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PA daily columnist: Israel behind ‎Charlie Hebdo terror attacks and maybe ‎even behind 9/11‎

Op-ed by Osama Al-Fara, regular ‎columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     ‎“After the breakup of the eastern bloc, the ‎West had to redefine itself, which required ‎it to define its enemy, and the Zionist ‎lobby worked to convince the Neo-‎Conservatives to define Islamic extremism ‎as enemy number one. Islamic extremism ‎never had the influence that would have ‎enabled it to assume this position, but ‎then the attack on the trade towers (i.e., ‎World Trade Center) in Manhattan, New ‎York occurred on September 11, 2001, ‎and immediately, voices were heard ‎calling for the West to wage an ‎uncompromising war on Al-Qaeda. ‎
Whoever examines the events of ‎September [2001], finds himself faced with ‎a series of doubt-raising questions: Was ‎Al-Qaeda capable of carrying out such a ‎complex operation (i.e., terror attack) in the ‎heart of the world’s greatest power? And ‎‎[even] if Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility ‎for [the attack] later, did it carry it out alone ‎or was there a secret power helping it? ‎And was the filming of the incident with ‎such skill and from positions allowing for ‎such clear filming merely incidental?‎
At the beginning of this year [2015], the ‎Charlie Hebdo incident occurred in ‎France. Despite the evident link that was ‎established between the incident and the ‎pictures insulting the Prophet Muhammad ‎published by the magazine, the choice of ‎France in particular – especially given that ‎a Danish newspaper had done the same ‎offensive thing before it – raises several ‎questions, especially if we recall the ‎timing of the incident and the parties that ‎stood to profit from it: Last December, the ‎French parliament voted in favor of a ‎decision calling on the French ‎government to recognize the Palestinian ‎state. Although the parliament’s decision ‎does not obligate the government, this did ‎not prevent the Israeli prime minister from ‎describing it as a grave mistake, and Israel ‎had previously warned the French ‎government of the dire consequences of ‎voting [in favor of Palestine]. ‎
In addition, a few days before the Charlie ‎Hebdo incident, the French government ‎voted in the [UN] Security Council in favor ‎of a decision calling to end the occupation ‎and to establish a Palestinian state along ‎the June 1967 borders by the end of 2017.‎
It may be difficult to see a connection ‎between the French vote and the ‎magazine incident, but a few details of the ‎incident suggest the possibility that such a ‎link does exist: How did an Israeli ‎journalist manage to film the incident? ‎Why were there Israelis on the [roof of the] ‎magazine building? Why did the car used ‎in the incident stop near a Jewish store? ‎And is it a coincidence that the hostages ‎were taken in a Jewish store [of all ‎places]? Couldn’t the French Security ‎Forces have arrested the perpetrators ‎without killing them, especially as their ‎interrogation might have led to additional ‎information on their activity in France? Or ‎was their liquidation necessary in order to ‎prevent further delving into the case? And ‎did the French officer entrusted with ‎investigating the Charlie Hebdo incident ‎really commit suicide? History may not be ‎all conspiracies, but conspiracies do exist ‎in history.”‎

Note: Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in ‎France - On Jan. 7, 2015, Muslim terrorists ‎Cherif and Said Kouachi carried out a shooting ‎attack at the Paris office of satirical magazine ‎Charlie Hebdo. 12 people were killed in the ‎attack, which was a response to cartoons the ‎magazine published about Islam's Prophet ‎Muhammad. On Jan. 8, in a connected attack, ‎Muslim terrorist Amely Coulibaly shot and ‎killed a policewoman in Paris and on Jan. 9, he ‎shot and killed 4 Jewish shoppers at a Paris ‎kosher supermarket. ‎
While Abbas officially condemned the terror ‎attacks in France, PMW has documented ‎different PA reactions to the attacks. Some ‎have condemned them while at the same time ‎condemning Charlie Hebdo for mocking ‎Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Others have ‎compared the terror attacks in France to Israeli ‎‎"terrorism" against Palestinians, and some ‎have even claimed that Israel was behind the ‎attacks.‎

Muhammad cartoon controversy - In ‎September 2005, the Danish ‎daily Jyllandsposten printed 12 drawings by ‎different artists depicting Islam’s Prophet ‎Muhammad. As Islamic law prohibits ‎portraying Muhammad visually, the cartoons ‎caused global Muslims protests, including ‎violence in many Muslim countries. Danish ‎diplomatic missions were attacked, Danish ‎flags were burnt and Danish goods were ‎boycotted.‎ Muslim organizations in Denmark urged the ‎government act against the paper that ‎published the cartoons but the government ‎refused, stating that freedom of speech is a ‎core Danish value.‎ The most well-known drawing of the 12 ‎showed Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.‎
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