Call to violence? - (Video) British Member of Parliament George Galloway has described Jerusalem as being "raped" by foreigners, in a series of speeches delivered on Arab television.
Galloway is leader of the Respect Party, an anti-Iraq war political party based on an alliance between Britain's Socialist Workers Party and the British branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The broadcasts, which were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, will likely present a challenge to British prime minister Tony Blair, who has vowed to crack down on overt incitement to terrorism in Britain and abroad. Galloway said that Jerusalem and Baghdad were "crying out for help," before praising Iraqi jihad fighters, saying they were "defending the whole Arab world."
(Video courtesy of MEMRI)
"Two of your beautiful daughters are in the hands of foreigners - Jerusalem and Baghdad," Galloway said on Syrian television. "The foreigners are doing to your daughters as they will. The daughters are crying for help, and the Arab world is silent. And some of them are collaborating with the rape of these two beautiful Arab daughters. Why? Because they are too weak and too corrupt to do anything about it."
On the same day, he appeared on Qatar-based news network al-Jazeera.
"This started out as a wish to terrorize the world with American power, or as Sharon would say: Terrrrrrorize," said Galloway, attempting to imitate an Israeli accent.
"But in fact it ended demonstrating the exact opposite. They can control the skies, but only if they don't come within range of an RPG, but they can't control one single street in any part of occupied Iraq. Not one street. Not one street anywhere. These poor Iraqis - ragged people, with their sandals, with their Kalashnikovs, with the lightest and most basic of weapons - are writing the names of their cities and towns in the stars, with 145 military operations every day, which has made the country ungovernable by the people who occupy it."
'Winning the war'
Galloway claimed that jihdadists in Iraq were "winning" and were fighting for "all the Arabs,'" and described Iraq's elected government as "puppets."
"America is losing the war in Iraq, and even the Americans now admit it. Even the puppet ministers and regime in Baghdad know it. The former puppet minister (Iyad) Allawi admitted it three times in the last month... The resistance is getting stronger every day, and the will to remain as an occupier by Britain and America is getting weaker everyday. Therefore, it can be said, truly said, that the Iraqi resistance is not just defending Iraq. They are defending all the Arabs, and they are defending all the people of the world from American hegemony."
He described British prime minister Tony Blair and American president George Bush as "terrorists," saying, "It's not the Muslims who are the terrorists. The biggest terrorists are Bush, and Blair, and Berlusconi, and Aznar, but it is definitely not a clash of civilizations. George Bush doesn't have any civilization, he doesn't represent any civilization."
"We believe in the Prophets, peace be upon them. He believes in the profits, and how to get a piece of them. That's his god. That's his god. George Bush worships money. That's his god - Mammon."
Ronnie Fraser, chair of the Academic Friends of Israel group, condemned Galloway's speech, saying it was an example of destructive incitement that would further add to current tensions in Britain.
“I’m shocked by what he’s saying," Fraser told Ynetnews. "He’s a very dangerous man who is stirring up incitement against Britain, America, and Israel. These comments will be relayed back to Britain, when extremist Islamist groups like Hizb-ut-Tahrir and al-Muhajiroun will use them."
"He obviously doesn’t understand history, since Jews, Christians, and Muslims have been in Jerusalem for a long time. Jews have been in Jerusalem for three thousand years, so who’s the foreigner?" said Fraser.