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Gaddafi to Arab 'Refugees': March on Israel

Libya's Gaddafi tells Arabs who identify as “Palestinian refugees” to march on Israel and wait at the borders.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 2/15/2011, 6:06 PM / Last Update: 2/16/2011, 1:13 AM

Libyan dictator Muammer Gaddafi has called for a mass Arab march on Israel, in an attempt to force Israel into accepting Arab demands. He directed his call to Palestinian Authority Arabs and to the millions of Arabs who define themselves as “Palestinian refugees” that seek to “return” to Israel.

“Fleets of boats should take Palestinians... and wait by the Palestinian shores until the problem is resolved,” Gaddafi said on Libyan television. Now is the time for PA Arabs to capitalize on the wave of Middle East revolts, he added.

The purpose of the mass march would not be to declare war, but rather “to create a problem for the world,” Gaddafi explained.

Hundreds of thousands of Arabs fled Israel during the War of Independence. Many Arab leaders demand that Israel accept those who fled and their millions of descendants as citizens.

In some countries, among them Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel have not been granted citizenship, and live in their own separate neighborhoods and cities.

'The West is our Enemy'
In the same speech, Gaddafi called on the Muslim world to unite against the non-Muslim world. The “Western world,” including the United States and Europe, has gone on the attack against the Islamic world, he said.

Designating the U.S. and Europe “white” and the Muslim world “green,” Gaddafi said, “The white color has decided to get rid of the green country... These countries should be united against the white color.”

While he called for Muslim unity in fighting the West, Gaddafi had criticism for several Muslim leaders – those who have some form of relations with Israel. “All Arab states which have relations with Israel are cowardly regimes,” he declared.