London: Anti Israel Demonstration

From the Jerusalem Post, “Calls for Israel’s destruction in London”

A central London rally organized by the British Palestine Solidarity Campaign on Saturday heard Respect Party MP George Galloway advocate a general boycott of Israel, as well as other speeches calling for Israel’s destruction.

Dark gray clouds poured heavy rain on London’s Trafalgar Square, as a crowd waving Palestine flags and anti-Israel banners filled the square to hear speakers shout vitriolic anti-Israel speeches. Demonstrators chanted Islamic slogans and flags calling for “victory to the intifada” were waved. Leading figures in Britain’s anti-Israel coalition also lined up to attack Israel.

Andrew Birgin, of the Stop the War Coalition, urged the destruction of the State of Israel. “Israel is a racist state! It is an apartheid state! With its Apache helicopters and its F-16 fighter jets! The South African apartheid state never inflicted the sort of repression that Israel is inflicting on the Palestinians,” he said to loud applause. “When there is real democracy, there will be no more Israel!” concluded Birgin. “Allahu Akbar!” yelled several men repeatedly in response…

Galloway, the newly elected MP for the anti-Iraq war Respect Party, used the rally as an attempt to launch an international boycott of Israel.

“It’s about time that the British government made some reparations for the Balfour declaration,” said Galloway. “Instead, Tony Blair said that Israel has no better friend than the British government. We say to Mr. Blair: You should be ashamed by that.

“The Palestinian people are like the 300 Spartans holding the pass of Thermopylae, until the others can arrive and come to their side. We will join them, by boycotting Israel. By boycotting Israeli goods. By picketing the stores that are selling Israeli goods,” he said to cheers and applause

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  1. says

    Isn’t this the same George Calloway that is under investigation for bribery in the Oil for Food program?

    And now he want destruction of Israel? Makes you kinda curious who’s behind his political success. Or am I just being paranoid?

  2. says

    and here are some choice quotes from the admiring american left about this chap!!

    Some highlights:

    I am not kidding, when I heard Galloway today, I felt just like I did when I heard MLK’s famous speech. We are witnessing history.

    His testimony should be made into a training video for every Dem politician. That is how it’s done.

    Put up a SHRINE! I’m looking for a kilt and some bagpipes on Ebay! Double G is Da MAN!!!

    Can we pursuade Galloway to move here and run for Prez????

    I did email a thank you to Mr. Galloway for bringing the truth to the U.S. We sure needed someone to put a smile on our faces.

    I did [thank him], and requested a couple of cells so we could clone him!

    i love the bloke and hope he inspires some of our own fiery orators!

    oh joy for the blindness of the democratic underground!

  3. says

    Here’s an anecdote about the Israeli army that shows that even the Palestinian leadership do not believe their own propaganda about how the Israeli army is randomly slaughtering Palestinians, especially children. In an interview with the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, Hussein a-Sheik, a Fatah military commander in the West Bank responsible for several terror attacks, told how he was not home when Israeli troops came to arrest him at his Ramallah house. He heard about the troops at his house, and phoned home immediately. He told his frightened children, “Don’t be afraid, the soldiers won’t do a thing to you.” He was right of course. But if Mr a-Sheikh or another Palestinian terrorist leader arrived at an Israeli household, who could possibly say the same with any honesty to the children in that household?

  4. says

    “When there is real democracy, there will be no more Israel!” concluded Birgin.”
    But democracy is unislamic, so surely this is a paradox. Yet another paradox of the left I assume.

    Hmmm thank you for that link to Christopher Hitchens article. It explained some of the history which I missed at the time and his final reference to the battle of Cable Street, where at the age of 14 my Dad was present was a good finish. His best comment is the penultimate line “And now, on the same turf, there struts a little popinjay who defends dictatorship abroad and who trades on religious sectarianism at home.”

    Gruesome George wants to twin his new constituency, Bethnal Green with Jenin and have the Palestinian flag fly above the borough. My late father, who came from Bethnal Green, always said that in any future conflict the Israelis would be our best allies, strong, very capable, very efficient, non nonsense.

  5. says

    Has anybdy heard of British version of CAIR i.e Awaaz? They claim to be dismantaling RSS/HSS funding structure in Britain but i can testify that few of Muslim guys from Camberley (it is a town just south of London) who r known Awaaz supporters participated in Anti Israel Demonstration in London.. It’s high time other Brits, especially white come foreard to expose that whacky Islamic apologist oraganistaion…

  6. says

    “Isn’t this the same George Calloway that is under investigation for bribery in the Oil for Food program?”

    Yeh, its the same guy that humiliated the US Senate in front of the whole World. I have never laughed so hard, they lied about him, they said he was guilty without contacting him. They never rang him or even wrote to him.
    He came over to the US, this Scottish Braveheart conquered Washington.

    Man that was a classic, he humiliated the US senate. I’m glad there are people like him in the World. He used that opportunity well, the Whole World knows, the US Senate scored a massive own-goal. ^_^

  7. says

    Galloway Senate testimony PDF goes AWOL
    Evidence ‘missing’ from Committee website

    Iain Thomson, 20 May 2005
    ADVERTISEMENTThe website for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs has removed testimony from UK MP George Galloway from its website.

    All other witness testimonies for the hearings on the Oil for Food scandal are available on the Committee’s website in PDF form. But Galloway’s testimony is the only document not on the site.

    “I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him,” Galloway told the Committee.

    “The difference is that Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns.”

    Press representatives for the Committee had no comment.

    ” Like a refreshing breeze blowing briefly over those damned to endure the hell created by America’s government came the words of British M.P. George Galloway to an American Senate Committee. The man was simply magnificent. Tough, brave, and articulate – hurling unanswerable truth at blubbering political lowlifes in silk suits.”

  8. says

    The hooting and hollering of Muslims hooray’s like ia747 for their Godfather Galloway resembles the braying of donkeys or the slobbering of crazed hyena’s. Deeply pathetic remonstrations of a defeated and small people.

  9. says

    This guy’s a bluffer, all show and no go, a fringe lunatic. He looks like an overweight Simon Cowell with a receding hairline. Most credible reports say that he failed with the US Senate. Conclusion, Galloway is gay.

  10. says

    He was stealing money from the oil for food program in Iraq along with Hussein and others. That’s the reason Galloway was against the overthrow of the evil tyrant. As long as Hussein was in power Galloway and others would keep stealing from the needy people of Iraq. Galloway was and is a criminal who is just another scumbag that stole money from the oil for food program. This arrogant disgraceful pos should be kicked out of government and made to pay back everything that he stole.

  11. says

    Is George Galloway going to speak at a ‘Boycott Sudan Campaign’ rally? After all they have killed hundreds if not thousands more than Israel.

    Since I was told that Sudan is the world’s biggest producer of gum arabic this has put me right off chewing gum.

    The Balfour Declaration? Yes, the Jewish people were promised a homeland on November 2nd 1917 when Britain was confident that they would defeat Turkey in WW1 and the Ottoman Empire would collapse.

    They were originally promised all of what is now modern Jordan plus the land west of the Jordan river.

    However in the White Paper of 1922, this proposed territory was shrunk to about a quarter , to comprise only the land west of the Jordan, and in 1947 this was reduced even more.

    Israel has been let down viz-à-viz the Balfour Declaration not the Arabs.


    Also will George Galloway be a speaker at any rally in support of a Kurdish homeland?
    After all at 50 million, they are the largest ethnic group in the world without a place to call their own.

    What Saddam did to the Kurds is far worse than what Israel has done to the Arabs, yet GG went to Baghdad to praise Saddam.

    Where is the consistency?

  12. says

    Doesnt seems like Gallway swept the floor at the Senate

    Galloway bluster fails to convince Senate
    Key points
    • Galloway’s testimony against accusations leaves US Senate bewildered
    • Respect MP used meeting as platform for vocal criticism of Iraq war
    • US Senate remains unsure of Galloway’s credibility and approach

    Key quote
    “I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him. The difference is that Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns.” – GEORGE GALLOWAY

    Story in full GEORGE Galloway yesterday failed in his attempt to convince a sceptical US Senate investigative committee that he had not profited from oil dealings with Iraq under the UN’s controversial oil-for-food programme.
    Despite a typically barnstorming performance full of bluster and rhetorical flourishes, the former Glasgow Kelvin MP was pinned down by persistent questioning over his business relationship with Fawaz Zureikat, the chairman of the Mariam Appeal – set up to assist a four-year-old Iraqi girl suffering from leukaemia.
    And it was a Democrat senator, Carl Levin, rather than the Republican committee chairman, Norm Coleman,
    who gave him the hardest time as Mr Galloway sought to turn the tables on his inquisitors, leaving him no closer to clearing his name than when he took his seat in front of the sub-committee of the Senate’s homeland security and government affairs committee in Washington.
    Time and again, Mr Levin questioned him, requesting wearily that he deliver a straight answer to a straight question. But Mr Galloway could, or would not.
    The Respect MP clearly thought he came out on top, and said so bluntly afterwards, describing the chairman as “not much of a lyncher”.
    But Mr Coleman, accused by the MP of being “remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice”, appeared unswayed by Mr Galloway’s testimony.
    Asked whether Mr Galloway violated his oath to tell the truth before the committee, Mr Coleman said: “I don’t know. We’ll have to look over the record.
    I just don’t think he was a credible witness.”
    The committee’s report on Mr Galloway’s alleged involvement, published to coincide with yesterday’s hearing, pulled few punches. Despite the MP’s denials, it said, the evidence showed that:
    “Iraq granted George Galloway allocations for millions of barrels of oil under the oil-for-food programme.
    “Moreover, some evidence indicates that Galloway appeared to use a charity for children’s leukaemia to conceal payments associated with at least one such allocation. Lastly, according to senior Saddam officials, the oil allocations were granted by Iraq because of Galloway’s support for the Saddam regime and his opposition to UN sanctions.”
    Mr Galloway, the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, had pledged to take the fight to the committee and did not disappoint. Sitting up straight, he stared ahead as he delivered an impassioned diatribe against the US approach to Iraq.
    “I am not now, nor have I ever been an oil trader and neither has anyone on my behalf,” he told the chairman. “I was an opponent of Saddam Hussein when British and American governments and businessmen were selling him guns and gas.”
    In a lengthy opening statement, Mr Galloway insisted the sub-committee had no evidence against him.
    “You have nothing on me, Senator, except my name on lists of names from Iraq, many of which have been drawn up after the installation of your puppet government in Iraq.”
    And Mr Galloway rejected a claim in the sub-committee’s report that he had had “many” meetings with Saddam Hussein, saying he had only met the former dictator twice.
    “I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him. The difference is that Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns,” he said.
    It was the speech of a man believing himself wronged: “I gave my heart and soul to stop you from committing the disaster that you did commit in invading Iraq,” he said. “And I told the world that the case for war was a pack of lies.”
    And he poured scorn on the documentation produced in evidence against him, insisting, on his oath, that he had never heard of the company which, it was suggested, acted as a conduit for oil deals on his behalf.
    He accused the sub-committee of committing a “schoolboy howler” in its presentation of the evidence.
    Under repeated questioning, Mr Galloway conceded that Mr Zureikat did have extensive business dealings with the Saddam regime but, challenged over whether his friend’s generous contributions to the Mariam Appeal – £900,000 by his own previous assessments – could have come from the sale of oil, he stonewalled.
    Urged to say if he would repay the cash if it could be proved to have come from such a source, he again ducked the question. Mr Galloway first met Mr Zureikat, a Jordanian businessman, through his now-estranged wife Amineh Abu-Zayyad, who had attended the same university in Jordan. The men became friends and set up the Mariam Appeal in 1998.

  13. says

    MP Galloway is your typical bloviater, simply unable to answer the simplist of questions without raging on about everybody elses position on the oil for food scandal, but unable to critsize his friend Zureikat.

    Senator Levin asked Galloway several times if he new that his friend was taking kick backs from Saddam hussein would he have been against it? yes or no Mr Galloway!. Galloway seemed to almost imply as a defence, and a deflective posture that Zureikat was just a little guy compared to some of the big American companies– one could conclude that everybody else was doing it so why are you picking on my friend Zureikat, and then he insists that he had no Idea about what kind of business dealings Zureikat was having with Saddam while at the same time critisizing all the countries that supported the UN sanctions against Iraq.

  14. says

    Why the Senate appeared to allow “Giveitallaway” Galloway to make them look like inarticulate dolts may be in leaked ‘secret’ information provided by Saddam Hussein (and others in his regime) about Galloway’s dealings during the Oil for Food scam. It appears that “Chickenheart” Galloway’s culpability in this crime is well documented and that the Senate was letting Galloway hang himself with false testimony that will later be contrasted with Iraqi’s information.

    They put up with the bluster and mockery, knowing that he was weaving the rope for his own hanging.

    His behavior since, at this rally, has received no coverage from the gloating press in the U.S. who find his Congressional rant so charming.

    The man is a lickspittle of tyrants and will be revealed as such shortly.


    I hear little “love” from you since your other face has turned. (Or do you have more than two faces?)

  15. says

    I am of Scottish descent. Please do not insult William Wallace by comparing him with this pontificating fool.

    Scots wha hae with Wallace bled,
    Scots whom Bruce haft oftimes led,
    Welcome to your gory bed,
    or to Victory!
    Now the day and now the hour,
    See the front of battle lour,
    See approach proud Edward’s power,
    Chains and slavery!
    Who would be a traitor knave?
    Who would fill a cowards grave?
    What so base as be a slave?
    Let them turn and flee!
    Now for Scotlands land and law,
    Let them follow me!

    These Scots fought and died for that same freedom that your religion would deny them, were it allowed to triumph.

    George Galloway has sold his soul to the socialist/Islamist devil for a mess of potage. He is an embarrassment to any Scot with a sense of honor and love of country.

  16. says

    This is just my personal observation about
    Muslims loving to demonstrate and produce
    propaganda flyers.


    Like I said,it’s just my take on the issue.

  17. says

    From the Hitchen’s piece

    “Here then are these facts, as we know them without his help. In 1998, Galloway founded something, easily confused with a charity, known as the Mariam Appeal. The ostensible aim of the appeal was to provide treatment in Britain for a 4-year-old Iraqi girl named Mariam Hamza, who suffered from leukemia. An announced secondary aim was to campaign against the sanctions then in force, and still a third, somewhat occluded, aim was to state that Mariam Hamza and many others like her had contracted cancer from the use of depleted-uranium shells by American forces in the first Gulf war. A letter exists, on House of Commons writing paper, signed by Galloway and appointing Fawaz Zureikat as his personal representative in Iraq, on any and all matters connected to the Mariam Appeal.

    Although it was briefly claimed by one of its officers that the Appeal raised most of its money from ordinary citizens, Galloway has since testified that the bulk of the revenue came from the ruler of the United Arab Emirates and from a Saudi prince. He has also conceded that Zureikat was a very generous donor. The remainder of the funding is somewhat opaque, since the British Charity Commissioners, who monitor such things, began an investigation in 2003. This investigation was inconclusive. The commissioners were able to determine that the Mariam Appeal, which had used much of its revenue for political campaigning, had not but ought to have been legally registered as a charity. They were not able to determine much beyond this, because it was then announced that the account books of the Appeal had been removed, first to Amman, Jordan, and then to Baghdad. This is the first charity or proto-charity in history to have disposed of its records in that way.

    TO THIS DAY, George Galloway defiantly insists, as he did before the senators, that he has “never seen a barrel of oil, owned one, bought one, sold one, and neither has anybody on my behalf.” As a Clintonian defense this has its admirable points: I myself have never seen a kilowatt, but I know that a barrel is also a unit and not an entity. For the rest, his defense would be more impressive if it answered any charge that has actually been made. Galloway is not supposed by anyone to have been an oil trader. He is asked, simply, to say what he knows about his chief fundraiser, nominee, and crony. And when asked this, he flatly declines to answer. We are therefore invited by him to assume that, having earlier acquired a justified reputation for loose bookkeeping in respect of “charities,” he switched sides in Iraq, attached himself to a regime known for giving and receiving bribes, appointed a notorious middleman as his envoy, kept company with the corrupt inner circle of the Baath party, helped organize a vigorous campaign to retain that party in power, and was not a penny piece the better off for it. I think I believe this as readily as any other reasonable and objective person would. If you wish to pursue the matter with Galloway himself, you will have to find the unlisted number for his villa in Portugal.”

    It will be interesting to interview him when he is found guilty in the oil-for- food scam. We’ll see who is arrogant then.

  18. says

    ABsolutely despicable….leftists are having mass orgies with islamists the world over. India, Israel, US, UK, whole of Europe…where not!!!! Whether it be Marxists or Democrats or (dis)Respect! Its utterly abhorrent and those juvenile bleeding-heart radicals in the democratic underground will be served well to live in Pakistan or Iran for a few days…dontya think Carolyn?