Omar was to be his father’s heir and future al-Qaeda leader, but rejected the task
Omar bin Laden, the son of arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden, is said to have apologized for the actions of the founder of Al Qaeda and expressed his intention to travel to Israel with his wife.
He was believed to be his father’s heir and the future leader of the terrorist group, but rejected the task, according to Israeli newspaper Arutz Sheva, also known in English as Israel National News.
Speaking to Tel Aviv-based daily Yediot Aharonot, the young bin Laden spoke of a meeting in which his father asked several of his young children to be martyrs, and described the horror that he felt at that.
“My father hated his enemies more than he loved his sons … I felt stupid for the life I had wasted and I knew I was leaving, and that I would be leaving very soon,” said the fourth son. elder of Osama bin Laden.
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After the fall of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, things became clearer for Omar, who said: âI couldn’t believe he had the capacity to organize such a thing. was very difficult to continue living afterwards.
âDuring those years of loss and pain, I was forced to accept the truth about my father. Often I wonder if my father has murdered so many times, until killing has already caused him neither. pain or pleasure, “he continued. .
At 40, after having lived for many years in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, Omar is now an artist and lives in Normandy.
âMy last name is causing me a lot of trouble in many places, especially in the Arab world,â he said.
“In the western world no, in Europe no – I’m just a normal person here and they treat me normally. In the Arab world there is a lot of hatred towards me. There are those who love me but most time they hate me or are afraid of me, âsaid a disappointed Omar.
He went on to say, âThese are scary cats who are afraid to talk to me, they think I’m like Osama because I’m his son. But it’s not like that. I am not Osama.
In this file photo taken on September 11, 2001, smoke rises after the first of two World Trade Center towers in New York City collapsed. AFP
He suggested that we don’t deserve to be treated [ in a certain way] given his father’s actions.
âYou have to treat him appropriately. But that’s how people treat me in the Arab world, âhe explained.
Omar broke up with his father in 2001 after living in Afghanistan for much of 1996-2001.
Omar also dreams of visiting the USA: âIf only one day I deserved to visit the USA, while [US President Joe] Biden is still president. I think Biden is very open to accepting everyone. I want to make peace and be kind to everyone, and I don’t care whether they are Muslims, Jews or Christians. “
“My wife’s mother’s family is Jewish and originally from Israel,” he added. âI would be happy to visit Israel one day. Zina (his wife) received an offer to spend the coming period lecturing on peace at Israeli universities.