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Son sorry for Osama bin Laden's deeds, keen to visit Israel

Omar was expected to be his father's heir and the future leader of Al-Qaeda-- but rejected the task

Update : 07 Sep 2021, 12:39 PM

Omar bin Laden, the son of arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden, has reportedly apologized for the Al-Qaeda founder’ actions and expressed his plans to visit Israel together with his wife.

He was expected to be his father's heir and the future leader of the terror group-- but rejected the task, according to Israeli newspaper, Arutz Sheva, also known in English as Israel National News.

Talking to a Tel Aviv-based daily, Yediot Aharonot, the younger bin Laden spoke about a meeting in which his father asked several of his young children to be martyrs, and described the horror he felt at that.

"My father hated his enemies more than he loved his sons... I felt stupid for the life that I wasted and I knew that I was leaving, and leaving very soon,"  said the fourth-eldest son 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: "It was hard for me to believe that he had the ability to organize such a thing. That day changed our lives forever, and it was very hard to continue to live afterwards. 

"During these years of loss and pain, I was forced to come to terms with the truth about my father. Often I wonder if my father murdered so many times, until killing already didn't cause him any pain or pleasure," he  continued.

At the age of 40, after living in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan for many years, Omar is now an artist and lives in Normandy.

"My family name gets me in a lot of trouble in a lot of places, especially in the Arab world," he said. 

"In the Western world it doesn't, in Europe it doesn't - 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 mostly they hate me or are afraid of me,” said a disappointed Omar. 

He went on saying: “They're scaredy-cats who are afraid to speak to me, they think I'm like Osama because I'm his son. But it's not like that. I'm not Osama. 

In this file photo taken on September 11, 2001, smoke billowing after the first of the two towers of the World Trade Centre collapses in New York City AFP

He suggested that one does not deserve to be treated [ in a certain way] considering his father’s actions.

“You need to treat him in an appropriate fashion. But that's how people treat me in the Arab world," he explained. 

Omar broke with his father in 2001 after living in Afghanistan for much of 1996 to 2001.

Omar also dreams of visiting the USA: "If only one day I would merit to visit the US, while [US President Joe] Biden is still president. I think that Biden is very open to accepting everyone. I want to make peace and to be good to everyone, and it doesn't matter to me if they are Muslims, Jews, or Christians."

"My wife's mother's family are Jews and originally from Israel," he added. "I would be happy to visit Israel one day. Zina (his wife) received an offer to spend the coming period giving lectures about peace in Israeli universities."

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