Viva Hypocrisy – Galloway cuts off his nose to spite Palestinians’ faces


“Gorgeous George” Galloway has taken his overblown ego on another trip to Gaza.  Press TV on 24th December referred to him as a “British lawmaker” and made much of his appeal to the Egyptian government to help the latest Viva Palestina convoy to break the “months-long Israeli siege on Gaza.”

Viva Palestina’s own web page bemoans the fact that the Egyptian government will not let the convey enter Egypt and has given them the following choices:

  1. that they hand all the vehicles and aid over to UNRA [sic]
  2. that they drive 500 miles back to Syria, and take a 24 hour ferry through the Suez Canal
  3. that they have to ask Israel for permission to cross from Egypt to Gaza

All  the conditions were rejected because they want to cross into Gaza and hand over the aid to the Palestinians themselves.

But is this the true reason for George’s rejection of all the above options? Could his pig-headedness have something to do with what happened when he met Khaled Meshaal in March 2009 with the monetary fruits of Viva Palestina’s labours then?    We actually witness Galloway giving funds to Hamas terrorists, which is against British law and yet no legal action has been taken against him.   Perhaps he plans to do the same again (he’d do almost anything for a photo opportunity) which is why he is somewhat nervous about negotiating with Israel.  Some law maker!

Viva Palestina and Galloway evidently care nothing for the Palestinians they allege are in urgent need of their aid.  No, this is about their being much more willing to cut off their own noses to spite Palestinian faces, and, given George’s previous performance, probably handing a hefty wedge of cash to Hamas,  than negotiating directly with Israel or meeting Egypt’s demands. Compare, for example, their ridiculous posturing about what they say they would do to aid Palestinians with what is actually being done .

All of which goes to show that with Galloway for a friend the Palestinians don’t need enemies.

UPDATES:  27 December 2009 – More than 400 members of the convoy declared a hunger strike in protest against not being allowed into Egypt.  Although the article in Ha’aretz on 28 December 2009 named Gorgeous George as the leader of the convoy it did not make clear whether Galloway is leading them in the hunger strike too.

28 December 2009 – According to Viva Palestina’s home page, organisers of Viva Palestina aid convoy, which is trying to reach the Gaza Strip, have now agreed to go via Syria en route for Egypt. The agreement came after a Turkish mediator reached a deal with the Egyptian consul in Jordan’s Red Sea port of Aqaba.

6th January 2010 – George Galloway is reported to have been involved in scuffles with the Egyptian authorities.  The protests started after Egyptian authorities at El Arish ordered some lorries to use the Israeli-controlled checkpoint and the activists stamped their collective foot and insisted that the goods to be transported via Egypt’s Rafah crossing.

Gorgeous George, in an unusual display of his powers of ESP, said Israel was likely to prevent convoy lorries entering Gaza (author’s note – How could he know?  I wonder what the convoy has to hide?  True the Israelis would go over the trucks with a fine tooth comb – and particularly since the convoy was headed up by someone who had given money to their enemies –  but if they contain only food and other aid, they will go through although Gorgeous George himself may not be allowed to.  No, this is more about Gorgeous’ superordinate pride and the perceived insult to it by his not being allowed to get his own way, and of course we are dealing with a master of the autorhinectomy, except that he is willing to cut off Palestinian noses to spite his face).

He is reported to have told Sky News: “It is completely unconscionable that 25% of our convoy should go to Israel and never arrive in Gaza.” (Again, how could he know that it would not arrive and what makes it “completely unconscionable?”)?

And this is what may well have led to the ruckus – earlier in the week there were “noisy protests” from the convoy members when the Egyptian police took away their passports and delayed handing them back.   Note the lack of connect between cause of the police’s behaviour (the convoy’s display of foreclosed adolescence) and its effect (the Egyptian authorities’ insistence that the aid go through Israel) for these graceless chumps.   Add to this their obliviousness to, if not ignorance of, the social mores of the country in which they find themselves and the obvious fact that one can achieve much by co-operation and compromise rather than confrontation, and it’s little wonder that they find themselves in trouble.  No-one condones police violence but certain things might try the patience of saints.

6th January 2010 –   Question:   What’s the difference between a three year old in a tantrum and Palestinian supporters of the Viva Palestina activists at the Egyptian border with Gaza?   Answer:  very little, but the three year old may well be more mature.

In a staggeringly ill-thought-out gesture of solidarity, even for it, Hamas decided that it would rally Palestinians for a demonstration against what it saw as Egypt’s intransigence in the delay in allowing through Gorgeous George’s convoy.   Of course the Palestinian protesters could not be content with hurling verbal abuse at the Egyptians, rather they resorted to type and hurled stones instead.   The Egyptians, of course, reacted by opening fire at the protesters.  In the ensuing melee, during which (according to the BBC)  Hamas fired into the air to disperse the demonstration which had rapidly got out of hand, an Egyptian soldier was apparently killed by gunfire from the Gazan side.  Amazing in the BBC’s account (the BBC being the BBC) is the acknowledgement that Egypt too has closed its borders with Gaza.

This could run and run.   The Viva Palestina convoy seems to have identified very closely with the objects of their charity, even to the extent of adopting their toddler-like behaviour whenever they are thwarted.

Stay tuned for more progress reports or, knowing Gorgeous and his merry men, reports of more cock-ups.

34 comments on “Viva Hypocrisy – Galloway cuts off his nose to spite Palestinians’ faces

  1. It is really funny to see the various comments here on the Milne article on this topic are variations on:

    “why is this HUGE STORY not getting reported in the Western media?”

    What does it take till people making that kind realize that it is ignored because it is a cheap publicity stunt, recognized as such by the serious media, and the fact that a small group of intrusive self-styled “activists” got roughed by by an Arab police force, which is a daily event in Arab countries, is scarcely news.

    I suggest that the convoy turn around and take its mix-masters, washing machines, trucks, TV sets, video games and the other essentials it want to deliver to Gaza to Darfur instead. There may even be some food on those truck that the Darfurians could use.

  2. “This could run and run..”

    Yes it could if it depended on Galloway.

    These chumps profess to care about the welfare of Palestinians and yet they waste time being wilfully oppositional (and judging from Jonathan Hoffman’s article telling lies) instead of co-operating with the various authorities to get the aid delivered to the people who need it most!

    Given Galloway’s history of handing over wedges of cash to Hamas I am not at all surprised (a) that the Egyptians are p*ssed off with him and (b) he wouldn’t want to go anywhere near Israelis.

    I thought supporting a terrorist organisation was against the law in the UK?

  3. Sorry – I am being moderated out of existence on CIF (too supportive of Israel, of course) and should have written:

    It is really funny to see the various comments on the Milne article on CIF about this topic that are variations on:

    “why is this HUGE STORY not getting reported in the Western media?”

    What does it take till people making that kind realize that it is ignored because it is a cheap publicity stunt, recognized as such by the serious media, and the fact that a small group of intrusive self-styled “activists” got roughed by by an Arab police force, which is a daily event in Arab countries, is scarcely news.

    I suggest that the convoy turn around and take its mix-masters, washing machines, trucks, TV sets, video games and the other essentials it want to deliver to Gaza to Darfur instead. There may even be some food on those truck that the Darfurians could use.

  4. And which of the world’s media does this group of clowns notice is following this “HUGE STORY” (thx SantaMoniker for drawing our attention to this HUGE STORY):

    There are two. Well, I guess from this we know where the Guardian stands in its unbiased reportage …!!

    http://www.vivapalestina.org/home.htm

    IN THE NEWS
    Terror is the price of support for despots and dictators
    – The Guardian
    Viva Palestina’s bumpy road
    – Al-Jazeera
    Aid convoy breaks Gaza siege
    – Al-Jazeera

    and:

    In interview with Press TV George Galloway promises that in future Viva Palestina will ‘come from the four corners of the Earth – watch this space.’

    Did he mean to say:

    “watch outer space”?????

  5. By the way – if you have any doubts as to what Galloway thinks Palestine is, take a look at this picture:

  6. SantaMoniker

    I suggest that the convoy turn around and take its mix-masters, washing machines, trucks, TV sets, video games and the other essentials it want to deliver to Gaza to Darfur instead. There may even be some food on those truck that the Darfurians could use.

    Unfortunately, I get the impression that electricity is not available in Darfur whereas in Gaza it is in oversupply.

    But I am sure that the food would be welcome. Africans are dying from starvation in Darfur because they don’t have a dedicated UN organisation to bring them supplies.

  7. Have people read the usual guff about this from Shameless Milne at “the other place?”

    In the comments beneath we have our old friend Teacup clanging on about how Palestinians cannot hold elections while they are under siege!

    This idiocy was answered as follows by whichiswhich:

    whichiswhich

    7 Jan 2010, 3:51PM

    Teacup, how can there ever be elections in Gaza, regardless of the state of the Palestinians there, when Hamas has carefully seen to it that there is no viable opposition?

    To pretend that Hamas operates the sort of democracy which would even countenance free and fair elections is risible at the least and evidence of serious denial at the worst.

    Couldn’t have put it better myself.

  8. Somebody doesn’t like Dotty being exposed there.

    I have seen two comments exposing the lying turd removed from the thread.

    Is Georgina moderating today???

  9. JerusalemMite

    “Somebody doesn’t like Dotty being exposed there. I have seen two comments exposing the lying turd removed from the thread.”

    Who is this mythical ‘Dotty’ that people keep referring to? And which thread? I’d like to check out this lying turd who goes by the moniker of Dotty for myself.

  10. Oh, and you write:

    “Is Georgina moderating today???”

    Is this Dotty a personal friend of Mrs. Pinnochio then?

  11. JerusalemMite

    A revelation for you:

    A little bird has just informed me that this mythical and much-feared beast known as ‘Dotty’ — was last seen on the Afua Hirsch ‘Lady Scotland opens a can of worms’ thread, going under the moniker of ‘monkeyman1954′.

    Now I’ve just skimmed over the Seamus Milne number, and there ain’t a monkey in sight. You sure you’re not getting a little paranoid about this Yeti — sorry, Dotty figure?

  12. Sorry for the cross posting but I thought that this link is apposite. It’s to a story about the peace rally by children and adults from Sderot to the border with Gaza on the anniversary of Cast Lead. Note at the second link the response they got from the Gaza Palestinians:

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1261364566089&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull

    Note also the example they set to Gorgeous George and his friends and Palestinian friends. Not a stone in sight. although there were plenty of insults and catcalls from the Gaza side of the fence.

  13. Truly, Gorgeous Georgie & Co could sell tickets for their circus performance… But the Egyptians sure gave them the velvet glove treatment; if Darfuri refugees behaved like that in Egypt, the reaction would be considerably more heavyhanded.

  14. SilverTrees

    “It’s to a story about the peace rally by children and adults from Sderot”

    Why are all the signs in English? Why are the speeches in English?

    This was not a “rally by children” – even if a lot of the people attending genuinely had peaceful intentions.

  15. Respect MP George Galloway has been deported from Egypt. The Bow and Bethnal Green MP was reportedly trying to return to Gaza to help members of a humanitarian convoy who had been arrested. A convoy spokeswoman said he had arrived at the Rafah crossing from Gaza to Egypt when he was driven off by police. Mr Galloway spent the night in a cell in Egypt in 2006 after attending an anti-war event.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8447847.stm

  16. John, thanks for updating us. It’s even reported in the Guardian at

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/jan/08/george-galloway-deported-from-egypt

    It’s not surprising and particularly given the recent uproar the Egyptian authorities would have to be stupid to allow him in. His support for Hamas, financial and well as loud mouthed, would be enough to make him persona non grata there since Hamas is little brother to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Stand by for the usual whingeing along the lines of “How dare they do this to such an important personage as ME??”

  17. Read ALL the article and google for more information pretzelberg. As usual you are splitting hairs, no doubt because all of this makes you uncomfortable. No matter.

    Among the activities were messages of peace to Gaza children attached to balloons which were then floated off to Gaza. Signs in English or no, their intention message was unmistakable, including the shouts of “Salaam.”

    See also http://sderotmedia.org.il/bin/content.cgi?ID=593&q=3

    I note that you have no comment to make about the peace march’s reception by Gaza Palestinians – viz “Katyushas on Ma’alot, Qassams on Sderot” Hardly reciprocal were they?

    (Incidentally do you think that the citizens of Sderot should be thankful, grateful even, that “only 286″ rockets were launched at them during the past year?)

  18. It occurs to me that George “El Gobbo” Galloway is in something of a fix: As we see from AKUS’ post above, on his last visit to Gaza he took money to Hamas – in direct contravention of the laws made by the parliament of which he is an MP – and he got away with it thanks to the dhimmi attitude of the current government in the UK.

    I wonder whether he took a similar wedge with him this time and if so what happened to it?

  19. PhyllisStein interesting question. There seems to be nothing on the wires (and being the narcissist he is Gorgeous would definitely have made sure that he was photographed handing over cash this time) which suggests either that he took no money or he was deported before he could hand any over.

    Another possible scenario is that he might have handed any cash over to someone else to pass on to Hamas, but that’s hardly likely given that (again being the narcissist he is) he would have wanted to be photographed handing it over himself.

    Let’s wait and see. Expect the usual windbagging diatribes from Gorgeous on his return. He’s received a big narcissistic injury hasn’t he and sometimes narcissists react with anger and lawsuits.

  20. Pretzelberg Why are all the signs in English? Why are the speeches in English? Because many of the students came from abroad. Listen to the accents.

  21. Margie, given that our George has publicly called for the overthrow of Mubarak I am amazed that they allowed him into Egypt at all.

    Even more amazing, although typical of the narcissist he is, is that he should think that the Egyptian authorities would have forgotten all about that statement at 1.15 at the following

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2f8_1231079607&c=1

    Of course the infantile behaviour of his supporters didn’t help one bit.

    Hands up anyone who believes that Galloway does all this out of the goodness of his heart and solely for the welfare of ordinary Palestinians?

  22. There is something truly disturbing going on in the ‘George Galloway deported from Egypt’ thread.(8th Jan)Almost all the comments offering an alternative coherant viewpoint have been deleted. I have now been banned/premoderated/suspended for almost two weeks, with no reason given, nothing appears, nor does a box indicating premoderation, so Iam effectively silenced on I/P/Mid East threads.The sycophants on the Galloway story are out in numbers, and no opposition is allowed on the ‘cif’ forum. One poster (Three cheers) wrote ‘I went to Iraq before the war, between 1981-1990,it was a magnificent place,where people didnt bother to lock their doors,because the sense of community was so strong’
    I tried to reply; ‘I dont know what sort of ideological Iraq you visited,it doesnt sound much like the Iraq whose army and security forces ruthlessly and routinely silenced all political opposition during 35 years of outright Baathist butchery, Thousands upon Thousands of innocent people were tortued and executed, the favoured methods were beheadings,gouging out of the eyes and pulling out of fingernails.Amputation of the tongue was approved in the early 2000’s as a penalty for slander or abusive remarks against the president. The Kurds were brutally repressed for decades, 5,000 were were massacred with poison gas at Halabja,the largest scale chemical weapon attack against a civillian population, The shiites were also persecuted and murdered and their shrines desecrated’.This poster, and several others then went on to deny and minimise the plight of 900,000 Jews expelled from their ancestral Arab homelands. cif is truly a forum for revisionisim

  23. smtx01

    Yes – the moderation on that thread is something to behold. I ldidn’t bother to comment – what would have been the point?

    And we must never mention what happened to the Jews from the Arab lands. The Shabi narrative is the only one allowed. Good old Guardian.

  24. UPDATE

    According to the Daily Telegraph at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/5040237/Charity-Commission-to-investigate-Gaza-charity.html

    George’s philanthropic motives are going to come under intense scrutiny.

    According to the article:

    “The Commission released a statement which read: “Following initial inquiries, including a review of the appeal’s governing document and other publicly available literature, the Commission’s view is that the appeal is charitable.

    “The Commission has attempted to contact the appeal on repeated occasions over the last month in an effort to secure acknowledgement that the funds are held for charitable purposes.

    “However, to date, the Commission has had no substantive response to the issues that have been raised, either from the appeal or individuals connected with it.”

    Galloway, of course, reacted by saying that the Charity Commission itself needed investigating and gave the equivalent of old “the cheque is in the post” excuse.

    Stay tuned, people. As I said, this could run and run.

  25. Not very original of Gorgeous was it? He could at least have said that he was too busy mixing it with Egyptian policemen to keep the Charities Commission updated.

  26. John et al, you can comment here, linking back to the CiF thread, which is why cifwatch is so valuable.

  27. What proof have we that the Palestinians, rather than Hamas and its allies, got the aid?

    Is there any film or unbiased reporting of the convoy entering Gaza and handing it over to others than Hamas?

  28. The Charity commission’s investigation was in March 2009. Does anyone know what came of it?

    (I am assuming that Gorgeous was his usual teflon-coated self because he’s been “brave” enough to entertain us with a repeat performance.

  29. The Charity commission’s investigation was in March 2009. Does anyone know what came of it?

    (I am assuming that Gorgeous was his usual teflon-coated self because he’s been “brave” enough to entertain us with a repeat performance).

    I wonder where the money to pay Khaled Meshaal came from though, and whether that was covered by the Charity Commission’s rules and regulations?

  30. Another update from

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2010/01/09/police-bundle-george-galloway-on-plane-from-egypt-back-to-uk-86908-21953591/

    Gorgeous (“I’ve been thrown out of better joints than that”) has been banned ever from returning to Egypt.

    Oh dear. This means either

    (a) He won’t be able to lead another convoy (which will probable butcher his ego) or

    (b) If he does the b*gger will have to negotiate to enter Gaza via Israel!

    Oh dear (again). Caught between a rock and a hard place isn’t he?

    It’s a sort of judgement of Solomon against him isn’t it? If he really cares about the Palestinian people then it shouldn’t matter to him whether he leads another convoy or not.

    But it will matter.

  31. Have people seen the following at Haaretz

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1141085.html

    Notably:

    “At midnight, about 12 hours after leaving Cairo, we arrived at a hotel in Gaza. There the first surprise awaited us: A Hamas security official in civilian dress swooped down on a friend who had come to pick me up for a visit, announcing that guests could not stay in private homes.

    “The story gradually became clear. The international organizers of the march coordinated it with civil society, various non-governmental organizations, which were also supposed to involve the Popular Committee to Break the Siege, a semi-official organization affiliated with Hamas. Many European activists have long-standing connections with left-wing organizations in the Gaza Strip. Those organizations, especially the relatively large Popular Front, had organized lodging for several hundred guests in private homes. When the Hamas government heard this, it prohibited the move. “For security reasons.” What else?

    “Also “for security reasons,” apparently, on Thursday morning, the activists discovered a cordon of stern-faced, tough Hamas security men blocking them from leaving the hotel (which is owned by Hamas). The security officials accompanied the activists as they visited homes and organizations.

    “During the march itself, when Gazans watching from the sidelines tried to speak with the visitors, the stern-faced security men blocked them. “They didn’t want us to speak to ordinary people,” one woman concluded. (My note: there’s a surprise!)…

    “Another said, “From the outset, Hamas set conditions: No more than 5,000 marchers, no approaching the wall and the fence, how to make speeches, how long the speeches should be, who will make speeches. In short, Hamas hijacked the initiative from us and we gave in.”

    “Hamas, or its Popular Committee, brought 200 or 300 marchers. The march turned into nothing more than a ritual, an opportunity for Hamas cabinet ministers to get decent media coverage in the company of Western demonstrators. Especially photogenic were four Americans from the anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jewish group Neturei Karta, who joined the trip only at Al Arish. There were no Palestinian women among the marchers – a slap to the many feminist organizers and participants, both women and men…

    “In meetings without the security men, several activists got the impression that non-Hamas residents live in fear, and are afraid to speak or identify themselves by name. “Now I understand that the call for ‘Freedom for Gaza’ has another meaning,” one young man told me…

    ” In one home, the security officials tried to arrest two people, and the mother tried to block them. One policeman allegedly hit her – and she had a heart attack and died.

    “I wondered: Were the restrictions an order from above, or an unwise interpretation by lower ranks? Does Hamas think it can entirely prevent the few visitors – clearly pro-Palestinian – from hearing non-official versions? Don’t the people giving the orders realize what a bad image they were creating? Or was there really a security concern?..”

    I wonder whether this insight into Hamas’ and its dictatorial attitude to its people and those who came to help them will make any impression on these people or whether they will persevere in believing that Hamas does its best for Palestinians in Gaza?

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