Saudi Ambassador in London says Jews hit his son

Published June 5th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

The Saudi Kingdom’s ambassador to London said in an interview published Wednesday that a group of Jews had beaten his son and four friends with baseball bats and bottles on the streets of the British capital.  


"Twenty Jews with baseball bats, bottles and Israeli flags (beat) my son Fares ... who came home suffering from bruising and injuries," envoy Ghazi Algosaibi told Asharq Al-Awsat.  


He said the attack occurred last month, although he informed neither the Foreign Office in London nor Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry in Riyadh.  


The Saudi youths were wearing Palestinian scarves, having just participated in a pro-Palestinian demonstration, the ambassador explained.  


"If Palestinians or Muslims severely beat the son of the Israeli ambassador to London, can you imagine what would happen?" asked Algosaibi, who stirred controversy in April when he wrote a poem in praise of Palestinian “suicide bombers”. "Every person has the right to defend his homeland by all means and anyone who does that and dies for the cause is a martyr," the envoy told Asharq Al-Awsat.  


Asked if he would encourage Fares to commit a “suicide bombing”, or "martyrdom-attack", the ambassador told the London-based daily, "I would not oppose it but I would tell him it was his decision."  


Algosaibi further added that his son and friends were boycotting US products in protest at Washington's support for Israel.  


"But personally I have my own point of view on this. Boycotting (US goods) could harm us more than it serves our interests," he said. ( 


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