Video footage is circulating online of a woman in Brussels dressed in traditional Muslim garb, including hijab, desecrating an Israeli flag that was included as part of a makeshift memorial for the victims of Tuesday's terror attacks in Belgium's capital city. A French TV station aired the footage this week before it went viral on the internet and especially on social media, the Jerusalem Post reported.
A number of flags from various nations were left in an apparent sentiment expressing global solitude with those who perished and were injured in the attacks. The woman is shown on film combing through the flags and then hoisting a Palestinian flag. But upon finding an Israeli flag, she promptly rips it up and places its remains beneath another flag.
While the exact motivation behind the woman's actions was not immediately clear, several connections between Israel and the latest instance of terrorism in Brussels have been established.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday after the terror attacks that the tragedy in Belgium was directly linked to "daily attacks in Israel," the Hill reported.
“The chain of attacks from Paris to San Bernardino to Istanbul to the Ivory Coast and now to Brussels, and the daily attacks in Israel — this is one continuous assault on all of us,” Netanyahu said during his address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference. “In all these cases, the terrorists have no resolvable grievances. It’s not as though we could offer them Brussels or Istanbul or California or even the West Bank. That won’t satisfy their grievances, because what they seek is our utter destruction and their total domination.”
Israel had reportedly warned Brussels about the vulnerability of its airport to a potential terror attack, citing "significant shortcomings." The warning came just weeks before Tuesday's explosions, which killed at least 34 people and injured more than 200 others, the European Jewish Press reported. Two bombs were detonated Tuesday morning local time at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport.
Also, the brother of Najim Laachraoui, one of the suspected terrorists in Tuesday's bombings, won a martial arts competition in Israel last year, Israeli news outlet Ynet News reported. Mourad Laachraoui took home a gold medal in the Israel Taekwondo Open Championships in the city of Ramla last September.
The 21-year-old Belgian reacted with incredulity when it was announced his brother, reportedly a bomb maker for the Islamic State group, took part in the nefarious plot. "I was shocked and could not believe my brother did it, but one doesn’t choose one's family," Mourad Laachraoui said.