On Monday, Daniel Taub, the Israel ambassador to Britain, made a visit to the city of Bradford. He went to the city after George Galloway, the Bradford West MP, claimed that the constituency was an Israel free zone.
The Telegraph & Argus noted that Taub pointed out that he made the visit following an invitation from within its community. He added that he would engage in several meetings with faith leaders, councilors, and other groups.
In addition, the invitation arose from comments made Galloway that the city should change to an Israel free zone devoid of tourists, academics, goods, and services from Israel. According to Daniel Taub, his first impressions about Bradford were a city that has different attitudes compared to those advanced by Galloway.
Daniel Taub told the Telegraph & Argus that his sense, even from a brief visit, is that the city’s actual voice does not concur with George Galloway’s remarks. Bradford’s voice is that of inclusion. He said that it is an essential model for their region.
So far, British police have started an investigation against the Bradford West MP over the speech that resulted in a chorus of disapproval on social media after it was posted online. In the speech, Galloway said that they have proclaimed Bradford as an Israel-free zone. They reject the illegal, barbarous, savage state, which calls itself Israel. Read more: Daniel Taub | About and Daniel Taub | Wikipedia
Speaking to Telegraph & Argus, Taub said that the real conflict was between the future and the past. Daniel Taub suggests that he should not be among the people who attempt to slide the region into the dark past, but join them in making a better future for the entire population in the region.
Galloway has a record of anti-Israel bigotry. He was dubbed a racist after storming out of a debate upon realizing that his opponent was of Israeli origin. Galloway said that he does not debate with Israelis. Moreover, he has openly aired anti-Israel conspiracy theories.
One of them is that Israel was orchestrating the unrest in Ukraine. In addition, he claimed that Israel had worked closely with Al-Qaeda by giving them chemical weapons. Later, he denied the comments despite of the remarks being recorded.
About Daniel Taub
Daniel Taub is an international lawyer, Israel diplomat, and writer of the British origin. He has served as the ambassador to the United Kingdom. Taub is the Yad Hanadiv Foundation’s director of strategy in Jerusalem. He was born and brought up in the United Kingdom.
Taub moved to Israel in 1989 where he served in the Israel Defense Forces and its international law division prior to joining the Israel Foreign Ministry.