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British MP: Yes, I Really Hate and Will Boycott Every Zionist

Galloway explained his bolt was based upon his firmly-held belief in boycotting anything and everything about Israel except anti-Israel Israelis.

George Galloway

George Galloway
Photo Credit: Yori Yanover

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George Galloway, a member of the British government from the Respect Party, has made it clear that his abrupt departure from a debate at Oxford University last Wednesday, when he learned the person he was debating was Israeli, was not an impetuous move.  Instead, Galloway’s bolt was based upon his firmly-held belief in boycotting anything and everything about Israel except anti-Israel Israelis.

Galloway posted a message on his Facebook page Monday, February 25, because he felt it necessary to clarify certain questions that arose after his departure from Christ Church College last week.

He made several points.

First: that no one is going to tell him what the parameters of BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) against Israel are; he will boycott anyone and everyone who supports the “racist Apartheid creed of Zionism,” which he described as a “cancer at the heart of the middle-east.”

Here, Galloway was responding to a public statement issued the day after Galloway’s widely-publicized exit by the “Palestinian BDS National Committee” clarifying that the official position of the movement is to boycott Israel and anything that supports the “Occupation,” but it does not boycott individuals, whether Israeli or Zionist.  Galloway’s supporters, such as Israeli Israel-hater Gilad Atzmon, turned on the BDS Movement for trying to distance itself from Galloway’s action by calling them suck-ups to their Evil Zionist Paylords, including “liberal Zionist George Soros.”

Second: What he will and does embrace are any Israelis or Jews who despise the state of Israel for the same reasons that he does.  He provided an example: Israeli ex-pat now British prof. Ilan Pappe, whom he calls his comrade.

Pappe is well-known for his belief that Israel is guilty of the ethnic cleansing of Arabs in the 1948 war of independence, and his ardent support of their “right” of return. “What turned me into a great lover of the Palestinians is the will of many among them to share the land with us,” he explained in 2008, even people in Hamas.”

The third point Galloway made was to attack and ridicule the organizer of the Oxford debate, Mahmood Naji, a fourth year medical student at Oxford.

When Galloway walked out of the debate and in subsequent discussions about the incident, he repeatedly claimed Naji had “deceived” him because his debate opponent’s Israeli heritage was not made known to Galloway before the debate.  Naji finally had enough of the slander and published an open letter to Galloway, calling him to task for his ridiculous claims.

In his letter, Naji wrote that Galloway never asked about his opponent’s nationality when the debate was set up. “As the organiser, am I to know about every one of your views? Should I let you know if your opponent is a vegetarian in case you have a policy of not debating vegetarians? Am I misleading you if I do not tell you your opponent’s shoe size?” Naji suggests that it would be at least highly irregular for someone to inquire about, and make a decision about whether to engage in a debate dependent upon an opponent’s nationality.

Incidentally, Galloway referred to Naji as an “Iraqi Muslim,” but, as Naji told The Jewish Press, “I find it somewhat ironic that he assumed from my name that I am a Muslim (I am in fact atheist) but was not able to use these same powers of inference to suspect Eylon [Aslan-Levy] may be Israeli.”  Naji was born in Iraq but has lived in England for more than 15 years and is a permanent resident.

Naji’s responses to Galloway have all been logical, but he could have gone even a step farther: exactly whom did Galloway think was going to be taking the opposite position in a debate the topic for which was, “Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank”?

Here is Galloway, in his own words:

Me and the Palestinian cause: A number of questions have recently arisen I need to deal with. Firstly if people want to talk to the Palestinians they need to contact the Palestine Liberation Organisation. This is the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and has been for many decades. Secondly, an organisation calling itself “BDS” does not own the words or the concept of boycott, divestment or sanctions. They are entitled to their own interpretation of these words but they don’t own or control me. I will make my own interpretation. And it is this – no purchase of Israeli goods or services, no normal contacts with individuals or organisations in Israel who support the existence of the racist Apartheid creed of Zionism. That’s what I mean by boycott. That’s what I do. Israelis who are outside of and against the system of Zionism are comrades of mine – like Prof Ilan Pappe. My opponent at Oxford University did not meet this test. The organiser of the event momentarily lionised by the liberal as well as the conservative establishment needs to know this, especially as he is a medical student. To compare Israeli Zionism to “Vegetarianism” is like a doctor not knowing the difference between a pimple and a tumor. Apartheid Israel is a cancer at the heart of the middle-east. Only it’s replacement by a bi-national democratic state from the Jordan River to the sea will cure this. That is what I am fighting for. George Galloway MP House of Commons London

After one of Galloway’s supporters insisted that Mahmood Naji must be a “secret Zionist,” Naji weighed in.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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26 Responses to “British MP: Yes, I Really Hate and Will Boycott Every Zionist”

  1. Anonymous says:

    He's a Muslim barrow. He apes the actions of Mohamed.This is "normal" Muslim barrow behaviour.

  2. Gil Gilman says:

    I never did know how many ignoramuses existed on planet earth, such as Galloway, until I started receiving the Jewish News. And then there are those who elected him. I can se why Anonymous is anonymous. Who would want to admit to such shallow palaver? BTW who doctored Galloway up to make him look like a Sith lord?

  3. James Johnston Ferguson says:

    galloway -should be hung for treason!

  4. Tim Upham says:

    If he thinks this is the same as an anti-apartheid campaign, then he is terribly wrong. This is supporting a two-state solution, where an independent Palestine will definitely need Israeli foreign investment. The Palestinian economy is very weak, but it is attached by an economic umbilical cord to Israel. Hurting Israel, would definitely hurt Palestine's chances of getting the foreign investment that it definitely needs. As a member of the British Parliament, he needs to read about when Great Britain granted independence to Ireland in 1921.

  5. Tim Upham says:

    No he needs to take a class in economics.

  6. Deborah Lezmy Miller says:

    Galloway sounds like an angry and bitter drunk!!! His behaviors and comments are repulsive and distcusting! Hater!

  7. Charlie Hall says:

    He is not as bad as this article indicates. He is far worse. Look up his 2005 campaign for the UK Parliament against Oona King, an outstanding MP who had the mistake of having had an African American father and a Jewish mother, enabling Galloway to target her for horrible slanders based on her ancestry. (King would later challenge the other great UK embarrassment, Ken Livingstone; would that she had succeeded.)

  8. Tim Upham says:

    He must be related to Mel Gibson.

  9. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Not only this ignorant and nasty behavior, but he is a pig of a man. He is now on his 4th wife and his third wife just gave birth to their second child three months ago.

  10. Charlie Hall says:

    I clicked "like" to signify agreement with your comment but some people really deserve a "dislike" button.

  11. James Johnston Ferguson says:

    he loves young male! Arab's

  12. I thought they're allowed four wives.

  13. He should know cancer on an intimate level.

  14. Tim Upham says:

    Too bad they did not force him to have a vasectomy. He needs to be surgically sterilized. Like his father for example.

  15. and boycott doctors who could save his rotten to the core soul

  16. Yehuda Cohen says:

    As usual, Lori, you have made an excellent article which was written with a calm informative intelligence. IMO, the picture does not portray these qualities of your article. I have been criticized off-line and demoted in my standing on-line with JPress for me condemning MK Moshe Feiglin for visiting/supporting gays; however, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this picture out weighs in Lahshon Harah in most all the talk backs made in the JPress for the last year. It was not right for me to have called Moshe Feiglin a fag and IMO, it’s also not right that you call Galloway a pig. However, what is beyond the pale of acceptable public presentations are distorted pictures of hate/evil as is portrayed in the picture above. I know that you and everyone else have no control over the pictures attached to their articles; however, maybe you could be the first to try and take that control so as to have public presentations with pictures fitting to the calm informative intelligence that you have.

  17. Rubin Katz says:

    Lori Lowenthal Marcus. While we are on the subject of his many wife's, it is rather significant that even his Palestinian wife kicked the scoundrel out of bed..

  18. Gallaway is a typical british bigot and twit. He is jealous of us Jews, and our success, and needs to bash Israel. I only hope a racist arab muslim rocket finds a home where he and his family lives. They can then have their 7200 virgins to play with. He is truly a stupid individual and coward.

  19. Janet Clifford says:

    Boycott don't make me laugh has he got a mobile phone, a computer, take medicine, need a scan? All conceived in Israel.

  20. yori yanover has to take a course in photoshopping.
    I hope that Mr Galloway will sue him for despicable insult.

  21. Yori Yanover says:

    I was going for a "dog from hell effect" — didn't get through?

  22. Harold Tobin says:

    He can boycott me any time he likes

  23. Graham Lawn says:

    Galloway only entertains people who completely agree with his opinions. I asked him a question via Twitter. He thinks its acceptable to celebrate the death of a person ie Margaret Thatcher. Bearing in mind his party is called "RESPECT" I asked him if it would have been acceptable to dance & celebrate John Smith's death (former leader of the British Labour Party before Tont Blair). He blocked me from twitter for asking that. All the toads who tweet agreeing with his opinions he immediately Retweets to his cohorts who lap up his twisted view of the world. This despicable man practices his own soviet style of censorship. Agree with him or he will snub you. No debate there.

  24. Paul Bentley says:

    Just one word Graham, grade A unadulterated media hungry talentless useless arse hole! Sorry 9 words!

  25. David Lawn says:

    try telling him the one about all benefit forms being printed in English, that should piss him off

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