Anti-war campaigner and Bradford West MP George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked on a London street, BBC reported.
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.
His spokesman said he did not know whether the attacker was an Israeli, an EDL-supporter, or whether he had another motive.
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.