Daily Israel Report

PA TV Feeds Into 9/11 Conspiracy: 'Israel Did It'

A video clip comparing an IDF attack on a Hamas stronghold and the Twin Towers highlights the PA's anti-Israel incitement
By Yaakov Levi
First Publish: 9/4/2014, 8:35 AM

Israeli airstrikes in Gaza
Israeli airstrikes in Gaza
Reuters

In its latest canard against Israel, Palestinian Authority television has compared the demolition of a 12-story building in Gaza that was a Hamas headquarters outpost to the destruction of the World Trade Center. A video clip from PA television, released by Palestine Media Watch (PMW), places the two attacks side by side, and implies that Israel was responsible for not only the Gaza attack, but the New York one as well.

Next Thursday will mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in which some 3,000 people were killed when hijacked planes flown by Arab terrorists slammed into the New York skyscrapers. Although the identities of the hijackers are well-known and terror group Al Qaeda took responsibility for it, the conspiracy theory in much of the Arab world has Israel as the responsible party. The PA TV clip distributed by PMW highlights the efforts of the PA to encourage this belief.

In the clip, Israeli planes are seen destroying the Gaza building (dubbed the Al-Zafr tower) during Operation Protective Edge, with a clip of planes boring into the World Trade Center in the 9/11 attack. In Arabic and English, a subtitle states “Same Terrors,” implying that the party responsible for the one attack is responsible for the other.

Commenting on the clip, PMW said that “unfortunately the PA did not provide its viewers with all the facts. The Gaza building held a large Hamas command center, from which terrorists were dispatched. There were no terrorists at the World Trade Center, that attack was aimed at civilians. In addition, Israel warned those in the Gaza building that an attack was coming. Those in the WTC received no warning.”

Even more, said PMW, “no one was killed in the Gaza attack, unlike in the World Trade Center, where nearly 3,000 innocent civilians were killed.”