The state-run Syrian daily al-Thawra lately hinted that Israel developed the bird flu virus to harm the genes of its Arab neighbors.
An article published by the newspaper argues that Israel spread the virus in the Far East to mislead the world.
The newspaper backed its suspicions by citing a 1998 report in the Sunday Times that Israel is developing a biological “ethnic bomb” that would kill Arabs and not Jews.
According to the Times, Israeli scientists are trying to identify genes characteristic to Arabs and then develop viruses that attack these genes. The newspaper said the program is being carried out at the Institute for Biological Research in Nes Tsiona near Tel Aviv.
“The question being asked today is whether the virus chosen by the Zionist for their ‘ethnic bomb’ is bird flu?” the newspaper wrote.
The newspaper said that Israel buried 85,000 infected birds in the West Bank which could have infected a Palestinian from Jerusalem with Avian Flu.
“If the virus is designed to hurt Arab genes specifically, it will nevertheless spread beyond the Arab world,” the paper argued, adding that the whole world will suffer from an uncontrollable pandemic.
The paper also accused Israel of killing Yasser Arafat using biological viruses which can be used against the Arabs. “We recall that the assassination of Yasser Arafat was done using a biologically engineered virus to which only the Zionists had a remedy,” the paper wrote.