Beleaguered British MP George Galloway may have another problem, in addition to be investigated by his own Labour Party for a possible relationship with Iraqi intelligence. Now the British government has frozen the assets of a Muslim charity with links to Galloway.
BBC News reported that the UK has frozen the assets of the Al-Aqsa Foundation charity because of suspected links to Muslim terrorists. British Chancellor Gordon Brown gave the order to have the Treasury freeze any British assets of Al-Aqsa. Although the charity does not maintain an office in the UK, Gordon’s order is part of the international effort against terrorism.
The Al-Aqsa Foundation is a charity, like the Holy Land Foundation, which purportedly provides aid to the needy in Muslim countries. However, like the Holy Land Foundation and the Benevolence International Foundation, Al-Aqsa is suspected of furnishing funds to Muslim terrorists.
Galloway has been a guest of Al-Aqsa’s South Africa office in Fordsburg, which is alleged to be the home of Hamas' South African Branch. Other visitors to Al-Aqsa South Africa include Ismail Adam Patel who is the leader of Friends of Al-Aqsa in the UK, and the UK supporters of Al-Awda, which is part of the Palestinian Right to Return organization and former Taliban official Nizamuddin Shamzai.
Galloway’s affection for the Palestinians and Muslim organizations is no secret. According to a March online edition of the Muslim Association of Britain, Galloway received a standing ovation from guests at an Islamic Relief fundraiser for Iraq in Glasgow’s Central Mosque. During his speech, Galloway praised the Muslim community. He was quoted as thanking the Muslim community for “filling him with hope” and Galloway stated, “I wish your lobbying and campaigning activities well.”
Galloway was a speaker at a Justice in Palestine conference in July 20, 2002, given by The Councils of Muslim Theologians, Friends of Al-Aqsa (UK) and the Al-Aqsa Foundation of South Africa. The conference was "to create awareness and show the parallels that exist in the Occupied Lands of Palestine and Apartheid South Africa as well as give insights into the historical and political understanding of the conflict."
Galloway also spoke at a pro-Palestinian rally on April 13, 2002. The Muslim Association of Britain and the Friends of Al-Aqsa Foundation organized the rally. He has spoken at many other pro-Palestinian rallies since. However, Galloway’s relationship to Palestine is more than just political. He is married to Aminah Abu-Zayyhad, a niece of PLO chief Yasser Arafat.
Galloway, who has been a Member of Parliament since 1987, was a Senior Vice Chairman of the Labour Party Foreign Affairs Committee. Before his election to parliament, Galloway arranged for the city of Dundee, Scotland to become a sister city with the Palestinian town of Nablus. The Dundee City Hall was the first western city to fly the Palestinian flag because of Galloway efforts. He also prevented NATO ships from being greeted by the city.
As a major player in the anti-Iraq war movement in Britain, Galloway became involved in a suspicious arrangement with Iraq. In April, after the capture of Baghdad, Iraqi documents were found which referenced Galloway receiving annual pay-offs of 375,000 pounds sterling from the oil-for-food program. Since Galloway was so involved with the anti-Iraq war movement, he is suspected of helping to finance anti-war activities using Iraqi intelligence funds. In fact, the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph states they have a copy of a confidential memo from Iraqi intelligence that Galloway wanted to be paid more than he was.
During his anti-war protestations, Galloway urged British troops to mutiny if they received orders to invade Iraq. He has criticized both President Bush and Prime Minister Blair. Galloway has accused them of lying about how long the Iraq War would last, claiming that it would be months or years.
Considering Galloway’s involvement politically, professionally, financially and personally with pro-Palestinian and pro-Iraqi organizations, he could conceivably be the first British Member of Parliament from the Middle East. The Labour Party should ensure they complete their investigation soon before the United Kingdom becomes a Caliphate.