George Galloway (born 16 August 1954) is a Scottish politician, broadcaster, and writer. Between the UK general elections in 1987-2015, with a gap between 2010–12, he represented four constituencies as a Member of Parliament, elected as a candidate for the Labour Party and later the Respect Party.
After becoming the youngest ever Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party in 1981, he became General Secretary of the London-based charity War on Want in 1983, remaining in the post until he was elected as MP for Glasgow Hillhead (later Glasgow Kelvin) at the 1987 general election. In October 2003, Galloway was expelled from the Labour Party, having been found guilty by the party’s national constitutional committee of four of the five charges of bringing the party into disrepute, including having called on Arabs to fight British troops. He was the only MP to be expelled from the Labour Party for his statements concerning the conflict.
Galloway supports the Palestinian side in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, opposes Zionism, and was involved in the Viva Palestina aid convoys.
George Galloway has claimed the media will pay more attention to the death of a lion than a Palestinian infant who was killed in an arson attack in a series of angry tweets declaring “blood is cheap in Palestine”.
In a speech he had said, “We don’t want any Israeli goods, we don’t want any Israeli services, we don’t want any Israeli academics coming to the university or the college, we don’t even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford.”
- Tempest, Matthew (23 October 2003). “Galloway expelled from Labour”. The Guardian.
- McSmith, Andy (31 March 2012). “George Galloway: The political rebel with a cause”. The Independent. London, UK. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- Grossman, Michelle Malka (2015). “Anti-Israel Politician Loses UK Parliament Seat in Election“. The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- Saul, Heather (31 July 2015). “George Galloway warns ‘blood is cheap in Palestine’ and claims media will cover Cecil the Lion more than Palestinian toddler burnt alive“. The Independent
- Moodley, Kiran (6 Febraury 2015). “George Galloway heckled during Question Time over his anti-Israel stance: ‘You can be the lions, I’ll be Daniel‘“. The Independent