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Controversial MP George Galloway is now being accused of racism after he stormed out of an Oxford University debate.
Mr Galloway, who is the Respect party MP for Bradford West horrified students during an Oxford University session by refusing to debate with the opponent, who’s a third year student, telling him: "I don't debate with Israelis."
According to reports, the Respect MP had been booked to attend the debate at Christ Church college and had spoken for a few minutes in favor of the motion that ‘Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank’.
The YouTube video of this incident shows Mr. Galloway picking up his coat and storming out of the hall to the cries of ‘racism’ after speaker Aslan-Levy referred to Israelis as “we”. On asking he confirmed he was an Israeli citizen to which Mr. Galloway replied, ‘I don’t debate with Israelis. I have been misled. Sorry.’
Before leaving the room he also said: ‘I don’t recognize Israel, and I don’t debate with Israelis.’
Galloway said on his Facebook page:
Galloway is not un known to controversies. This recent exchange between Galloway and the student speaker sparked Twitter frenzy.
A former Labour London assembly candidate, Christine Quigley tweeted:
Mr. Galloway Commented on his Twitter account:
@alonorbach No recognition of Israel. No normalisation. Christ Church never informed us the debate would be with an Israeli. Simple.— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) February 20, 2013
Michael Baldwin, moderator of the debate said: "I was disappointed that a possibly fruitful discussion was prematurely ended by Mr Galloway’s refusal to debate someone just because of their nationality."
Check out hoe Redditors responded to Galloway’s outlandish behavior on the famous microblogging website.