A German tourist was mauled to death by a shark off Egypt’s Red Sea coast Sunday, but if popular rumors on the street are to be believed, it was the Israelis who did it.
The attack came days after authorities claimed they had hunted and killed a shark believed to have injured three foreign tourists in previous incidents.
The Egyptian government says that the attacks occurred because a trawler dumped dead sheep into the Red Sea which caused a feeding “frenzy”. Marine biologists say overfishing may have forced the sharks to look in new waters for food.
While Egyptian media are treating the incidents as rare, perhaps in a bid to encourage the millions of foreign tourists who visit Sinai’s coast every year that the area is safe, there have been several reports in the past decade of shark attacks.
That hasn’t dampened the imagination of conspiracy theorists, however. A popular account has it that Israel is “dumping” hungry sharks in the Red Sea in a bid to weaken Egypt’s thriving tourism industry.
Israel Matsav has a photo of one of the rare Zionist sharks.