Gadaffi calls for jihad against Switzerland
Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi called yesterday for a "jihad" or armed struggle against Switzerland, saying it was an infidel state that was destroying mosques.
"Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against Mohammad, God and the Koran," Gadaffi said during a meeting in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
"The masses of Muslims must go to all airports in the Islamic world and prevent any Swiss plane landing, to all harbours and prevent any Swiss ships docking, inspect all shops and markets to stop any Swiss goods being sold," Gadaffi said.
The Swiss Foreign Ministry said it had no comment. Libya's relations with Switzerland broke down in 2008 when Gadaffi's son was arrested in a Geneva hotel and charged with abusing domestic servants. Though released without charge, Libya cut oil supplies to Switzerland, withdrew billions of dollars from Swiss bank accounts and arrested two Swiss businessmen working in the country.
One has been released, but the other was forced this week into a prison to serve a four-month sentence, apparently avoiding a major confrontation. Libya says the Geneva arrest and the case of the two businessmen are not linked.
"Let us fight against Switzerland, Zionism and foreign aggression," said Gadaffi, adding that "this is not terrorism", in contrast with the work of al-Qa'ida which he called a "kind of crime."
Gadaffi accused Switzerland of being an "infidel, obscene state which is destroying mosques", in reference to a Swiss referendum verdict barring construction of minarets.