Daniel Taub, the outgoing Israeli ambassador to Britain, made a historic visit to the city of Bradford. The visit was some form of protest to George Galloway who is a controversial member of parliament representing the Bradford West constituency.
In a statement, George Galloway declared Bradford an Israel free zone meaning that no academics, tourists, goods or services from Israel should be accepted in Bradford. The statement did not go down well with the majority of the Jewish people living in Britain and top on the list was Daniel Taub.
According to the Telegraph & Argus which is a media outlet in Bradford, Taub visit to Bradford was as a result of an invitation from the Jewish community living there.
Daniel Taub said he intends to use the visit to hold a couple of meetings with councilors and religious leaders among others. In a statement to Telegraph & Argus Taub said that his first impression of the city of Bradford was a city where people were loving, welcoming, sociable and inclusive as opposed to the sentiments forwarded by Galloway.
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Galloway views of the Israeli people led to an outrage in the social media after being posted online. As a result of that statement, the British police initiated an investigation into Galloway remarks.
In the speech Galloway says that Bradford does not want any goods or services from an Isreali, no Israeli student should attend college or university there and that no tourist from Israel should even think of going there.
In response to Galloway Speech Taub said that the real conflict that Galloway should focus his energy on is between the past and the future and that he should not be a person who pulls back the region into the past but rather should concentrate on making a better future for all people in the region.
Galloway is a man full of controversies and has a long history of anti-Israeli bigotry. At one time he walked out of a debate when he realized that his opponent was an Israeli an action that saw many refers him to as a racist. Read more; Daniel Taub | LinkedIn
Daniel Taub was born in Great Britain in the year 1962. Taub, a former diplomat, is currently the Director of Strategy and Planning at Yad Hanadiv. Taub in 1989 moved to Israel where he joined the defense forces as a combat medic and as a reserve officer in the international law division. Taub after serving for over two years in the defense forces left and in 1991 joined the Isreali Foreign Ministry where he held various diplomatic posts.