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|10/11/01 at 18:43:13|
The slightest hint that the US should re-evaluate its influence in the Middle East to be less biased towards Israel results in this humiliation.
Saudi gift to New York rejected
New York city officials have rejected a $10m donation from a prominent
member of the Saudi royal family after he said America should
"re-examine its policies" in the wake of the attacks on New York and
On a visit to the city, Prince Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz - a
nephew of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and one of the world's richest men -
called the destruction of the World Trade Center a tremendous crime.
But in a separate statement, he said that the US Government should
reconsider its polices in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced
stance toward the Palestinians.
Mayor Rudi Giuliani said he entirely rejected the prince's comments,
calling them "highly irresponsible and very, very dangerous".
He said the people who had attacked New York had lost any right to ask
for justification when they slaughtered more than 5,000 innocent people,
and the Prince's cheque would not be accepted.
Mr Walid is ranked by Forbes magazine as the world's sixth richest man,
with an estimated personal fortune of $20.3bn.
In a statement released by his company as he visited Ground Zero with
the mayor, Mr Walid said: "I believe the government of the United States
should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more
balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause.
"Our Palestinian brethren continue to be slaughtered at the hands of
Israelis while the world turns the other cheek."
Speaking at a City Hall news conference later, Mr Giuliani said there
could be no justification for the 11 September attacks.
"The people who did it lost any right to ask for justification for it
when they slaughtered four or five thousand innocent people, and to
suggest that there is a justification for it only invites this happening
in the future," he said.
Saudi Arabia is reported to have turned down a request for UK Prime
Minister Tony Blair to visit the desert kingdom on his current tour of
the Middle East.
Downing Street denied the prime minister had been rebuffed, saying Mr
Blair had discussed making a visit in a telephone call with Saudi Crown
Prince Abdullah last week but it could not be fitted into Mr Blair's
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