Galloway to Skip U.K. Vote on Palestine - Because Proposal Also Recognizes Israel

U.K. legislator also rejects motion because it doesn't define borders of either state or address the right of return for Palestinians.

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Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, right, presenting British politician George Galloway with a map of Palestine in Gaza, March 11, 2009.Credit: Reuters
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U.K. Respect Party legislator George Galloway plans to abstain from a House of Commons vote on whether to recognize a State of Palestine because the proposal also recognizes Israel as a state, International Business Times reported.

Labor MP Grahame Morris is presenting the symbolic motion on Monday in the House of Commons, Morris said the U.K. had recognized the state of Israel in 1950 "on undefined borders without a precisely defined capital," the BBC reported

The international community has "cruelly refused" the Palestinian people the right to be recognized as a state, the IB Times quoted Morris as saying.

"I cannot support this motion," Galloway said, according to IB Times, "as it accepts recognition of the state of Israel, does not define borders of either state or address the central question of the right of return of the millions of Palestinians who have been forced to live outside Palestine."

Galloway has said that in effect he wants nothing to do with Israel and Israelis.
In February 2013 he walked out of what was supposed to be a debate when he found out that he'd be debating an Israeli.

And in August 2014 he declared Bradford, which he represents in Parliament, an "Israel-free zone."

He urged the city to reject all Israeli goods, services, academics and even tourists. “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," Galloway said at a meeting of the Respect Party in Leeds.

“We don’t even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford, if any of them had thought of doing so," he said. "We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same.”

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