A co-founder of the Free Gaza movement, Mary Hughes-Thompson, raised the possibility that Israel was behind the deadly attacks that hit Paris on Friday night and killed 120 people.
“I haven’t accused Israel of involvement. Still, Bibi [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] is upset about the European settlement boycott. So who knows,” Hughes-Thompson tweeted following the attacks on Saturday morning.
The “European settlement boycott” the activist mentions, refers to new labeling guidelines for goods produced in the areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War that the EU approved earlier this week.
Free Gaza says its mission is to “break the Israel’s illegal siege on Gaza’s 1.8 million civilians, since it inflicts collective punishment on the Palestinians who live there and has destroyed its economy.”
This is not the first time that Hughes Thompson has questioned if Israel was involved in terrorist activity on French soil.
Following the January Paris terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, she similarly hinted at Israeli involvement.
“Hebdo killings indefensible. Can’t help thinking JSIL Mossad false flag though…,” ADL, the American human rights group quoted her as tweeting. ADL explained that JSIL is the acronym for “Jewish State in the Levant,” a term used by anti-Israel activists to equate Israel with ISIS.
Hughes-Thompson’s co founder of Free Gaza, Greta Berlin, explicitly blamed Israel for the Charlie Hebdo attack.
“MOSSAD just hit the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo in a clumsy false flag designed to damage the accord between Palestine and France…Here’s hoping the French police will be able to tell a well executed hit by a well trained Israeli intelligence service and not assume the Muslims would be likely to attack France when France is their freind [sic.] Israel did tell France there would be grave consequences if they voted with Palestine. A four year old could see who is responsible for this terrible attack,” Berlin wrote on Facebook ADL reported.
The vote Berlin was referring to was the French parliament vote in December 2014 in which a majority of French lawmakers called on the French government recognize “Palestine.”
“Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with French President Francois Hollande and the French people in the common war against terrorism,” Netanyahu said following the Friday attacks.
The Prime Minister’s Office called for bolstered security at Israel’s embassy in Paris along with Jewish institutions.