Veteran Israel-Hater George Galloway Fired From UK Radio Network Over Antisemitic Tweet
One of Europe’s most outspoken anti-Zionists has been dismissed from his weekly radio show with British broadcaster TalkRadio after he issued an antisemitic barb on Twitter over the weekend.
George Galloway — a former far-left member of the British Parliament — was sacked by the network on Monday over an antisemitic soccer-related tweet on Saturday.
“TalkRadio has terminated George Galloway’s weekly show with immediate effect,” the network said in a statement on Monday. “As a fair and balanced news provider, TalkRadio does not tolerate antisemitic views.”
Galloway’s outburst followed Saturday evening’s UEFA Champions League final between English clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in Madrid.
After Liverpool won the lackluster contest 2-0, Galloway tweeted his congratulations to the city and the club, crowing that Liverpool’s victory over Tottenham meant there would be “no Israel flags on the cup.”
Tottenham Hotspur commands a loyal following among the 200,000-strong Jewish community in London, and its owners are Jewish. In a statement to Sky Sports News, the club deemed it “astounding in this day and age to read such blatant antisemitism published on a social platform by someone who is still afforded air time on a radio station on which he has previously broken broadcast impartiality rules.”
Galloway was deemed to have broken broadcasting impartiality rules on his show in March, when he introduced a discussion on the issue of rampant antisemitism in the opposition Labour party by remarking that the real scandal was that his friend and ally, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, had been “the victim of a crazed, unhinged assault by the agents of the powerful.”
Along with Corbyn and the former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, Galloway emerged as a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause during the 1970s, loudly advocating for the elimination of the State of Israel and its replacement with a Palestinian Arab state.
His lengthy parliamentary career began in Labour, which eventually expelled him in 2003 — when the party was led by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair — for offenses that included inciting terrorism against British military forces in Iraq.
Galloway cemented his notoriety in the 1990s as a Western champion of the late Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. The name of his program on TalkRadio — “The Mother of All Talk Shows” — was a tribute to Saddam’s description of the 1991 Gulf War as the “Mother of All Battles.” Other friends of Galloway in the region include the Hamas regime in Gaza, the terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Iranian government, which has employed him in the past as a presenter on his English-language mouthpiece, Press TV.
Galloway has also been a frequent contributor to Al Mayadeen TV, an Arabic satellite channel that supports the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, as well as Russian state broadcasters RT and Sputnik.
Resoundingly defeated in the 2015 general election, the public profile of the 64-year-old Galloway has declined since Corbyn took the helm of Labour. On learning that he had been sacked from his TalkRadio slot, he responded with a threat of legal action: “See you in court guys … Long live Palestine.”
You can **** OFF @georgegalloway you odious excuse for a human being. We refuse your congratulations, as would Bill *SHANKLY * and the 96 and those of us who fought for justice. Obnoxious cretin. pic.twitter.com/ZP2hwTHt3E
— The Justice Collective (@JFT96Xmas) June 3, 2019
George Galloway is such a Liverpool fan, here he is at Old Trafford when United played Barcelona in April. Don't come back George, you aren't welcome there either. pic.twitter.com/Jr3IZ501WG
— Dave Rich (@daverich1) June 3, 2019
Thank you very much. He says he will sue you. I very much doubt he will. He threatened to sue me four years ago and he never did. I wrote about it here: https://t.co/wE9dFAlCYU
— Laura🐝Marcus🇪🇺 (@MissLauraMarcus) June 3, 2019