Qaddafi son links Germany to Israel war crimes

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 10:58:26 GMT

Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi

Libyan Leader Muammar Qaddafi's son leveled criticism against Germany's military aid to Israel, accusing the European power of complicity in war crimes committed in Gaza.

In a letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel, Muammar Qaddafi's eldest son, Saif al-Islam, urged the German leader to clarify her position on Germany's alleged free military aid to Israel.

Qaddafi charged Berlin with spending German tax-payers' money to provide miscellaneous weaponry for Israel, which he condemned as "the greatest violator of human rights in the world."

"I do not think that the German people who have suffered from dictatorship, suppression and terrorism either during the Nazis era or the communist reign agree to the money of tax-payers being spent to purchase offensive non-defensive weapons and submarines on which long-range ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear war heads will be mounted as per reports," Qaddafi wrote in a letter published by Ma'an news agency.

Qaddafi said Germany spent an estimated one billion Euros on boosting Israeli offensive capabilities, suggesting the amount "would be better ethically, humanly and politically" to have been spent to maintain the starving population in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza.

Saif also recalled Israel's devastating military offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in January 2008, which killed at least 1,400 people.

The head of the Qaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, Saif described the German consideration for Israel as aimed at atoning "for the mistakes of the past," a reference to the Holocaust.

"But I assure you that one day you will be thoughtful towards us to atone for today's mistake," he concluded.

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