Dexter Van Zile, Christian media analyst at the Committee for Accuracy in Reporting on the Middle East in America (CAMERA) had an op-ed in the Wicked Local Allston -Brighton, Massachusetts, blog. It was on the topic of whether the notorious U.K. one man RESPECT party Parliamentarian and British broadcaster George Galloway was ‘a man of peace.’ The article was occasioned by the recent visit of Galloway to the Allston Palestinian Cultural Center for Peace. Galloway is the head of the pro-Hamas Viva Palestina ‘humanitarian’ aid, blockade busting campaign. Radicals William Ayres and Bernadine Dohrn were on a recent Viva Palestina mission busted by Egyptian authorities. Dohrn revealed her pro-Palestinian colors by accusing Israel of being behind the Egyptian assault on Viva Palestina.
Galloway has been a frequent visitor to the US engaged in fund raising at US Mosques for Zakat funds and participants for the Viva Palestina convoy effort. Given the Obama Administration outreach overtures to the Muslim ummah and behind the scenes deliberations about approaches to Hamas, we doubt Galloway will be considered by our State department as a persona non grata, especially given his U.K. Parliamentary position.
Note what Van Zile says about Galloway;
Galloway has praised the leaders of both Hezbollah and Hamas, and has praised and defended Tariq Aziz, an official in Saddam Hussein’s government convicted of crimes against humanity for his part in the summary executions of 42 merchants in Baghdad and for his role in the displacement of the Kurds.
Galloway has mocked the reformist movement in Iran, stating the protesters were in the streets because the “cookie crumbled the wrong way” in the election that kept Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in office. These protesters are being murdered in the street by a tyrannical regime that by most accounts stole an election to stay in power, and yet Galloway mocks them, going so far as to suggest that “foreign hands” were responsible for the protests in Tehran.
In response, Diana Nammi, director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s rights Organization, a British charity to protect women from the Middle East from honor killings and forced marriage, said “[Galloway] lives in a free country and is hurting that country. Galloway has never lived in Iran. He has never been beaten for criticizing the government. If he could live in Iran for a month, then he could say it is a democracy. He has freedom, but I don’t think he lives on this earth. How is it that George Galloway cannot see what is going on?”
Galloway has a different attitude toward elected leaders in the West. In May 2006, he stated that it would be “morally justified” for a suicide bomber to kill British Prime Minister Tony Blair, qualifying his statement by stating, “I’m not calling for it.”
When a Hezbollah rocket in 2006 killed nine Israeli soldiers, Galloway gloated, stating, “They [Israelis] seem to be getting a bloody good hiding on the other half of the screen.” (Galloway was being interviewed live by Sky News, which used a split screen to show the carnage from the rocket attack alongside the MP as he was being interviewed.)
During his presentation at the Palestinian Cultural Center for Peace in Allston last week, Galloway defended Hamas, suggesting the organization’s only sin is that the U.S., Great Britain and Israel don’t like it. Never mind that Hamas’s anti-Semitic charter explicitly calls for Israel’s destruction, and that its leaders have called for violence against the American people.
As a resident of Brighton, I am deeply concerned that the leaders of the Palestinian Cultural Center for Peace allowed Galloway to bring his dishonest and hateful message to Allston. Galloway’s message is not one of peace, but a message of hostility toward Israel, Great Britain and the United States.