Barack Obama, US Democratic presidential candidate, has been strongly criticised by Libya’s leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi (photo), after saying to pro-Israel lobbyists in the US last week, that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel.
He was either ignorant of the Middle East conflict, or lying to boost his campaign, said Col Muammar Gaddafi.
Col Gaddafi, who called Barack Obama “our Kenyan brother”, also said the candidate might suffer from an inferiority complex because of his African origins.
And rather than acting in solidarity with African and Arab nations, Col Gaddafi suggested that the issue of race could make Mr Obama’s behaviour “more white than white people”.
Col Gaddafi made those comments during a speech which aim was to mark the 38th anniversary since the US evacuated Wheelus Air Force base in Tripoli.
Israel claims Jerusalem as its “eternal, undivided” capital, but the Palestinians want, as the capital of a future Palestinian state the eastern half, occupied by Israel in 1967.
In 1969, Col Gaddafi came to power in a bloodless coup which provoked the departure of the Americans in a short time.
The speech was a passionate critique of past US policies towards Libya, but emphasised that current relations are not confrontational, said the BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli.
Despite being defiant and famously politically incorrect rhetoric returned, when he was talking about Barack Obama (photo), towards the end of the speech.
“The statements of our Kenyan brother of American nationality Obama on Jerusalem… show that he either ignores international politics and did not study the Middle East conflict or that it is a campaign lie” he said.
‘All Africa is behind him’
“We fear that Obama will feel that, because he is black with an inferiority complex, this will make him behave worse than the whites.”
“This will be a tragedy”, said Gaddafi. “We tell him to be proud of himself as a black and feel that all Africa is behind him.”
Early this month, Mr Obama won against his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. He will be the Democratic candidate during the presidential election, in November.
Mr Gaddafi also suggested that Mr Obama’s comments may have been informed by a fear of assassination by Israeli agents, “the same fate as [former US President John F] Kennedy when he promised to look into Israel’s nuclear programme”.
The US authorities say that Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 was carried out by a lone gunman, but conspiracy theories are still abound.