British MP storms out of Oxford University debate, saying ‘I don’t debate with Israelis’

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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Left-wing British Member of Parliament George Galloway walked out of a debate at Christ Church College at Oxford University Thursday when he discovered that his opponent, student Eylon Aslan-Levy, was Israeli.

After Aslan-Levy, who was arguing against the debate motion that Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank, appeared to identify with Israelis during his remarks, Galloway interrupted him.

“Are you an Israeli?” he asked.

“I am, yes,” the student responded.

“I don’t debate with Israelis. I’ve been misled,” Galloway curtly replied, as he grabbed his coat and headed for the door. Some stunned attendees gasped, with at least one screaming “racism.”

“I don’t recognize Israel, and I don’t debate with Israelis,” Galloway told them. Laughter and some applause broke out in the room after he left.


Galloway is a notorious figure in Britain. He was a vocal supporter of Saddam Hussein’s regime, and was even barred from entering Canada in 2009 because he allegedly provided financial support to Hamas. He currently hosts a program on Press TV, Iran’s government-controlled media network.

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