Category: Israel

Daniel Taub’s visit to Bradford

Daniel Taub was the Israeli diplomat to the UK from June 2011 to September 2015. Mr. Taub himself was born in Great Britain before moving around to attend various colleges. After college Daniel moved to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Afterwards Daniel Taub found himself appointed as the Israeli Ambassador to the UK in 2011. Daniel currently servers as the director of strategy and planning at the Yad Hanadiv foundation in Jerusalem.

 

On Monday, of August 19th 2014, Daniel Taub visited the city of Bradford in England. Bradford is located in West Yorkshire and home to over half a million British people. One resident, George Galloway, could be said to have triggered this visit when he gave a speech earlier in the year declaring the constituency an “Israel-free zone”. He went on to say many more anti-Israeli sentiments, including calls to reject Israeli services and goods. Galloway even went so far as to call for bans on Israeli tourists to the city.

 

Daniel, as the Israeli Ambassador, was invited by many residents who felt the need to display a counter message to that of Galloway. In an correspondence with the Telegraph & Argus he explained that after receiving the invitations from the people of Bradford he intended to send a clear message of disagreement with the sentiment expressed by Galloway. Daniel Taub traveled around the city meeting with a variety of groups, including counselors and faith leaders. During the visit Taub was set up with tight security to discourage violence.

 

George Galloway is already under investigation by the British police due to hateful messages spread around the Internet. In addition Galloway has spread many anti-Israel conspiracies such that Israel has given chemical or biological weapons to Al-Qaeda. Daniel’s message to Galloway during the visit is, “If you look at our region, the real conflict is not between Sunni and Shia, or between left and right. It is between the past and the future.” In addition Daniel Taub has urged people to join in trying to make a better future, instead of drawing the region back to the past. Learn more: http://www.alondon.net/index.php?action=art&id=7198&lang=he_IL