After British parliament member George Galloway declared that Israeli tourists are not welcome
in Bradford, declaring it "an Israel-free zone", groups of Israelis and British Jews arrived in the city in the past week, just to spite the controversial MP.
Last Sunday, former Ukip candidate Rabbi Shneur Odze from Manchester organized a pilgrimage to the area, in order to "prove a point," he said. "We wanted to show that you can't make a city an 'Israel-free zone,' he added.
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"Got my Israeli flag, passport and tee shirt, Bradford here we come! Sorry George Galloway ;-)", Odze wrote in a tweet.
Group of Israelis and British Jews in Bradford (Photo taken from Twitter)
The visitors uploaded videos to social networks documenting their "infiltration into enemy territory", in which they performed tasks such as ordering coffee at Starbucks while displaying a passport, and distributing Israeli products, such as Israel's best loved snack Bamba, to passersby.
Rabbi Shneur Odze preparing for protest (Photo taken from Twitter)
Several visitors posed for pictures with the Israeli flag against the background of different sites in the city. The sightseers then uploaded the photos to Twitter, adding the hashtag #galloway, to ensure that he would catch sight of the protest.
"#GeorgeGalloway must be spitting nails...." one tweet said, and another wondered: "How's your boycott going?"
Photo taken from Twitter
"I was surprised how many had actually heard of his speech and knew what he said and were embarrassed, Odze told the Huffington Post UK.
Photo taken from Twitter Photo taken from Twitter
"I don't think he has as much supports as he thinks. Later in the day, some pro-Palestinian demonstrators came from another demo happening at the same time. We spoke about the conflict, and even though one side is never going to convince the other, it was a respectful discussion and we shared our biscuits," Odze added.
Photo taken from Twitter
Two weeks ago, Galloway told a group of activists that he "declared Bradford an Israel-free zone."
Yorkshire Police announced they will launch an investigation into comments made by Galloway, the Huffington Post UK reported.
“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, if any of them had thought of doing so," he said in the video.
“We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same,” he concluded.