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Pro-Palestinian Groups Reject Pro-Hamas British MP Over 'Racism'

George Galloway, the lawmaker infamous for refusing to debate with Israelis, caught lying on camera; even pro-Palestinian groups react.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 3/21/2014, 8:10 AM

Galloway (L) with Hamas leader Haniyeh
Galloway (L) with Hamas leader Haniyeh
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British MP George Galloway, the controversial anti-Israel speaker who made headlines around the world after declaring "I won't debate with Israelis," has attracted notice once again this week for denying his prejudices in a panel at the London School of Economics (LSE).

"I didn't refuse to share a stage with an Israeli. I share stages with Israelis all the time." Galloway said, as quoted by Breitbart London. "Some of my best friends are Israeli." 

Breitbart called out Galloway on the lie, as the lawmaker was caught on camera saying he "does not recognize Israel and doesn't debate with Israelis" after he infamously walked out of a debate at Oxford University last year. 

Student activist Jonathan Hunter, who bravely confronted the pro-Hamas activist several months ago, told the news agency that the incident does not surprise him.

"Galloway is renowned for denying some of his more shameful escapades, which are on the public record for anyone to see," Hunter stated. "Given the constant offense he has caused, and that his presence on any university campus only serves to divide student communities, it is disgraceful that he was invited to the LSE in the first place." 

The MP has lied before, most notably to Britain's own House of Commons in 2012 over comments he made on Iranian television about the ongoing civil war in Syria. Galloway had insisted to Iranian Press TV that Israel had given Al-Qaeda the chemical weapons Syrian President Bashar Assad used on hundreds of civilians in August - a fact he later denied in parliament. 

Interestingly, even LSE's own pro-Palestinian groups rejected Galloway's presence at the panel, claiming they actually defy the principles of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and do more harm than good. 

"LSE Student Union Palestine Society does NOT support George Galloway's lecture on campus," the group stated. "Between his rape and sexual assault apologia, his admiration of dictator Saddam Hussein, and his anti-Israeli comments; his presence on campus would bring more harm than good, and legitimate him despite his hugely problematic stances."

"His refusal to engage with Eylon Aslan-Levy on the expressed sole basis of his Israeli nationality is NOT in accordance with the BDS movement we endorse," they continued. "Galloway's reputation for aggression against and dismissal of critics is not conducive to the kind of spaces for discussion that we presume LSE hopes to create when allowing guest speakers and lecturers on campus."