Oxford Student Explains Why He Reprimanded Anti-Israel MP Galloway
Writing in an online editorial, Jonathan Hunter said, “By looking him in the eye and speaking to him in Hebrew, I wanted to show my fellow students that Galloway’s continuing behavior is completely inexcusable.”
Hunter was captured on tape approaching Galloway while waving an Israeli flag and speaking in Hebrew during an event at Oxford University featuring the MP on Monday night.
Hunter reproached Galloway for his behavior during his last visit to Oxford, in which he walked out on Oxford University student Eylon Aslan-Levy during a debate because he was Israeli.
“[Galloway] refuses to recognize my national and civic identity,” Hunter wrote. “He denies my cultural existence. In effect, like Hamas, he seeks the destruction of the State of Israel. This to me and many others is racism of the worst kind. I couldn’t just allow him to return to Oxford and pretend as if nothing happened last time – after all, he is notorious for denying some of his more outrageous statements (thank goodness for the internet).”
Following the incident, Galloway took to twitter to insult Hunter, tweeting, “…and we’ve found the fool of the night!”
Not to be outdone, Hunter then took a jab at Galloway for his response upon Hunter’s initial approach toward him.
“It’s funny that Galloway almost soiled himself when I approached him – thinking there was a weapon in my jumper. His hands were visibly trembling. I don’t believe in violence against individuals – but it can be argued that those whom Galloway could count as fans most certainly do,” Hunter said.
Hunter’s criticism extended beyond Galloway. He also blasted the organizers of the two events for inviting the controversial MP in the first place.
“It is truly perverse,” he wrote,”that for its first event this term, a debating chamber internationally renowned for its respect for free speech invited a man who denies that right to others on the basis of their nationality. Galloway epitomizes everything the Oxford Union stands against. It is disgraceful that he was invited.”