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Netanya woman claims he is her relative

by Rhonda Spivak, September 1, 2011

Netanya ,September 1,-A seventy five year old Jewish women , Guita Brown  and her daughter Sarah Brown of Libyan origin who live in Netanya have claim to be relatives of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. They say that  Gaddaf’s mother and grandmother were both Jewish but married Moslem men.


 Guita Brown,  who has been extensively interviewed by Israeli media recently, told the  Winnipeg Jewish Review that she is Gaddafi’s second cousin (Brown’s grandmother was the sister of Gaddafi’s grandmother).


Sara Brown explained in detail: “Gaddafi’s grandmother was a  Jew who was  married to a Jewish man at first, and they had a child, but her huisband beat her and they got divorced and she was sort of shunned by the small Libyan Jewish community, and married a Muslim man. They had two children and one of them was the mother of Gaddafi.”


While Gaddafi’s grandmother converted to Islam when she married her Moslem husband, according to Jewish halacha  (religious law) she remains Jewish. Therefore, her child, Gaddafi’s mother was also Jewish.


“Gaddafi’s mother married Gaddafi’s father, who was also a Moslem man. The Moslems consider Gaddafi to be Moslem because his father was a Moslem. But  Jews consider him to be Jewish because his mother and grandmother were Jewish, Sara Brown told the Winnipeg Jewish Review.

Sara added, “My mother’s grandmother lived in the same neighborhood as Gaddafi’s grandmother, right near each other,  and the story of her second marriage to the Muslim man was known in the community.”


Gita Brown told the Hebrew daily Israel Hayom the last week  in August that  “I saw Gaddafi when we were children. We would play together when my Aunt Didi (Gaddafi’s mother) would come to my mother’s house. The last time I saw him was before I made aliya to Israel. He was 7 years old and I was 13.”


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Rhonda Spivak, Editor

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