George Galloway
George Galloway

Photograph by: Cate Gillon, Getty

OTTAWA — Amid bravos he couldn’t actually hear, George Galloway, the British MP who was controversially barred from Canada for his ties to Hamas, told an Ottawa crowd Thursday he is no terrorist.

“I have instructed my lawyers in Canada to bring an action for defamation against Bernie Farber, the CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, and CTV, for comments he made that they allowed him to make,” he said via an Internet connection. “I am not a terrorist. I am not a threat to Canada’s national security.”

The Galloway controversy began in mid-March, when he received a letter from a senior Canadian government official, informing him he wouldn’t be allowed in Canada for his speaking tour because of his “material support” of Hamas, which Canada considers a terrorist organization. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the Conservative government didn’t make the decision, but indicated he would not overturn it. An action brought to the Federal Court by Galloway’s supporters failed Monday.

The outspoken Galloway is known for his support of the Palestinian movement. He was recently in Gaza Strip with a humanitarian convoy, donating money and supplies to the Hamas-led government.

“We gave it to the elected government of Palestine,” Galloway said. “Should we have driven around Gaza looking for opposition parties?”

He told the crowd that, after Israel’s recent 22-day offensive, Gaza looked as if an earthquake had hit. He said Israel had committed war crimes “with the full backing of the Canadian and U.S. governments.”

Before the speech began, Larry Rousseau from No-War-Paix said the Canadian government didn’t “think everything through” when it barred Galloway from entering the country.

“Since they made the decision, everything has been about freedom of speech,” he said.

“When (Galloway) talks, people really get upset about what he has to say. That usually happens when people tell the truth.”

But a group of men handing out sheets entitled “Galloway In his Own Words” said it wasn’t about free speech.

James Cohen said he wasn’t representing any organization, but wanted to provide some reading material in the “interest of fairness.”

He was getting a mostly negative reaction.

“They don’t seem that interested in fairness if it’s not a view they like,” he said.



  1. Lee said,

    April 3, 2009 at 17:14

    I am Canadian and I am embarrassed to be one right now.
    I guess the people in power can be bought anywhere
    I e mailed my MP and our foreign affairs minister and guess what? No response, I am merely a slug taxpayer. Viva la Palestine….peace to all

  2. George in Toronto said,

    April 3, 2009 at 17:52

    Lee–I did the same to Two local MPs.On several occasions they both refused an interview.If you think Canada is zionist,just wait when Mike EggEnough becomes Prime Minister.He is a closet zionist jew,who actually left canad at age 3 and worked for the Bush regime. His office tells me–We only take immagration complaints. Another MP idiot is Paul Zabo– You can never get a minute of their time. Please get to see CBC documentary called Canada Park-in Israel. Notice the comman thread in these chosen folks– pathological liars :^(

  3. Fiona said,

    April 3, 2009 at 18:07

    Also being a Canadian, I’m more than embarrassed, I’m ashamed. Like Lee, I emailed my MP as well a Jason Kenney and received no response.

    I supported both the Viva la Palestina and the Code Pink delegations that went to Gaza, so I wonder what that makes me in the eyes of my government. As I said in a post on the subject, it’s not hard to tell who pulls the reins in Ottawa.

  4. Adam Zettler said,

    April 3, 2009 at 18:12

    I am sad it took a Brit to finally stand up to the CJC here in Canada. I am happy that someone is finally standing up against their thought crime tyranny, their hypocrisy and their meddling in our foreign policy. My MP, Liberal Gerard Kennedy, is completely silent on the issue and I will be reminding him of such when he knocks on my door to try to get my vote next election.

  5. Paul said,

    April 3, 2009 at 20:51

    I stopped voting for any of the federalist parties as they are all in the pockets of the Jews. These people will sell out the country for a lousy few bucks. Interesting though, the Immigration Minister Jason Kenney did not bar Brigitte Gabriel, noted for her hate speech against Muslims. It looks hate speech is only hate speech if it is about the Jews.

  6. Joe Gall said,

    April 3, 2009 at 21:29

    Of course it’s not about free speech, so far as the fascist scumbags are concerned. In their fantasy world, only they have the right of free speech.

    Galloway is a showboat, but I hope he hits the Canadian government for millions of dollars.

  7. Andrew Milner said,

    April 3, 2009 at 23:29

    Let’s hope that as George Galloway prepares his legal action against the
    Canadian Jewish Congress, the Access to Information Act comes to his aid.
    When David Irving was fighting Canadian deportation orders, said Act allowed him access to documents, which may well prove extremely embarrassing to certain highly respected British historians and professors. So be sure you make copies, George

  8. Neil said,

    April 3, 2009 at 23:30

    My heartfelt thanks go out to you Mr Galloway. I am inspired by your courage and conviction during this fascist times.

  9. brian said,

    April 4, 2009 at 00:43

    Further proof Canada is NOT a democracy….people should challenge their politicians over this issue…..

  10. brian said,

    April 4, 2009 at 00:48

    Canada is NOT a democracy..its a servant of a bunch of 5th columnists…where is the media on this issue?

  11. Susan Zahedi said,

    April 4, 2009 at 00:50

    It is sad for Canada to be enslaved to Zionist philosophy.
    Canada is under Zionist control like the USA, there is no freedom of speech anymore.
    Wake up to the Zio Nazi fascism and take your country back.

  12. san1 said,

    April 4, 2009 at 04:24

    I too am a Canadian, and I unfortunately haven’t done anything about this but I am going to send a letter to my mp tomorrow. I just found out Bob Rae is my mp and his office is like couple blocks from here. If i don’t get an answer by email then I’ll tell him to expect me in person.

    By the way, it’s refreshing to see Canadians who care.

  13. April 4, 2009 at 12:58


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