U.K. Police Probe Death Threat Against anti-Israel MP George Galloway

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Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, right, presenting British politician George Galloway with a map of Palestine in Gaza, March 11, 2009.Credit: Reuters

British police are probing death threats against anti-Israel MP George Galloway, after a letter received at Westminster reportedly stated that the politician would "die from a deadly virus," according to several British media outlets.

Scotland Yard said Galloway received a mystery substance, The Guardian reported on Wednesday.

"Officers from the Palace of Westminster contacted the Met's Counter Terrorism Command on Monday, September 15 following the receipt of a letter intended for a member of the House of Commons," said a Met Police spokesman. "This letter is being treated as malicious communications. No arrests have been made. Inquiries are ongoing."

According to the Daily Telegraph, Galloway claimed he was threatened at the rally after being heckled from protesters.

"In the last 30 minutes I have been told I am going to face a bullet," he was quoted as saying.

Galloway, the leader of the Respect party, has stirred up emotions with his anti-Zionist stance, participating in aid convoys to Gaza and declaring his district to be an "Israel-free zone."

Last month, police charged Neil Masterson, a 39-year-old Jewish caregiver, with "assault by beating which is religiously aggravated" for his recent attack on Galloway on a London street.

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