He's a British MP from the "Respect" Party (more on that later), no less. But have no doubt: George Galloway's revulsion at having to sit down and debate with a Jew (sorry, an "Israeli") and subsequent refusal to do so was not an aberration, but an open display of the anti-semtism that lies in the heart of every liberal who proudly wears the badge:
George Galloway has been accused of racism after walking out of a debate at Oxford University after discovering that his opponent was an Israeli citizen.
The Respect party MP for Bradford West – a vocal critic of Israel and its treatment of Palestinian people – had been taking part in the debate at Christ Church college, speaking for the motion that "Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank", when he learned that Eylon Aslan-Levy, a student opposing it, was Israeli.
Galloway interrupted the third-year philosophy, politics and economics student at Brasenose college when Aslan-Levy used the word "we" in reference to Israel.
"You said 'we'," said Galloway. "Are you an Israeli?"
"I am, yes," Aslan-Levy replied.
"I don't debate with Israelis. I have been misled, sorry," Galloway said, standing and putting on his coat, then reiterating as he walked out: "I don't recognise Israel and I don't debate with Israelis."
The Oxford student newspaper Cherwell quoted Aslan-Levy as saying afterwards: "I am appalled that an MP would storm out of a debate with me for no reason other than my heritage. To refuse to talk to someone just because of their nationality is pure racism, and totally unacceptable for a member of parliament."
The debate organiser, Mahmood Naji, told Cherwell.org: "At no point during my email exchange with Mr Galloway's secretary was Eylon's nationality ever brought up or mentioned." He added: "Nor do I expect to have to tell the speaker what his opponent's nationality is."
Watch the video - it is actually more horrific to watch than it is to read. Note the gasps from the crowd, which was not likely comprised of Israeli partisans, to say the least:
Galloway, to his credit, has the courage of his hateful convictions:
Galloway said on his Facebook page: "I refused this evening at Oxford University to debate with an Israeli, a supporter of the apartheid state of Israel. The reason is simple: no recognition, no normalisation. Just boycott, divestment and sanctions, until the apartheid state is defeated. I never debate with Israelis nor speak to their media. If they want to speak about Palestine – the address is the PLO."
Galloway reiterated his earlier points in his replies to his questioners, tweeting: "No recognition of Israel. No normalisation. Christ Church never informed us the debate would be with an Israeli. Simple."
And don't even bother me with trying to make a distinction between Israel and the Jews Trust me, there is none in Galloway's eyes....nor in those of his supporters.
This is liberalism, people. Deal with it.
Getting back to the top - do you know where the name "Respect Party" was derived from?
Its name is a contrived acronym standing for Respect, Equality, Socialism, Peace, Environmentalism, Community and Trade Unionism.
Look at that list, and ask yourselves if there is any daylight between Barack Hussein Obama and George Galloway on the issues that make up the "Respect" Party. Then look at Obama's treatment of Israel, and his nomination for Defense Secretary. And don't forget that Obama too stormed out on a prominent Israeli,- one Benjamin Netanyahu - when he didn't bow to his demands.
So what do you think Obama really feels about Israel, and the Jews?
If you need to ask....contact George Galloway. At least he'll be honest with you.