British MP declares city an 'Israel-free zone'

George Galloway speaks to supporters at a town hall meeting in Toronto in this October 3, 2010 file...

George Galloway speaks to supporters at a town hall meeting in Toronto in this October 3, 2010 file photo. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

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, Last Updated: 12:21 PM ET

A pro-Palestinian British MP has declared a northern city in England an "Israel-free zone."

During a talk in Leeds, George Galloway said Israeli tourists are not welcome in Bradford. Both cities are about 325 km north of London.

"We have declared Bradford an Israel-free zone. We don't want any Israeli goods, we don't want any Israeli services, we don't want any Israeli academics coming to the university or the college, we don't even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford even if any of them had thought of doing so," Galloway told the group.

A video of part of his speech was posted to YouTube.

The blog order-order.com joked "not exactly going to be thousands of Israelis making last minute changes to their summer holiday plans, but still..."

Some critics on Twitter called for him to be arrested for race hatred while others questioned whether Galloway also wants to ban Israeli-born residents.


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