Nasrallah has often made sharp anti-Semitic statements that not only revile Israel as a state, but also the entire Jewish people, while using themes taken from classic and Muslim anti-Semitism

And there’s more.

Just recently, you tweeted in support of Gilad Atzmon, whose views are not merely “anti-Zionist” but blatantly antisemitic – so much so that even fellow haters of Israel have asked him to tone down the rhetoric

In fact, you have previously said you were “enthralled” by his antisemitic book The Wandering Who.

And what about your endorsement of Asghar Bukhari?

There are plenty more examples. Like this tweeter, who tweets out antisemitic filth like this:

tipple tweets

Yet you do not seem to have any problem with him.

And have even favorited some of his tweets (although not the blatantly antisemitic ones).

And what’s the deal with retweeting a tweet by someone going by the name The Great Hitler God?

You’ve also favorited this tweet, which is very problematic.

antisemitic tweet

Incidentally, that tweeter has disseminated the antisemitic theory that today’s Jews are not related to the Hebrews of old.

You also follow Dr Alishba Khan on Twitter.

galloway following antisemite

Here are some of her other tweets.

Again, you’d think someone who claims to detest antisemitism would stay far away.

So George, don’t play dumb. The accusations of antisemitism are not coming out of thin air.

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George Doesn’t Like To Be Silenced Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:22:04 +0000 scumbag galloway

Yeah. He’s a piece of work.

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