Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, today accused President Carter of attempting to appease Jewish interests by providing Jews with a homeland they do not need.
"The Jews in the present era are not a people to establish a state . . . Jews are a people of various origins and nationalities living in various homelands as Americans, Russians, French and Arabs," Qaddafi said in a 1,500-word message to Carter released by the official JANA news agency in Tripoli.
In his letter Quaddafi renewed his demand that Jews in Israel return to their "original countries" and Israel be dismantled in favor of a "democratic Palestinian state for Palestinian Arabs and Jews."
Referring to Andrew Young's resignation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations after his unauthorized meeting with a representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Qaddafi told Carter:
"You consider a contact with a Palestinian in an ordinary home an unforgivable crime committed by your delegate, while you endeavor to force the Arabs into recognizing their enemy officially . . . You fear and glorify the Jews."
In Lebanon, heavy artillery pounded the southern port of Tyre for the sixth straight day today, killing several civilians and turning much of the biblical city's Christian Quarter into a heap of rubble.
Accounts from Lebanon indicated the Tyre artillery barrage came from Israeli and Lebanese Christian gunners, but military sources in Tel Aviv denied the Israeli Army had been involved in the shelling.
Lebanon's state radio set the Tyre death toll at two, while residents of the city's Christian Quarter -- so called because it is the site of the largest Greek Orthodox Church, although more residents are Moslems -- said at least three and possibly five civilians had died. A Palestinian military spokesman quoted by the Palestinian WAFA news agency said eight bodies had been retrieved from the rubble.
Panic-stricken residents of Tyre, 53 miles south of Beirut, were reportedly using trucks, cars and bicycles to escape from the city. Scores were also reckoned to have piled into fishing boats when the main bridge on the highway to Sidon, 20 miles north of Tyre, came under fire.
In a separate clash in southern Lebanon today, three soldiers of the Fijian contingent of the U.N. force stationed there were killed and two others wounded when a seven-man patrol was ambushed, a U.N. spokesman said.
Lebanon requested but was denied an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council in New York to consider the situation in the southern part of the country following a day of violence. The Security Council indicated, however, that it would meet if violence continues.