Friday, August 29, 2014
George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked on a London street, his spokesman has said.
The Respect MP was posing for pictures with people in Golborne Road, Notting Hill, when a man allegedly set upon him. Police were quickly at the scene and arrested a man.
The MP's spokesman said he had bruising and was in "a pretty bad shape".
He said the alleged attacker had been shouting something about the Holocaust.
"George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him," the spokesman said.
"It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust."
Mr Galloway was interviewed under caution by police earlier this month after he made controversial comments about Israel.
THE MP FOR BRADFORD WEST SAID IN A SPEECH THAT BRADFORD HAD BEEN "DECLARED AN ISRAEL-FREE ZONE" AND URGED PEOPLE TO REJECT ALL ISRAELI GOODS, SERVICES ACADEMICS AND TOURISTS. (my emphasis)
HIS spokesman said he did not know whether the attacker was an Israeli, an EDL-supporter, or whether he had another motive.Actual bodily harm
He said Mr Galloway also suffered a suspected broken rib and severe bruising to the head and face in the attack, which happened on Friday evening.
The MP was taken to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, following the incident and is expected to remain there overnight.
Meanwhile, a Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed police had been called to Golborne Road at around 19:40 BST after a man was assaulted in the street.
"Officers attended. The suspect was found a short time later and stopped," the spokesman said.
"He was arrested on suspicion of ABH (actual bodily harm) and taken to the south London police station."
A man was arrested and cautioned in 2008 in connection with an attack against Mr Galloway.
The politician needed medical treatment after he was pelted with a rubber stress ball while campaigning in an open-top bus in London.
Don't believe Democrat/liberal/progressives live in a fantasy world: "Obama: Media makes you think ‘world is falling apart’ "
President Obama on Friday said social media and the nightly news are partly to blame for the sense that “the world is falling apart.”
"I can see why a lot of folks are troubled," Obama told a group of donors gathered at a Democratic National Committee barbecue in Purchase, N.Y.
But the president said that current foreign policy crises across the world are not comparable to the challenges the U.S. faced during the Cold War.
Acknowledging "the barbarity" of Islamist militants and Russia "reasserting the notion that might means right," Obama, though, dismissed the notion that he was facing unprecedented challenges.
“The world’s always been messy ... we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” he said, according to a White House pool report.
“If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart,” said Obama.
The president acknowledged that conflicts in the Middle East posed difficulties, “but it’s been challenging for quite a while,” he said.
“We will get through these challenging times just like we have in the past,” Obama added.
The president, looking to strike a reassuring tone, argued that American military superiority has never been greater and that the U.S. still held advantages over potential international rivals like China.
The event, held at the home of Robert Wolf, an occasional Obama golf partner and former president of UBS Investment Bank, was the second of three fundraisers the president was slated to attend on Friday. Tickets to the event began at $15,000 per couple, and around 250 supporters were in attendance.