There are still so many who cannot accept that George Galloway beat the Labor Party fair and square in Bethnal Green and Bow (depite the Labour Party dirty tricks) in the General Election overturning a 10,000 plus Labour majority.
Even with the somewhat dubious postal voting, I accept it. I think that those voters were fucking idiots, and some of them seem to be realising that now, but there you are. One should also look at why Gorgeous was there: he is a Scot, and his previous constituency was in Glasgow. Given that even the Glaswegians saw through him, he had to find a bunch of people even less informed and more disenfranchised than them, and then appeal to some minority cause that would get him elected. Say, hasn't Bethnal Green and Bow got a pretty big Arab population...?
Goerge Galloeway is raising money for the INTERPAL charity. It is a non-political, non-profit making British charity that focuses solely on the provision of relief and development aid to the poor and needy of Palestine the world over, primarily in Palestine and the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon.
A percentage of all phone calls on Big Brother goes to the nominated charity.
Yes, and as we can see here, there are some fairly strong suspicions that InterPal is essentially a funder of Hamas, the terrorist organisation that has vowed to "drive Israel into the sea". I will hand you over to Mr Eugenides:
The reports which I have hyperlinked purport to have evidence that Interpal money goes to Hamas-linked organisations. Read them. Believe them, or don't.
Ibrahim Brian Hewitt, current chairman of the Interpal Board of Trustees, gave an interview to Julian Berger of the Guardian on August 7, 1997 in which, according to the CSS report quoted above, he was presented as an Interpal representative. He was quoted as saying that there was a possibility that some of Interpal’s funds were invested for specific purposes in the PA-administered territories which were predetermined by Hamas. He reportedly claimed that Hamas’ network of businesses and social and religious service organizations was managed separately from its “military” wing, saying it was like the difference between the Sinn Fein and the IRA.
Hamas does indeed run plenty of "civilian" programmes - education, health, charitable - in the Palestinian territories. If you ignore some of the stuff Palestinian kids are being taught about Jews using blood to make pastries, or how they should be driven into the sea, or how to strap on an explosive belt, the fact remains that undoubtedly Hamas do perform good and charitable functions in the absence of a properly developed civil society.
They also pay for suicide bombers and handle support for their families. They also conduct terrorist operations against Israeli soldiers and civilians. They also have the stated aim of the destruction of the state of Israel. Hamas rejects "so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences" as incapable of realizing justice or restoring rights to the oppressed, believing "there is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad."
In any case, the Palestinians continue to behave at least as badly as Israel, if not worse. At least Israel has tried to make concessions. How long did it take before the Palestinians launched rockets into Israel from the newly "liberated" Gaza strip? Three days? Four?
George is right to try and relate politics to a younger generation that distrust all politicians (can you blame then after Balir and his war crimes) and find politics "boring". In fact he may be dong all poltical parties a faviour.Respect set out to be new and different and we see are politics not confined to the best old boys club in London (the House of commons) so why be so surpred when we show we are different.Currently Parliament is in recess and Tony Blair himself had a long holiday on the Red Sea (did the Labour Party types complain about this? Why should they we all need holidays). George is attacked because others (whoes parties support the war crimes in Iraq) are afraid of his politics ans his anti-war position - for no other reason. CBB is only 23 days long if you survive to the end.
[Jesus, who wrote that paragraph: a fucking 8 year old?] That's right, everybody is threatened by Gorgeous George's anti-war stance, yes, that's right. Unless, of course, it is his support for the murderers of women and children worldwide that engenders this contempt.
Let's remind ourselves of Gorgeous George's brightest soundbites shall we?
To Saddam Hussein, 1994: Sir: I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability. And I want you to know that we are with you, hatta al-nasr, hatta al-nasr, hatta al-Quds [until victory, until victory, until Jerusalem]."
Al-Jazeera TV, 01/06/05: "Bush, and Blair, and the prime minister of Japan, and Berlusconi, these people are criminals, and they are responsible for mass murder in the world, for the war, and for the occupation, through their support for Israel, and through their support for a globalized capitalist economic system, which is the biggest killer the world has ever known. It has killed far more people than Adolph Hitler. It has killed far more people than George Bush. The economic system which these people support, which leaves most of the people in the world hungry, and without clean water to drink."
The Guardian, 16/09/02: If you are asking did I support the Soviet Union, yes I did. Yes, I did support the Soviet Union, and I think the disappearance of the Soviet Union is the biggest catastrophe of my life. If there was a Soviet Union today, we would not be having this conversation about plunging into a new war in the Middle East, and the US would not be rampaging around the globe."
Or this one is particularly poignant, don't you find?
On Syrian TV, 31/07/05: Two of your beautiful daughters are in the hands of foreigners - Jerusalem and Baghdad. The foreigners are doing to your daughters as they will. The daughters are crying for help, and the Arab world is silent. And some of them are collaborating with the rape of these two beautiful Arab daughters. Why? Because they are too weak and too corrupt to do anything about it.
Well, we have all seen what the Arabs like to do to their beautiful daughters, i.e. sell them as slaves.
On ANB TV, July 28, 2005: Most of the children, most of the schools, most of the buses, were bombed by the United States. Let's keep this clearly in perspective: Most of the children who died in Iraq were killed by George Bush, not by Zarqawi. Most of the schools that were wrecked, buses that were bombed, hospitals that were destroyed, lives that were taken, were taken by George Bush, not by Zarqawi.
This is totally untrue, unfortunately. Even by the most generous number-crunching, far more people have died at the hands of terorists in Iraq than have been killed coalition troops.
Number two: Most of the resistance in Iraq is not Zarqawi, It's not foreign, whatever "foreign" means when Iraq is occupied by 250,000 foreign armies. Most of their resistance are Iraqis resisting the foreign occupation of their country. Most of the operations which they carry out are against the occupying forces and their collaborators, and this is normal in every liberation struggle.
The majority of the people who have died have been Iraqi policemen, and Iraqi civilians, not occupying forces. Way to get people involved, George! By lying and dissembling, and supporting those who intentionally kill women and children. Today's youth is probably stupid enough to go for that, unfortunately.
Anyway, this deluded, self-obsessed arse (Curious Hamster's on really fine form at the moment) is currently ignoring the obligations to his constituents, although they may not notice the difference.
The voters of Bethnal Green & Bow need not fear that his performance in parliament will dip. According to www.publicwhip.com, Galloway has voted on a total of eight dates since the General Election in May.
Perhaps the Labour Party are worried and know that in the May local elections they will get a hammering. They should be! because Respect are going to take many dozens of coucil seats in East London and other parts of the UK!
Well, maybe they are worried. Luckily I'm not a Labour voter and I hate the little bastards. Having said that, though, deciding who I hate more, Blair or Galloway, is not a distinction that I'm particularly worried about: I would rather chew glass than vote for either of them.
Anyway I will let George speak in his own words...
Not on this blog, you won't. There's quite enough hypocrisy around here as it is. Anyone who does want to read Gorgeous George's statment can do so at the RESPECT blog.
Warning: I find it an experience rather similar, I would imagine, to diving into a sewer...