Daniel Taub, the Israel ambassador to the United Kingdom, visited Bradford just days after the controversial statement of the Bradford West MP, George Galloway denounced Israel and announced that Bradford would be an Israel-free zone.
Galloway advised his constituents to boycott anything Israeli terming it barbarous, illegal and a savage state. He said that they would not accept Israeli academics to any college or university in Bradford. He also added that no goods and tourists should come to Bradford from Israel.
According to the Argus and Telegraph magazines, Mr. Taub was in Bradford following an invitation from the Bradford community who don’t subscribe to Galloway’s way of thinking. He said he would use the opportunity to hold a series of consultations with different religious leaders, councilors, and other groups in the city.
While in Bradford, Mr. Taub said that his perceptions of Bradford and the warm welcome he received there is an attestation of a city that holds a different viewpoint of Israel from that of Galloway.
In an interview with the Telegraph & Argus, Mr. Daniel Taub said that even from his short visit to Bradford, he would sense that the people of Bradford are not in tandem with Galloway’s way of exclusion, but their need is a life of inclusivity.
He goes on to add that from what he experienced in Bradford, the feeling is that people want to live in togetherness and cooperation regardless of their backgrounds and faiths. He reiterates that is what Israel believes in.
Galloway’s speech caused a lot of outcry in social media which necessitated the police to launch an investigation into the matter. However, this is not the first time Galloway has expressed his bigotry against Israel. In one event, he stormed out of a meeting when he discovered that his opponent was an Israeli, saying that he doesn’t debate with Israelis. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.daniel-taub.com/
He also has on several occasions aired weird and unfounded allegations against Israel including his claims that Israel was the main contributor to the unrest experienced in Ukraine. He has also alleged that Israel had provided Al-Qaeda with chemical weapons. He later denied making such comments when pressure mounted on him albeit the comments having been recorded. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia
Taub’s visit to Bradford was arranged under tight security. Pro-Israel activists had earlier released a video showing their infiltration of Bradford in a move to counter Galloway’s bizarre comments.
About Daniel Taub
Daniel Taub was born in England in 1962 before immigrating to Israel. He is an outstanding diplomat and international lawyer who has accomplished great things for his country. He served as the Israel ambassador to U.K between 2011 and 2015. Mr. Taub currently works as the director of strategy and planning for Yad Hanadiv.