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Passing the Hat for the Syrian Rebels


Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem Sr

The Syrian Support Group, a US-based and pro Free Syrian Army support organization, can now legally provide financial aid to rebel fighters.

The Syrian Support Group is a registered non-profit which the US Treasury has licensed to raise money for the Free Syrian Army while also authorizing a waiver to send money to Syria, which is otherwise prohibited because of sanctions.

by Philip Giraldi

Michel Martin, Host of NPR

A bizarre interview took place last week on NPR. Michael Martin spoke with Brian Sayers of the Syrian Support Group.Sayers is the group’s director of government relations and is reported to be a former NATO political advisor who was hired to lobby on behalf of the Syrian insurgency this year.

The Syrian Support Group’s website claims that it “seeks to facilitate, through all legal means, the protection of Syrian civilians during their historic struggle for freedom.”
The Syrian Support Group is a registered non-profit which the US Treasury has licensed to raise money for the Free Syrian Army while also authorizing a waiver to send money to Syria, which is otherwise prohibited because of sanctions.

Per Sayers the Free Syrian Army is “basically a group of freedom fighters” and he claims that his group can “provide financing, logistics, communications as well as services…but we can’t actually purchase weapons. We can’t actually send any hardware over.”

Brian Sayers Current Director of Government Relations at Syrian Support Group (SSG) Past: Political Advisor/Officer at NATO Political Advisor to NATO Commander Kosovo at NATO Defense Operations Division at U.S. Department of State

When challenged by the interviewer, Sayers admitted that providing money enables the insurgents to use other money to buy weapons, describing the purchases as the “ultimate intention.”

He notes that “I think it certainly is part of it.

It depends where you are in Syria, I mean, in Aleppo right now they definitely need sophisticated weapons to take out the tanks, to take out the fighter jets.”

When pressed again on the extremists who apparently have infiltrated the insurgency, Sayers explained that the FSA (Free Syrian Army) is led by nine military councils that “have all signed up to a proclamation for a multi-ethnic country to fight for democracy, for the rule of law, human rights, to fight under the Geneva Conventions. These are very serious commitments.”

“How do you know?” asked the interviewer, referring to the actual level of commitment to those ideals. Sayers replied that the nine military councils have “pretty good command and control.”

Sayers went on to advocate Americans contributing to his group because “that would be a real game changer.” And then there is a big plus for Washington – his organization could use its connections to fill in the “intelligence gap” on what is going on inside Syria.

Don’t know where to begin on this one. A private group being given 501(c)3 tax deductible status to raise money for an armed rebel group seeking to overthrow the government in a country with which the United States is not at war would appear to be outsourcing to the private sector the sort of thing that the CIA used to do.

And the money is supposed to be raised for non-lethal support but the group concedes that as money is fungible it will wind up purchasing weapons anyway.  And the rebels, who are called freedom fighters even though they appear to have regular links with groups connected to al-Qaeda, are promising free elections, rights for minorities, and adherence to the Geneva Conventions.

Militants at a checkpoint in the village of Anadan, about five kilometres northwest of Aleppo, with the al-Qaeda black and white flag, on 30 July 2012. (Photo: AFP – Iskandar Kat)

For some reason the expression “useful idiots” comes to mind as well as the inevitable comparisons to Ahmed Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress, which was supported by the US and turned out real well in the end, fabricating intelligence to bring about an unnecessary war with Iraq and later passing American intelligence information on to Iran.


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US Eyes Iran Proxy War through IsraHell


Editor’s note: Note that Dr. Salami has Israel as Washington’s puppet here. The agents of the Zionist regime who are scattered in every branch of the US government must then be aware of this. The problem with this view is that recent history clearly shows it is the US that is manipulated by the Zionist regime rather than the other way around. They surely would like American blood to be spilled instead of their own — CHOSEN ONES. Nevertheless, he makes some good points.

By Dr. Ismail Salami


On 1 August Panetta visited Israel, where his pleas for more time to let diplomacy run its course received a less than warm welcome from Netanyahu and Barak. He told reporters: “I’ve said this before, I’ll say it now – I don’t believe they made a decision as to whether or not they will – they will go in and attack Iran at this time.” Speculation in the Israeli press about a possible strike has since multiplied — Herald Tribune

The Israeli narrative of launching an attack on Iran’s nuclear plants has been so overpoweringly hyped up and taken for granted by Israeli media that one achieves certitude that such an attack will happen and that Iran will sit idly in the manner of a befuddled, thunderstruck and petrified nation.

Strangely, western and Israeli media aggrandize the military prowess of Israel to the skies and underestimate that of Iran. Playing on a paradoxical plane, the US-led psyops against Iran are geared towards inflating the Iranian nuclear threat and manufacturing a nuclear illusion over Iran while the same authors of anti-Iran plots relegate the country’s military might to such a pitiful minimum that Iran will eventually have no choice but to buckle under the military might of the Zionist regime.

The fact is that Israel has a long history of showing teeth to and spewing out threats against Iran and that it has never mustered up enough courage to launch such an attack as it knows the consequences of such grave foolhardiness. Despite the claims of some western analysts such as Richard Silverstein who have even elaborated on an Iranian war plan by Israel, a glance at the history of threats against and lies about Iran sheds light on the banality of these claims and reveals who really steers this malicious bark of threats against the Islamic Republic.

With the advent of the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, the US government realized that they had lost a long-time ally in the Middle East, namely the US-installed puppet Shah and that their regional sway would dwindle significantly. On the strength of this new realization, Washington envisioned other ways to maintain its regional influence on the one hand, and keep a vigil eye on the new developments and their effects on the region on the other.

Iran was now emerging as a new power which was predicted to exercise a great amount of political influence in the region and inject new blood in the veins of the Middle East. In order to stymie the materialization of such an idea, then US President Jimmy Carter afforded Israel in 1979 the ability to see spy satellite photos, thereby implicitly giving the regime green light to use them for future pre-emptive strikes against the Middle East and Russia. Now emboldened by this gesture of amicability, Israel, which has refused to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) for years despite its colossal nuclear arsenal, felt free to explode its nuclear bomb for the first time in South Indian Ocean. No wonder, the US officials have never accepted to agree that it was a nuclear explosion.

Since then, Israel has directed its baneful sword of vengeance against the Islamic Republic under the encouragement of Washington and availed itself of any chance to deal a blow to Iran and its friends to boot. In order to further corner Iran, Washington decided to engage the Iranian nation in a lethal war for which they thought Iranians were not ready in view of the young Iranian revolution. To this end, they encouraged and funded despotic Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein to mount an invasion of the country and catch it unawares.

In 2002, New York Times published a horrific report indicating that a covert program during the Reagan administration “provided Iraq with critical battle planning assistance at a time when American intelligence agencies knew that Iraqi commanders would employ chemical weapons in waging the decisive battles of the Iran-Iraq war.”

Paradoxically, the covert program was conducted when President Reagan’s top aides, including Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci and Gen. Colin L. Powell, then the national security adviser, were voicing their open condemnation of Iraq for using chemical weapons, especially after Iraq attacked Kurds in Halabja in March 1988.

Is there no limit to US hypocrisy?

Iraq was a Muslim country and Iran for its part had certain reservations in bombing Iraqi cities lest they would lead to human losses although the former bombed, re-bombed and re-bombed the Iranian cities and inflicted damage after damage.

To sum up, Washington encouraged and financed the Iraqi dictator and fought its war of cowardice through the Iraqi regime.

The war came to an end in 1988 with inconceivable human losses on both sides. Iran embarked on a costly reconstruction of its infrastructures severely damaged by Iraqi missiles and bombs thanks to the financial support of the US government.

But there was no end to Washington’s malicious policy of devastation.

Now that Washington was bitterly frustrated in its subversive gambit against Iran, it sought another adversary to replace Iraqi Saddam. Israel was thought to be a perfect substitute and a formidable foe for this mission as it was a Jewish population repeatedly condemned by Iranian leaders as an occupying regime. For its part, the Zionist regime harbored some covert and overt aversion for the Islamic Iran.

Under the pretext that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapons program and that it might jeopardize or even exterminate the Zionist regime, Washington handed Israel some feeble excuse to initiate a series of threats against the Islamic Republic. All this chicanery has been done with the sole purpose of destroying the Iranian nation.

According to a report by Reuters, the US, European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran’s nuclear program:

1. Tehran does not have a bomb; 2. It has not decided to build one, and 3. It is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead.

To that effect, a highly classified 2011 US intelligence assessment also largely affirms that Iran is not seeking a nuclear weapons program, a view, originally made in 2007. Known as national intelligence estimates (NIE), the reports conclude that “Tehran halted efforts to develop and build a nuclear warhead in 2003.”

Yet, despite the testimony of their own intelligence agencies, Washington keeps a mulishly adamant stance on Iran, disseminates falsity on its nuclear energy program and goads Israel into attacking Iran. Israel is, however, paralyzed by fear to start a war of no return against Iran and instead proceeds with its ‘bomb’ rhetoric.

In the final analysis, the US is intent on fighting a proxy war against Iran through Israel as it did in the past through Iraq. In fact, this Washington does only to gratify its own morbid temptation in attacking Iran.

Source: Press TV

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Anti-Iranian Hysteria


Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem Sr

by Stephen Lendman

Western media, hard right commentators, and pro-Israeli groups feature regular anti-Iranian denigration, slander, misinformation and lies.

Respecting its sovereignty is verboten. Regime change is prioritized. All means are OK, including war, mass killing and destruction. Warmongers relish it. Rhetoric tries justifying it.

Responsibility to protect (R2P) and humanitarian intervention are code terms. They’re cover for imperial ravaging. When is war not war? It’s when killing, terrorizing, and traumatizing victims is legitimized. It’s when lies substitute for truth. It’s when threats don’t exist so they’re created. It’s when fake objectives conceal real ones.

America and Israel are warrior states. They’d rather fight than switch policies to peaceful ones. They’d rather eliminate rivals than cooperate diplomatically, politically and economically.

Iran’s alleged nuclear threat is red herring cover for regime change by war if other methods fail.

No matter that US intelligence and IAEA inspectors found no evidence of bomb-making development, production, or violations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) provisions.

Occasional mainstream reports provide kernels of truth. Months earlier, Haaretz headlined “Mossad, CIA agree Iran has yet to decide to build nuclear weapon,” saying:

Intelligence agencies have best information. They contradict warrior politicians itching for another fight. At times, they report accurately what warmongers don’t want to hear.

Too bad it’s not all the time. Media scoundrels don’t hold them accountable when they and political hawks choose war as their policy of choice.

Anti-Iranian threats are featured. On August 14, the London Guardian headlined “Israeli speculation over Iran strike reaches fever pitch,” saying:

Talk may or may not signal policy. Nonetheless, “a blizzard of speculative articles (suggest) a military strike against Iran’s nuclear sites is imminent.”

Weeks, not months, are mentioned. A Ma’ariv article mentioned a September 25 deadline. It’s when UN member states meet in New York for the General Assembly’s 67th session. It’s also Yom Kippur eve.

Yedioth Ahronoth Hebrew language broadsheet is Israel’s most popular daily. Writers Nahum Barnea and Simon Shiffer are respected commentators. They said:

“Insofar as it depends on Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, an Israeli military strike on the nuclear facilities in Iran will take place in these coming autumn months, before the US elections in November.”

At the same time, “(t)here is not a single senior official in the establishment – neither among the (IDF) top brass nor in the security branches, or even the president – who supports an Israeli strike at the moment.”

Nonetheless, “Netanyahu assessed that this was empty talk. That Obama will not take action. Barak was less confrontational, but his conclusion was similar. He said that Israel could not entrust its security in the hands of a foreign state….The US can live with a nuclear Iran. Israel cannot.”

Former Mossad head Ehraim Halevy said if he “was an Iranian, (he’d) be very fearful of the next 12 weeks.” Former Israeli military intelligence chief Aharon Zeevi Farkash said “(i)t seems to me that (an Israeli attack) could come in the near future, that is, weeks or a couple of months.”

Others accuse Netanyahu and Barak of playing a dangerous game. One hopeful sign is that war plans are publicly debated.

In “The Art of War,” Chinese general/strategist/philosopher Sun Tzu said “All warfare is based on deception.” Enemies aren’t alerted in advance.

“Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable. When using our forces, we must seem inactive. When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away. When far away, we must make him believe we are near.”

He also said “(l)et your plans be dark and as impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

Perhaps Israeli bombast is more bark than bite. If not, deception won’t be part of its strategy. Publicly, positions of both sides have been featured ad nauseam.

Earlier Israeli wars weren’t pre-announced. Plans were secret until initiated. Discussions were held privately. Current openness won’t affect whether or not attacking Iran follows.

Hopefully, it reflects lack of resolve rather than intent to commit to what neither side can win. Tiny Israel will be battered. Destroying or severely damaging its nuclear sites will irradiate the entire country and large parts of neighboring ones.

Striking Iran’s nuclear facilities puts millions of Iranians at risk. Contamination assures current and future generational suffering. War casualties on both sides will pale compared to far greater numbers annually.

Responsible leaders don’t take those risks. Sociopaths go where angels fear to tread. Consequences come later. They’re left for future officials to address. Radiation is unforgiving. So is other contamination too toxic to remediate.

On August 20, Haaretz headlined “Mofaz demands clarifications from Netanyahu over his ‘intention to lead Israel to war with Iran,’ ” saying:

Kadima party head Shaul Mofaz demanded an urgent meeting. “I ask that this meeting be convened without delay,” he said. He raised concerns about preparedness, US/Israeli relations, the IDF’s reserve strength, essential raw materials, other supplies, civil aviation, sea ports, evacuation of strategic facilities, and management of Israel’s strategic inventories.

He accused Netanyahu, Barak, and likeminded ministers of “crossing red lines and neglecting the public discourse on the most intimate security-related issues.” He added that this conduct “has become customary for you and your government.”

He stressed that attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities would achieve limited results at best. At the same time, it assures great “loss of life, grave damage to the home front, and deep erosion of Israel’s political situation. Such action is immoral and operationally illogical under the circumstances.”

Mofaz has extensive military experience. He served both as Deputy Chief of General Staff and chief. He also was Ariel Sharon’s defense minister. His concerns can’t be dismissed out of hand.

He accused Netanyahu of losing his senses and control. He added that hysteria he projects reflects “a grave picture illustrated by your true intentions at this time.”

Mofaz is both military strategist and politician. He alone knows where one ends and the other begins. Opposition parties criticize for political advantage. Perhaps his comments reflect future electoral considerations, not real feelings or what he’d do as prime minister.

Professor Francis Boyle is a recognized international law expert. He calls waging war on Iran a criminal act. Doing so is naked aggression. “The death toll from World War III will be incalculable,” he said. “Humanity must now allow our history to repeat itself! Otherwise, that could be the end to our Humanity.”

When Obama says “all options are on the table,” he threatening possible nuclear war. Doing so is unconscionable madness. It’s also perhaps the highest form of criminality.

Nuclear weapons and “nuclear deterrence (have) never been legitimate instruments of state policy but have always constituted instrumentalities of internationally lawless and criminal behavior,” Boyle explains.

“If mass extermination of human beings is a crime,” so is threatening to do so. Article 2 of the UN Charter “prohibits both the threat and the use of force except” in self-defense. US wars don’t qualify. Nor will attacking Syria and/or Iran.

America and Israel both are guilty of “ongoing international criminal activity.” At issue is “planning, preparation, solicitation, and conspiracy to commit Nuremberg crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide” on a regional or world scale.

In emails to this writer, Boyle added more, saying:

“If there is war against Iran, it will be because the United States has decided to sacrifice the Israelis in order to accomplish its own imperial objectives in the Middle East.”

He’s saying after both countries batter each other, America will grab easy pickings without waging war for them.

At the same time, he stresses, war assures catastrophic consequences. “(T)ens of thousands of completely innocent civilian Iranians, Israelis, Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, and Gulf Arabs,” among others, will be affected horrifically “just for starters.”

What madness, ambitions, or other reasons drives leaders to take these risks? Why would ordinary people with everything to lose and nothing to gain support them?

What can reasoned ones do to stop them? React, stay informed, tell others, and agitate like hell to stop them.

A Final Comment

Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries have potential clout. Key is strengthening ties and using it. From August 26 – 31, member states hold their 16th summit. Tehran is host city.

Rotating chairs head NAM. Summits are occasions when host country heads of state become secretary-general. Prestige comes with it.

Iranian leaders want NAM economic independence stressed. They’ll try to revitalize the alliance and seek support for its peaceful nuclear program. They also urge resistance against Washington’s imperial agenda.

An impressive summit looms. After toing and froing for days, reports says UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon will attend. Israeli, Western and scoundrel media pressure tried dissuading him. Apparently it failed.

On August 18, the Tehran Times said about 100 countries committed to attend. Forty-one plan high-level participation.

They’ll send 35 heads of state, five first vice presidents or vice presidents, and one parliament speaker. Twenty-one nations will send foreign ministers. Presidential envoys will represent five countries. Two others will have ministerial leaders other than their foreign minister.

In addition, deputy ministers, directors general, and UN ambassadors are coming. Some countries have yet to confirm names so more top officials may join others already committed.

At issue is potential for strengthening cooperative, mutually beneficial, ties. Key also is enhancing Iran’s status. Doing so marginalizes America’s strategy to co-opt and dominate.

Perhaps Japan one day will grow up and decide it benefits the same way. Its future depends more on Asia than Washington. That coming of age may inspire other nations to do the same thing.

What better way to beat the empire, prosper, and live in peace.

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9/11 and Zion: What Was IsraHell’s Role?


Nick Kollerstrom (with Jim Fetzer)


A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. – Marcus Cicero, to the Roman Senate, 42 BC

Benjamin Netanyahu

One may feel shocked by this title. Zionists have such a grip upon “The Guilt Industry”, virtually a monopoly, politically speaking. Was 9/11 an inside job? America was in some degree seeded with the perpetration of this event, from outside, and various echelons of its security services and military then responded by co-operating and then weaving a Muslims-did-it story. That is the hypothesis we will here examine. So when Netanyahu said the very next day, ‘This is very good for Israel”,  he wasn’t just blurting out something indiscreet, he was publicly congratulating the various agents who had worked so hard. The smooth integrity which the official story soon acquires, is an expression of the nation’s will-to-survive: an event has taken place and been covered up, where the Truth cannot come out without effectively disintegrating the nation, in its present form. Aye, there’s the rub. That is the sense of fun which the Chief Operators derive, as they see all the media, who may not particularly like them, compelled to endorse and weave out of their own accord, the fabricated tale.  Here are the “Seven Pillars” of the argument.

I. Silverstein and the WTC

The private property developer, billionaire Larry Silverstein, acquired the WTC complex off the New York Port Authority (founded and owned by the Rockefeller family), two months before 9/11 – the first time in its 33-year history the complex had ever changed ownership. Silverstein was formerly a chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, the largest Zionist organization dedicated to raising money and support for Israel. Lewis Eisenberg, former chairman of The New York Port Authority and the man who personally supervised the negotiations that delivered the 99-year lease to Silverstein, is also a former leader of the United Jewish Appeal. His first order of business as the new owner was to change the company responsible for the security of the complex: the new security company he hired was Securacom (now Stratasec). George W. Bush’s brother, Marvin Bush, was on its board of directors, and Marvin’s cousin, Wirt Walker III, was its CEO. According to public records, not only did Securacom provide electronic security for the World Trade Center, it also covered Dulles International Airport and United Airlines — two key locations in the 9/11 attacks.

Silverstein personally ordered WTC-7 to be demolished (“pulled”) around noon of 9/11 and has never been cross-examined by any enquiry over this. His firm had built that very building in the mid-1980s! In 1980, Silverstein Associates won a bid to lease and develop that portion of the WTC, and to build the 47-story “Building 7″.


Despite being a mere leaseholder of the buildings, he was the sole beneficiary of the insurance payouts. He increased the insurance policies, when he signed the lease two months before the catastrophe happened. The insurance was for 3.6 billion dollars, but he found an obscure clause in the insurance policy which enabled him to claim twice, one for each “attack!” “Larry Silverstein, since July landlord of the towers, demands from the insurers $7,2 billion compensation, his speaker, Steve Solomon, said. .. with help from New York’s Jewish mayor, Michael Bloomberg he found investments to rebuild the WTC. A good chunk of the seven billion insurance went to Israel, so God once more helped out His chosen people, financially” [1]. Ground Zero is being rebuilt by Daniel Liebeskind, the Jewish architect of Berlin’s “Jewish Museum”. The person said to be Silverstein’s closest friend — one with whom he speaks almost daily by phone — is the former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. For financial reasons (chiefly involving asbestos problems) the WTC complex was no longer viable and needed to be demolished, but the costs of doing this legally were prohibitive.

In the early 1990s, a group of leading U.S. Jewish businessmen formed a company that was to become the Israel Export Development Company, as a way to make it easier for foreign investors to trade with Israel. It never quite worked out (for complex reasons), despite the best efforts of Benjamin Netanyahu, but following that struggle gives us the impression of Silverstein as possibly the most distinguished US financier assisting Israel. Thus, David Yerushalmi, who had led the IEDC effort since its inception, was asked to turn over the leadership of the company to Silverstein, an accomplished real estate developer and ardent fundraiser for the Jewish Federation of New York, itself a big contributor to Israel. Perhaps, had it worked out, events would not have let to the donation which he made to Israel, following the insurance claim from the WTC-7 collapse.

WTC-7 appeared as the only steel framed building in history for which fire was the sole cause of its collapse. Any building that was not owned by Silverstein Properties that day strangely remained upright, despite being a lot closer to the two towers that collapsed onto them. Let’s quote what Lucky Larry said on acquiring the leasehold: “This is a dream come true, we will be in control of a prized asset, and we will seek to develop its potential, raising it to new heights”.

II. Zakheim and his Missing Trillions

Ordained Rabbi, Zionist and citizen of Israel, Dov Zakheim served as Comptroller of the Pentagon, i.e. he was in charge of its finances, from May 2001 to March 2004. While Bush was still Governor of Texas, Zakheim became one of his closest advisers, counseling him on defense technology and strategic aspects of Middle Eastern affairs, and was Bush’s senior foreign policy advisor during the 2000 campaign. Dov had earlier held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Systems Planning Corporation (SPC), then he became the Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller (head money man) of the Pentagon in May 2001, appointed by Bush. He was sworn in as the Under-Secretary of Defense and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense on May 4, 2001. Since then over three trillion dollars has gone unaccounted-for.

Dov Zakheim’s SPC offers the appropriately named “‘Flight Termination System’ for remote control and flight termination of airborne test vehicles” [2]. It consists of a Command transmitter system plus custom control, interface and monitoring systems.’ The system can be configured to operate from a single local site, or with several remote sites. It does sound useful.


System Planning Corporation, of which he had been Corporate Vice-President, is a high-tech, research and manufacturing firm based in Arlington, Virginia, a major player in the “Homeland Security” industry and a leading designer of airborne remote control technology. It makes the Command Transmitter System, a remote control system for planes, boats, missiles and other vehicles, which can be configured to interface with all sorts of vehicle types. He is Chief Executive Officer of SPC International Corporation, a subsidiary of SPC that specializes in political, military, and economic consulting. A subsidiary of this firm, Tridata Corporation, oversaw the investigation of the first “terrorist” attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, which would have provided vital first-hand knowledge of the security systems and structural blueprints of the World Trade Center.

Zakheim has close ties to the Israeli government, holding dual Israeli-American citizenship [3]. As a member of the Council for Foreign Relations, and founding member of the Neo-con cult, he co-authored the Heritage Foundation’s infamous tract, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century” published by The American Enterprise’s “Project for a New American Century”, in which the Bush Administration’s entire design for renewed global conquest was laid down, exactly a year prior to 9/11. It called for “some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor” as necessary to foster the frame of mind needed for the American public to support a war in the Middle East. As a respected and established voice in the intelligence community, his views were eagerly accepted.

In 2004, an article entitled The Mastermind Behind 9/11? on the ‘Truthseeker’ website [4] expressed the view that:

Considering his access to Boeing 767 tankers, remote control flight systems, and his published views in the PNAC document, it seems very likely he is in fact a key figure in the alleged terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. Rabbi Zakheim had access to things like structural integrity, blueprints and any number of important facets of information about the WTC through his work with Tridata Corporation in the investigation of the bombing of the WTC in 1993. That he had access to remote control technology through his work at System Planning Corporation (SPC); that he had access to Boeing aircraft through a lease deal he brokered while working at the Pentagon; and finally, that he was part of a group of politically radical Straussian Neo-Conservatives, who, through their association with PNAC, called for restructuring of the Middle East.

In response, the Truthseeker was threatened with prosecution by Zakheim’s lawyers in 2005 and had to remove the article. However, the insightful articles, “Dov Zakheim and the 9/11 Conspiracy” and also “The Mastermind Behind 9/11” can still be viewed [5].

The planes that purportedly slammed into the Towers that morning were supposed to be Boeing 767s, and Zakheim had contracted and sent a number of these to Florida-MacDill Air Force Base before the event. The Flight Termination System produced by his SPC does somewhat resemble the object visible in photographs under the fuselage of flight 175, just prior to its impact into the South Tower [6]. This plane is suspected to have been a KC-767, the military tanker version of the Boeing 767. As the Truthseeker observed, the remote-control technology whereby those specially-prepared planes impacted the Towers, was probably made and managed by Zakheim’s company. In addition he has enabled substantial support for Israel over the years: thanks to him, Israel is awash in F-15′s, F-16′s, and the latest in offensive and defensive missile systems – sold to Israel at a fraction of their value. Zakheim had a central role in the perpetration of 9/11.

III. Israeli Intelligence-Espionage Companies

The airline security company responsible for the shocking security lapses at both the Boston and Newark airports on 9/11 is a wholly-owned subsidiary of an Israeli company (ICTS) headed by men with clear ties to Israel’s military intelligence agency, Mossad: Huntleigh, USA is a subsidiary of International Consultants on Targeted Security, headed by “former [Israeli] military commanding officers and veterans of government intelligence and security agencies. It sells security, ticketing, check-in and passenger screening services to Boston’s Logan airport and New Jersey’s Newark airport.

Menachem Atzmon, convicted in Israel in 1996 for campaign finance fraud, and his business partner Ezra Harel, took over management of security at the Boston and Newark airports when their company ICTS bought Huntleigh USA in 1999. UAL Flight 175 and AA 11, which allegedly struck the Twin Towers, both originated in Boston, while UAL 93, which purportedly crashed in Pennsylvania, departed from the Newark airport. Atzmon just happens to be a good friend of current Israeli Prime minister, Ehud Olmert. In fact, Atzmon is such a good friend of Almert that he was involved in a financial scandal involving forged receipts for donations to the Likud campaign with Olmert back in 1997 when Atzmon was co-treasurer of the Likud party [7].

Does this at last explain how those “Muslim hijackers” could appear as getting on the planes, with no CCTV pictures of them anywhere in the airports, no Arab names on any flight lists, no boarding staff prepared to testify to having seen any Arab-looking guys mount the planes, nor any post-mortems indicating any Arab bodies anywhere? That phantasm could be woven, and sustained, with the aid of Israeli intelligence agents handling security and passenger screening at just those very airports [8].

Two Israeli-based companies Amdocs and Comverse have wiretapping technologies, which tend to have a back door built in to overhear monitored conversations [9]. In January 2001, Comverse purchased a large stake in the company Odigo, ‘giving it access to Odigo’s operations, accounting and technologies.’ In 1999, the NSA issued a top secret report on how US phone records were getting into ‘foreign’ i.e. Israeli hands, concerning Israeli-linked drug-crime mafia rings.

A revealing, four-part investigative series was aired by Fox News in December 2001, by Carl Cameron. This outlined how the Israeli-controlled company Amdocs had installed new White House communications system during the mid-1990s. This stimulated FBI probes into the extent of Israeli eavesdropping on calls to and from the White House, NSC, Pentagon and State Department. Clearly, Amdocs was spying on the White House [10]. Cameron and Fox News were told, ‘Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified, we cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered’ [11].

An Israeli government run company called Zim Israel Navigational commands over 80 vessels, is the 9th largest shipping company in the world, and had 200 employees in the North tower. One week before 9/11, Zim moved out of its World Trade Center offices with over 200 workers, paying a $50,000 fine for breaking its lease. Its decision to move had been announced six months earlier. The reason given was, to save on rent.

IV. The Dancing Israelis

As the towers crumbled, five young Israelis, who turned out to be Mossad agents, were caught doing the ‘happy dance’ while videotaping the event. Police ascertained that their van contained $4,700 in cash, plus ‘box cutters’, and some photographs, showing their smiling faces in front of the smoldering wreckage, and one showing a hand flicking a lighter open in front of the Towers! The van tested positive for explosives. There were “maps of the city in the car with certain places highlighted … It looked like they’re hooked into this. It looked like they knew what was going to happen.” When the five returned to Israel, one of them brazenly explained on Israeli TV, “The fact of the matter is that we have been in a country that experiences terror daily. Our purpose was to document the event,” showing that they knew what was going to happen.


They set up their cameras on banks of the Hudson River, trained them onto the Twin Towers, and congratulated each other when the crashes occurred, according to The New York Times. A witness noted: ‘They seemed to be taking a movie. They were like, happy, you know … they didn’t look shocked to me. I thought it was strange.’ The company they worked for, ‘Urban Moving Systems’, had few discernible assets. It closed up shop immediately afterward as its owner fled to Israel. In the weeks and months following 9/11, numerous cells of other Mossad “moving” agents were arrested across the nation, and then in December 2001, Fox News reported that U.S. authorities had detained 60 such “movers.”[12]

The revealing, four-part investigative series was aired by Fox News in December, 2001, dealing with the arrests of several hundred Israeli nationals as well as some of the incriminating circumstances surrounding their activities in the United States. In response, every major media outlet in America received a visit from Abraham Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League. A phrase he used was, “What are you doing putting this stuff out there? You’re killing us!” Executives at the highest levels of the various networks were inundated with phone calls, letters and emails. Members of the most powerful Jewish groups in the country – ADL, AIPAC with its 60,000 members, and the misnamed Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America CAMERA – visited the White House and petitioned officials at the highest levels to close down investigations of the Israeli spies.

V. Israeli Spy Ring

At least 120 Israeli intelligence operatives entered America and posed as art students, with door-to-door sales of artwork. “Many of the ring’s activities seemed to run parallel with the movements of several of the 9/11 hijackers. A group of about 140 Israeli spies were arrested and US government documents alluded to this ring as having ‘organised intelligence-gathering operations designed to penetrate government facilities.” The Fox News program revealed documents indicating that these art students had targeted and penetrated military bases, no mean achievement for art students [13]. Other reports speak of two hundred Israeli spies being uncovered, among them military members, electronics experts, wiretapping and phone tapping specialists, and explosives experts with the skill to bring down tall buildings.[14] They were arrested for trying to sneak into secured US Federal buildings and staking out 36 Department of Defense sites. Some of these suspicious “art students” showed up at the homes of Federal employees. An investigative report concluded that: ‘”A former Defense Department analyst, Hatchett believes groups may be gathering intelligence for possible future attacks. Some organization, thinking in terms of a potential retaliation against the U.S. government could be scouting out potential targets and looking for targets that would be vulnerable.” Another federal memo stated that, besides Houston and Dallas, the same thing has happened at sites in New York, Florida, and six other states, and, even more worrisome, at 36 sensitive Department of Defense sites. “One defense site you can explain,” says Hatchett, “well that was just a serendipitous, … Thirty-six? That’s a pattern.” [15]


Between December 12-15th, 2001, the FBI, the DEA and the INS informed Fox News that there were no connections between the “art students” and the incidents of 9/11, and that continuing to pursue this topic would be a form of “career suicide.” On December 16, 2001, Fox News pulled the information regarding the “art student spy ring” from its website. Jane’s Intelligence Digest commented, “It is rather strange that the US media seems to be ignoring what may well be the most explosive story since the 11 September attacks—the alleged breakup of a major Israeli espionage operation in the USA.” The Palm Beach Post alluded to a DEA report on the Israeli “art students,” saying it had determined that all of the students had “recently served in the Israeli military, the majority in intelligence, electronic signal intercept or explosive ordnance units.” [16]

The story of the largest spy ring ever discovered inside the United States was soon hushed up: “Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information,” explained a US official, on Cameron’s Fox News Report on the Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9/11. The Israeli national Michael Chertoff, who would become the first head of the Department of Homeland Security, was responsible for letting them off and making sure they got safely back to Israel.

The Florida flight school president Rudi Dekkers recalled of ‘Mohammed Atta’: “Well, when Atta was here and I saw his face on several occasions in the building, then I know that they’re regular students and then I try to talk to them, it’s kind of a PR – where are you from? I tried to communicate with him. I found out from my people that he lived in Hamburg and he spoke German so one of the days that I saw him, I speak German myself, I’m a Dutch citizen, and I started in the morning telling him in German, “Good morning. How are you? How do you like the coffee? Are you happy here?” and he looked at me with cold eyes, didn’t react at all and walked away. That was one of my first meetings I had.”’[17]

Atta’s German may not have been up to much, but he could speak Hebrew! The ‘Mohammed Atta’ of Florida loved eating pork chops, had various different passports and IDs, according to his lingerie-model and stripper girlfriend Amanda Keller, and could speak Hebrew. She challenged him when he claimed the latter, and then by demonstrating his skill in Hebrew, he convinced her! He loved partying, strip-clubs, fast cars, casinos and snorting cocaine (not quite the suicidal type, maybe?). The real Mohammed Atta, who lived in Hamburg as an architecture student, had his passport stolen in 1999 [18], which presumably enabled the identity-theft to take place. Austere, silent and devout, he avoided women and hated flying so much that his sister had to give him special medicine to enable him to do it! There could not be two more opposite characters. The Hamburg Atta was about three inches shorter. One presumes he was killed after September 11th after he spoke to his Father on the12th over the phone. The Florida Atta lived on the same street as one of the groups of the Israeli “art students.”[19] The Israeli-art group leader, Hanan Serfati, had rented several dwellings in the neighborhood, and he stayed next to the post office where the Huffman Aviation flight-students had their mailbox. Mohammed Atta’s “vital task” on the morning of 9/11 has been well described by Rowland Morgan, and it involved a journey to Portland, in order to have his baggage (complete with Koran, will, etc) delivered to Boston airport, in such a way that it would be retained by the airport, not be put onto a plane. [20] For this, there was no need for him to board one of ‘the’ planes.

VI. One Israeli Death

Nearly 500 foreign nationals from over 80 different nations were killed in the World Trade Center. The next day, September 12, the Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli embassy in America was bombarded on 9/11 with calls from 4,000 worried Israeli families. On September13th, “Four Israelis were almost certainly in the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center when they collapsed, the Israeli consul in New York said this evening.” This number dwindled. The Towers specialized in international banking so one might have expected a few more Israeli citizens. One or possibly three Israelis died on 9/11, one in the towers and two on the planes. There is very little on the web. A week later, President Bush stated that 130 had died, but 129 of these were found to be still alive. The NY times 22 Sept found that 3 Israelis were confirmed dead, two from planes and one from the Towers [21,22]. Of this total the British historian David Irving wrote: “We are happy to report that the 4,000 figure dwindled eventually to three (not three thousand, but three), then two, then one: the unfortunate Daniel Lewin.”

Two Mossad agents were present, on Flight UA 175 and Flight AA 11 respectively: the first flight had Danny Lewin, a 28-year old graduate of Israel’s elite commando unit, the “World’s most elite anti- hijacking team”.

Daniel Lewin

He was a captain in this unit, and the story soon developed that he had been shot by Satam Al Suqami, as the four Arabs attempted to storm the cockpit. (Satam was the one whose passport supposedly fluttered down to Ground Zero where the FBI found it). Sayeret Matkal is Israel’s elite team that handles aircraft hijackings and assassinations, specializing in aircraft takeovers. During the 1970s and 1980s, this secretive Israeli anti-terrorist unit (akin to the Delta Force) thwarted many attempted hijacking. Members of this unit are trained in looking and thinking like an Arab. Flight UA 175 (Boston to LA, allegedly hijacked to fly into the south tower) had the Israeli citizen and probable Mossad agent named Alora Avraham. This 27 year old was raised in the Israeli settlement of Ashdod. One surmises that Lewin may not have died, but had some key role in … whatever happened.

On the morning of 9/11, a two-hour advance warning to stay out of the towers was received by the Israeli firm of Odigo, [23] whose Research and Development center is in Herzliya, Israel, a town north of Tel Aviv where Mossad is headquartered. This messaging company, with its office a mere two blocks from the former WTC, received a warning originating from an Israeli branch. One never heard details, but Odigo’s vice president Alex Diamandis said, “The messages said something big was going to happen in a certain amount of time, and it did – almost to the minute.” Odigo has a feature called “People Finder” which allows a user to send an instant message to a large group based on a common characteristic, such as Israeli nationality, while maintaining user privacy. This is surely the explanation, as to why no Israeli nationals working in the Towers died that morning (there was one who died, but he was just visiting). “Comverse and Odigo have had a long-standing partnership and together have developed instant communications products and services that we have recently begun to offer to operators around the world,” declared Zeev Bregman, CEO of Comverse [24].

VII. Zionist Neo-Cons and Straussian Jews

Irving Kristol, ‘godfather’ of the Neo-con movement, founded PNAC, the Project for a new American Century. His son William Kristol, worked closely with Richard Perle, and this Jewish duo achieved more than anyone else in erasing the concept of détente – which had traditionally been the policy of the Council of Foreign Relations – and extinguishing hope of any ‘peace dividend’ following the Soviet Union’s collapse. In September 2000 PNAC produced ‘Rebuilding America’s Defences’ which famously called for a permanent war philosophy, Empire, the advancing of the cause of Israel, and the catalyzing event of a new Pearl Harbor’ to make it all possible. The Kristols used their enormous influence prior to 9/11 to promote the concept of Arabs as potential terrorists, then after the event they ensured that the media focused and stayed focussed on Bin Laden and Muslim guilt. The day before the Iraq war began, Kristol bragged in an editorial of his journal The Weekly Standard, that, “obviously we are gratified that the Iraq strategy we have long advocated … has become the policy of the US government’ and a columnist of The Washington Post had once declared the looming conflict to be ‘Kristol’s war.’”[25]

The civilian Defense Policy Board wields more control over the military establishment than the Defense Secretary or the generals and admirals. The notoriously belligerent Perle, nicknamed the “The Prince of Darkness”, was Chairman of this Board. There are a number of other Zionists who served on the board (Kissinger, Cohen, Schlessinger) as well as non-Jewish members who have always supported Israel and the expansion of the “War on Terror”.

Apart from top Jewish Neo-cons Henry Kissinger and Richard Perle as Chairman of the Defense Policy Board, Zionist Paul Wolfowitz as Undersecretary of Defense, and Zionist award winner Douglass Feith as Undersecretary of Defense Policy, the Zionist Pentagon gang controlled 3 of the top 4 civilian leadership positions of America’s armed forces. Others such as Condoleeza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld were fairly in accord with their drive for WW III. The Perle-Wolfowitz-Feith gang represent a fanatical “government-within-a-government”. And, of course, in league with these Zionist Pentagon conspirators, Jewish Zionist and 2004 Presidential candidate, Senator Joseph Lieberman and his Gentile partner in crime Senator John McCain, would vie for the nation’s highest offices.

Top members of the Bush administration had very close ties with the Israeli government. Every one of the following kingpins of the Bush administration were also Israeli citizens: Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith (undersec of Defense), Michael Chertoff, George Tenet (real name: Cohen), Elliot Abrams (NSC), Donald Kagan, Richard Haas, Kenneth Adelman, Edward Luttwak (National security Study Group), Robert Satloff, David Frum, David Wurmser, Steve Goldsmith, and Marc Grossman. Ari Freisher, Press Secretary. Concluded Ruppert, ‘These and other Israeli-connected experts formed the core group at the Project for a New American Century [26]. These are Zionist warmongers who adore and obey Israel and who view America chiefly as Israel’s financial sugar-daddy and mercenary slave. Their aim is global power for the Jews and profits for Jewish bankers and Illuminati-directed oil barons.”

Former Israeli Prime-Minister Ehud Barak well expressed the aim of the enterprise when he said in an interview just days after 9/11: “The whole world has now to start a world war against the enemies of Israel.”[27] But, World War III was not that easy to start! Soon after, Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel ‘the Butcher’ Sharon bellowed at his Cabinet, “I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”[28]

On any reasonable analysis, Dick Cheney, Vice-President of America, has to have been a pivotal 9/11 perpetrator. As Mike Ruppert concluded:

Richard Cheney

“I have absolutely no doubt that on the day of September 11th Richard Cheney was in full and complete control of a properly functioning and parallel command and communications system …”[29].

Cheney sat on the board of JINSA the Jewish Institute for National Security, “probably the most important organization, in terms of its influence on Bush administration policy formation.”[30] Cheney would take leave from JINSA while serving as VP, where his office was “run by aides known to be very pro-Israel.” [31]

The Pentagon set up the Office of Strategic Influence (OSI) for fabricating news [32]. A Zionist Air Force General named Simon P. Worden was chosen to head this, his boss being Douglass Feith, another dedicated Zionist who serves as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) honored Feith and his father at an award dinner in 1999. ZOA’s 1997 press release explained: “This year’s honorees will be Dalck Feith and Douglas J. Feith, the noted Jewish philanthropists and pro-Israel activists. Dalck Feith will receive the ZOA’s special Centennial Award at the dinner, for his lifetime of service to Israel and the Jewish people. His son Douglas J. Feith, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, will receive the prestigious Louis D. Brandeis Award at the dinner.” [33]

As the Mayor of New York, Rudolf Giuliani was told in advance to get out of the WTC towers because they were going to fall, on that morning, which shows very privileged treatment. After the event he declared Ground Zero area a ‘crime scene’ and was thus able to prohibit any photos from being taken, but then by swiftly removing all of the steel and having it melted down he demolished the primary evidence for the crime. He had a hard struggle with the firemen, most of whom knew that the towers had been taken down. Since retiring as mayor he has been involved with security companies, and his turning up in London on the morning of July 7th 2005, staying in a hotel right next to the Liverpool Street terror-blast (so he ‘heard’ the blast), is hardly accidental. He a friend of Benjanmin Netenyahu, whom he welcomed while Mayor of New York, and they both turned up in the same hotel on the same morning [34]. Rudolf Giuliani, of course, was Israel’s favorite for the 2008 US presidential election: AIPAC lists and scores all the candidates by their degree of adoration for Israel, and Giuliani was tops – his support for Israel is total and unconditional. Thus, he returned a $10m donation from a Saudi prince, due to the latter making some comment about Israel and 9/11.

In weeks before 9/11, between August 26 and September 11, 2001, a group of speculators, identified by the American Securities and Exchange Commission as Israeli citizens, sold “short” a list of 38 stocks that could reasonably be expected to fall in value as a result of the pending attacks. These speculators operated out of the Toronto, Canada and Frankfurt, Germany, stock exchanges and their profits were specifically stated to be “in the millions of dollars.” [35] Short selling of stocks involves the opportunity to gain large profits by passing shares to a friendly third party, then buying them back when the price falls. Precedings a traumatic event, it indicates foreknowledge.

The Enemy Within

At 10.30 am on the day of September 11th, the White House received a call, saying “Angel is Next.” Angel was that day’s codeword for Air Force One, then carrying President Bush. The credibility of the message was further established by use of Presidential identification codes [36]. Cheney advised Bush not to return to Washington: “There’s still the threat,” he said [37]. At this point, argues Tarpley, “the sponsors showed their hand. They were not located in a cave in Afghanistan, but were rather a network located high within the US government and military.” [38] The rogue network was then demanding, that a Straussian “war of civilisations” be unleashed: “The principal clue leading us to the existence of the rogue network is the ‘Angel is next’ threat,” which meant it was perpetrated by persons having expertise in, and access, to top military codes. Who could that be? On the September 12th press briefing, Ari Fleisher confirmed that a coded message had been used in threatening Air Force One carrying the President. No fighter planes to escort Air Force One arrived until noon – it took off from Florida at 9.30 am with no protection, flying alone through the skies over those terrible hours! The purpose here could have been to instill fear into the President.

Sometime after that “Angel is Next” threat, President Bush phoned up Ted Olsen, the US’s Solicitor-General, and a few days later Olsen recalled, “We couldn’t speak long. This was during the day of the crisis. And I didn’t – I hadn’t expected him to call, because he is the President of the United States. We know now – he knew then there were thousands of victims and terrible devastation and crisis, and the potential of further dangers to the structure of our government, meaning the institutions of our government and the leadership of our government.” [39] Let’s conjecture that Ted Olsen may have been telling the truth in some degree. People like Olsen and Bush are totally complicit and so are not at liberty to spill the beans later on. But still, they experienced some external manipulating power, which was a threat, or which was intimidating.

The most secret US-government codes were being used by the perpetrators [40], and we are suggesting that it would have been Israeli-based agencies that could do this, using the advanced Promis software [41]. Air Force One flew on that morning from Florida to the Strategic Command centre at Offnut, as Bush’s physical presence there was the only way to counteract the evident betrayal of the secret presidential codes.

That morning, while this threat was being made against the President, the name of Osama Bin Laden was already being broadcast across the airwaves, as the official suspect. All around Planet Earth his name was being linked forever to the Burning Towers. In vain – and unheard – were his protestations that he had had nothing to do with it. The press should have been able to eliminate any conjectures about a mastermind in the Tora Bora mountains without further ado. Let’s listen now to his rather sensible view of who really perpetrated the event, reported on September 28th, as reported in Ummaut, the Urdu-language, Karachi-based Pakistani daily:

‘The United States should try to trace the perpetrators of these attacks within itself; the people who are a part of the U.S. system, but are dissenting against it…persons who want to make the present century as a century of conflict between Islam and Christianity … There are intelligence agencies in the U.S., which require billions of dollars worth of funds from the Congress and the government every year. This [funding issue] was not a big problem during the existence of the former Soviet Union but after that the budget of these agencies has been in danger. They needed an enemy. So, they first started propaganda against Usama and Taleban and then this incident happened. You see, the Bush Administration approved a budget of 40 billion dollars. Where will this huge amount go? It will be provided to the same agencies, which need huge funds and want to exert their importance.

Now they will spend the money for their expansion and for increasing their importance. I will give you an example. Drug smugglers from all over the world are in contact with the U.S. secret agencies. These agencies do not want to eradicate narcotics cultivation and trafficking because their importance will be diminished. The people in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Department are encouraging drug trade so that they could show performance and get millions of dollars worth of budget. General Noriega was made a drug baron by the CIA and, in need, he was made a scapegoat. In the same way, whether it is President Bush or any other U.S. President, they cannot bring Israel to justice for its human rights abuses or to hold it accountable for such crimes. What is this? Is it not that there exists a government within the government in the United Sates? That secret government must be asked as to who carried out the attacks.

‘I have already said that we are not hostile to the United States. We are against the [U.S. Government] system, which makes other nations slaves of the United States, or forces them to mortgage their political and economic freedom. This system is totally in control of the American-Jews, whose first priority is Israel, not the United States. It is clear that the American people are themselves the slaves of the Jews and are forced to live according to the principles and laws laid by them…

‘The Western media is unleashing such a baseless propaganda, which surprises us but it reflects on what is in their hearts, and gradually they themselves become captive of this propaganda. They become afraid of it and begin to cause harm to themselves. Terror is the most dreaded weapon in modern age and the Western media is mercilessly using it against its own people.’

The western media have indeed become captive of their own fear-inducing propaganda, as the BBC “Power of Nightmares” series so well documented. How can we break out of this spiral of fear and terror? How can America become aware of its degree of subservience to Israel? There is no more career-terminating topic for US journalists. One could try asking the question, “Is there any criminal act that Israel can do without being protected from criticism from the United States?” [42] One could discuss the brazen Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, with planes and torpedo boats, an attempt to start a US war against Egypt, with LBJ’s connivance – classic false-flag terror. No official protest has been made, nor have reparations been paid. No other nation can attack an American vessel in international waters, killing 34 US Naval servicemen, with impunity [43].

As Admiral Thomas Moorer, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff under Ronald Reagan, stated: “I’ve never seen a President — I don’t care who he is — stand up to them [the Israelis]. It just boggles the mind. They always get what they want. The Israelis know what is going on all the time. If the American people understood what a grip those people have got on our government, they would rise up in arms. Our citizens certainly don’t have any idea what goes on.” [44]

Michael Chertoff

When looking at the ‘likely suspects’ CIA, NSA, FBI, etc, one doubts whether any of them would have had the necessary combination of profound intelligence, deep wickedness, capacity for effective action, plus the ability to keep a big secret. One is here reminded of the remark by Richard Clarke in Against All Enemies that it would be ‘pure fantasy’ to suppose ‘that the US government can keep a big and juicy secret’ [45] on such an issue. If it is unthinkable to ordinary Americans that a secret military clique would betray their country in this way, it is doubly unthinkable that a foreign power would be able so to corrupt its centers of power as to mastermind this event: it is this double unthinkability which is the safety-catch, which locks the secret in place, for long enough to get rid of all the evidence. The Neo-Con love affair with Israel has allowed them to do this. Maybe some things did go wrong, maybe Flight 93 was meant to strike WTC-7, had it not been delayed half an hour, we’ll never know. The ‘Axis of Evil’ CIA-Mossad-M16 is so interconnected that we can hardly know which part of it is responsible, when something happens. It is dedicated to Eternal War and works though Untruth.

On September 10, 2001, the day before 9/11, The Washington Post would run a story about a report issued by the U.S. Army School for Advanced Military Studies, which had commented thus about Mossad: ‘”Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target U.S. forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act.” After the event the intelligence analyst George Freeman observed: ‘The big winner today, intended or not, is the state of Israel. There is no question that the Israeli leadership is feeling relief.’ [46] The name ‘Mossad’ does not feature in the index of David Ray Griffin’s classic, The New Pearl Harbour, however we may need to understand the Mossad’s way with its katsas and sayanim. It has a mere 30 to 37 case officers called katsas operating at any given time. It is able to function with this low level of core katsas because of a much larger network of volunteer Jewish helpers, the Sayanim, who live outside Israel. Their roles are specific to their professions and they are contacted and activated as required. This system allows the Mossad to work with a skeleton staff. [47] The Mossad has always followed its motto: “By way of deception shall you make war.”

In January 2001, Lyndon Larouche, a well known economist and political figure with worldwide intelligence connections, issued the following insightful prediction:

“A new Middle East war of the general type and implications indicated, will occur if certain specified incidents materialize. It will occur only if the combination of the Israeli government and certain Anglo-American circles wish to have it occur. If they should wish it to occur, the incidents to ‘explain’ that occurrence, will be arranged.” [48]

Nicholas Kollerstrom, Ph.D., historian of science, including articles on Sir Isaac Newton, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, is a founding member of the UK’s 9/11 Truth movement, member of the New York Academy of Sciences, and author of 7/7: TERROR ON THE TUBE (3rd edition, 2012)



1. Lucky Larry – Spiegel online, Hamburg, Sep 19, 2001
2. Mike Ruppert, Crossing the Rubicon, 2004, p.585, quoting SPC’s website.
3. Ruppert, p.587.
4. They removed it from here:…
5. Thanks to webmaster Stuart Rixon for info.
6. For Zakheim and Flight 77, see
7. 19th April 2006, American Free Press.
8. Laura Knight Jadczyk and Joe Quinn, 9/11The ultimate Truth 2006, p.108
9. For July 7th connections, see:
10. Webster Tarpley, 9/11 SyntheticTerror Made in the USA, 2006, 329.
11. Tarpley, 327.
12. There seem to have been several groups of these Israelis in vans taking photos, at different parts of NewYork.
13. Cameron, Suspected Israeli Spied held by US, Fox News, Dec 11-14, 2001; Tarpley, 328.
14. FOX News. Massive Israeli Spy Operation Discovered in US. Carl Cameron Investigates. Four Part series. December 2001. Google: Israeli spy carl cameron
15. KHOU, Channel 11 (Houston) Federal Buildings Could be in Jeopardy – in Houston and Nationally October 10, 201. Google users enter: israeli art students federal buildings.
16. Jane’s Intelligence Digest, 3/13/02; Palm Beach Post, 3/11/02.
17. ABC Channel 4. (Florida). A Mission To Die For. Rudi Dekkers interviewed by Quentin McDermott. October 21, 2001 Google users enter: rudi dekkers interview.
18. The Free Encyclopedia. Mohammed Atta. Google: atta reported passport stolen
19. A group of Jewish ‘art student’ double-agents lived at 4220 Sheraden Street, Hollywood, Florida, just down the road from where Atta lived at no. 3389: ‘the Israeli network was a nationwide operation based in Florida …[they] lived on the same street in Hollywood, Florida as Mohammed Atta’: Len Bracken, The Shadow government, 9/11 and State Terror, 2004 Ill, p.124.
20. Rowland Morgan, Flight 93 Revealed 2006, p.90.
21. The only site is – and, note how its foreword dissociates itself from any views expressed.
22. CNN. September 11. A Memorial. Google users enter: cnn september 11 memorial
23. Newsbytes/Washington Post. Instant message to Israel warned of WTC attack. September 27, 2001. By Brian McWiliams Google users enter: instant messages Israel warned attack
24. The Jerusalem Post in May 2002, .
25. Michael Collins Piper, The High Priests of War, 2005 Washington DC, p39.
26. Ruppert 254.
27. Le Monde, Sep. 13, 2001.
28. Hebrew Israeli radio station, Kol Yisrael, Oct. 3rd report, during an argument in an Israeli cabinet meeting.
29. Ruppert, 591, also 411.
30. Piper, p.13.
31. Piper, ibid.
32. The New York Times. Pentagon Considers Using Lies. By James Dao & Eric Schmitt. February 18,2001. Google: new york times simon worden osi.
33. Google usues enter: feith zionist organization award
34. wagnews, google: Netanyahu/Giuliani -Same London Hotel on 7/7
35. ‘ISRAELIS were 9/11 short sale stock buyers, betting on WTC terror strikes.’
36. According to the NewYork Times: Thierry Meyssan The Big Lie 2002 p.44.
37. Bob Woodward, Bush at War, 2003, p.18. This book evades the simple implication of this fact, only making the bland statement, ‘it could mean that terrorists had inside information.’
38. Tarpley, p.286.
39. Olsen interviewed by Larry King, three days after 9/11: Janczyk p131.
40. Thierry Meyssan 9/11 The Big Lie, 2002 (L’Effroyable Imposture), 44.
41. Ruppert Ch 10, re the PROMIS software.
42. Recently-retired U.S. Brigadier General James J. David, in an article entitled “A Passionate Attachment to Israel”
43. On 8 June, during the 6-day War, off the Sinai coast: Peter Hounam, Operation Cyanide, 2003.
44. Google: admiral moorer boggles mind. Paul Findley, They Dare to speak Out, People and Institutions confront Israel’s lobby, 2003.
45. Richard Clarke, Against All Enemies, NY 2004, p.126.
46. His internet website Jadczyk, 110.
47. Jadzcyk, p.118.
48. Executive Intelligence Review. Lyndon Larouche. January 2001. Google: larouche middle east war implications

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New York Times Pro-IsraHell Bias

Stephen Lendman


The New York Times has a longstanding history of pro-Israeli bias. An earlier If Americans Knew report explained “highly disturbing patterns” of distorted, one-sided coverage.

Over time, little changed. Former Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner is ethically challenged. He’s a longtime Israeli apologist. He blames Palestinians for Israeli crimes. He largely ignores settler violence.

In March 2008, he joined Lone Star Communications’ speakers bureau. It’s one of Israel’s leading PR firms. An illegal settler runs it.

It arranges speaking dates for Bronner and others on pro-Israeli issues. Times editors see no conflict of interest about writers compromising their journalistic integrity.

An earlier controversy involved Bronner’s son serving in Israel’s military. Former Times executive editor Bill Keller backed him. Times assistant managing editor Susan Chira called his coverage “scrupulously fair….”

Ethical challenges finally got him transferred. Jodi Rudoren replaced him. More on her below.

Deputy Jerusalem bureau chief Isabel Kershner is ethically compromised twice over. She consistently misreports. Her husband, Hirsh Goodman, is senior research fellow and director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Securities (INSS).

It’s connected to Israel’s government and military. Many of its professionals have government and/or IDF backgrounds. Israel helps fund it.

Goodman’s job is spin. Material he puts out influences Kershner’s writing. He calls media reporting strategically important. No matter how lawless and harmful, it gives Israeli policy legitimacy.

INSS and Goodman are tasked with shaping a positive Israeli image. Kershner’s articles rely heavily on INSS analysis. Times editors conceal her affiliation. They ignore her consistent bias. She’s a walking conflict of interest. Her articles lack credibility.

The Times own ethical policy says:

“Staff members must be sensitive that direct political activity by their spouses….may well create conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts.”

“If newsroom management considers the problem serious, the staff member may have to withdraw from certain coverage. Sometimes an assignment may have to be modified or a beat changed.”

Kirshner’s family ties automatically should have disqualified her from reporting on Israel/Palestine. She’s more Israeli press agent than correspondent.

In February 2012, Jodi Rudoren became Times Jerusalem bureau chief. Like Bronner, Steven Erlanger, James Bennet, Deborah Sontag, and others before her, she’s Jewish.

Critics ask why does The Times consistently post Jews in Israel. Ethnic nationals aren’t assigned to other foreign correspondent positions.

Times Ochs and Sulzberger controlling families are Jewish. In 1992, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. succeeded his father as publisher and board chairman. Whether or not Jews alone get Jerusalem assignments, expect pro-Israeli bias to continue. Perhaps it’s easier for Jews.

Israeli critics hoped Rudoren’s perspective might be fresh and less biased. Instead, it’s same old, same old. In February 2012, Alison Weir asked “(w)ho is Jodi Rudoren?”

Previously she reported on domestic issues. Most recently, she headed The Times’ education bureau. She speaks what she calls “functional Hebrew” but no Arabic.

It’s unclear “how much time, if any, she spent in Israel, whether she has family there, or whether she has” relatives in Israel’s government or military.

Since 1984, notes Weir, Times Jerusalem bureau chiefs lived in a house acquired for Thomas Friedman when he held the post. He now serves as lead foreign policy columnist. He’s ethically challenged like other Times professionals.

The home is stolen property. It once belonged to a Palestinian family. In Israel’s War of Independence, they were dispossessed and lost everything. They and descendants can’t return.

Times management, editors, and correspondents express no second thoughts about living illegally in someone else’s home. It’s reflected in editorial policy.

Early in her tenure, Rudoren connected with David Ha’ivri. He’s an extremist settler rabbi. He’s involved with Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane’s Kach group.

Kahanism is known for racist, ultranationalist, terrorist policies. Israel, America, EU nations and Canada declared Kach a terrorist organization. Kahanists call Arabs enemies of Jews and Israel.

In February 1994, Kananist Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Palestinian worshippers. He died violently in the process. Before he could reload and keep shooting, he was overwhelmed and beaten to death. He was a Brooklyn born physician turned racist killer.

Weir said Rudoren’s upbringing “appears to have included considerable immersion in Zionist mythology.” Her pro-Israeli bias reflects it. Her children go to Israeli schools. Her contacts are largely Israelis.

Ali Abunimah calls her “another New York Times reporter for whom Palestinians are just bit players in someone else’s drama.” In July, Max Blumenthal tweeted, “In Bronneresque occupation whitewash, Rudoren calls Israel’s demographic separation the ‘Israeli security cordon.”

Her coverage of two Palestinian administratively detained hunger strikers was dismissive and contemptuous. She called them “members of Islamic Jihad, a radical and militant Palestinian faction.”

She equated legitimate resistance to terrorism. On August 14, she headlined “Enlisting from Afar for the Love of Israel.” It was a thinly veiled pro-Israeli puff piece.

It discussed a New York teenager becoming an Israeli citizen and IDF recruit days after visiting on a summer tour. “The Jewish people don’t need another Jew in suburban New York,” he said.

Rudoren’s article read like PR urging other American youths to join him. It included Netanyahu welcoming troops for what he called a battle against “a new anti-Semitism. You’ve decided to defend the Jewish future,” he said. “In previous times, for almost two millennia, the Jews could not defend themselves.”

He omitted explaining that Israel’s notion of self-defense involves decades of crimes of war and against humanity. His Jewish future comes at the expense of others.

On August 14, The Times featured a Aaaron David Miller op-ed headlined “Preserving Israel’s Uncertain Status Quo.” It said too many Palestinians and Israeli Arabs live in Israel and territory it wants.

“The country’s demographics look bad.” It’s also got too many ultra-Orthodox Jews and not enough secular ones. Nonetheless, he’s sanguine, saying:

“As for the Palestinian issue that threatens to undermine Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic state, there too the dangers seem mitigated by the current situation.”

“The Palestinian Authority’s state-building enterprise and the security cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian services have generated more than a manageable status quo and all but eliminated terrorism.”

In other words, Abbas and PA officials serve as Israel’s enforcer. They have things well in hand. The “Palestinian problem” is “tolerable,” he adds. Other issues take precedence. They include “Egypt’s future and Iran’s centrifuges.” The “Palestinian issue” is “subordinated….to the back burner.

Despite major unresolved issues, he says Israel is “in remarkably good shape.” Fewer Arabs would make it better he believes.

A Final Comment

Last December, Obama addressed the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). He came to enlist support. He praised the liberal legacy of American Jews.

Outgoing URJ president Rabbi Eric Yoffie introduced him. He prominently supports ethnic separation. He opposes Palestinian statehood. “I prefer to live with Jews,” he says.

He cares about “humankind,” but he loves his “own group” more. Asked he wants fewer Arabs in Israel, he said “that’s exactly what I’m saying.”

Israel calls it Judaization. Yoffie added, “I don’t apologize for my view because I don’t apologize for Zionism.” Obama considers Yoffie a friend. He’s a racist. It rubs off on major media reporters writing on Israel/Palestine. Fairness and balance are verboten.

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DOJ secretly halts FBI investigation into IsraHell nuclear spying/funding


DOJ secretly halts FBI investigation into Israel nuclear spying/funding

The US Department of Justice has refused to publicly release a memo that outlines why an Israeli entity caught spying on the U.S. would not be investigated further.

Documentation of Israeli nuclear spying 20 years ago

In 1992 the FBI discovered that the Weizmann Institute of Science of Rehovot in Israel penetrated secure U.S. computer systems at the Yuma Proving Ground with the help of a U.S. computer science student.  The FBI investigation further documented evidence that Weizmann was engaged in clandestine nuclear weapons research supported by its U.S. fundraising arm, the “American Committee for the Weizmann Institute.”  

Yet on May 18, 1993 the Justice Department Office of Intelligence Policy and Review ordered the Assistant FBI director to terminate their Weizmann Institute counterintelligence investigation.

Department of Justice refuses to release the memo

IRmep fought for public release of the Justice Department termination order via a Mandatory Declassification Review.  Three days ago, on August 21, 2012, the National Security Division claimed it had declassified the memo, but then refused to publicly release it.  

Such a tactical move keeps the memo from being publicly reviewed to see what justification (or lack thereof) existed for calling off the Weizmann investigation.  If the memo isn’t classified, it cannot be reviewed for declassification release by the outside Interagency Security Classifications Appeals Panel (ISCAP).  

If the entire memo is protected by a number of dubiously applied “privacy” and law enforcement exceptions, the public will never be able to fit the investigation into a larger pattern of suspicious DOJ forbearance into conventional and nuclear arms related smuggling, quashed espionage investigations of AIPAC, clandestine public relations campaigns and Israel lobby attempts to subvert the U.S. electoral process.  

Although Mark Bradley–who issued the Justice Department National Security Division MDR decision–asserts it can be appealed to the Department Review Committee , the final decision will likely be made by the DRC’s chairman… Mark Bradley.

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US Scholars: Designate IsraHell Extremists as Terrorists

By: Laura Rozen

Amid a rising spate of Jewish extremist violence in Israel and the occupied West Bank, two prominent US Middle East scholars are urging the United States to officially designate as terrorists those Israeli extremists who perpetrate terrorist violence against Palestinian civilians, Israeli citizens and even moderate elements of the settler movement.

The US, “much like Israel…, should consider designating individuals involved in acts of violence against Palestinians as terrorists,” Daniel Byman and Natan Sachs, researchers at the Brookings Institution Saban Center, wrote in the current issue of Foreign Afffairs.

“Such a designation would allow US authorities to prevent Americans from sending them funding and would be a way to support those Israelis seeking to combat the rise of extremism,” they continue.

Israeli leaders unusually forcefully condemned “as hate crimes” and “terror” an attempted lynching of Palestinian youths by a mob of Israeli teenagers in West Jerusalem’s Zion Square last week. Israeli authorities arrested seven Israeli teenagers suspected in the attack, which came on the same day a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Palestinian taxi near the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin, in which five members of a Palestinian family and the driver were burned.

“We unequivocally condemn racist violence and urge the police and law enforcement community to act expeditiously to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The hate crimes which were carried out against Arabs over the weekend in the West Bank and Jerusalem are intolerable and must be dealt with using a heavy hand,”Israeli Vice Premier Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon, from Israel’s ruling Likud party, said on August 19.  “These are acts of terror with all that implies and are against Jewish ethics and values and are first and foremost an educational and moral failing.”

Such language from Israeli leaders to condemn Jewish extremist violence ”is a game-changer in terms of the discourse,” veteran Israeli peace activist Daniel Seidemann wrote in an analysis posted by the Atlantic’s Jeff Goldberg. “It’s not only the ‘Arabists’ at State that call this terror, this is from our deputy prime minister, who is not about to get a prize from B’Tselem (Israel’s most prominent human rights group).”

“Calling these acts ‘terrorism’ is very important,” Foreign Affairs’ co-author Sachs said in a press call organized by the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday. “It represents a break between the mainstream right and this violent fringe. More and more settler leaders see this as a stain on their own political cap.”

Sachs said that while the Israeli leaders’ forceful denunciation of the violence is encouraging, more vigilance and legal tools are needed to protect Palestinian civilians, especially amid the stalemated Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

“With the peace process in a stalemate, Israel’s control of the West Bank is not likely to end soon, and the government cannot ignore the persistent settler violence by claiming that the settlement issue will soon be resolved as part of a peace deal,” Byman and Sachs wrote in Foreign Affairs.

“In arguing that Israeli and American authorities should designate these as acts of terrorism, we are joining Israeli officials — generals, the vice premier, to describe these attacks,” Sachs said.

“Designating individuals as terrorists means a host of legal [tools] come into play,” Sachs explained. “That means legally US citizens would be forbidden from funding these organizations,” thus reducing financial and ideological support for extremists whose acts of destabilizing violence are aimed at intimidating and thwarting the legitimacy of the Israeli state and the Palestinian authority.

The State Department has listed acts of Jewish extremist violence in its annual terrorism reports going back to 2008, but has not formally designated perpetrators, such as the so-called “price tag” gang, as terrorists.

On Wednesday, the State Department joined Israel leaders in harshly condemning the Israeli teenagers’ attacks on Palestinian youths, which left a Palestinian teenager, Jamal Julani, in a coma for two days.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the senseless act of hate and violence committed against a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem on August 17,” The State Department said. “We wish victim Jamal Julani a speedy recovery.” 

“Discriminatory acts of violence undermine and discredit efforts toward peace and security between Israelis and Palestinians,” the State Department statement continued. “We welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu’s unequivocal condemnation of racism and violence and his call for a full police investigation. The perpetrators of this hateful crime must be held to account.”

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Syrian Envoy: Syria Capable of Destroying IsraHell Nuclear Sites With 20 Missiles


Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem Sr

Says Action Would Be Taken Only if Attacked First

Syrian Ambassador to Jordan Bahjat Suleiman has warned in an interview earlier this week that Syria is prepared to attack Israel’s nuclear weapons facilities in retaliation for any Israeli attack, and that he believes the sites could be destroyed with just 20 missiles.

“What the Zionists have, nuclear weapons-wise, could cause us major casualties should they attack Syria. In contrast, we could cause massive losses to their nuclear facilities and we wouldn’t need more than 20 missiles,” Suleiman told a press delegation.

Suleiman reportedly went on to say that Syria would never be the one to start a war with Israel, but that they would “not stand idly by” if attacked. Israeli officials raised the possibility of attacking Syria and trying to capture their chemical weapons and most advanced conventional weapons last month.

Though it does not publicly acknowledge them, Israel is known to have a significant arsenal of nuclear weapons. The exact size of this arsenal is not known, but is estimated to include a few hundred warhead

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Zionist Romney open to sending troops to Syria


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Friday that he would send U.S. troops to Syria if needed to prevent the spread of chemical weapons.

“I think we have to also be ready to take whatever action is necessary to ensure that we do not have any kind of weapon of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorists and whether that requires troops, or whether that requires other actions by our friends and allies,” Romney said in an interview with CBS News.

Romney specifically noted that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been involved in the region.

The former Massachusetts governor has limited foreign policy experience, but has so far outlined bullish positions on potential threats in the Middle East. He also told CBS News that he’d be willing to go to war to stop Iran from “becoming nuclear.”

“No question in my view that we can put all manner of pressure on the regime that’s there, but they have to also know that a military option is one which we’d be willing to consider if they do not take action to dissuade a course towards nuclearization,” Romney said of Iran.

President Barack Obama has left open the possibility of military action on Iran should aggressive sanctions and international pressure fail. On Syria, the president said Monday that the U.S. would reconsider its opposition to military involvement in Syria if President Bashar Assad’s regime uses chemical or biological weapons. He called such action a “red line” for the U.S.

“We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region, that that’s a red line for us, and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front, or the use of chemical weapons,” Obama said. “That would change my calculations significantly.”

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Nazi Jewish settlers lured by subsidies


Jewish migrants flock to the occupied West Bank as more Palestinians and Bedouin are evicted from their homes.


Ariel, the occupied West Bank – It is the stereotypical image of an Israeli settlement: a man with sidecurls and skullcap, and an assault rifle slung over his shoulder. A mob uproots olive trees and harasses Palestinian farmers. A mosque is set ablaze in a so-called “price tag attack”, retaliation for a slight – real or perceived.

But surveys have found that many, if not most, of those who moved to East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank are not driven by ideology, religion or politics. They have been lured by government subsidies that significantly lower their cost of living.

Bar Malul, 21, lives in the West Bank settlement of Ariel and works at the health food store in the town’s commercial centre. As she weighs freshly ground coffee, Malul explains that her parents moved the family from Israel to the West Bank 15 years ago, “because it was comparatively cheaper than other places”.

A sign in Ariel advertises four-bedroom homes starting from $200,000. In Tel Aviv, the same amount of money buys a two-room apartment in Kiryat Shalom, a poor neighbourhood in the south of the city.

The settlements are also appealing to young families. The Israeli Ministry of Education spends more per pupil there than it does in Israel proper. According to the Israeli non-governmental organisation Peace Now, the ministry invests about 8,000 Israeli new shekels ($2,000) a year on every student over the Green Line – the pre-1967 boundary with the West Bank. That is nearly double what it spends on a pupil inside Israel.

Settlements on the rise

Israel to build more West Bank homes

Most of Ariel’s residents are here for economic reasons, Malul says. “There are a lot of Russian [immigrants]; the majority are Mizrachim… a small amount are Ashkenazim.”
Both Mizrachim, Jews from Arab countries, and recent immigrants crowd around the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. Ashkenazim, Jews of Eastern European descent, are generally more affluent. Under greater financial pressure, the Mizrachim are pushed toward the settlements and Israel’s less desirable peripherial areas. The Ashkenazim tend to cluster towards the centre of the country. The daughter of a Tunisian father and a Russian mother, Malul reflects on this trend.

Now, Ariel residents say prices are rising. Evgeni Siprmov, 29, emigrated from the former Soviet Union to the Israeli city of Petach Tikva with his parents in 1994. He moved to Ariel four years ago to study at the settlement’s college. He was also drawn by the low cost of living.

“The food was never cheaper but the rent, yes, it was cheaper,” Siprmov says as he sits at a green plastic table outside a kiosk and cracks open a can of beer. “It used to be that you would pay 400,000 [Israeli new shekels, or $99,875] to buy a small house here. It’s 600,000 [$149,813] now – the same as Petach Tikva.”
Siprmov, who just finished a bachelor’s degree in economics and has yet to find a job on either side of the Green Line, adds: “There is no true [free market] competition here … It’s all cartels.”

Inside the Green Line, Israelis struggle to keep up with runaway housing costs, high taxes, and increasing food, gas, and electricity prices on relatively low wages – which sparked last summer’s “social justice” protests. But, rather than investing in affordable housing inside of Israel, the state has instituted austerity measures and is giving more to the settlements.

According to the Israeli financial daily the Calcalist, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has increased spending on settlements by 38 per cent. Peace Now reports that 2011 saw a 20 per cent rise in settlement construction. And the number of settlers has grown by 4.5 per cent in 2012.

While Ariel is quickly becoming unaffordable, it still holds some economic appeal.

Yusuf Jaber, 23, lives in a nearby Palestinian village and works at a restaurant in Ariel. Education and job opportunities are limited for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. Many like Jaber are left with no option but to work on the settlements built on Palestinian land, which pose a threat to an independent Palestinian state.

Jaber says he’s less concerned about politics and more worried about making a living. He shrugs. “It doesn’t matter if the [residents] are Palestinian or Jews – it’s work.”

Reverse migration

Lea Gal, 57, is an alternative medicine practitioner. She lives in Raanana, north of Tel Aviv, but spends an hour and a half each day commuting to Ariel. An immigrant from Russia, Gal explains, “I speak two languages [Hebrew and Russian] and that’s needed here.”While the economy squeezes them out of Israel proper towards work and homes in the West Bank, small numbers of ideological settlers have begun moving back. Some relocate to Jewish-majority areas in hopes of radicalising Israeli society, and harnessing more support for settlements. Others have moved to mixed areas, where Jewish Israelis and Palestinians live in relative harmony, in order to assert a Jewish presence.

In south Tel Aviv’s Shapira neighbourhood, a small group of former West Bank settlers have been instrumental in whipping up anti-African sentiment. Sharon Rothbard, a Shapira resident and historian, says the settlers’ move to the area is an attempt “to build a coalition” on both sides of the Green Line.

“The Palestinian villages of Susya and Zanuta are under threat of imminent demolition, and 1,500 Palestinians who live in an area the Israeli army calls Firing Zone 918 face eviction.”
As economic pressure grows, settlements expand, and the Israeli public drifts to the right, prospects for an independent Palestinian state fade. When asked if she believes settlements are an obstacle to peace, Malul expresses her disagreement with a curse. “No,” Gal says. “The [Second] Intifada started in 2000 and there was nothing here.”
While Ariel was founded in 1978, nine years before the First Intifada, many of the settlers interviewed echoed Gal’s sentiment: settlements and occupation were both a response to the Intifada.

Ariel residents agree an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank is unlikely. But they find a one-state solution just as improbable. Gal says while she is opposed to evacuating Israeli settlements, she is also against the evictions of Palestinians. According to the United Nations, the rate of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian and Bedouin homes and structures in the West Bank has increased in 2012, resulting in the “forced displacement” of more than 600 Palestinians – about half of them children.

The Palestinian villages of Susya and Zanuta are under threat of imminent demolition, and 1,500 Palestinians who live in an area the Israeli army calls Firing Zone 918 face eviction.

When Palestinians are displaced, it is usually to make way for expanding settlements and infrastructure. “What is there to do?” Gal asks. “Throw thousands of people from [the West Bank]? It doesn’t matter [whether they’re Palestinian or Israeli], it’s impossible.”

Malul agrees, adding Palestinians should be able to move freely between Israel and the Occupied Territories. “They were born here and I was born here … they should be able to enter, too.”
Malul admits, however, her views are not necessarily representative of most settlers, or mainstream Israeli society. “It pains me to hear ‘death to the Arabs’ … and at the checkpoints when [soldiers] take them off the buses. [The Palestinians] are good people … they’re people who want to work, who want to make a living for their families.”

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