August 31st, 2009
NewsRescue- The president of the African Union (AU), Muammar Gaddafi in a summit meeting Monday, declared Israel responsible for all the woes facing Africa, and called on member-states to cut diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv.
Israel is “behind all of Africa’s conflicts,”
Muammar Gaddafi said on Monday and demanded the closure of all Israeli embassies across Africa.
The Libyan leader, who holds the rotating AU presidency described Israel as a “gang” which uses the “protection of minorities as an excuse to launch conflicts.”
Gaddafi made the remarks at a meeting of 30 African leaders, who had convened in Tripoli for a one-day summit on the continent’s trouble spots, including Sudan’s Darfur and Somalia.
Israel has acknowledged operating what it called a forward policy in Africa between the 1960s and 1980s, intervening in wars from Ethiopia to Uganda and Sudan, he stressed. [ad#medium]
“As African brothers, we must find solutions to stop the superpowers who are pillaging our continent,” the president of the AU added.
The one-day meeting ended without any agreement on concrete steps. The leaders merely adopted a ‘Tripoli Declaration’ and a plan of action ‘to find urgent solutions to crises and conflicts’ in Africa.
That plan urges member-states who have pledged to contribute troops to reinforce the AU peacekeeping force in Somalia (AMISOM) to honor their promises “rapidly”.
Israeili ‘forward policy’ and the bloody Biafra- Nigeria war
During the Nigerian civil war, 6 July 1967 – 15 January 1970, it was believed that in keeping with this policy, Israel supplied weapons to the secessionist Biafra region. The then foreign minister of Biafra, Late Francis Nwokedi was known to have traveled to Israel to seek support from the sympathetic Nation, and it is believed that he was given Soviet weapons captured by the Israelis in the 1967 war, to aid the Ojukwu war against Nigeria. South Africa is also reported to have played a major similar role supporting the secessionist Biafra. [Residual Uncertainity]
Not exclusive to Africa
The Israeli controversial role in supporting minorities and arming such territory’s and their efforts at secession is not unique to Africa. Indeed their role leading up to the Georgia – Russia bloody war in 2008, was well recognized.
According to YNet:
For past seven years, Israeli companies have been helping Gerogian army to preparer for war against Russia through arms deals, training of infantry units and security advice…
… began selling arms to Georgia about seven years ago following an initiative by Georgian citizens who immigrated to Israel and became businesspeople….
…Israelis’ activity in Georgia and the deals they struck there were all authorized by the Defense Ministry.