British MP who called for Israel boycott released from hospital following attack

Attack believed to be over anti-Israel comments made by George Galloway of the Respect Party.

August 30, 2014 16:56
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George Galloway

George Galloway heads to the hospital, August 29, 2014.. (photo credit: TWITTER/THE RESPECT PARTY)

George Galloway, a British lawmaker known for his anti-Israel remarks, was hospitalized following an attack on the streets of Notting Hill. 

The politician was taken to a London hospital for treatment and was released on Saturday afternoon.

Galloway was posing for pictures with the public on the streets of west London when a man lunged at him. A spokesman said he thought the attack was connected to the MP's views vis-a-vis Israel, since the assailant made remarks about the Holocaust as he began punching him.

Galloway, who states on his Twitter page that he is "pro-Palestine" and "anti-war," made some controversial comments during Israel's 50-day operation in Gaza when he referred to his city as an "Israel-free zone" and called for a boycott on Israeli universities, products and tourists.

The politician is a member of the Respect Party, and was caught on tape on August 2 saying, "We have declared Bradford an Israel-free zone," adding "We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel."

The controversial MP has always advocated for Palestinians and represents a mostly Muslim constituency.

His party posted a picture on social media, showing a bruised Galloway and thanking all the "well-wishers."

The police said a suspect was found a short time after they were called to the scene and arrested. He remains in the south London police station.

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