THE RETURN Libyan Jewish exile David Gerbi prays inside Dar Bishi synagogue in Tripoli on Saturday, October 1. Gerbi and his family fled Tripoli in 1967 when an Arab-Israeli war stoked anger against the Jewish state and led to attacks on Jews in his neighborhood. Gerbi has been working with officials from Libya’s National Transitional Council to promote the cause of Libyan Jews and their prospects in the post-Gadhafi era. “People call me the ‘rebel Jew,’” says Gerbi. (Photo: Suhaib Salem / Reuters via MSNBC.com)
The fascinating story of David Gerbi, known as Libya’s “revolutionary Jew” – a 56-year old psychoanalyst returned to his homeland after 44 years in exile to help oust Muammar Gaddafi, and to take on what may be an even more challenging mission - read more here.
Fox “News” scumbags are bags of scum.
(Ed. note: Never thought I’d see the phrase “pell-mell” in a newspaper. Leave it to the New York Times.)
BLITZED A rebel fighter climbed on the iconic statue inside Col. Muammar Qaddafi’s Bab Al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, depicting a fist clutching a U.S. fighter jet, on Tuesday. The whereabouts of the Libyan dictator remain unknown. (Screengrab: APTN via the New York Times)
Rebels surged into the Libyan capital Sunday night, meeting only sporadic resistance from troops loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and setting off raucous street celebrations by residents hailing the end of his 42 years in power.
The rebel leadership announced that insurgents had captured two of Colonel Qaddafi’s sons, including Seif al-Islam, his heir apparent, as rebel fighters entered the city’s central Green Square, where joyous Libyans tore down posters of Colonel Qaddafi and stomped on them. The leadership also announced that the elite presidential guard protecting the Libyan leader had surrendered and that they controlled many parts of the city, not including Colonel Qaddafi’s leadership compound.
The National Transitional Council, the rebel governing body, issued a mass text message saying, “We congratulate the Libyan people for the fall of Muammar Qaddafi and call on the Libyan people to go into the street to protect the public property. Long live free Libya.”
Officials loyal to Qaddafi insisted that the fight was not over, and there were clashes between rebels and government troops early Monday morning. But NATO and American officials said that the Qaddafi’s government’s control of Tripoli, which had been its final stronghold, was now in doubt.
“Clearly, the offensive for Tripoli is underway,” the State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement. The statement said “Qaddafi’s days are numbered,” and urged the rebel leadership to prepare for a transfer of power and “maintain broad outreach across all segments of Libyan society and to plan for a post-Qaddafi Libya.”