Gaddafi urges ‘holy war’ against Switzerland

On Thursday Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi called for a “Jihad”, or holy war, against Switzerland for imposing a ban on the construction of minarets in the country last year.

During a speech in the Libyan coastal city of Bengazi to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, Gaddafi said that the Jihad must be proclaimed “by all means”, adding that “Jihad against Switzerland, against Zionismand against foreign aggression is not terrorism”.

Gaddafi urged all Muslims to boycott Swiss products and to bar Swiss planes and ships from the airports and seaports of Muslim nations.

While referring to the Swiss referendum verdict banning the construction of minarets in the country, Gaddafi continued by saying that all Muslims around the world who have dealings with Switzerland are “infidels” and are “against Mohammed, against God and against the Koran“.

Lars KnuchelSwiss Foreign Ministry spokesman, was reluctant to comment on Gadaffi’s call for a holy war against the neutral Alpine republic.