Gadhafis mother was Jewish, his protocol chief says

Moammar Gadhafi’s mother was Jewish, the late Libyan leader’s chief of protocol told an Arabic newspaper.

Nuri al-Samara told the daily Al-Hayat that Gadhafi’s mother was Jewish, the Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported on its NRG news website. At 18, she married a Muslim man and converted, according to reports.

Last year, a 76-year-old Jewish resident of the Israeli city Netanya told Ma’ariv that Gadhafi was her cousin.

“My grandmother converted to Islam but never forgot her roots,” Gita Boaron told Ma’ariv. “She would come to visit us, give my mother money and say ‘Give to the synagogue, donate to the Jews.’” — jta