It’s inevitable. Any time there is a high profile terrorist attack, someone, somewhere will say the Jews did it. And that is precisely what is starting to happen following last week’s string of shootings that took the lives of 17 innocent people in Paris.
I’m not talking about the BBC reporter who told a Jewish descendant of Holocaust survivors, of all people, that in the eyes of some, the Paris attacks could appear justified in light of what he called Israel’s maltreatment of the Palestinians.
I’m not even talking about former US President Jimmy Carter, who more explicitly blamed Israel not only for the Paris attacks, but for Muslim agitation and aggression across Europe.
I’m talking about people who believe that Jews directly planned, financed and personally carried out the Paris attacks.
Sadly, or perhaps tellingly, these people are not some fringe lunatics or conspiracy theorists, but rather are normal French Muslims and government officials in the Muslim world.
A reporter for the online news magazine The Daily Beast said that French Algerian Muslims she interviewed in Paris were largely of the opinion that the attacks were a Jewish plot to make Islam look bad.
Dana Kennedy told MSNBC that one interviewee went so far as to claim the perpetrators “weren’t just regular Jews…but a race of magical shape-shifting Jews that were master manipulators that could be everywhere at the same time.”
As outlandish as it might sound, these are the types of libelous fairytales many Muslims across the Middle East are taught about Israel and the Jews at large.
If average French Muslims aren’t a serious enough source, the mayor of the Turkish capital of Ankara, Melih Gokcek, also got in on the act.
Gokcek told a political rally following the Paris attacks that “it is certain that [Israel’s] Mossad is behind these kinds of incidents. Mossad enflames Islamophobia by causing such incidents.”