A petition calling for anti-Israel MP George Galloway to be kicked out of parliament has attracted over 1,160 signatures in a matter of days.
The online campaign to oust the left-wing representative for Bradford West comes just days after Galloway was beaten up by an Israel supporter in west London.
The grassroots initiative follows inflammatory remarks by Galloway at a public meeting, in which he blasted Israel for its actions in Gaza and urged those present to declare the city an “Israel-free zone”.
Those comments led to a police interview, following allegations that the speech amounted to incitement to racial hatred.
“He is unfit to hold the prestigious office of, and the benefits that accrue from being, a Member of Parliament,” said the petition’s originator Edward Moss, who described Galloway’s comments as “rantings and ravings”.
“He [Galloway] should be removed as a MP immediately for both his unbridled racism towards Jewish people, for wishing to deny his constituents life-saving medical products and for bringing the Houses of Parliament into disrepute.”
In the immediate aftermath of Galloway’s ill-fated declaration that no Israelis were welcome in Bradford, dozens of people – including the Israeli ambassador – headed north, posting photos of themselves holding Israeli flags outside public buildings.
— Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) August 18, 2014