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George Galloway wasn’t misled into speaking to Eylon Aslan-Levy: he just never did his research

by | 21st, February 2013

THEY’RE laughing at your, George Galloway. They’re laughing at you .

At Christ Church College’s Blue Boar lecture theatre at Oxford University, the Respect party MP tells 21-year-old student Eylon Aslan-Levy: “I don’t debate with Israelis.”

Mr Galloway had already given his speech. For ten minutes he gave his viewpoint.

Then Eylon Aslan-Levy began speaking against the motion “Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank” .

Galloway heard Ashlan-Levy refer to Israelis as us “. He threw a hissy fit and flounced out:

“I don’t debate with Israelis, I have been misled. I don’t recognise Israel and I don’t debate with Israel.”

Galloway then tweets:

“No recognition of Israel. No normalisation. Christ Church never informed us the debate would be with an Israeli. Simple.”

Michael Baldwin, the debate moderator, opined: “As moderator of this debate, I was disappointed that a possibly fruitful discussion was prematurely ended by Mr Galloway’s refusal to debate someone just because of their nationality. As he himself is a Palestinian citizen, he would rightly be indignant if an opponent of his were to refuse to debate him on the basis of his passport. I would encourage Mr Galloway to reconsider his position, which is open to accusations of xenophobia.”

All a bit odd, really. The event was billed thus:

MOTION: ‘Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank’

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