The Middle East has spawned some wild conspiracy theories but this latest one emerging from Iran might just beat them all.
An Iranian news site has alleged that Israel is currently engaged in a "dangerous global plot" to spread the Israeli martial art Krav Maga worldwide, describing the alleged program in the cloak and dagger term: “mysterious activities.”
The Jerusalem Post reported:
An Iranian news site affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards warned this week that Israel is spearheading a dangerous global plot to spread the Krav Maga martial art worldwide.
Mashregh News, which is close to Iran’s security and intelligence organizations, reported that Israel is secretly promoting Krav Maga in Europe and North America for “unknown purposes.”
According to Mashregh, Israel has previously kept the existence of Krav Maga, which the site described as a dangerous martial art of “Zionist Jewish origin,” under wraps.
“Why, after nearly a century of [Krav Maga] being kept quiet and limited to the boundaries of this regime, it is suddenly being promoted, is a question that has drawn the attention of experts,” wrote Mashregh according to the Jerusalem Post.
Today, the self-defense system first conceived in the Israel Defense Forces is taught to both male and female recruits to provide them the skills to prevent getting kidnapped.
“It employs kicks in the groin, elbows in the jaw and pokes in the eye - things that it's better to know and not need than to need and not know," is how a reporter for the St Louis Post-Dispatch described Krav Maga in 2004.
Meanwhile, a British newspaper has reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are now doing 45 minute Krav Maga workouts every day and even letting their children learn some combat moves along with them.
“The whole family are learning the moves. Even the little ones are doing modified kids’ moves but Brad has been doing it for 45 minutes a day and has dramatically lost weight and beefed up his muscles for the film,” the Daily Mirror reported.
According to the unnamed source quoted by the paper, the couple is learning the martial art in preparation for their upcoming film “By the Sea,” written and directed by Jolie.
It’s apparently Jolie’s second experience with Krav Maga, having learned it for her 2001 film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” the Mirror reported.
The Iranian website - which did not take note of the Hollywood couple’s reported new Israeli-inspired workout system - castigated the practice of Krav Maga, describing it as lacking “tolerance and compassion” and warned against practicing the martial art used against “resistance groups,” a term often used to denote Palestinian terrorist groups like Hamas.
It also derided the Krav Maga training given to “women Zionists," presumably a reference to female Israeli recruits.
TheBlaze in 2012 posted a story on an IDF self-defense instruction video in which a female soldier demonstrated how she used Krav Maga to keep herself safe when accosted on a dark street.