The official Palestinian Authority daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, have claimed that Israel are behind the Paris Charlie Hebdo terror attacks. Their newspaper has claimed that:
Israel was behind the terror attacks in France because Israel “was the only one to benefit from them”
Israeli Intelligence Service Mossad planned the attacks because Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu wanted
- to encourage Jewish immigration from Europe
- to take “revenge on European governments … because of their positions on the Palestinian cause”
In recent poll conducted on the Palestinian population reveals that 84.4% of Palestinians think that Israel is behind the attacks.
The writers of the official PA daily have argued that Mossad, the Israeli Secret Intelligence Service, planned the attacks because Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders want to encourage Jewish immigration and take “revenge on European governments… because of their… support for… an independent Palestinian state.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2015]
One regular columnist, Muwaffaq Matar, argued that because Netanyahu “wishes to realize the myth of the ‘Jewishness of Israel'” and encourage immigration, the attacks against Jews in France and elsewhere in Europe were “no coincidence, but a carefully executed and fully controlled plan.” He further argued that these claims were true because “‘Netanyahu’s Jewish State’ was the only one to benefit” from these attacks. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2015]
Netanyahu “trades with the blood of the 17 victims of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and of the supermarket,” wrote another regular columnist, Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul. He pointed out that Netanyahu wanted to “exploit the terrorism that struck some French Jews” to encourage them “to immigrate to Israel.” The writer claimed that “Turkish sources, including intelligence and the mayor of Ankara” determined that the attacks were “planned by the Israeli Mossad.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 14, 2015]
Similarly, a journalist, Akram Atallah, interviewed on official PA TV claimed that “in the past, the Israeli Mossad carried out operations (i.e., terror attacks): It bombed synagogues in order to force the Jews to emigrate,” and that “the operation (i.e., the terror attack on Charlie Hebdo) served Israel’s demographic [interests], for the Israeli media and government bodies predicted yesterday that 10,000 French Jews would immigrate to Israel.” [Official PA TV, Jan. 12, 2015]
Another writer, Yahya Rabah, claimed that Israel is behind “all the terrorist groups in the region,” trains them and provides them with weapons, and hinted that Israel, therefore, was behind the attacks in France:
“We have seen how Israeli terrorism in all its forms… is what grants patronage to all the terrorist groups in the region. Eventually, we have seen that terror[ists] have begun to receive training, weapons and perhaps [even] intelligence from Israel. Therefore, many believe that there was more to the last wave of terrorism in France than [just] two young Muslims. This was an [attempt to] target the role of France… [which voted] in favor of the Palestinian-Arab proposal at the [UN] Security Council last month!”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2015]
“The perpetrators of the two attacks in Paris and the Israeli settlement establishment” have “matching interests,” said Hafez Al-Barghouti, another regular columnist for the PA daily, thereby insinuating that Israel was involved in the attacks.
While the PA officially immediately and unequivocally condemned the attack, some took issue with the Charlie Hebdo magazine for “mocking the Prophet.” One regular columnist for the official PA daily, Osama Al-Fara, stated that “rejection [of the magazine] takes precedence over condemnation [of the attack],” suggesting that the “unknown Charlie Hebdo magazine” had published “offensive cartoons of the Messenger” to get publicity and “extract itself from financial crises”:
“Even if the crime that struck the paper is a subject for condemnation and denunciation, and is unjustifiable, the condemnation must not go under the slogan, ‘I am Charlie,’ because for years, the magazine has published offensive cartoons of our honorable Prophet, which we cannot accept as part of freedom of expression… If the crime committed against the unknown Charlie Hebdo magazine, which is trying to extract itself from its financial crises by publishing offensive cartoons of the Messenger [of Allah, Muhammad,] and of Jesus, achieved what the magazine had longed for, then its insistence on publishing offensive cartoons of our honorable Prophet in its next issue will [surely] foreshadow additional reactions. This magazine, which aims to publish over 3 million copies of its next issue in over 15 languages, disrespects the feelings of the Islamic nations, and therefore, in our opinion, rejection [of it] takes precedence over condemnation.”