Tel Aviv airport was unusually quiet yesterday following George Galloway’s announcement that Bradford is to be an ‘Israel-free zone.’
‘Normally there would be three or four flights a day to Leeds Bradford airport’, a spokesman said. ‘Israelis love Bradford – the climate, the culture, the ironic self-mocking architecture – it’s probably our number three holiday destination after Hawaii and New York.
‘But now George Galloway has said that Israeli tourists aren’t welcome, many Israelis are making other plans. My children wept when I told them they’d have to go to Disneyland instead. I tried to sell California to them – it’s a wonderful state, and Disneyland has all their favourite rides and characters, but it was pretty hollow – what could compare with a post-industrial wasteland punctuated with episodic eruptions of racial hatred?
‘Galloway has really hit Israel hard this time. I think we might actually consider dismantling the state. If we can’t have Bradford, what’s left for us?’