The Respect Party MP for Bradford West, who is a longstanding supporter of Hezbollah and Hamas, had spoken in favor of the motion â€śIsrael should withdraw immediately from the West Bankâ€ť when Eylon Aslan-Levy stood up to speak against the motion.
Two minutes into his speech, Galloway interrupted the third-year Politics, Philosophy and Economics student and asked if he was Israeli. Â
â€śI am, yes,â€ť he was told and the controversial MP brazenly stormed out the hall claiming to have been misled.
â€śI donâ€™t debate with Israelis, I have been misled,â€ť he said to gasps from the audience. â€śI donâ€™t recognize Israel and I donâ€™t debate with Israelis.â€ť
What a cock. Â If you have the conviction of your beliefs, you should be embracing the chance to crush your opponent.
In a statement on Wednesday evening Galloway said: â€śI refused this evening to debate with an Israeli, a supporter of the apartheid State of Israel.
â€śThe reason is simple: no recognition, no normalization. Just boycott, divestment and sanctions until the apartheid state is defeated,â€ť he said.
Aslan-Levy, 21, who grew up in Finchley in north London and has Israeli citizenship as both his parents are Israeli, accused Galloway of â€śpureâ€ť racism.
â€śI am appalled that an MP would storm out of a debate with me for no reason other than my heritage,â€ť he said. â€śTo refuse to talk to someone just because of their nationality is pure racism, and totally unacceptable for a member of parliament.â€ť
He said that had he been able to speak, he was calling for a withdrawal from the West Bank as part of a negotiated settlement that would recognise both an Israeli and Palestinian state.
Mahmood Naji, the organizer of the event and a fourth-year medical student at Oxford, condemned Gallowayâ€™s decision to walk out on a debate because of his opponentâ€™s nationality.
â€śAt no point during my email exchange with Mr Galloway was Eylon’s nationality ever brought up or mentioned, nor do I expect to have to tell the speaker what his opponent’s nationality is,â€ť Naji told Oxford University student newspaper Cherwell.
You have to be pretty screwed up in your thinking to attend a debate and then refuse to debate your opponent simply because he holds a certain nationality.
Source: Â JPost