The Independent reports:
The controversial MP George Galloway has been accused of racism after walking out of a meeting at Oxford University when he discovered he was debating with an Israeli.
Mr Galloway, who is the Respect party MP for Bradford West, had been speaking in the debate organised by Christ Church college in favour of the motion: “Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank”.
Around three minutes into the speech given by his opponent, Eylon Aslan-Levy, Galloway interrupted asking: “You said we. Are you an Israeli?”
The third year student Aslan-Levy answered “I am, yes.”
Galloway then stood up and replied: “I don’t debate with Israelis, I’ve been misled, sorry.”
Mr Galloway then left the lecture theatre.
This confirms what has been pretty obvious.
It is one thing to criticise the Government of Israel. Nothing anti-semitic about that. But to refuse to engage with someone based on where they were born is simply racism.
Video footage of the incident, obtained by the Oxford student newspaper Cherwell, quotes Aslan-Levy as saying: “I am appalled that an MP would storm out of a debate with me for no reason other than my heritage. To refuse to talk to someone just because of their nationality is pure racism, and totally unacceptable for a member of parliament.”
It is racism.
Galloway was willing to debate Israel, just not with someone born there. How pathetic.