I saw this video – of a debate at Christ Church College, Oxford – first at Guy Fawkes‘ blog:
Quite something, isn’t it?
The Guardian coverage (here) contains the following interesting pieces:
The Oxford student newspaper Cherwell – which has video footage of Galloway’s exit – quoted Aslan-Levy as saying afterwards: “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.”
The debate organiser, Mahmood Naji, told Cherwell.org: “At no point during my email exchange with Mr Galloway’s secretary was Eylon’s nationality ever brought up or mentioned.” He added: “Nor do I expect to have to tell the speaker what his opponent’s nationality is.”
As if to answer Mr Naji’s sensible observation, we get this back from Mr Galloway by way of a tweet:
“No recognition of Israel. No normalisation. Christ Church never informed us the debate would be with an Israeli. Simple.”
In other words, George never asked about the “nationality” of his opponent. Why not? Was he too ashamed to ask the question? Or did he – perhaps knowing or guessing his opponent was an Israeli Jew – always plan the walkout?
Meantime, this commentary from Adam Levick at CiFWatch struck a chord:
George Galloway, by, in effect, boycotting and refusing to recognize the moral legitimacy of Israelis (and not merely the state or its institutions), is attempting to consign six million Jewish men, women and children to pariah status, and social exclusion from the international community.
This is the hideously racist moral place the malign obsession with the Jewish state, which often is the sine qua non of the BDS movement, inevitably leads.
As Adam reminds us, we are referring to an individual who “has paid homage to Saddam Hussein, “glorified” Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and even praised the Syrian butcher, Bashar al-Assad.”
And those types of people, apparently, create a comfortable home for BDS.
I hope his constituents are proud of him. (Unfortunately, for some that is likely to be true.)