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George Galloway Biography

Title:
British Member of Parliament
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Palestine is too small, the issue of the refugees too great, the topographic and demographic cleansing that has occurred has been too extensive. The building of the wall, the ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem, the building of the settlements, which are really cities, have all been too extensive to make the separation of this small piece of land into two viable states realistic…

When Mandela was asked by the Boers at the end of Apartheid if they could have the Orange Free State as a white state, he said that he didn’t believe in white states or black states, only democratic states. One man, one woman, one vote, one government and everyone equal under the law. And if I believe that in South Africa, why should I change it for Palestine?…

One state between the river and the sea is by far the best solution.”

“An Interview With George Galloway,” Thethirdestate.net, Oct. 13, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • British Member of Parliament, 1987-2010, Mar. 2012-present
  • Founder, Friction Books, 2005-present
  • Founder, Respect Party, British Parliament, 2004-present
  • Founder, Mariam Appeal, 1998-present
  • Founder, Asian Voice, 1996-present
  • General Secretary, War on Want, 1983-1987
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • In May 2005, a US Senate committee report accused Galloway of receiving oil payments from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq under the UN’s oil-for-food scheme.
  • At the national conference of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, on June 30, 2003, Galloway apologised for describing George W. Bush as a “wolf”, saying that to do so defamed wolves: “No wolf would commit the sort of crimes against humanity that George Bush committed against the people of Iraq.”
  • Galloway described the July 7, 2005 London subway bombings that killed 52 people and injured hundreds “entirely predictable” due to British involvement in Iraq.