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Galloway: Western policy cannot tackle 'imaginary IS army'

The millions of people who under the control of the "imaginary army" of Islamic State (IS) are "quiescent" in their conditions, George Galloway has told the House of Commons.

The Respect MP was branded a "total disgrace" after telling fellow MPs:

Isil [IS] itself is an imaginary army and a former defence secretary no less said we must bomb their bases. They don't have any bases.

They don't concentrate as an army, they don't live in bases and the only way a force of that size could successfully hold the territory they hold is if they have a population which is acting as the water in which they are swimming.

And that population is quiescent because of Western policies and Western invasion and occupation - that's the truth of the matter.

– George Galloway

Saying that instead of airstrikes efforts should be made to strengthen ground troops in the area already fighting IS, Mr Galloway said: "The last people who should be returning to the scene of their former crimes are Britain, France and the United States of America."


Police investigate death threat aimed at George Galloway

A police investigation has been launched after a death threat aimed at controversial MP George Galloway was sent to the Houses of Parliament.

Officers from the Palace of Westminster contacted the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command following the receipt of the letter yesterday.

According to a source, the letter included a threat that the Respect Party MP would "die from a deadly virus".

Scotland Yard tonight said the letter intended for a member of the House of Commons and was being treated as "malicious communications".

George Galloway 'badly bruised' in street attack

Controversial Respect MP George Galloway was badly bruised after he was attacked in the street tonight, his spokesman said.

Respect MP George Galloway is in Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Mr Galloway was posing for pictures with people in Notting Hill, west London, when the incident happened.

The spokesman said: "George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him.

"It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust.

"George is badly bruised but OK. He has bruising to his head and face and is in a pretty bad shape."

Metropolitan Police said a man had been arrested on suspicion of ABH and taken to the south London police station where he remains.

The motivation for the attack is unclear but Mr Galloway caused recent offence when he announced Bradford was an "Israeli-free area".

George Galloway quizzed over 'Israel-free zone' speech

Galloway said he didn't want Israelis coming to Bradford. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Respect MP George Galloway has been interviewed under caution by police after making a speech in which he announced Bradford was an "Israel-free zone".

The left-wing MP stated in the speech that Israelis were not welcome in the city where he has a constituency.

West Yorkshire Police said it would investigate after footage of the speech, made in Leeds, circulated online.

He has now been interviewed voluntarily and the Crown Prosecution Service will decide whether any charges should follow.

George Galloway investigated over anti-Israel speech

Police have launched an investigation after Respect MP George Galloway declared Bradford an "Israel free zone" during a speech.

George Galloway was standing in front of a Palestinian flag as he made the anti-Israeli speech. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

The speech caused outcry on social media after being posted online. Mr Galloway was filmed 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 even if any of them had thought of doing so. We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same.

– Bradford West MP George Galloway

West Yorkshire Police said it was investigating his comments, which relate to the city where Mr Galloway has a constituency.

A force spokesman said: "We have received two separate complaints about comments attributed to George Galloway MP during a speech he gave at a public meeting in Leeds on August 2. We are currently investigating the complaints."

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