Press TV has spoken to British member of parliament George Galloway who was attacked for his views on Israel during the recent Gaza offensive. Galloway says the attack on him is an attack on the British parliament but is surprised at Westminister’s silence.
Jewish carer denies George Galloway attack
The controversial Respect MP was punched repeatedly as he posed for pictures in west London
A Jewish carer denied repeatedly punching George Galloway in the face because he „was an enemy to Judaism”.
Former BBC manager Neil Masterson, 39, is alleged to have shouted about the holocaust as Mr Galloway posed for pictures with members of the public in Golborne Road, Notting Hill. He is accused of then repeatedly punching Galloway and pushing away another man who tried to stop the attack.
Mr Galloway was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, for treatment on Friday and kept in hospital overnight. His party tweeted a photo of his bruises which was taken as he travelled to hospital. The Respect MP for Bradford West suffered bruising and swelling to his face.
Mr Galloway was interviewed by police under caution last month after he said Bradford had been „declared an Israel-free zone”.
Masterson of Kensington, west London pleaded not guilty with assault by beating which is religiously aggravated on a male in his 60s as he appeared at in Hammersmith Magistrates’ court. He is also pleaded not guilty to common assault on a male in his 40s, who came to Mr Galloway’s aid.
The court heard that Masterson attacked the MP because he felt that George Galloway was an enemy to Judaism. Prosecuting, Tom Gill, said: „He said he carried out the attack because he felt the victim was enemy of Judaism.” Mr Gill said that Masterson told the police: „I didn’t want him to think I’m scared, Galloway is Anti-semitic and I am Jewish”.
Masterson dressed in a grey jumper and blue jeans with short black hair spoke only to confirm his name, address, date of birth, and to enter his not guilty pleas. However he admitted possession of cannabis, which the police found when they arrested him.
Masterson is a full-time carer for a middle aged woman who suffers from severe memory problems, Chrones disease, and an inflamed gall bladder. Defending, Mark Fanthorpe, said the woman „would be lost without him” (sic! – WP) and added Masterson was „employed at manager level at the BBC between 2004 and 2007”.
He was denied bail and is due to appear before Isleworth Crown Court later this month.