Virulent Anti-Israel MPs Ousted in UK Election
Radical MPs with history of anti-Semitic tinged comments Galloway and Ward lose their spots in elections, proving ‘Jew-baiting doesn’t pay.’
As David Cameron’s Conservative party seals its victory in Thursday’s UK general elections, two radically anti-Israeli MPs infamous for a long past of comments edging on anti-Semitism have lost their posts.
In Bradford West, MP George Galloway failed in his re-election bid, with Labor’s Naseem Shah thrashing him soundly in the polls. Shah won 19,977 votes, whereas Galloway’s Respect party fielded a mere 8,557, and George Grant of the Conservative party came third with 6,160.
After winning, Shah said Galloway’s election campaign had “demeaned democracy,” and she told him “you have been sent on your way.”
Adding insult to injury, Galloway was also reported to police for retweeting his own party’s exit polls before the voting ended. A screen capture proved he had made the tweet, even after he deleted it. The action is illegal according to section 66 of the Representation of the People’s Act; police are currently reviewing the matter.
But the radical MP apparently was not to be deterred, announcing his intentions to run for the post of London Mayor.
Another anti-Israeli MP lost his post as well, with David Ward of the Liberal Democrat party falling in Bradford East.
Imran Hussain of Labor ousted him with 19,312 votes, as opposed to Ward’s 12,228, and Iftikhar Ahmed of the Conservative party trailed with 4,682.
Ward’s Liberal Democrat party was soundly routed in the elections, only winning a total of eight seats out of a total of 650 seats according to late vote counts on Friday morning ahead of the announcement of final results.
“Jew-baiting doesn’t pay”
Arutz Sheva English Managing Editor Ari Soffer, who is British-born, dissected the results, saying “defeats for Galloway and Ward are very important in showing that Jew-baiting doesn’t pay off as a political strategy. The results reflect well on the British people.”
“It’s true there are plenty of other anti-Israel MPs out there, but these two in particular often crossed the line by openly flirting with anti-Semitism. Their defeat is important at a time of anxiety for British Jewry, who are facing a worrying rise in anti-Semitism,” noted Soffer.
Galloway’s antics recently included one of his party’s PR people booting a Jewish reporter from an event, and pointing out he was a Jew, at which point Galloway’s crowd turned on the man and began physically assaulting him, calling him a “f**king Jew.”
The MP also recently declared his constituency an “Israel-free zone,” prompting charges of racism, which were also made after he walked out of a public debate when he found out his opponent was Israeli, snarling “I don’t debate with Israelis.”
As for Ward, he has made a long series of harshly anti-Israel tweets condoning terrorism.
During last summer’s terror war by Hamas, he wrote, “The big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes.”
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