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Jumpers, World Trade Center, September 11, 2001

September 10, 2013

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9/6/10, “September 11: Recalling my day at the World Trade Center,” the by msw


After Sept. 11, 2001, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal said US should change its Mid East policies that led to the attacks:

10/12/2001, $10 Million? NYC Says No Thanks,” CBS News

NYC Mayor Giuliani and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal

“A Saudi prince who gave the city a relief check for $10 million, then said U.S. policies were partly to blame for the World Trade Center attack, received a stinging rebuke from the mayor and a rejection of his donation….

In a written statement handed out by his publicist, the prince said: “At times like this one, we must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack. I believe the government of the United States of America should re-examine its policies in the Middle Eastand adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause.”

Giuliani, who had attended a memorial service with Alwaleed and accepted his $10-million offer to help victims’ families, had a harsh response when he learned about the statement.

There is no moral equivalent for this attack,” Giuliani said. “The people who did it lost any right to ask for justification when they slaughtered 5,000, 6,000 innocent people. Not only are those statements wrong, they’re part of the problem.”

Sunny Mindel, the mayor’s communications director, told The Associated Press: “We are not going to accept the check — period.

The prince, an outspoken member of the Saudi royal family, is a major investor in American companies and was No. 6 on Forbes magazine’s 2001 list of the world’s richest men, with a worth of $20 billion.

Spokesman Amjed Shakir, reached before the prince boarded a plane for Saudi Arabia, said Alwaleed could not comment because he was unaware that the check had been rejected.”…

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