Op-Ed: Love him or loathe him controversial UK MP George Galloway, 60, is often hard to ignore. His popularity and presence soared during the recent Israeli ground offensive into Gaza as Galloway led a series of protests against the killing and destruction in that country.
Perhaps that is one reason he was brutally assaulted Friday night in Notting Hill London.
George needed hospital treatment for severe bruising, a suspected broken jaw and broken ribs. People who do not like Galloway may laugh and note that his jaw needed silencing but in the UK mob rule is criminal.
Police attended the scene and arrested the alleged attacker, aged 39. It will be interesting to see how this pans out in the courts.
Mr Galloway was interviewed under caution after complaints about his words re Israel, spoken in Bradford, which is his constituency. His words may have been tough but they echoed those of others calling for a boycott of Israeli goods in protest against the conflict.
Friday Galloway was posing for pictures when his attacker struck. Shouting about 'the holocaust' the attack looks to be due to Galloway's very public stance against Israel during the seven weeks of conflict.
Although his attack has made the news it is worth noting that had it been a Muslim attacking a mainstream politician the media would have been full of this news. As it is the news is reported but almost negligently.
The latest is that Mr Galloway has left hospital the worse for wear but at least he is not severely injured. Had his attack took place in the USA he may have received a bullet or two.
Mr Galloway was a Labour MP until 2001 when he was expelled from the party following his very vocal opposition to the Iraq war. He then founded the anti-war Respect Party. He is currently an elected MP for Bradford West.
He has a checkered political career, even taking on the role of General Secretary of War on Want, for four years during the 80's.
His support for the people of Gaza may have angered some in the UK but that does not excuse his attacker. As we have said if it had been a Palestinian supporter attacking an MP in support of Gaza the attack would have been more widely condemned.
Remember the Nazis in Germany used brute force to shut the opposition up? George has received hate mail and death threats following his support for Gaza.
George recently remarried, his fourth wife, and he is now a new father. He married Putri Gayatri Pertiwi, 29, in Amsterdam early in 2014.
The couple host Sputnik on Russia Today each weekend, although Putri left the show while she was pregnant.