Libyan charity wants to avoid angering Israel

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 16, 2010 14:03

CAIRO — A charitable foundation led by the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says it wants to avoid political activities that anger Israel and focus on humanitarian work.

The foundation led by Seif al-Islam Gadhafi says its priority is assisting the poor in sub-Saharan Africa. However, the foundation has been involved in high-profile political endeavors including the release of terminally ill Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison and an attempt to thwart Israel's naval blockade of Gaza.

The foundation said Wednesday it will drop "advocacy for political and human rights reform" after board members voiced concern over criticism by Israel supporters about the foundation's activities.


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