The Israeli army attacked Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Friday after she sent a message of support to the Palestinians and endorsed a comment that a “genocide” was being carried out in Gaza.
Thunberg said “The world must speak out and call for an immediate ceasefire, justice and freedom for Palestinians and all affected civilians” as the war between Israel and Hamas escalates and threatens to become a regional conflict.
Thunberg also shared a post on her Instagram account from a pro-Palestinian account based in Germany that claims a “genocide” is occurring in Gaza.
The group Palestine Speaks spoke of its “outrage against the genocide in Gaza and the repressive terror of many Western states against anyone who demonstrates and acts in solidarity with the Palestinians.”
In response, Arye Sharuz Shalicar, a spokesperson for the Israeli military, told POLITICO: “Anyone who identifies with Greta in any way in the future, in my opinion, is a supporter of terrorism.”
He added: “Because what Greta is doing, that she is now showing solidarity with Gaza while not saying a word about the massacres of Israelis, shows that in reality she is not in favor of the Palestinians , but sweeps the terror of the Palestinians or Hamas and Islamic Jihad under the table as if it did not exist. »
Hamas militants unleashed the worst military surge in decades after launching a violent attack on Israeli communities earlier this month, killing more than a thousand people and firing rockets into major cities including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Israel has since responded with a relentless bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip, as it prepares to destroy Hamas.
Pro-Palestinian protests have erupted across Europe, with governments including those of France and Germany seeking to crack down.