Former British MP Galloway Claims Israel Supporters Assaulted Him Three Times in Four Months
Former British Parliament member George Galloway, who is known for his virulently anti-Israel views, claimed on Wednesday that he has been repeatedly assaulted by Israel supporters in recent months.
“Supporters of Israel have 3 times assaulted me in 4 months,” he alleged in a Twitter post. “Now via a Tel Aviv based law firm they are trying to smear me. Confused much?”
Galloway said he blames “Tel Aviv lawyers” for an ongoing police investigation into his use of parliamentary funds, a probe that began after his former parliamentary assistant Aisha Ali Khan reported him to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) earlier this year.
Ali Khan alleges she was asked to do more personal errands for Galloway than official work while working under him for six months in 2012, Britain’s Jewish News reported. She said she was required to help plan his wedding, sort his laundry and work for the anti-Israel charity Viva Palestina, among other tasks.
Tel Aviv-based legal firm Asserson Law Offices filed the IPSA complaint on behalf of Ali Khan, according to the Jewish News. The firm says the errands Galloway assigned Ali Khan were a breach of the requirement to use funds only for parliamentary purposes. IPSA’s compliance officer Peter Davis assessed Ali Kahn’s claims and passed on the case to the Metropolitan Police for further investigation, according to the report.
Galloway denied the allegations and said on Wednesday that the “Zionist Tel Aviv lawyer inspired complaint” against him will soon be over. He added, “It’s an outrage that a New York-Tel Aviv axis of evil can have parliament and media dancing to their tune. No paper will report these facts.”
Galloway also slammed the British Parliament, saying, “A parliament sprinkled with expenses cheats under shadow of historic child abuse &it’s me accused of using staff 4 party political purposes.”
The former MP is a longtime supporter of antisemitic organizations in the Middle East such as Hamas and Hezbollah. In the past he has openly defended Iran and its ally in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad.
Galloway lost his parliamentary seat in the recent British elections by a landslide to freshman Labour lawmaker Naz Shah.