Parliament silent on Galloway attack

26th Sep 2014

Elham Asaad Buaras

On August 29, while posing for photos in London, George Gal lo way, 61, was assaulted by a man who shouted references to the Holocaust and referred to Galloway as “Hitler.”

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West suffered a broken jaw and rib in addition to severe bruising on his head and face. He was admitted to hospital in Paddington, where he stayed overnight.

Pundits and Gal lo way supporters found the lack of empathy from the political
main stream “very disturbing.”

With the exception of Green MP Caroline Lucas, the attack has not been condemned by a single MP.

Daily Tele graph’s chief political commentator, Peter Oborne, noted that the attack was “be yond doubt an attack on British democracy itself.” He added, “Had an MP been at tacked by some pro-Palestinian fanatic for his support of Israel, I guess there would have been a national outcry and rightly so. Why then the silence from the main stream establishment following this latest outrageous assault on a British politician?”

Oborne’s observations were echoed by Galloway who tweeted an image of his bruised face with the questions, “If a Muslim fanatic sup porter of Hamas had at tacked a pro-Israel MP on the streets of London, would the story be bigger that the attack on me? Would the charges involve terrorism?”

He also accused Labour Leader Ed Miliband of ignoring him as he struggled to move in Parliament. “Miliband just passed me, struggling on the stairs with my walking stick, looked straight at me and walked on without a word,” tweeted Galloway on September 3.

A spokes man for the Prime Minister told The Muslim News, “The PM condemns an attack on any MP” but did not explain why David Cameron failed to support Galloway.

A man has pleaded not guilty to “religiously aggravated assault”. Neil Masterson, 39, denies assaulting Galloway.

Masterson, who the Jewish Chronicle described as Jewish, also faces charges of common assault for his attack on a passer-by who at tempted to intervene.

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