Galloway Court Hearing Inconclusive

Published: April 29th 2010
in News » World

British MP George Galloway

In a Federal court hearing that took place in Toronto on Wednesday, Justice Richard Mosley reviewed the events that led up to British MP George Galloway being banned from Canada last year.


According to his Canadian lawyers, Galloway was denied entry to Canada in spring of last year because the Conservative government has a pro-Israel bias.


“We have clearly aligned ourselves with a particular political point of view,” defence lawyer Barbara Jackman told the court on Wednesday, adding that Canada’s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney “has no right to enforce his views on us as Canadians who want to hear George Galloway speak.”


A socialist politician in the UK’s left-wing Respect party, Galloway was supposed to visit Canada in March 2009 on a four-city speaking tour, but was barred from entering on the grounds that he had publically donated vehicles, medical supplies and $35,000 to Hamas while visiting Gaza several weeks earlier.


Government lawyers argued that Immigration Minister Kenney was not involved in the decision to deny Galloway entry, who they claim is considered a member of a terrorist organization under Canadian law, for providing financial and material support to Hamas.


According to Marie-Louise Wcislo, a government immigration lawyer, Galloway “intentionally chose to give that money and those goods to the elected government in Gaza.”


Galloway was expelled from Britain’s Labour Party in 2003 for advising British soldiers not to fight in the Iraq war.


Galloway denies supporting Hamas, however, claiming that his aid to Hamas was purely from a humanitarian perspective, arguing that dealing with the Palestinian government was the only way he could help Palestinian civilians.


 “This was clearly an exercise in taunting Mr. Galloway by senior levels of government,” Jackman said, stating as well that calling Galloway a terrorist is a misuse of Canada’s anti-terror laws.


“When our parliament passed that legislation it was to protect our country from people who throw bombs, not people who buy incubators,” she added, referring to the medical provisions which Galloway’s envoy reportedly supplied Hamas.

Related articles: (Galloway, Britain, UK, Hamas)
Share with friends Print this page Read later Recommend 0 times