Friday, October 09, 2009
First, President Ahmadinejad was claimed - if only briefly - to have Jewish roots, now it's the turn of President Gaddafi of Libya. But while there is little substance to Ahmadinejad's Jewish origins, Gaddafi may well be Jewish enough to help make up a minyan.
Israeli TV recently interviewed two Israeli women of Libyan origin. To be fair, rumours that Gaddafi has Jewish origins have been around for some time.
Rachel Saada and Guita Brown are related to Muamar Gaddafi. Guita's grandmother was the sister of Gaddafi's grandmother. She, a Jewess, had left her husband for a Libyan sheikh. They had a daughter: Gaddafi's mother. That makes Gaddafi halachically Jewish.
However, as the learned professor wheeled in to give her take on the matter says, it is all hearsay and there is no actual proof. And although the older interviewee claims, 'Gaddafi never said a word against the Jews,' a family tie with the old rogue and madman is not exactly something most would be proud of.
Note to those who come to this site seeking to discredit Gaddafi because of his Jewish grandmother: I would remind you that Gaddafi also had three non-Jewish grandparents. It is just as offensive and bigoted to blame them for Gaddafi's character defects. Gaddafi himself was responsible for the total ethnic cleansing of Libya of its ancient Jewish population, their persecution and dispossession. If he ever invoked his 'right of return' to Israel he would be arrested and tried for war crimes.