To bring about a prosecution against George Galloway MP under S.5(1) of the Public Order Act 1986

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To bring about a prosecution against George Galloway MP under S.5(1) of the Public Order Act 1986

This petition had 21,971 supporters

Robert Pegg started this petition to The Crown Prosecution Service (The Senior Prosecutor)

On Saturday 2 August 2014 George Galloway, MP for Bradford West stated in a public meeting that:

 "We have declared Bradford an Israel-free zone.

"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, even if any of them had thought of doing so.

"We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same."

We, the undersigned, submit that these comments step way beyond the boundaries of free expression and legitimate debate and their only purpose was to cause harassment, alarm or distress to a specific group of people.

We further submit that this offence is a racially aggravated one.

Under S.28.1(a) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 a crime is racially aggravated if: "At the time of committing the offence, or immediately before or after doing so, the offender demonstrates towards the victim of the offence hostility based on the victims membership (or presumed membership) of a racial or religious group or; (b) the offence is motivated (wholly or partly) by hostility towards members of a racial or religious group based on their membership of that group."

We would further submit that under S.28.4 a 'racial group' means a group of persons defined by reference to race, colour, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origins.

We further submit that the facts consitute a prima facie case against Mr Galloway and at this stage there is sufficient evidence to charge him and put him before the courts.

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