These are busy days for the Brussels-based “terrorism expert” Claude Moniquet. Ever since it emerged that a few men from Belgium took part in the recent attacks on Paris, his “analysis” has been much in demand by the media.
Any time I have seen Moniquet on TV lately, he has always been given softball treatment by his interviewers. As a result, he is presented as an earnest figure, who has amassed considerable knowledge on extremism both through his past career with the French external intelligence agency and his subsequent research. Viewers are never told that this “terrorism expert” has applauded atrocities perpetrated by Israel.
In 2004, Moniquet described Israel’s assassination of Ahmed Yassin, a founding member of Hamas, as “good news.” Yassin was 66-years-old and paralyzed from the waist down.
Seven other Palestinians were killed in the Hellfire missile attack on Yassin. According to Amnesty International, Israel’s actions violated international law.