George Galloway

Galloway wants film to show real Ahmadinejad

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

Former Respect MP George Galloway has interviewed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to show the “moderate” side of the Iranian president.

Mr Galloway, who visited Iran this week for a conference, has filmed the piece for Iran’s state-backed news channel Press TV.

The veteran pro-Palestinian campaigner, who failed in a re-election bid in Poplar and Limehouse in May, previously spoke of his intention to become the “Michael Moore” of anti-Israel filmmaking.

He said he was planning to make a film about the Palestinian conflict.

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Galloway seeks new role as 'Michael Moore' of Palestine

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2010

Former Respect MP George Galloway, who failed to win a seat in Thursday’s election, is heading to Hollywood, intending to become the “Michael Moore” of anti-Israel filmmaking.

Mr Galloway told the Times he would fly to Los Angeles later this weekend to drum up funding of between £2m and £4m for a film about the Palestinians.

Mr Galloway said he was disappointed that Respect would have no role to play in a hung parliament, after he failed to win a seat in Poplar and Limehouse.

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Election result: Bethnal Green and Bow

By Dina Rickman, May 7, 2010

Labour have regained Bethnal Green and Bow, the seat won by Respect's George Galloway from Jewish MP Oona King in a bitter 2005 campaign.

With Mr Galloway fighting a losing battle in Poplar, Respect support plummeted by 20 per cent in Bethnal Green, where their candidate Abjol Miah lost to Labour's Rushanara Ali with a 14.1 per cent swing.

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Election result: Poplar and Limehouse

May 7, 2010

The controversial leader of the Respect party, George Galloway, has lost his seat in parliament.

Mr Galloway, who formerly represented Bethnal Green and Bow, has been at the forefront of anti-Israel rhetoric in the UK.

The former MP did not even turn up at the count in Poplar and Limehouse, which was announced eight hours late after problems with the vote verification, at 11am.

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Viva Palestina 'did not give money to Hamas'

By Jessica Elgot, March 9, 2010

Respect MP George Galloway’s Viva Palestina group has been criticised for “misleading” the public after it announced it had raised £1m for Gaza, when the real figure was just £180,000.

The Charity Commission opened an inquiry after concerns were raised over how much Viva Palestina had collected for Gaza. The Commission was concerned the money had been given to Hamas, considered by the US and EU to be a terrorist organisation.

But no evidence has been found that property, vehicles or money had been given to Hamas.

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Galloway anger at Gaza protest sentences

By Jessica Elgot and Marcus Dysch, March 3, 2010

Supporters of the Gaza protesters jailed for violence outside the Israeli embassy held a meeting at Parliament last night calling for their release.

Supporters claimed that the protesters, who threw bottles at police and vandalised a local branch of Starbucks, were victims of a “direct attack on the Muslim community” by the government and police.

At least 22 protesters have now been jailed for between eight months and two-and-a-half years, almost all for public order offences.

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Egypt bans aid convoys to Gaza

By Jessica Elgot, January 11, 2010

Egypt has announced it is to ban all foreign aid convoys to Gaza after activists from the Viva Palestina convoy led by MP George Galloway clashed with police on the Rafah border.

Mr Galloway was deported from Gaza after attempting to re-enter the territory after part of the convoy was allowed a limited amount of time to distribute aid in Gaza.

A statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said: "The deportation was to protect him from the Egyptian people's anger. George Galloway is considered persona non grata and will not be allowed to enter into Egypt again."

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George Galloway deported from Egypt

By Jessica Elgot, January 8, 2010

MP George Galloway has been deported from Egypt after attempting to enter Gaza.

The Respect MP tried to cross the border into Gaza after members of the Viva Palestina convoy were arrested there.

He and collegue Ron McKay arrived at the Rafah border crossing which goes from Gaza into Egypt.

The two men were driven away and placed on a plane back to London by plain-clothed Egyptian police, a Viva Palestina convoy spokeswoman said.

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Palestine aid convoy clash with Egypt on Gaza border

By Jessica Elgot, January 6, 2010

Protestors from the Viva Palestina convoy, supported by MP George Galloway have clashed with Egyptian security forces on the Gaza border.

Several police officers and protestors were injured and seven activists were arrested but later released.

Alexandra Lort-Phillips, 37, who was part of the convoy, said: "I have 42 people in my team.
"Out of those three Britons have been injured. There are head injuries, cuts.

"We started getting pelted with stones by people in plain clothes, then the police started moving in, using tear gas and batons. People were quite severely beaten."

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Galloway compares Israel to Nazi doctor Mengele

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2009

The MP George Galloway has compared Israel to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele who experimented on prisoners and with body parts of concentration camp victims.

In an article in the Scottish Daily Record entitled “Dark Echoes of the Holocaust”, the outspoken Respect MP criticised the lack of press attention given to Israel’s admission of taking unauthorised organs from both Israelis and Palestinians.

He said Israel was “playing mini-Mengele on Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.”

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