Gadhafi: Israel responsible for Darfur crisis

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Libyan President Muammar Gadhafi said Israel is to blame for the crisis in Darfur.

Gadhafi, president of the African Union, said Tuesday that "foreign forces," including Israel, are to blame for the genocide in the Sudan region.

 "We discovered that some of the main leaders of the Darfur rebels have opened offices in Tel Aviv and hold meetings with the military there to add fuel to the conflict fire," the Libyan state news agency Jana quoted Gadhafi as saying, Ha’aretz reported.

Gadhafi urged the International Criminal Court to stop proceedings to decide whether to issue a warrant for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is accused of masterminding the genocide.

"Why do we have to hold President Bashir or the Sudanese government responsible when the Darfur problem was caused by outside parties, and Tel Aviv, for example, is behind the Darfur crisis?" he said.

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