This is despite the reality that factors other than religious motivation likely played a major part in Mateen’s horrific act.One group with ties to Israel’s intelligence services is even trying to implicate Palestinians.
New Yorkers show their solidarity with victims of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, by placing flowers outside The Stonewall Inn, which is considered an epicenter of the US LGBTQ rights movement, in New York’s Greenwich Village neighborhood on 12 June.
Authorities in Florida are still releasing the names of the 49 people massacred by Omar Mateen in Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub early on Sunday morning.
It is an agonizing list of predominantly young and Latino people who could not have imagined their lives would be cut short in such a horrifying manner as they went out for a night of enjoyment.
But even before all the victims are known, the US and Israeli far right are moving to exploit Mateen’s crime to further a narrative that indicts Muslims collectively and fuels hatred and confrontation.
But no credible source has drawn any connection between the incidents.
Jordanian authorities have called the shooting in Baqaa refugee camp an “individual and isolated act.” The attack in Tel Aviv came as part of the escalated confrontrations between Israelis and Palestinians since last October.
There is no indication that the alleged shooters, two cousins from the village of Yatta near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, were under the command of any armed group.
“If I was Donald Trump, I would have come out the minute that the FBI started to indicate this morning that we are talking about a guy who was operating from Islamic motivations,” Oren told Israeli television. a Muslim name, the son of Afghan immigrants who apparently maintained connections of some sort to extremist Islamic organizations, that in itself will greatly influence the presidential race.” Trump needed no such advice and quickly seized on the killings to renew his calls for a blanket ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Meanwhile, Shurat Ha Din, the lawfare group linked to Israel’s spy agency Mossad, sought to implicate Palestinians in the Orlando attack.
In a message on its Facebook page, Shurat Ha Din claimed that the Orlando massacre “is part of a series of attacks planned by the Hamas leadership together with ISIS to be executed in the month of Ramadan.” Shurat Ha Din claimed that the first in this series was a shooting that killed five Jordanian personnel at a security office in a Palestinian refugee camp near Amman last week, followed by the shooting attack in Tel Aviv that killed four Israelis.
The Orlando massacre was allegedly the third in this linked series.