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February 21, 2013 11:53 am

George Galloway Boycotts 6 Million Jews

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British MP George Galloway.

To those who don’t believe that BDS and other forms anti-Zionist agitation often lead to racism, here’s a video posted today at the site of the Oxford University Student Union.

The Respect MP (and ‘Comment is Free’ contributor) had just begun to debate Eylon Aslan-Levy, a student at Brasenose, a constituent college of Oxford, on the motion ‘Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank’.

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Here’s what transpired next.

Galloway had been “misled”.  He wouldn’t have agreed to participate if he knew he was debating an Israeli.  He said:

“I don’t recognize Israel and I don’t debate with Israelis.

(I guess we can assume his policy of exclusion doesn’t extend to Muslim and Arab citizens of the state.)

So, out of a population of roughly 13.5 million Jews in the world, 6 million live in Israel.

George Galloway, who has paid homage to Saddam Hussein, “glorified” Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and even praised the Syrian butcher, Bashar al-Assad, doesn’t respect 44% of the world’s Jews.

Whilst there is always the danger of using gratuitous political analogies in even the most sincere and sober attempts to characterize the extreme malevolence of the BDS movement, there is a passage in a book about European Jewish history I read a while back which used a darkly evocative term that seems, at least in this context, historically apt.

The book, ‘The fate of European Jews’, by Leni Yahil, characterized the effects of the Nuremberg Laws and other antisemitic measures enacted by Germany in the 1930s as condemning the nation’s Jews to a “social death” – an idea which resonates at least when contextualizing the political objectives of some of the most extreme anti-Israel activists.

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 – often the sine qua non of the BDS movement – inevitably leads.

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  • shloime

    we all know what galloway is, so just call him a f—ing anti-semite and move on. all the rational arguments in the world won’t change him, and the seemingly endless desire to “dialogue” only makes us look weak and undecided.

  • DanielM

    @Tom

    Holocaust Denial is not a crime. But rather than denying it ahmadinejad simply said more research is needed and it wasnt just jews that died. how can you not get more fair?

    The research could prove the 6 mill was total rubbish and it could even be 12 mill..

  • London_Liz

    He is actually boycotting many more than the 6 million Jews living in Israel. Thousands ( putting it at a low number) of Israelis live abroad & all their children, whether they are Jewish or not, acquire Israeli citizenship. I wonder whether GG would refuse to debate with them?

  • Manoflamatzah

    Why in the world do the Brits living in his district vote for this creep? Oh well, I guess our country has its own nuts – Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, just to name a couple

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  • Gilbert Weinstein

    I think that you meant “To those who don’t believe that BDS and other forms anti-Zionist agitation often lead to racism…”

    As it stands, you have a double negative, which is probably not what you meant, i.e. you piece is directed at those who don’t believe that BDS doesn’t lead to racism.

  • george galloway -should be sent to the gallow’s.
    the man is a traitor -and a outcast of scotland ! shalom !

  • Tom

    Galloway said people should not be allowed to walk out on Ahmadinejad’s holocaust denying speeches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAh_N5KDKOo

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