Guest on George Galloway’s new show appears to call for people to join Hezbollah-affiliated group

Dr Marwa Osman invites viewers to remember that Saraya Muqawama accepts anyone


George Galloway's show, Have It Out With George Galloway, on Press TV (Credit: Youtube)

A guest on a show of newly-elected MP George Galloway highlighted to viewers that a group affiliated with the terror group Hezbollah is ready to accept anyone wishing to join in the fight against Israel.

The vehemently anti-Israel commentator’s new programme, Have It Out With George Galloway, appears on the Iranian regime’s propaganda channel Press TV. Press TV broadcasts online after it was forced off the air by Ofcom for breaching foreign-ownership rules.

One of Galloway’s first guests last week was Lebanese activist Dr Marwa Osman who during the interview invited citizens around the world to join a Hezbollah-affiliated group and the “axis of resistance.”

She pleaded that Galloway and the show’s watchers remember “there’s Lebanon and there is the Muqawama (resistance) in Lebanon and there’s the Saraya Muqawama (resistance brigades) in Lebanon which actually accepts anyone who [would] like to come and take part in the fight against Zionist Israel, because you know, we have 120km between us, give or take, plus or minus 120km between Lebanon and occupied Palestine.”

She added, “just as Zionist Israel brought from all over the world mercenaries to help out in this genocide against our people in Palestine, from all over the world despite the fact that they say they are natives to Palestine, which they are not, we can also do that.

“How? Well you have to go to the people who are capable of doing that. Lebanon always welcomes whoever wants to fight against Zionist Israel,”

Saraya Muqawama is a Lebanese paramilitary group founded, trained, and armed by Hezbollah, the terror group proscribed in the UK since 2019. 

Osman’s mantlepiece appeared to display the slogan of the Houthi movement: “God is great, death to America, death to Israel, curse upon the Jews and victory to Islam.”

The group has been firing rockets into Israel almost daily since October.

Journalist and anti-extremism writer Jonathan Sacerdoti told the JC it was “bad enough to have a British MP broadcasting a regular programme on an Iranian propaganda channel.

“In this case he did not even challenge a contributor who proposed that people should travel to Lebanon to fight with a Sunni group affiliated with the Shia terrorist group Hezbollah. Right now, Hezbollah, a proxy of Iran, is attacking Britain’s close ally Israel in the north with rockets and drones, killing civilians there.

“I would disagree with anyone who urges people to fight with this extremist militia group, and it is my opinion that for a sitting British member of Parliament to hear such a call to action and leave it unchallenged in his own TV show is outrageous, alarming and dangerous.”

Galloway, who won the Rochdale by-election in February, told the Mail on Sunday Dr Osman “was addressing Arabs in the Arab world, not British people.”

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