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George Galloway accused of anti-semitism


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George Galloway, Respect MP, is being accused of anti-Semitism after he stormed out of a debate at Oxford University saying “I don’t debate with Israelis” to a student speaker.

The debate was organised by Christ Church college and was on whether Israel should withdraw from the West Bank. Galloway, speaking in favour of the motion "Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank", interrupted his opponent, Eylon Aslan-Levy, three minutes into his speech.

He said: "You said WE. Are you an Israeli?"

Third year student Aslan-Levy answered "I am, yes." Galloway quickly stood up and replied: "I don't debate with Israelis, I've been misled, sorry". A member of the audience shouted "racism", to which the MP replied: "I don't recognise Israel and I don't debate with Israelis."

Spectators at the debate reacted with shock. The incident was caught on camera by the Oxford University paper, Cherwell.

Aslan-Levy said: "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."

Galloway insists he was "misled" by the Oxford Union, tweeting "Christ Church never informed us the debate would be with an Israeli. Simple."

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