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British MP Galloway used fund for leukaemia girl to pay for Iraq trips (sickening)
The Times (of London) ^ | April 05, 2003 | Dominic Kennedy

Posted on 04/05/2003 4:58:24 AM PST by alnitak

GEORGE GALLOWAY has paid for frequent visits to Iraq from a fund set up to save the life of a four-year-old girl with leukaemia. The MP flew Mariam Hamza from Iraq to a children’s hospital in Glasgow and launched a public appeal for money using her name. On House of Commons notepaper, he wrote to donors telling them that the money would all go on hospital fees for Mariam and medical care for other Iraqi children.

But the fund, which is not a charity and refuses to divulge its accounts or trustees, has so far paid for 14 trips by Mr Galloway to 15 countries, including eight visits to Iraq.

It has expanded its activities to become a political group campaigning against the sanctions imposed on President Saddam Hussein’s regime. It also denounces Israel. The appeal receives a large proportion of its money from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Galloway is keeping secret who paid for his trip to Baghdad last August, when he provided a propaganda coup for Saddam by meeting him and praising Iraqi diplomacy. The MP dodged questions from The Times about his foreign expenses. He sent The Times an e-mail yesterday stating: “I regard you as a whore writing for a pimp. The Sun is in the sewer, you merely in the gutter; no doubt looking up at the stars (and stripes). Not only will I not speak to you, I feel tainted merely writing to you. Please do not attempt to contact me again.”

Mr Galloway was criticised this week for describing the coalition as “wolves” on United Arab Emirates television after saying in the Commons that British troops were “lions” led by “donkeys”.

The Mariam Appeal was set up in 1998. Uranium-tipped weapons used by the allies in the Gulf War were blamed by Mr Galloway for causing the child’s leukaemia. The appeal was created by the Emergency Committee on Iraq, itself co-founded by the MP.

Mr Galloway wrote to donors: “The Mariam Appeal has had to guarantee the costs of her treatment which could cost up to £50,000. The appeal’s target is £100,000 with the balance being sent back to Iraq in medicines and medical supplies for the children she has had to leave behind.”

He enclosed a postcard showing a photograph of the child. How much money the appeal has raised is uncertain. But the organisation did not limit itself to buying medicine.

In a publicity exercise in 2000, Mr Galloway flew from a private airfield in Kent via Bulgaria to Baghdad to break the British air embargo of Iraq. His flight, said to have been paid for by private donations to the Mariam Appeal, contained no humanitarian aid. The MP brought six men, including Stuart Halford, the appeal’s director, to an anti-sanctions conference.

The appeal later announced the creation of international “work brigades” to go on month-long trips to Iraq to help on building sites.

It raised money by promising to buy scientific and academic books for Iraqis, claiming that these were banned by the United Nations in case they had a “dual use” (military and civilian). It published an e-mail newsletter about Iraq “as a means of beating the media blockade”.

The appeal paid for 14 overseas trips by the Glasgow MP between September 1999 and January 2002, mostly including flights and frequently hotel bills. He visited Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Hungary, Belgium, New York and Romania.

During his trip to Brussels, on behalf of the appeal, he attended an anti-sanctions conference where delegates expressed solidarity with the “Palestinian intifada”. The appeal supported a boycott of Israeli goods.

The Mariam Appeal has also openly solicited funds as an anti-sanctions campaign group.

The MP has lately found a new travel sponsor. In June 2000, he launched the Great Britain-Iraq Society with a meeting in the Commons where Scott Ritter, a former weapons inspector, declared that Iraq no longer possessed weapons of mass destruction.

The society charged members £25 and promised to “circulate a newsletter, publish material, organise events, exchange visits, organise trade missions, religious and other tourism”.

Within six months, Mr Galloway was globetrotting at the group’s expense. It has paid for seven overseas visits by the MP, usually including the cost of flights. The destinations were to Jordan, Morocco, Beirut and Kiev, along with four trips to Iraq.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: galloway; georgegalloway; iraq
A truly depressing insight into the mind and activities of our own true Saddamite.
1 posted on 04/05/2003 4:58:24 AM PST by alnitak
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To: All
This makes me want to vomit
2 posted on 04/05/2003 5:12:42 AM PST by n1f2ns
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To: alnitak
He is a sick bas*rd and no mistake

He effectively said he wanted all british troops to die in iraq

A traitors noose is all he deserves
3 posted on 04/05/2003 5:23:33 AM PST by may18
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To: may18
What really makes me sick about the Labour Party is that he won't even be disciplined, because a LARGE proportion of them agree with him.
4 posted on 04/05/2003 5:33:10 AM PST by alnitak
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To: alnitak
I'm shocked!
5 posted on 04/05/2003 5:54:55 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Time to bomb Saddam!)
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To: Badabing Badaboom
He could get away with anti war rhetoric.

The second hesaid he wanted our boys to die, he hung himself.

We all want him hung,
7 posted on 04/05/2003 6:18:41 AM PST by may18
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To: alnitak
What kills me about these bastards is that they always have to be at the trough. If they want to protest, bully for them. But why can't they spend their own money? If you really believe the nonsense that you spout, why not pony up your own bucks. Jackmehoff.
8 posted on 04/05/2003 6:35:03 AM PST by bucephalus (Saddam Sleeps With the Camels - Non-consensually just like Roman Polanski)
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To: alnitak
This will be great on his resume to become the president of the UN or France
9 posted on 04/05/2003 6:39:00 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: MadIvan
Ivan, have you seen this about Galloway?

Is there anything that can be done about him? He seems.... not quite right.

10 posted on 04/05/2003 6:42:28 AM PST by RikaStrom
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To: alnitak


what a great idea chelsea go shave your head and lose 30 pounds I need some more cash for my library
11 posted on 04/05/2003 6:43:05 AM PST by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: alnitak
This will be great on his resume to become the president of the UN or France
12 posted on 04/05/2003 7:19:26 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: RikaStrom
Galloway's own constituents offered to send him to Baghdad - one way:

Voters urge Galloway to go and live in Iraq

I've despised the man for a long time, but that's just me. ;)

Regards, Ivan

13 posted on 04/05/2003 7:22:27 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: alnitak
Anyone who has time should google Galloway. Makes interesting reading.
14 posted on 04/05/2003 7:25:54 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: alnitak
Mr Galloway ....sent The Times an e-mail yesterday stating: “I regard you as a whore writing for a pimp. The Sun is in the sewer, you merely in the gutter; no doubt looking up at the stars (and stripes). Not only will I not speak to you, I feel tainted merely writing to you. Please do not attempt to contact me again.”

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Well, that'll show 'em, eh, Mr. Galloway?
(That note sounds like it was written by a indignant schoolboy.)

15 posted on 04/05/2003 7:49:19 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it, but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: yankeedame
Galloway is finished. He is one of britains most hated men.

As for entering the euro. We have been promised a referendum on it. As public opinion is against the euro, the referendum wont vote yes.

WRT to labour, well goverments come and go, the spirit and nature of the people stay the same. ATM the tories (conservative) are a split party and seemed determind to be unelectable. But eventually another margaret thatcher will come along and we can start undoing the messes of the labour part.

I would hope the spirit of the soldiers out there now would speak for the spirit of our people.

16 posted on 04/05/2003 1:28:13 PM PST by may18
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To: MadIvan
FYI
17 posted on 04/05/2003 1:32:44 PM PST by Chancellor Palpatine (going into an election campaign without the paleocons is like going to war without the French)
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To: MadIvan
We got a whole bunch just like him over here in the states.
18 posted on 04/05/2003 1:37:04 PM PST by battlegearboat (I'm almost done.)
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To: alnitak
Back to the top in honor of today's revelations.
19 posted on 04/21/2003 9:28:01 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: alnitak
Don't you think he found the events of 9-11 most enjoyable?

Galloway is utterly grotesque. His actions over the last decade are plainly treasonous.
20 posted on 04/21/2003 9:55:51 PM PDT by faithincowboys
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
bump
21 posted on 04/23/2003 1:07:34 PM PDT by Shermy (Full disclosure of Food For Oil books...No Compromise!!!)
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To: Shermy
BUMP
22 posted on 04/23/2003 1:28:57 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: Happygal; MadIvan
Bump
23 posted on 04/23/2003 1:29:48 PM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: Incorrigible; MadIvan
“I regard you as a whore writing for a pimp. The Sun is in the sewer, you merely in the gutter; no doubt looking up at the stars (and stripes). Not only will I not speak to you, I feel tainted merely writing to you. Please do not attempt to contact me again.”

*ROFLMAO*...and he's talking about The Times of London. The 'paper of record' (journalistically speaking) and one with a serious liberal bent at the best of times! *LOL*

Galloway is like a rabbit caught in the headlights. *LOL*

Will someone give the man a shovel, so he can dig deeper the hole he's making for himself.

PS...'bout time Scotland had a good old fashioned public hanging for treason.

24 posted on 04/23/2003 5:47:02 PM PDT by Happygal
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To: alnitak
"I regard you as a whore writing for a pimp. The Sun is in the sewer, you merely in the gutter; no doubt looking up at the stars (and stripes)." -- George Galloway

"I blame Al-Jazeera - they are marketing for the Americans!" -- Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf (aka Baghdad Bob)

25 posted on 04/23/2003 5:53:13 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: Happygal
".'bout time Scotland had a good old fashioned public hanging for treason."

From Happygal's lips to the Law Lairds' ears:

"Treason is the last remaining civilian crime for
which the death penalty can be imposed in Scotland"

http://legalminds.lp.findlaw.com/list/deathpenalty/msg02124.html
26 posted on 04/23/2003 7:03:01 PM PDT by John Beresford Tipton
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To: John Beresford Tipton
You bring the rope, I'll bring the pop corn! ;-)
27 posted on 04/23/2003 7:05:58 PM PDT by Happygal
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