Jerusalem, April 7th - United Hatzalah for the past two weeks has found itself at the heart of heated online discussions between anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists. Tens of anti-Israel websites and blogs are blaming the EMS organization for the deadly terror attacks that occurred in Paris and Brussels. Social abounds with false accusations, according to which, United Hatzalah is affiliated with the Mossad and that the organization’s personnel were found at the scenes of the terror attacks that took place two weeks ago in Brussels and at the attack of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November last year.
According to the slandering conspiracy theorists, members of United Hatzalah were the first ones to provide video footage of passengers who were waylaid at the Brussels airport and that the organization has a direct connection with the Mossad. According to the websites “United Hatzalah published the very first picture of the carnage at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris last November. So for the second time in less than 6 months, this group is at the right place and at the right time when Europe is hit by jihadists (or is it jewhadists) terror attacks. Coincidence?”
The reason for the conspiracy is the appearance of United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Yisrael Yeret, who was a passenger transferring planes at the Brussels airport when the attack occurred. Yeret took a video of himself at the airport explaining how passengers were being kept in an adjacent hanger for a number of hours without food or water while security services cleared the airport. Yeret likewise helped a number of passengers who had fainted during the wait. The images and videos made it into the Israeli as well as worldwide press. Anti-Semitic and anti-Israel organizations saw the footage and weaved conspiracy theories that would implicate Israel around what they saw. Seemingly the connection between United Hatzalah and the recently deceased former director of the Mossad, Meir Dagan, is providing added content for the conspiracy theorists. Dagan served as a member of the board of directors of the organization and helped the organization develop both in Israel and around the world.
Spokesperson for United Hatzalah, Moti Elmaliach, addressed the wave of anti-Semitic conspiracy-theory-attacks being leveled at the organization on social media. According to Elmaliach “volunteers of United Hatzalah hurry to help anyone who is in need of medical help no matter where they are located. The claims that there is a connection between our organization and the murderous acts that were carried out by ISIS terrorists, are figments of the imagination of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic people whose only goal is to delegitimize Israel and United Hatzalah, whose sole purpose is to save the lives of all people, without regard for religion or race.”
Yisrael Yeret also commented on the trending inflammatory attacks. “I was shocked to learn that we are supposed agents of the Mossad. I was in the middle of a flight, that I took for personal reasons, coming back from New York to Israel and I had a stopover in Brussels. As a volunteer who is used to helping people I attempted to help wherever I could. Nothing more than that.”
Please see a number of links below to websites and blogs of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists publications claiming that United Hatzalah is connected to the Brussels and Bataclan terror attacks.