The United Kingdom and Israel have a long history of international cooperation. Many United Kingdom officials have supported the Jewish state.
However, recently relations between the two states have become a bit strained. This is in part to remarks by a local official in Great Britain. George Galloway is the MP for the Bradford West area. In one speech, Galloway called Bradford an “Israel free zone.”
It is understandable that Israeli officials and others responded with great alarm. One person who felt completely alarmed at his remarks is Daniel Taub. As a high official in the Israeli government, he understandably sought to investigate this part of the United Kingdom.
Daniel Taub wants to show that Israel regards such remarks with deep seated concern. He and his fellow Israelis have sought to reach out to the community of Bradford. In an effort to find out how locals feel, Daniel Taub decided to come visit Bradford and speak to locals.
His decision to spend time here came about after he was invited by officials in the community. He wanted to see for himself what area community members are thinking about Israel even after Galloway’s ill considered commentary about their community.
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He spend time in the city walking around. In doing so, he received a vastly different impression than might be gleaned by the comments of Galloway. As he strolled the streets here, he had the chance to interact with people from all walks of life. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.daniel-taub.co.il/ and http://www.behance.net/danieltaub
While there was tight security during his visit, this did not prevent him from going away with a highly favorable impression of the residents here. His goal is to help promote inclusion with all residents here no matter their religion or ethnic origins.
As a result of his visit here, he is confident that Israelis and residents of Bradford can work together in the future to help overcome any misconceptions that might exist about either place. In his opinion all conflicts are not between religious sects in the Middle East.
Instead, he believes they are as a result of those who cling to the past and those who embrace the future. He hopes to do more to reach out to those who agree with him about the need to move forward in the area as relations change and nations grow. He also hopes to help promote a sense of partnership between the two communities.