Zionism is the latest anti-Semitic cult

Bigots were Zionism’s avid fans—it was the anti-Semites who championed the Zionists.

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Our topic is of course the so-called “conflict” in Israel-Palestine, a tragedy that has dragged on for so long that it feels static, indeed almost normalized.

But unlike other deadly conflicts, this one is wholly in our power to stop—“our” meaning the United States and Europe.

It is in our power to stop it, because we are the ones empowering it.

We are now approaching the centennial of the British Original Sin in this tragedy, the Balfour Declaration.

The British role in Palestine was a case of ‘hit & run’: The Balfour Declaration, in which the British gave away other people’s land, was the hit; and thirty years later, Resolution 181—Partition—was the run, leaving the Palestinians abandoned in a ditch.

Zionism was of course among the incarnations of racial-nationalism that evolved in the late nineteenth century.

Bigots were Zionism’s avid fans—it was the anti-Semites who championed the Zionists.

Gertrude Bell, the famous English writer, traveler, archaeologist, and spy, reported, based on her personal experience, that those who supported Zionism did so because it provided a way to get rid of Jews.

The London Standard’s correspondent to the first Zionist Conference in 1897 I think described Zionism perfectly. He reported that

…the degeneration which calls itself Anti-Semitism [bear in mind that ‘anti-Semitism’ was then a very new term] has begotten the degeneration which adorns itself with the name of Zionism.

Indeed, most Jews and Jewish leaders dismissed Zionism as the latest anti-Semitic cult.

They had fought for equality, and resented being told that they should now make a new ghetto—and worse yet, to do so on other people’s land.

They resented being cast as a separate race of people as Zionism demanded.

They had had quite enough of that from non-Jewish bigots.

For others, the idea of going to a place where one could act out racial superiority was seductive.

As the political theorist Eduard Bernstein put it at about the time the Balfour Declaration was being finessed, Zionism is “a kind of intoxication which acts like an epidemic”.

By the time the Balfour Declaration was finalised, thirty-plus years of Zionist settlement had made clear that the Zionists intended to ethnically cleanse the land for a settler state based on racial superiority; and it was the behind-the-scenes demands of the principal Zionist leaders, notably Chaim Weizmann and Baron Rothschild.

Former AG of Israel: With great sadness I conclude that my country is now an apartheid regime

The West has planted an entity based on aggression that does not belong to the region’s culture.

It is the Israeli courts that uphold discriminatory laws geared to expel Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem and their land in the West Bank.

OVER THE LAST year, there has been an ongoing public debate as to whether the actions the Israeli government is enacting in the Occupied Palestinian Territories can be classified as apartheid under international law.

On 1 February, Amnesty International became the latest NGO to class it as apartheid, calling it ‘a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity’.

This followed earlier declarations of apartheid by fellow human rights groups, Yesh DinB’Tselem and Human Rights Watch.

As the former Attorney General of Israel, I have spent my career analysing Israel’s most pressing legal questions.

Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem was a fundamental dilemma during my tenure and beyond.

‘A gross injustice’

Israel’s ongoing domination over these territories is a gross injustice that must be urgently rectified.

It is with great sadness that I must also conclude that my country has sunk to such political and moral depths that it is now an apartheid regime.
It is time for the international community to recognize this reality as well.

Since 1967 Israeli authorities have justified the occupation by claiming that it is temporary until a peaceful solution can be found between Israelis and Palestinians.

However, five decades have now passed since these territories were conquered and Israel shows no interest in rescinding this control.

It is impossible to conclude otherwise: the occupation is a permanent reality.
This is a one state reality, with two different peoples living with unequal rights.

Violating international law, Israel has transferred more than 650,000 of its Jewish citizens to live in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

These settlements are established in areas that surround Palestinian villages, intentionally fragmenting Palestinian communities from each other, to ultimately prevent the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian state.

“It is a shameful moment for U.S. media when it insists on being subservient to the grotesque propaganda agencies of a violent, aggressive state [Israel].”~ Noam Chomsky

In East Jerusalem, discriminatory property laws are forcing Palestinians out of their homes in a state-backed policy of Judaising the city.

There are no ‘two Israels’

In Area C of the West Bank, discriminatory planning laws are being used to drive Palestinian communities from their land.

These communities face a deluge of settler violence from unauthorized outposts (illegal even under Israeli law), the perpetrators of which face little to no consequences.

Any attempts to resist apartheid are heavily surveilled or criminalized, exemplified by the spurious designation of Palestinian civil society groups as terrorists by the Israeli Ministry of Defence.

Successive Israeli governments including the recent coalition government which billed itself as a shift away from Netanyahu’s intransigence has consistently and publicly affirmed that they have no intention of establishing a Palestinian state.

However, much of the discussion in the international community operates as if Israel’s behaviour in the occupied territories can be distinguished from the liberal democracy that exists within the Green Line. This is a mistake.

You simply cannot be a liberal democracy if you operate apartheid over another people.
It is a contradiction in terms because Israel’s entire society is complicit in this unjust reality.

It is the Israeli ministerial cabinet for settlements that approves every illegal settlement in the occupied territories.

It was me, in my role as the Attorney General who approved the expropriation of private Palestinian land in order to build infrastructure such as roads that have entrenched settlement expansion.

It is the Israeli courts that uphold discriminatory laws geared to expel Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem and their land in the West Bank.

Its healthcare providers operate over the Green Line.

And Israeli citizens ultimately pay taxes that subsidize the government’s entrenchment of control and domination in these territories.

Between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, it is Israel that is permanently depriving millions of Palestinians of their civil and political rights.

This is Israeli apartheid.

Israel Isn’t an “Apartheid State.” It’s Worse Than That.

Is there hope?

There are two possible democratic solutions that can resolve this status quo.

The first is granting everyone living under Israeli control full citizenship and equality.

Unfortunately, this scenario would lead to a loss of the Jewish majority and ‘Balkanisation’ of the entire territory, increasing the likelihood of intractable conflict.

The second possible solution would be for Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories and establish a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel.
This would not only ensure the fair division of the land between the indigenous Palestinians and the Jewish people who have been persecuted for thousands of years.
It would also guarantee both a sustainable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an end to apartheid.

The status quo on the ground is a moral abomination.

The delay by the international community in taking meaningful steps to hold Israel accountable for the apartheid regime it is perpetuating is unacceptable.

Michael Benyair is a former Attorney General of Israel and a former acting judge in the Israeli Supreme Court.

Israeli Investigation Into Killing of Palestinian American Journalist Ends Before It Begins

October, 2000–    The footage shows the boy’s father, Jamal al-Durrah, waving desperately to Israeli troops, shouting: “Don’t shoot”. But the terrified boy is hit by four bullets, and collapses in his father’s arms. An ambulance driver who tried to rescue the boy and his father was also killed, and a second ambulance driver was wounded. “Israel” blamed the Palestinians. “Israel”  projects their evil actions onto anyone else. 

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Israel won’t investigate soldiers who fired in the direction of Shireen Abu Akleh, even though new evidence undermines their account of what happened.


Israel’s military police have reportedly decided not to open any criminal investigation into the fatal shooting of the Palestinian American reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, even though newly released video appears to contradict the Israeli army’s claim that the journalist was standing close to Palestinian militants when she was shot last week in the occupied West Bank.

Amos Harel, the senior military correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, reported on Thursday that the decision not to investigate the Israeli soldiers who might have fired the fatal shot came after an internal review by the commando unit of the Israel Defense Forces “found six instances of IDF gunfire at armed Palestinians who were near Abu Akleh” as she reported on an Israeli raid on a refugee camp in Jenin.

Palestinian medical sources have reported that several residents suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, late on Wednesday at night, during clashes with Israeli soldiers invading Kafrit village, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.The sources said the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, including a child, identified as Karam Eghbariyya, who required further treatment. Eyewitnesses said several military vehicles invaded the village, and that dozens of soldiers were deployed in olive orchards, while more vehicles were seen driving around the towns of Ya’bad, ‘Arraba, ‘Anza, Jaba’, and al-Jarba. The soldiers then conducted live fire training and military maneuvers, near the villages, causing anxiety attacks among many residents, mainly children.

According to Harel, the criminal investigations division of the Israeli army simply accepted the accounts of the soldiers who opened fire but “testified that they did not see the journalist at all and aimed their fire at gunmen, who were indeed nearby.”

However, within hours of Harel’s report, video posted on Twitter by Rushdi Abualouf, a Palestinian journalist for the BBC, appeared to contradict the claim that Abu Akleh was near any Palestinian gunmen engaged in a firefight with Israeli troops.

The clip shows that Abu Akleh and several other journalists, all wearing blue vests marked “Press,” were instead walking in the direction of the Israeli soldiers, as young men behind them stood around talking and joking, when shots suddenly rang out and Abu Akleh and a colleague were both hit.

The Buenos Aires Israeli False Flag Bombing Blamed On Hezbollah. The Israeli military Shin Beth may have been the actual bombers. They held complete security at the embassy and a bomb that size could never have been brought in. The Shin Beth also refused to allow an independent investigation of the embassy, only allowing Mossad allowed access to the site. The 1994 destruction of the seven-story AMIA building had some similarities to the Oklahoma City bomb two years later.

As the writer and political analyst Yousef Munayyer explained on Twitter, “At the start of the video you can see the mood is relaxed, what they are saying isn’t really clear mostly because they are chuckling.”

After multiple shots are heard and the young men scatter, a voice is heard saying, “Did anyone get hit?” and calling for an ambulance.

Then, after more shots, someone shouts, “Shireen! Shireen!” and, amid frantic calls for an ambulance, the desperate warning: “Stay where you are, don’t move!”

Video posted on the day of the killing last week appeared to show that people who tried to reach the mortally wounded Abu Akleh were fired on as they approached her.

Harel also reported that there were no plans for a real criminal investigation of the Israeli soldiers because “such an investigation, which would necessitate questioning as potential criminal suspects soldiers for their actions during a military operation, would provoke opposition and controversy within the IDF and in Israeli society in general.”

Moments Of Operation Protective Edge, In Gifs

1. The time the Israeli Government arrested 500 and killed 10 Palestinians in their search for the three missing Israeli teens, forgetting to mention they knew they’d already been murrdered and not kidnapped

2. The time 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped, beaten, and burned alive by right-wing Israelis

3. When Hamas fired quassam rockets, EPICALLY failing to beat the Iron Dome

4. That time IDF soldiers beat and arrested Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s American cousin, and tried to force him to say Mohammed was killed by family for being gay

5. That time Israeli airstrikes deliberately targeted houses, hospitals, and TWO disabled homes

6. This cat won’t want to be on the wrong side of Hamas again, lol

7. When Israel hit the same hospital AGAIN

8. The time an Israeli warship shelled four Gazan children playing football on the beach… twice!

Israel stunned by Ukrainian neo-Nazis

The state-organized presence of neo-Nazis within the Ukrainian army is not anecdotal, even if it is not possible to quantify it in a certain way.

On the other hand, it is easy to count their victims.

In general indifference, they have killed 14,000 Ukrainians in eight years.

This situation is one of the causes of the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

Israel is confronted for the first time with what it could never have imagined: the support of its US protector to its historical enemy, Nazism.

Israel faces an unexpected problem in the Ukrainian crisis: is it true, as Moscow claims, that the country is in the hands of a “gang of neo-Nazis” financed by Ukrainian and American Jews?

If so, it is a moral duty for Tel Aviv to clarify its position on Jews supporting Nazis, regardless of any position on the Ukrainian crisis.

The question is all the more cruel because the few American Jews who support or instrumentalize Ukrainian Nazi groups are a tiny group of a few hundred people, the Straussians, who are now in power in President Joe Biden’s immediate circle.

The Kagans collectively serve not just to start conflicts but to profit from grateful military contractors who kick back a share of the money to the think tanks that employ the Kagans

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On July 21, 2021, President Zelensky promulgated a law on “indigenous peoples”.

It recognizes the enjoyment of human and civil rights and fundamental freedoms only for Ukrainians of Scandinavian or Germanic origin, but not for those of Slavic origin.

This is the first racial law passed in Europe in 77 years.

At the suggestion of Victoria Nuland, on November 2, 2021, President Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Dmitro Yarosh as an advisor to the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, with the task of preparing the attack on the Donbass and Crimea.

It is important to keep in mind that Yarosh is a Nazi, while Victoria Nuland and Volodymyr Zelensky are Ukrainian Jews (originally for Ms. Nuland who is now American).

In eight years, from regime change to the Russian military operation not included, neo-Nazis in Ukraine have killed at least 14,000 Ukrainians.

Israel’s moral challenge

President Zelensky replied to his Russian counterpart who denounced a “bunch of neo-Nazis” in power in Kiev that it was impossible because he was Jewish.

As this was not enough, on the sixth day of the conflict, he accused Russia of having bombed the Babi Yar memorial where 33,000 Jews were massacred by the Nazis.

Not only was he not supporting the Nazis, but the Russians were erasing their crimes.

Without waiting, the Yad Vashem Memorial, the Israeli institution that preserves the memory of the Nazi “final solution of the Jewish question”, issued an angry statement.

It seemed outrageous to the Israelis that Russia would compare the Ukrainian far right with the Nazis of the Shoah and even more so that it would bomb a place of memory.

Then Israeli journalists went to the crime scene to find that it had never been bombed.

The Ukrainian president had lied.

Then the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Preskov, invited the Yad Vashem Memorial to send a delegation to Ukraine to see for themselves, under the protection of the Russian army, what President Putin was talking about.

A great silence followed. What if the Kremlin, like the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was telling the truth?

What if the Straussian Jews in the United States, the Ukrainian Jewish leader Ihor Kolomoysky and his employee the Jewish president Volodymyr Zelensky were working with real Nazis?

Immediately, the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, went to Moscow and received Chancellor Scholtz in Tel Aviv, then phoned the Ukrainian president, whose bad faith was evident to all.

In addition to the US-NATO military investments in Ukraine, there is the $10 billion plan being implemented by Erik Prince, founder of the private US military company Blackwater, now renamed Academi, which has been supplying mercenaries to the CIA, Pentagon and State Department for covert operations (including torture and assassinations), earning billions of dollars.

Presented as yet another attempt at peace, this trip was in fact intended only to find out whether or not the United States was relying on real Nazis.

Confused by his findings, Bennett called President Putin, whom he had left the day before.

He was also phoning various heads of Nato member states.

It would be desirable for Naftali Bennett to make public what he has verified, but it is unlikely.

He would have to open a forgotten file, that of the relations between certain Zionists and the Nazis.

Why, then, did David Ben Gurion insist that Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the founder of revisionist Zionism, was a fascist and possibly a Nazi?

Who were the Jews who, before Adolf Hitler came to power, warmly welcomed an official delegation of the Nazi party, the NSDAP, to Palestine while it was practicing pogroms in Germany?

“I have spoken with my Western colleagues about denazification. They say:” What’s the problem? You also have radical nationalists, don’t you?” Yes, we do, but we don’t have them in our government like Ukraine. And we don’t have thousands of people marching in the streets with torches and swastikas like Nazi Germany in the 1930s? And we don’t praise the men who killed Russians, Jews, and Poles during the war. But in Ukraine, they do.” Vladimir Putin, Russian President

Who negotiated the 1933 transfer agreement (the so-called “Haavara Agreement”) and maintained an office in Berlin until 1939?

How did half-Jew Vollrath von Maltzan become the purveyor of Zyklon B gas to the death camps?

So many questions that historians usually leave unanswered.

And today, is it true, as many witnesses claim, that Professor Leo Strauss taught his Jewish students that they had to build their own dictatorship, using the same methods as the Nazis, to protect themselves from a new Shoah?

Clearly, Naftali Bennett did not buy into the Ukraine/NATO narrative.

He said that the Russian president was not theorizing a plot, was not irrational and did not suffer from mental illness.

On the contrary, when asked about the support of the Jewish state, President Zelenski replied: “I have spoken to the Prime Minister of Israel.

And I tell you frankly, and this may sound a bit insulting, but I think I have to say it: our relations are not bad, not bad at all.

But relationships are tested at times like these, at the most difficult times, when help and support is needed.

And I don’t think he [Bennett] is wrapped up in our flag.

Israel should withdraw from the Ukrainian conflict.

If it suddenly changes his mind about something else and gets into a fight with Washington, you’ll know why.

The Not-So-Secret Massacres of Palestinian Villages

 

By Ramzy Baroud

A succession of events in recent weeks all points to the inescapable fact that nearly 75 years of Israel’s painstaking efforts aimed at hiding the truth about its origins and its current racially-driven apartheid regime are miserably failing.

The world is finally waking up, and Israel is losing ground much faster than its ability to gain new supporters or to whitewash its past or ongoing crimes.

First, there was Tantura, a peaceful Palestinian village whose inhabitants were exterminated by Israel’s Alexandroni Brigade on May 23, 1948.

Like many other massacres committed against unarmed Palestinians throughout the years, the massacre of Tantura was mostly remembered by the village’s survivors, by ordinary Palestinians and by Palestinian historians.

The mere attempt in 1998 by an Israeli graduate student, Theodore Katz, to shed light on that bloody event ignited a legal, media, and academic war, forcing him to retract his findings altogether.

In a recent social media post, Israeli Professor Ilan Pappé revealed the reasons why, in 2007, he had to resign his position at Haifa University.

“One of my ‘crimes’ was insisting that there was a massacre in the village of Tantura in 1948 as was exposed by MA student, Teddy Katz,” Pappé wrote.

Now, some Alexandroni Brigade veterans have finally decided to confess to the crimes in Tantura.

“They silenced it. It mustn’t be told, it could cause a whole scandal.

I don’t want to talk about it, but it happened. What can you do? It happened.”

These were the words of one Moshe Diamant, a former member of the Alexandroni Brigade, who, with other veterans, revealed in the documentary ‘Tantura’ by Alon Schwarz the gory details and the horrific crimes that transpired in the Palestinian village.

An officer “killed one Arab after another” with his pistol, Micha Vitkon, a former soldier, said.

“They put them into a barrel and shot them in the barrel. I remember the blood in the barrel,” another explained.

“I was a murderer. I didn’t take prisoners,” Amitzur Cohen admitted.

Hundreds of Palestinians were killed in Tantura in cold blood.

They were buried in mass graves, the largest of which is believed to be under a parking lot at the Dor beach, which is flocked by Israeli families on a daily basis.

The Tantura massacre and its aftermath is arguably the most glaring representation of Israeli criminality: the mass murder, the cover-up, and the dancing on the graves of the victims.

But this is not the story of Tantura alone.

The latter is a representation of something much bigger, of mass-scale ethnic cleansing, of forceful evictions, and of mass killing. Thankfully, much truth is being unearthed.

In 1951, the Israeli army launched a full-scale military operation that ethnically cleansed Palestinian Bedouins from the Naqab.

The tragic scenes of entire communities being uprooted from their ancestral homes were justified with the typical Israeli explanation that the terrible deed had to be done for “security reasons”.

In 1953, Israel passed the so-called Land Acquisition Law, which turned what was supposedly a temporary situation into a permanent one.

By then, Israel had unlawfully expropriated 247,000 dunums in the Naqab, with 66,000 remaining ‘unutilized’.

The remaining land is currently the epicenter of an ongoing fight between Palestinian Bedouin communities and Israel, which argues that the land is “essential” for Israel’s “development needs”.

But according to recently-revealed documents, uncovered by extensive research conducted by Professor Gadi Algazi, Israel’s version of the truth in Naqab was a complete fabrication.

According to numerous uncovered documents, Moshe Dayan, then the head of the Israeli army Southern Command, was at the center of an Israeli government and military ploy to evict the Bedouin population and to “revoke their rights as landowners”, per the conveniently created Israeli law, which allowed the government to ‘lease’ the land as of its own.

“There was an organized transfer of Bedouin citizens from the northwestern Negev eastward to barren areas, with the goal of taking over their lands.

They carried out this operation using a mix of threats, violence, bribery and fraud,” Algazi told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The entire scheme was organized in such a way as to provide the claim that the Palestinians had moved ‘voluntarily’, despite their legendary resistance and “the stubbornness with which they tried to hold onto their land, even at the cost of hunger and thirst, not to mention the army’s threats and violence”.

More still. A newly-released volume by French historian Vincent Lemire has entirely dismissed Israel’s official version of how the Moroccan Quarters of Jerusalem were demolished in June 1967.

Though Palestinian and Arab historians have long argued that the destruction of the neighborhood – 135 homes, two mosques and more – was done per the order of the Israeli government through the then-Jewish mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kollek, Israel has long denied that version.

According to the official Israeli account, the demolition of the neighborhood was carried out by “15 private Jewish contractors (who) destroyed the neighborhood to make space for the Western Wall plaza”.

In an interview with Agence France Press (AFP), Lemire stated that his book offers “definitive, written proof on the premeditation, planning and coordination of this operation,” and that includes official meetings between Kollek, the commander of the Israeli army, and other top government officials.

The story goes on; more heartbreaking revelations and a well-integrated version of the truth are exposing long-hidden or denied facts.

And the days of Israel getting away with these crimes seem to be behind us.

A case in point is Amnesty International’s recent report, “Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians: A Look into Decades of Oppression and Domination”.

Amnesty’s 280 pages of damning evidence of Israel’s racism and apartheid did not shy away from connecting Israel’s violent present with its equally bloody past.

It did not borrow from Israel’s deceptive language and self-serving division of Palestinians into disconnected communities, each with a different claim and a different status.

For Amnesty, as was the case with Human Rights Watch’s report in April 2021, Israeli injustices against the Palestinians must be recognized and duly condemned in their entirety.

“Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has pursued an explicit policy of establishing and maintaining a Jewish demographic hegemony and maximizing its control over land to benefit Jewish Israelis while minimizing the number of Palestinians and restricting their rights and obstructing their ability to challenge this dispossession,” the report stated.

And that could only happen through mass killing, ethnic cleansing, and genocide, from Tantura, to the Naqab, to the Moroccan Quarters, to Gaza and Sheikh Jarrah.

“Israeli” Left recap of wonderful “Israel” last week

Israeli soldiers raided Nablus and extra-judicially executed three Palestinians

Feature Image: The Burning of the Temple, by Francesco_Hayez. Not much has changed except the Zionists are throwing the Palestinians out

A difficult week – and the following one seems even worse

…from Gush Shalom

[ Editor’s Note: Adam Keller uses this short and sweet message style, as he is paying for print media placement. The original post was in a narrow newsprint format.

His material is a good quick read for those wanting to know the latest occupation force nasty treatment of its open air prison subjects.The US looks the other way on almost all of Israel’s aggression, due to our compromised Congress, via decades of blackmail material compiled on them, and then ‘influence’ over their reelection status.

As for our military, it is along for the ride, loving the free trips to Israel and getting schmoozed; treatment that does not really come free. ‘Things’ are expected in return and refusals can trigger ‘issues’.

As has been stated here by many, hard line Israelis view America as their golden calf. Someday, if and when Israelis get to experience what it is like to endure the treatment they have dished out to the Palestinians, they will remember the taste of the bitter fruit.

I hope I live to see it. It will be a glorious day… Jim W. Dean ]

First published February 20, 2022

Hacking into mobile phones and extracting personal information from them started with the Palestinians and has reached deep into Israeli society.
 
Israeli soldiers raided Nablus and extra-judicially executed three Palestinians. 
The Knesset approved a law that prevents Arab citizens of Israel from marrying whomever they wish and living in this country With their chosen spouse.
Two Palestinian workers plunged to their death from unsafe scaffolding on a high rise being built by a greedy contractor on the rubble of a slum whose residents were forcibly evicted.
And in the same week: The leadership of British Jewry, which hitherto granted unconditional support to all of Israel’s actions, informed a former minister in the Israeli government that racists of his ilk were personae non gratae.
Gush Shalom statement
Feb. 15, 2022
Contact: Adam Keller +972-(0)54-2340749

Uri Avnery … gone but not forgotten by VT

Zionist Power Over Washington

 • JANUARY 18, 2022

There have appeared a couple of stories recently that illustrate how there is only one “red line” that no one dares cross in Washington and that is criticism of Israel and its associated supportive mythologies of increasing “holocaust denial” and “surging anti-Semitism.”

The rule is ruthlessly enforced by the Israel Lobby, often by its redoubtable Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which is based in New York City but has a regional office in the capital, conveniently close to government offices, from which vantage point it can observe possible deviations and mete out instant punishment.

If one wants to learn how hypersensitive (and vicious) defenders of Israel and/or Jewishness can be it is only necessary to read about the recent experience of strongly pro-Israel Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

He denounced “upscale liberals who control the media” in a tweet and was immediately attacked for “the anti-Semitic trope that Jews control the media,” which of course they do, but Rubio is too stupid and too fearful of Jewish influence to be suggesting that.

So, one must conclude it is not even safe for a conservative friend of Israel to mention the “liberal media” for fear of being labeled as guilty of “coded anti-Semitism.”

Likewise, any mention of the malign influence of George Soros by Republicans is likely to bring down the wrath of the usual suspects, not because it is a fiction but solely because he is Jewish and it implies that Jews can interact conspiratorially, which is demonstrably true.

Another interesting story concerns a government institution that I had never heard of before, the US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad (USCPAHA), and guess what?

It is nearly all about Israel, Jews and the so-called holocaust! If you don’t believe that bold assertion on my part, go to the organization’s website which includes multiple pictures of people handing out holocaust related “Cultural Pluralism Awards” and smiling for the camera.

The commission was created by Public Law 99-83 in 1985 and its ostensible purpose stated on the website is to “1. identify and report on cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings in Eastern and Central Europe that are associated with the heritage of US citizens, particularly endangered properties, and 2. obtain, in cooperation with the Department of State, assurances from the governments of the region that the properties will be protected and preserved…

The establishment of the Commission recognized that the population of the United States is mostly comprised of immigrants and their descendants.

The United States has an interest in the preservation of sites in other countries related to the heritage of these Americans.

The Holocaust and 45 years of atheist Communist governments created a critical need that led to the Commission’s establishment.”

The site also includes a list of “projects” , which are overwhelmingly Jewish/holocaust related and located in the parts of Europe where Jews settled.

Alison Weir’s “If Americans Knew” has reported how in the past congress there were 70 largely hidden bills that in some way benefited Israel, and the creation of America’s Heritage Abroad has that smell to it, yet another gift that flies beneath the radar by being attached to a larger piece of legislation.

America’s Heritage Abroad only surfaced in the news due to a stink being raised by ADL over one of the organization’s 21 commissioners, all of whom appear to be Jewish judging from their names.

He is Darren Beattie, who has been described as a “Right-wing conspiracy theorist [who] continues to occupy a position in the federal government given to him by Donald Trump, almost a year since Joe Biden took office and gained the ability to fire him.

Beattie was appointed by then-President Donald Trump in November 2020 to serve on the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.

Its main responsibilities are seeking to preserve monuments in eastern and central Europe, many of which memorialize Holocaust victims.

He gained new prominence in recent weeks promoting conspiracy theories about the Capitol riot, earning public praise from Trump.”

Recently, the ADL criticized the appointment and said that Beattie, who describes himself as a “proud Jew” on Twitter, should not be continuing to serve on the commission.

Spokesman Jake Hyman complained that “Since Beattie’s appointment to the Commission in November 2020, he has continued to spread outrageous and deeply harmful falsehoods and misinformation, including about the January 6 insurrection, that are at odds with serving in such positions of official responsibility.

We retain our view that Beattie, who once attended an event with white supremacists and participated in a panel discussion with white nationalist Peter Brimelow, should have no place on a commission that plays a special role preserving Jewish heritage sites from before the Holocaust.”

Beattie claims that he is still on the commission even though he no longer appears on its website.

He states that “I’m proud to serve president Biden to honor the memory of the Holocaust” before criticizing ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt as a “Democrat apparatchik” who has “destroyed the reputation of the ADL during his tenure.”

So, the United States is now in the business of promoting holocaust remembrance on the taxpayer’s dime.

Another fascinating news report that just surfaced also has a holocaust plus “surging” anti-Semitism back story.

It is all about how numerous Biden nominees are stuck in the Senate waiting for approval, but it is really about Deborah Lipstadt who is described as a “renowned holocaust scholar.”

Lipstadt is the Dorot professor of Modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Atlanta’s Emory University, as well as founding director of Emory’s Institute for Jewish Studies.

She has also held senior positions at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, another taxpayer supported enterprise that promotes the Israel narrative. Lipstadt has sharply criticized some progressives in the Democratic Party who have dared to criticize Israel, including Representative Ilhan Omar, for describing pro-Israel Americans as a “political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

Such statements are “part of the textbook accusations against Jews,” Lipstadt countered, but Omar was, of course, right, though not allowed to get away with the truth when confronted by the Democratic Party establishment led by a foaming at the mouth Nancy Pelosi.

The White House announced in late July that Lipstadt would lead an expansion of the activity of the State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, which is tasked with tracking and countering the alleged rise of anti-Semitism abroad.

For the first time, the position will have the rank of ambassador, which makes necessary Senate confirmation.

Bear in mind that these are all mechanisms set up specifically to promote the narratives favored by international Jewry.

Apart from affirmative action for blacks and other set-asides to favor them, there exists nothing in the US government to enhance the status of any other European, Latino or Asian ethnic groups or religious persuasions that is in any way similar.

These commissions, offices and special ambassadorships were established through the assiduous marketing of their brand by Jews using their methodically exploited financial power and the political access that it buys.

To cite only one example of what all that networking produces, politically wired Jewish organizations already receive more than 90% of the discretionary grants for “security” issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

And the end result is that Washington is a helpless giant that is drawn into conflicts in the Middle East that it would best avoid while also funding the Jewish aggressors, most recently in response to a demand to rearm the Israeli military with $1 billion, conflicts which serve no US national interest.

Finally, should the United States be so obsessed with a narrative that is certainly in many respects questionable and which relates to events that largely took place many years ago overseas?

Should the American taxpayer continue to foot the bill for all these contrivances to bind the US government hand and foot to the “heritage” of a small minority of the population and to its favored foreign state?

These are questions that are almost never asked though, as Voltaire allegedly put it, “If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.”

Norwegian Ambassador to the UN advances Palestine-Israeli conflict to ministerial level

By now when someone mentions the “two-state-solution” it strikes me as insincere. No one can really be that dumb. But good for the mention of Palestine…because every mention of Palestine puts a zit on the face of someone in Israhell.

January 7, 2022

Norway’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), pledged to advance the UN Security Council discussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a ministerial level this month, to restore its focus on this decades-long conflict, reported Wafa news agency.

Mona Juul expressed deep concern at the lack of international attention to the issues in Palestine and Israel, which has been compromised as a result of multiple other conflicts raging across the Middle East.

“The people of Israel and Palestine do not deserve that,” she said during a press conference to discuss her country’s priorities as it assumes the presidency of the Security Council for January.

“Thirty years after the Madrid conference, the Israeli-Palestinian issue deserves more attention.”

“It’s critical to enhance the council’s focus and the need to find a political solution to this protracted conflict and make sure we avoid further actions that undermine the prospect of the two-state solution,” she added.

READ: The use and abuse of administrative detention by Israel

Juul reiterated her country’s opposition to any hostilities against the civilians, specifically referencing Israel’s illegal settlement expansion in the Occupied Territories as an obstacle to a peaceful solution.

According to data from the Land Research Centre, Israel has demolished about 950 homes and facilities, confiscated about 24,750 dunums (6,116 acres) of land, and cut down and damaged about 17,740 trees in 2021.

Moreover, data shows that as many as 55 existing settlements were expanded, about 15 new illegal outposts were erected this year, 102 plans for settlement expansion were approved, about 25 new colonial roads were established, and factories were opened to Judaise the land.

Norway intends to arrange a so-called “mini-Oslo” forum for members of the Security Council, who will be invited to meet in Oslo, and discuss “how to do better when it comes to preventive diplomacy and conflict resolution,” said Juul.

“There are examples that show it is still possible to forge dialogue and to bring people to the table but we know it costs a lot, requires a lot of resources and, not least, it requires unity at the Security Council.”

War on Terror No Problem for Israeli Crime Bosses

Major Organized Crime Families Have Been Moving Freely Between Israel and U.S.

Was Loophole Left Open on Purpose?

I have never heard of a watch list to impede their [“Israeli” ]access here.

And yet, the stories of innocent Americans caught up on no fly lists are legendary, as are their tales of trying to be removed…easy to get on but hard to get off.

by  Jim W. Dean

“…application of INA 212(a)(3)(A)(ii) against Israeli OC [Organized Crime] is not specifically authorized per Foreign Affairs Manual 40.31 N5.3. 

As such, Israelis who are known to work for or belong to OC families are not automatically ineligible for travel to the United States. “

I am not making this up folks.

You would think that with all the War on Terror lists, the overseas phone monitoring, emails, Intel sharing…the list goes on and on, that Israeli Organized Crime (OC) families could not travel freely between the U.S. and Israel, but think again. 

The new Wikileaks US Embassy in Israel cable (released August 26th) gives you a peek into the gang who can’t shoot straight.

Or maybe someone has poor aim on purpose.

We are spending a fortune on Homeland Security and have given up all kinds of freedoms to ‘be safe’.

If you or I donate to the wrong charity that has a tangential tie to a listed terrorist group that we did not know about, we can find our selves in a felony prosecution with no premeditation.

Europeans have tens of thousands doing hard time for WWII historical dispute ‘thought crimes’.

Yet when it comes to known mobster family law enforcement the cops throws their hands up and claim ‘doo doo happens’

That Israel can’t shut down the known crime families in a country deemed the most secure on the planet can only mean that key organized crime people are moonlighting for powerful entities who want the doors left open.

The Israeli tourism minister murdered some years ago was thought to be implicated in their White Slavery trade

It is not a big secret in the trade that big international crime organizations are usually tripping all over themselves to do anything they can for certain Intel  agencies for the wonderful get out of jail free card it can bring.

Small fry don’t get these of course. They are for the big boys only.

The Afghanistan drug money has our political system awash with the purchasing of protection money, and the high end crime bosses having the pick of the litter for retiring counter intelligence people looking to make more money than they ever dreamed.

And they can do some Intel work for the folks back home on the side.

We just had an example of this done American style with ex-Deputy Secretary of State David Welch, now with the huge Bechtel international contractor, advising indicted war crimes criminal Gaddafi and family on how to defeat NATO, including American service men and women in harm’s way.

The captured Gaddafi Intel documents reveal that Welch even suggested laundering what certainly seemed to be a request for negative Intel on the rebels by running it through Israeli Intel so it would sell better on the home front.

If you are wondering I think Welch and Bechtel were offering this assistance for some financial gain, the answer is yes.

And I don’t think Welch ever cried himself to sleep one night over it, nor is he now.

There are a lot of hard working cops ( as you will read below) chasing these crime family guys around but they never seem able to deliver the knockout blow.

The loophole noted  up at the beginning is still open over two years after it was written.

There is a criminal statute, I think they call it ‘theft by conversion’…where someone takes money for a service and then does not provide it, like a home remodeling ‘advance for the materials’ scam.

Folks, besides all the back slapping these security people wear themselves out giving each other, major threats continue because the perps have a lot of political juice.

That is where all the mega criminal activity is now because the ‘safety’ record of virtually no one going to jail is carved in stone.

The scandal of the decades long massive Israeli espionage operations here is a glaring example.

I have never heard of a watch list to impede their access here.

And yet, the stories of innocent Americans caught up on no fly lists are legendary, as are their tales of trying to be removed…easy to get on but hard to get off.

I included the full cable. I wanted you to see that these embassy people are trying hard…and passing on the full story. But nothing has been done.

There are many, many security things where nothing has been done, and I pose to you that the same thread would be found in many of them.

They have political protection…all that they need.

For those of you thinking Mr. Jim is going overboard on this, save it for the next one.Israeli Shin Betcan and has tortured Palestinian kids as young as 12 years old, with Supreme Court approval, just to get them to spill the beans on who Uncle Ahmed has been visiting late in the evenings.

They could clean these gangs out in a year…if they wanted to.

 Someone didn’t want to. But fortunately they are making some progress.

And just like with Gaddafi, when the Bush crowd came in, and Blair, they offered him protection…with a dress on it.

Do you think they did that for the goodness of their hearts, or did he give them some things that they really wanted?

And who paid for this largess? Forty thousand detained Libyans are still missing.

So who aided and abetted terrorism on a grand scale?

More on the long CIA history with Gaddafi will be coming out.

We have already reported here that he was a protege of Richard Helms last week.

How many of you knew part of Gaddafi’s holdings that we are supposed to be keeping in cold storage here is a 30% stake in daddy Bush’s Cargill Corp?

 Was that same corp that supplied chemical weapons to Saddam to test out on the Kurds?

U. S. forces found some of the remnants buried in the Iraqi desert with the labels still on them. So again, who were the aiders and abettors of that terrorism?

It’s a nasty world folks.


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WIKILEAKS

A Promised Land for Organized Crime?

Summary

1. (SBU) Organized crime (OC) has longstanding roots in Israel, but in recent years there has been a sharp increase in the reach and impact of OC networks.

In seeking a competitive advantage in such lucrative trades as narcotics and prostitution, Israeli crime groups have demonstrated their ability and willingness to engage in violent attacks on each other with little regard for innocent bystanders.

The Israeli National Police (INP) and the courts have engaged in a vigorous campaign against organized crime leaders, including the creation of a new specialized anti-OC unit, but they remain unable to cope with the full scope of the problem.

Organized crime in Israel now has global reach, with direct impact inside the United States.

Post is currently utilizing all available tools to deny Israeli OC figures access to the United States in order to prevent them from furthering their criminal activities on U.S. soil. End Summary.

Crime War Hits the Streets of Israel

2. (SBU) In November 2008, Israeli crime boss Yaakov Alperon was assassinated in broad daylight in a gruesome attack on the streets of Tel Aviv, only about a mile away from the Embassy.

According to several media accounts, a motor scooter pulled up alongside Alperon’s car and the rider attached a sophisticated explosive device with a remote detonator to the car door.

The bomb killed Alperon and his driver, and injured two innocent pedestrians.

The hit was the latest in a series of violent attacks and reprisals, and indicated a widening crime war in Israel.

3. In July 2008, a 31-year-old Israeli woman was killed by a stray bullet on the beach in Bat Yam in front of her husband and two children during a failed assassination attempt on noted crime figure Rami Amira.

In a feud between the Abutbul and Shirazi clans, crime boss Shalom “Charlie” Abutbul was shot by two gunmen in September 2008, an attack that also wounded three bystanders.

In December 2008, Charlie Abutbul’s son-in-law, Nati Ohayon, was gunned down in his car in Netanya.

Before the fatal bombing of his car, Alperon himself had survived at least three previous attempts on his life before his assassination, and was engaged in an ongoing feud with the rival Abergil clan (although there are numerous suspects in Alperon’s murder).

The day after Alperon’s death, two members of the Abergil syndicate were sentenced for conspiring to kill Alperon’s brother, Nissim, in May 2008.

4. (SBU) In response to rising concerns for public safety, former Prime Minister Olmert convened an emergency meeting of top law enforcement officials, cabinet members, and prosecutors in December ¶2008.

He promised to add 1,000 officers to the INP and to allocate approximately NIS 340 million (USD 81 million) to improve the INP’s technical capabilities.

In general, the rise in OC-related violence has led some public figures to call for emergency state powers to attack criminal organizations, and OC became a minor but important issue in the February 2009 Knesset elections.

Former Labor Party MK Ephraim Sneh publicly decried criminal extortion in his campaign ads, only to have his car torched in apparent retaliation outside his home in Herzliya.

Background

5. (SBU) Organized criminal activity is not a new phenomenon in Israel, and major crime families are well known to the Israeli public (the Alperons even featured in a recent reality television program).

Five or six crime families have traditionally dominated OC in Israel, although the names and makeup of these syndicates have fluctuated in recent years.

The Abergil, Abutbul, Alperon, and Rosenstein organizations are among the most well known, but recent arrests and assassinations have created a power vacuum at the top.

New names such as Mulner, Shirazi, Cohen and Domrani have moved quickly to fill the gap.

Other up-and-coming groups include the Harari, Ohana, and Kdoshim families.

There are also a number of rival families active in the underworld of Israel’s Arab sector.

6. (SBU) Traditional OC activities in Israel include illegal neighborhood casinos, prostitution rings, extortion, and loan sharking, with each family controlling a different geographic region.

The Alperon family, for instance, dominates the Sharon region, while the Abutbul operation is based in the coastal city of Netanya.

The focus is largely on easy money guaranteed by the limited use of violence.

Criminal involvement in the recycling business, for example, has been well covered in the press.

OC families collect bottles illegally from municipal recycling bins and restaurants, return them at the collection centers claiming twice the actual numbers, and pocket the change for millions in profits.

 Not Your Grandfather’s Mob

7. (SBU) Despite their notoriety, OC figures have generally been viewed as a nuisance to be handled by local police.

Law enforcement resources were directed to more existential security threats from terrorists and enemy states.

In recent years, however, the rules of the game have changed.

According to Yaakov Lappin of the Jerusalem Post, the old school of Israel OC is giving way to a new, more violent, breed of crime.

Lappin told conoffs that the new style of crime features knowledge of hi-tech explosives acquired from service in the Israeli Defense Forces, and a willingness to use indiscriminate violence, at least against rival gang leaders.

New OC business also includes technology-related crimes, such as stock market and credit card fraud, and operates on a global scale.

8. (SBU) As the reach of Israeli OC has grown, so have the stakes.

Crime families are working further from home and exporting violence abroad.

Older gambling schemes have grown to include sprawling casino franchises in Eastern Europe.

The Abutbul family began its gambling business in Romania over a decade ago, and now owns the Europe-wide Casino Royale network.

In 2002, Israeli OC turf wars spilled into Europe when Yaakov Abergil and Felix Abutbul were killed two months apart.

Abutbul was gunned down in front of his casino in Prague in a show of force by the Abergils as they attempted to capture a portion of the European gambling market.

9. (SBU) Israeli OC now plays a significant role in the global drug trade, providing both a local consumer market and an important transit point to Europe and the United States.

In 2004, Zeev Rosenstein was arrested in Israel for possession of 700,000 ecstasy tablets in his New York apartment, destined for distribution in the U.S. market.

He was ultimately extradited to the United States in 2006, where he is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence.

Two other crime figures, Meir Abergil and Israel Ozifa, are also facing U.S. extradition charges on charges that include smuggling 100,000 ecstasy tablets into the United States.

10. (SBU) The prostitution business has also grown beyond the neighborhood brothel.

In March 2009, the INP arrested twelve suspects in what is believed to be the largest Israeli-led human trafficking network unearthed to date.

Ring leader Rami Saban and his associates were charged with smuggling thousands of women from the former Soviet Union and forcing them to work as prostitutes in Israel, Cyprus, Belgium, and Great Britain. Some women were flown to Egypt and smuggled across the Sinai border by Bedouins.

Law Enforcement Steps up the Pressure

11. (SBU) After years of perceived inaction, in 2008 the INP created a new unit called Lahav 433.

The elite unit operates under the direct command of the police commissioner, and is charged specifically with infiltrating and eliminating Israel’s major crime syndicates.

Lahav 433 also cooperates closely with district investigative units to combat smaller criminal organizations, many of which are aligned with the larger crime families.

12. (SBU) Following Alperon’s assassination, the INP initiated a series of raids that led to the arrests of a number of leading crime figures.

Among their targets were Aviv and Adam Abutbul, sons of crime-family head Charlie Abutbul, both charged with possession of illegal weapons.

(A third brother, Francois, is already facing murder charges for a nightclub killing in 2004.)

Police also arrested gangland figure Amir Mulner for weapons possession and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Mulner is known to be an explosives expert by army training, and is a suspect in Yaakov Alperon’s murder.

He is also believed to be managing affairs for Rosenstein while the latter serves his sentence in the United States.

13. (SBU) Yaakov Alperon’s brother Nissim was arrested with 18 others in December 2008, in what was reported to be a “mafia meeting” in a Tel Aviv-area caf.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the group may have been planning a revenge attack for his brother’s recent assassination.

Alperon’s son Dror, recently dismissed from his army service for disorderly behavior, also faces several counts of assault and was convicted on extortion charges.

Also in December, police in Netanya launched several raids on illegal gambling houses and the homes of suspected money launderers with ties to the crime families.

In Ashdod, brothers Roni and David Harari were arrested on charges of extortion.

Regional police stuck a blow against the Jerusalem Gang, and convicted its leader Itzik Bar Muha.

Skepticism Hovers Over GOI Efforts

14. (SBU) Journalist Yuval Goren of Ha’aretz told conoffs that “thousands of foot soldiers” remain active on the streets despite these aggressive anti-OC operations.

He noted that approximately 2,000 people attended Alperon’s very public funeral.

Goren expressed skepticism that recent arrests will bear fruit in the long term without a sustained commitment to enforcement.

He noted that many of the crime leaders remain active while in prison and their operations are not hampered significantly even when they are convicted and jailed.

15. (SBU) In December 2008, former Prime Minister Olmert himself admitted that efforts to combat OC have long been diluted among different agencies, and that INP technology lags far behind that allocated to security services for counterterrorism.

Given the recent change in government and the current economic crisis, there is public skepticism as to whether GOI promises to remedy the situation will be fulfilled.

In 2003, following a failed assassination attempt on Rosenstein, then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made similar promises to commit manpower and resources to combating the problem.

16. (SBU) It is not entirely clear to what extent OC elements have penetrated the Israeli establishment and corrupted public officials.

The INP insists that such instances are rare, despite the occasional revelation of crooked police officers in the press.

Nevertheless, there have been several dramatic revelations in recent years that indicate a growing problem.

In 2004, former government minister Gonen Segev was arrested for trying to smuggle thousands of ecstasy pills into Israel, a case that produced considerable circumstantial evidence of his involvement in OC.

The election of Inbal Gavrieli to the Knesset in 2003 as a member of Likud raised concerns about OC influence in the party’s Central Committee.

Gavrieli is the daughter of a suspected crime boss, and she attempted to use her parliamentary immunity to block investigations into her father’s business.

(Gavrieli is no longer a member of the Knesset.)

Just last month, Israeli politicos and OC figures came together for the funeral of Likud party activist Shlomi Oz, who served time in prison in the 1990s for extortion on behalf of the Alperon family.

Among those in attendance was Omri Sharon, son of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was himself convicted in 2006 on illegal fundraising charges unrelated to OC.

 Courts Testing New Powers

17. (SBU) In 2003, the GOI passed anti-OC legislation that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment for heading a criminal organization and three years for working in such an organization.

The law defines such a body as a group of people working in an “organized, methodical and ongoing pattern to commit offenses that are defined by the laws of Israel as crimes.”

The law also allows for property forfeiture, both in the wake of conviction and in cases where it is proven to belong to a criminal organization.

18. (SBU) Until recently, said Lappin, judges and lawyers have been slow to make use of this authority, and are hampered by a lack of resources, insufficient understanding of the tools at their disposal, and reticence to mete out tough sentences.

A witness protection program for those who testify against OC is just now getting off the ground, and is not backed by any specific legislation.

Nevertheless, on March 16th, a Tel Aviv district court took the important step of sentencing 14 convicted criminals belonging to two mob organizations in Ramle and Jaffa to up to 27 years in prison.

19. (SBU) Increased efforts by Israeli authorities to combat OC have engendered retaliatory threats of violence.

Recent press reports indicate that as many as 10 Israeli judges are currently receiving 24-hour protection by the police against the threat of violence from members of crime organizations.

Israeli OC appears to be intent on intimidating judges personally, as a way of influencing the legal process.

Judges in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa have been assigned police protection, underscoring the depth of the problem.

Israeli Crime Reaches American Shores

20. (SBU) Israel’s multi-ethnic population provides a deep well of opportunity for Israeli OC to expand into new territory.

Most Israeli crime families trace their roots to North Africa or Eastern Europe, and many of their Israeli operatives hold foreign passports allowing them to move freely in European countries, most of which participate in the visa waiver program with the United States.

Approximately one million Russians moved to Israel following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and Russian citizens no longer require visas to enter Israel.

Many Russian oligarchs of Jewish origin and Jewish members of OC groups have received Israeli citizenship, or at least maintain residences in the country.

Little is known about the full extent of Russian criminal activity in Israel, but sources in the police estimate that Russian OC has laundered as much as USD 10 billion through Israeli holdings.

While most Israeli OC families are native-born and the stereotype that Russian immigrants tend to be mobsters is greatly overblown, indigenous OC groups routinely employ “muscle” from the former Soviet Union.

21. (SBU) The profit motive serves as a great unifier among Israel’s diverse demographic groups.

According to Goren, some Amsterdam-based Hasidic groups allegedly are implicated in international drug smuggling through links to Israeli OC.

Arab and Jewish Israeli criminals routinely cooperate and form alliances to expand control of lucrative drug, car theft and extortion rackets.

Even hostile and closed borders pose few obstacles to OC groups.

According to the INP, 43% of intercepted heroin in 2008 was smuggled from Lebanon, 37% from Jordan, and 12% from Egypt.

 Israeli OC Operating Freely in United States

22. (SBU) Given the volume of travel and trade between the United States and Israel, it is not surprising that Israeli OC has also gained a foothold in America.

Over the last decade, media reports have detailed a number of high-profile cases involving Israeli OC, ranging from large-scale drug deals to murder.

The ongoing Central District of California grand jury investigation against the Abergil family, where a RICO conspiracy case was initiated in December 2007, best demonstrates the full extent of such criminal activity.

Investigators have linked Yitzhak Abergil and his entire network to crimes of “embezzlement, extortion, kidnapping, and money laundering.”

Yitzhak Abergil is currently under arrest in Israel and facing extradition for related charges linking him to the murder of Israeli drug dealer Samy Attias on U.S. soil.

23. (SBU) As part of an ongoing effort to track Israeli OC through media reports and police sources, Post so far has identified 16 families and 78 related individuals who are at the center of Israeli organized criminal activity.

The consular section has revoked several visas for those who have been convicted of crimes in Israel, but many OC figures have no prior criminal convictions and carry no visa ineligibilities.

As a result, many hold valid nonimmigrant visas to the United States and have traveled freely or attempted to travel for a variety of purposes.

24. (SBU) In March 2009, Post received information from law enforcement authorities that convicted criminal and member of the Abergil organization, Mordechai Yair Hasin, along with his pregnant wife and child, was intending to flee Israel for Los Angeles on valid tourist visas.

Hasin’s visa was revoked based on his conviction, as were his family’s visas after they were determined to be intending immigrants.

25. (SBU) As in the Hasin case, Post is using every available tool to limit OC travel to the United States, but such efforts are not always successful.

In June 2008, Post issued Adam Abitbul a valid tourist visa. Abitbul had no prior criminal convictions, and carried no visa ineligibilities.

Several months later, Post received information from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that he had traveled to the United States to carry out a hit. 

Abitbul returned to Israel prematurely for his father’s funeral, at which time Post revoked his visa.

(Post can only revoke the visas of Israeli citizens while in country.)

In a similar case, in October 2008 Post issued Moshe Bar Muha a tourist visa; he claimed to be traveling for medical treatment.

Post subsequently received information from the LAPD that Bar Muha is in fact the brother of Itzik Bar Muha of the Jerusalem Gang (see above) and a convicted criminal.

26. (SBU) As recently as March 2009, Zvika Ben Shabat, Yaacov Avitan, and Tzuri Rokah requested visas to attend a “security-related convention” in Las Vegas.

According to local media reports, all three had involvement with OC. Post asked the applicants to provide police reports for any criminal records in Israel, but without such evidence there is no immediate ineligibility for links to OC.

Luckily, all three have so far failed to return for continued adjudication of their applications.

Nevertheless, it is fair to assume that many known OC figures hold valid tourist visas to the United States and travel freely.

 Comment: Israeli OC Slipping Through the Consular Cracks

27. (SBU) Given the growing reach and lethal methods of Israeli OC, blocking the travel of known OC figures to the United States is a matter of great concern to Post.

Through collaboration with Israeli and U.S. law enforcement authorities, Post has developed an extensive database and placed lookouts for OC figures and their foot soldiers.

Nevertheless, the above visa cases demonstrate the challenges that have arisen since the termination of the Visas Shark in September 2008.

Unlike OC groups from the former Soviet Union, Italy, China, and Central America, application of INA 212(a)(3)(A)(ii) against Israeli OC is not specifically authorized per Foreign Affairs Manual 40.31 N5.3.

As such, Israelis who are known to work for or belong to OC families are not automatically ineligible for travel to the United States.

CUNNINGHAM [Ambassador]

Zionist Regime New Air Force Head Talks Scared and Tough on Iran: He Has Little Reason to be Either

Who would believe that nobody likes an occupation? Does it look like “Israel” even fits into the natural equation of the region?
Israel and BuzzFeed: When Government PR Goes Viral - The Atlantic

JERUSALEM – As 2021 came to a close, Israel had raised the so-called “Iran Threat” issue to a whole new level.

Upon his promotion in December to Commander of the Israeli Air Force, General Tomer Bar was asked by the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot (Ynet), “Are you able to attack Iran tomorrow?”

His answer was “Yes!” He was then asked, “Will you be able to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities?”

His reply: “There is no scenario where we act over there, and I don’t return and say ‘mission accomplished.’”

In the summer of 2020, The Times of Israel reported that Israel had what it called a “Strategy and Third-Circle Directorate,” which focuses principally on “Israel’s fight against Iran.”

The wording, “Israel’s fight against Iran,” is particularly apt: though more often than not it is described as “Iran’s fight against Israel,” it is, in fact, Israel that is a threat to Iran and not the other way around.

Returning to the interview with the Israeli Air-Force commander, it is as though Israel cannot wait for the opportunity to attack, and indeed, the Ynet reporter who interviewed General Bar was eager.

“Bar,” the story continues, “who will be tasked with carrying out a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities should one be ordered, understands that he may be required to carry out one of the most complex operations in the country’s history.”

Interesting choice of words, considering this possible mission is described as a complex, even daring mission rather than pure madness.

Tomer Bar

General Tomer Bar, commander of the Israeli Air-Force on the front page of the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot

Not leaving out any details, the interview with Bar continued, “I must assume that it might happen during my tenure, and I understand the magnitude of such an order…

Preparations have been underway for a while, including procurement of the F-35 jets and missile defense systems.”

If such an order is given, “there is no way that I will fly 1,000 kilometers and come home without succeeding in my mission.”

According to the Jerusalem Post, however, this might not be as simple as General Bar thinks.

The U.S. has so far rejected an Israeli request to fast-track the delivery of two tanker aircraft, which are needed to allow the Israeli fighter jets to refuel on their way to Iran.

If plans for a possible military option against Iran’s nuclear plan move forward, Israel will need these tankers.

When asked about the U.S. refusal to expedite the sale of refueling aircraft despite Israel’s request, Bar said the matter has not been finalized and that he “remains hopeful the necessary aircraft would be supplied early.” One would think they were planning a party.

Iran under threat

Iran has been facing continuous threats of attack from Israel and the United States for far too long.

With a population of close to 85 million and a record of not having invaded or initiated a war against another country, one is puzzled at the persistent anti-Iranian rhetoric in the United States and Israel.

Furthermore, even if we consider Iran’s unrelenting support for the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice and the Iranian refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the Zionist occupation of Palestine, the Israeli threats seem unjustified.

Iran’s positions, while obviously unwelcome to the Israeli government, have remained essentially unchanged and stable for decades and there is no threatening drumbeat coming from Tehran.

Since Iran has had to live under these ongoing threats of attack and has been the victim of crippling U.S. sanctions, it is no surprise that it has invested in building what seem to be impressive military capabilities. According to a report by the Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA:

Iran has adapted its military capabilities and doctrine to account for developments by the United States and its allies. Although still technologically inferior to most of its competitors, the Iranian military has progressed substantially over the past few decades.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard

Iraniran troops march during a military parade marking the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war. Photo | AP

Furthermore, the report states:

Iran continues to rely on its unconventional warfare elements and asymmetric capabilities – intended to exploit the perceived weaknesses of a superior adversary – to provide deterrence and project power.

This combination of lethal conventional capabilities and proxy forces poses a persistent threat.

The problem with this analysis is the idea that Iran is the one that poses a threat.

On the contrary, Iran is the one under threat.

Furthermore, at least one of the “proxy forces” the report refers to is Hezbollah, an organization created to respond to the brutal Israeli assaults against Lebanon and the consequent 20-year occupation of southern Lebanon.

Finally, the report points out that Iran has a “substantial arsenal of ballistic missiles” and that this arsenal is “designed to overwhelm U.S. forces and our partners in the region.”

This is the most effective deterrent Iran has against an impending Israeli attack.

Iran versus Israel

Iran has over 80 million people with an official defense budget in 2019 of approximately $20.7 billion, or roughly 3.8% of GDP.

Israel has a combined population of around 12 million, though fewer than half are actual citizens with rights, and has a defense budget of just under $19 billion.

The debate over a possible war between Israel and Iran is a favorite among pundits.

As a result, one can find a great deal of information comparing the sizes and capabilities of the two militaries.

piece in Business Insider from August 2021 titled, “A shadowy fight between Israel and Iran is at risk of becoming a bigger war.

Here’s how their militaries stack up,” is one of many such articles.

It concludes that an allout war between the two countries is unlikely but we are likely to see more of the “shadowy” assaults like the attack on a vessel in the Arabian Sea, which was owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer.

In 2018 Newsweek published a piece called, “How Does Israel’s Military Compare to Iran?”

The article claims that, while “Israeli military might is underscored by its top notch military-industrial complex, Iran’s military is aging and sub-par.”

Still, Newsweek admits, “[b]oth nations have considerable military clout, and any prolonged confrontation between them would be bloody.”

One would do well to remember that, with all the admiration for Israeli military capabilities and technological superiority, Israel has never fought a war against a disciplined, well-trained, well-equipped, highly motivated military force.

Protesters wave Palestinians flags in front of Israeli solders on Gaza's border with Israel, east of Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. A leading Israel human rights group urged Israeli forces in a rare step Wednesday to disobey open-fire orders unless Gaza protesters pose an imminent threat to soldiers' lives. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Despite the IDF’s superior military might, most of Israel’s battlefield experience comes from facing off with unarmed protesters. Photo | AP

Israel did attack its neighboring countries and destroy their militaries several times, but then it retreated to the safety of its borders.

Iran is not such a proximate neighbor and, should Israel need to deploy forces, something it never had to do in the past; it would be a logistical nightmare.

Even assuming Israel would rely only on its air force, Iran is a large country, and it is a long flight to Iran and back.

Logistically, this would demand an enormous effort by Israel while the Iranians would have to do nothing but wait and then use their air defenses and long-range missiles.

Furthermore, should a war take place on Iranian soil, there is no military force large, effective or motivated enough to defeat Iran.

Israel’s last face-to-face encounter with a well-disciplined and motivated fighting force was in 2006 in Lebanon.

Israeli ground forces encountered Hezbollah fighters, and things did not go well for the Israelis, who were forced to retreat in humiliation.

Israeli officers who participated in that assault against Lebanon said there were serious logistical and intelligence flaws, and this was just a few short kilometers from their home base.

Imagine what would happen if they were thousands of miles from home.

As the new year begins, we should be thankful that the United States, having suffered two colossal military defeats in the last two decades — one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan — has no stomach or resources to attack a formidable country like Iran.

Apart from that, it would be fair to say that two things prevent an all-out war between Israel and Iran.

The first is that Israel knows that attacking Iran will end in a total Israeli defeat. The second is Iran’s exercise of discipline in the face of ongoing threats by both the U.S. and Israel.

2021 Was Deadliest Year for Palestinians Since 2014: Israeli Human Rights Group

A Jerusalem-based human rights group on Tuesday released new statistics revealing that Israeli security forces and armed settlers‘ violence against Palestinians in the illegally occupied territories escalated in 2021 to the highest levels in seven years.

Last year was the deadliest year for Palestinians living under occupation since 2014, when Israel launched Operation Protective Edge and killed thousands in the Gaza Strip, according to B’Tselem – the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.

The latest figures from B’Tselem follow Operation Guardian of the Walls in May 2021.

More than two-thirds of all Palestinian casualties last year were from that assault of Gaza.

As B’Tselem details:

In 2021, Israeli security forces killed 313 Palestinians, including 71 minors: 236 in the Gaza Strip, 232 of them during Operation Guardian of the Walls; and 77 in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem).

Three other Palestinians were killed either by armed settlers or by soldiers who were escorting them; another Palestinian minor was shot by an Israeli civilian and later by Border Police officers; and two Palestinians were killed by armed settlers.

Nine Israeli civilians, including two minors, were killed by Palestinians, six of them by rocket fire from the Gaza Strip during Operation Guardian of the Walls.

Three foreign nationals were also killed by rockets. Two members of the Israeli security forces were killed by Palestinians.


The group notes that it was unable to determine whether Israeli attacks or rockets fired from Gaza during the May operation killed eight Palestinians, six of them minors.

At least 25 Palestinians were killed by rockets fired at Israel that landed in Gaza and two others were killed by Palestinian Authority security forces while being arrested in the West Bank.

Blasting “Israel’s lethal, wanton, unlawful open-fire policy,” B’Tselem says that while the policy has been defended by Israeli government ministers, legal advisers, and military commanders, the facts show deadly shootings “are a routine affair, and no one is held accountable.”

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) recently updated its official policy. The Times of Israel reported last month that it used to “allow soldiers to open fire only while trying to arrest a suspect if that person were still in the act of throwing rocks or Molotov cocktails at cars, but not after the fact.”

The newspaper explained that “under the new policy, if soldiers see a Palestinian person throwing a rock or firebomb at cars, they are permitted to go through the arrest protocol in its entirety, including the use of deadly force if necessary, even if, by that stage in the process, the suspects no longer have firebombs or rocks in their hands.”

B’Tselem points out that “eight of the fatalities in 2021 were killed at or near protests against the establishment of the Eviatar outpost on land belonging to the villages of Beita, Qablan, and Yatma—demonstrating the means Israel’s apartheid regime takes over Palestinian land for the purpose of establishing Jewish settlements.”

The group also highlights how many Palestinians were displaced because Israeli authorities demolished their homes, estimating that 895 people, including 463 minors, were left homeless due to the destruction of 295 residences.

“Another 548 nonresidential structures were demolished on Israeli authorities’ orders, including cisterns, warehouses, agricultural structures, businesses, and public structures,” the group says.

“These demolitions are not a matter of ‘law enforcement,’ as Israel claims, and Palestinians who build without permits are not ‘criminals,'” adds B’Tselem.

“The Israeli apartheid regime blocks almost all Palestinian development in vast parts of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem—while building massively for Jews.

This policy leaves Palestinians no choice but to build without permits, so as to have a roof over their heads.”

 

The new statistics come amid an International Criminal Court probe into allegations of war crimes against Israeli forces and Palestinian groups since June 2014. The U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said last year that the Israeli military’s bombing of certain structures in Gaza during Operation Guardian of the Walls could amount to war crimes.

HRW’s Gerry Simpson declared that “Israeli authorities’ consistent unwillingness to seriously investigate alleged war crimes, as well as Palestinian forces’ rocket attacks toward Israeli population centers, underscores the importance of the International Criminal Court’s inquiry.”

A Brief History of Killing Children

The latest Israeli Atrocities, Murders and War Crimes are nothing new. Israel has been ...

Soldiers and pilots have killed 2,171 children and teenagers, and not one of these cases shocked anyone here, or sparked a real investigation or led to a trial.

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FIRST WE WERE ASHAMED, then we were shocked, and we even investigated.

Then we denied it and lied. After that we ignored and repressed it, yawned and lost interest.

Now is the worst phase of all: We’ve started to extol the killers of children. That’s how far we’ve gone.

The first child I remember wasn’t even a day old.

His mother, Faiza Abu Dahuk, gave birth to him at a checkpoint.

She was turned away by the soldiers from there and from two more checkpoints, until she had to carry him, all through a cold and rainy night.

When she arrived at the hospital, he was already dead.

The matter came up at a cabinet meeting.

An officer was dismissed and a mini storm ensued.

This was in April 1996, during the year of hope and illusions.

Four years later, when the second intifada broke out, soldiers killed Mohammed al-Dura in front of the cameras and Israel had already transitioned to the phase of denials and lies: Dura didn’t die.

Israeli soldiers didn’t kill him; maybe he shot himself, maybe he’s alive to this day.

Remnants of shame and guilt still clung somehow.

After that came 20 years of indifference and complacence.

Soldiers and pilots have killed 2,171 children and teenagers, and not one of these cases shocked anyone here, or sparked a real investigation or led to a trial.

More than 2,000 children in 20 years—100 children, three classrooms a year.

And all of them, down to the last, were found guilty of their own death.

Any Israeli would be happy to explain that they were terrorists and the soldiers, or the police had no choice but to execute them.

In the alternative between the lives of the children and the sacred lives of the soldiers, of course we prefer the soldiers, although there’s almost always a third possibility: for no one to be killed.

Last week the next phase was declared. Israel praises the killers of children; they are the new heroes.

This never happened before.

They were Palestinians, terrorists, but still they were children.

From now on, take the life of a Palestinian child and be a hero on the front page of the newspaper or the top item on the TV news, including your daring picture, pixilated.

“The hero from the Old City”—a Border Police officer “took out a terrorist and prevented a major disaster,” according to Yedioth Ahronoth.

No mention in the headline of the age of the dangerous terrorist, of course, but no matter.

“Remember me well,” wrote 16-year-old Omar Abu Sab before he went out with a knife to stab a Border Police officer.

A video clip released by the police shows him approaching two officers from behind and attacking them.

He was smaller and thinner than them, they could have stopped him, they didn’t have to shoot him, and they certainly didn’t have to kill him, like they needlessly killed children with knives before him and after him.

But to turn the shooting of a 16-year-old with a knife into a big story is the crossing of a moral red line.

It will encourage the needless killing of more children, if any such encouragement was needed.

The light trigger finger will become even lighter. If before this there was fear of a sham investigation, now a medal of valor is already in the works.

How words kill. When the killers of children and teenagers, even when they’re armed with a knife, are extolled by the media and the commanders, this encourages the next criminal killing.

There is no child with a knife that the well-armored Border Police can’t arrest without killing. But the police are too cowardly.

That’s how they killed Eyad al-Hallaq, an autistic teenager.

Real heroes would have arrested him, not shot him to death.

But why bother if you can kill and become a hero?

Most of the children that the army and the Border Police kill should not have been killed.

Now it’s worth it to kill them, the media will crown you “the hero of the Old City.”

These are your heroes, O Israel, the killers of children and teenagers.