Sunday, January 11, 2004

Libya: compensation for Libyan Jews?

... in comments published Tuesday [Jan 6?], Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi is quoted as saying he is ready to compensate Libyan Jews whose properties were confiscated. He also said he is prepared to allow Libyans to travel to Israel, according to Arab press reports.(full-text)
And in today's Sunday Telegraph, a report that Libyan Jews are ready to launch £100 million compensation claim.
Now Libyan Jewish leaders hope that their chance of compensation will not be undermined by the row that broke out within the Israeli government after news emerged of a secret meeting between Israeli foreign ministry officials and Col Gaddafi's son, Seif al-Islam.

The offices of Ariel Sharon, the prime minister, and Silvan Shalom, the foreign minister, are at loggerheads, with the latter accusing "hardliners" from Mr Sharon's entourage of attempting to sabotage the initiative by leaking details. That prompted Libyan officials to deny that any meeting took place.

From that al-Bawaba article linked above, we also get the following intriguing claim ...
Speaking to members of the Popular Committe for Public Security and Justice, Kadhafi denied the existence of political prisoners in Libyan jails. He offered any international body for human rights access to Libyan prisons in order to verify this issue.
Somebody should take him up on it.