Archive for October, 2010

Israel benefited from 2005 Hariri assassination, ex-intel chief admits; Saad Hariri absolves Syria of blame for father’s murder

Posted in Mossad's 9/11 on October 31, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘Israel benefited from Rafiq Hariri murder’

PressTV (Iran); October 28, 2010

[Israeli] Major General Amos Yadlin said on Wednesday that Israel has been able to launch more than one operation in Lebanon following Hariri’s killing.

In 2005, Hariri was killed in a massive car bombing in the capital city of Beirut.

He also admitted that Tel Aviv carried out the terror assassination of Hezbollah’s commander Imad Mughniyeh in Syria two years ago.

The former official noted that Israel restored a huge number of espionage networks inside Lebanon and managed to assassinate Mughniyeh through the very same spy rings.

Yadlin claimed Mughniyeh’s murder helped Israel enter a new stage in its conflict with Hezbollah, adding that the Israeli Military Intelligence should proceed with such plans in Lebanon.

Earlier reports had revealed that chief of Israeli spy agency Mossad Meir Dagan personally planned the assassination at orders by former Israeli premier Ehud Olmert.

Mughniyeh, who was one of the most prominent Hezbollah figures, was assassinated in a car bomb explosion in the Syrian capital on February 12, 2008.

Hezbollah held the Israeli regime responsible for the assassination of Mughniyeh, but the regime’s officials at the time denied having any role in the assassination.

The above article can be found here: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/148593.html

 

‘Iran-funded book accuses Israel of Hariri assassination’

The Jerusalem Post (Israel); October 17, 2010

LONDON — Iran is accused of trying to propel Lebanon into a conflict with Israel by sponsoring a book which accuses the Jewish state of being behind 2005’s assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

According to a book, about to be published in English, it was Israel which carried out the assassination using a missile manufactured in the United States.

Thierry Meyssan, the French-born author, is alleged to have been paid one million dollars by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to write the book.

The revelations come as heightened tensions in the region following a controversial two-day visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A tribunal backed by the United Nations has been investigating the 2005 Beirut car bombing, which claimed the lives of Hariri and 21 others, and is expected to lay the blame for the killings at the door of Hizbullah.

According to a profile he has posted on the business website LinkedIn, Meyssan is now residing in Beirut, but the 53-year-old has spent half of the last year researching the book in Iran.

Titled L’effroyable Imposture II (“The Big Lie 2”), it is a follow-up to his 2002 book “9/11: The Big Lie,” which claimed that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by a rogue element within the US military.

Meyssan sparked fury within the US Senate by insisting that the Pentagon was hit by a US missile and not American Airlines Flight 77. In 2005, the US State Department took the unprecedented step of identifying him as someone who was actively promoting misinformation about America, saying he was persona non grata.

The book, which spawned a whole host of conspiracy theories, was translated into 26 languages, becoming a bestseller in the process.

Meyssan’s new book details what he claims is a cover up between Israel and America designed to hide the fact that they jointly carried out the assassination of Hariri.

He had hoped to keep its publication secret until a launch in Beirut later this month but leaks have already been appearing on various websites in the US and Lebanon.

According to a blogger on the 9/11 conspiracy website TruthAction.org, Meyssan is using evidence provided to him by Hizbullah showing that an Israeli drone was tracking Hariri long before his assassination.

Hizbullah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah held a press conference in Beirut in August [see below] in which he claimed his scientists had hacked into the electronic data on the drone and been able to reproduce photographs it took of the former prime minister’s movements.

The full text of the above article can be found here: http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=191638

 

‘France denies killing Hariri witness’

PressTV (Iran); April 10, 2008

Paris denies accusations that French agents murdered a witness in the probe into the assassination of ex-Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri.

“I formally deny these accusations,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman, Pascale Andreani, said on Thursday. His comment came as a response to the claim made by Imad al-Siddiq that French agents had killed his brother Mohammed Zuheir al-Siddiq.

Siddiq was detained in October 2005 in a Paris suburb in connection with the February 2005 assassination of Hariri. He was then under an international arrest warrant requested by a Lebanese prosecutor.

“The French authorities helped facilitate the disappearance of Mohammed Zuheir al-Siddiq with the aim of his being liquidated by another party or they liquidated him themselves,” Imad al-Siddiq said on Wednesday.

Paris refused to extradite Mohammed Zuheir to Lebanon because it had not been given guarantees that he would not be held liable to the death penalty there if convicted of a crime.

The above article can be found here: http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/51105.html


‘Hezbollah urges STL misleaders probe’

PressTV (Iran); October 23, 2010

Hezbollah has stressed the need to investigate the case of false witnesses, who misled a UN tribunal on the assassination of Lebanon’s ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.

Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem said on Friday that a close examination of the case of those who bore false witness to the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) would prevent disunity in the country, ISNA reported.

The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon was set up by the world body and the Lebanese government in May 2007 to investigate the case.

The Hezbollah official made the comments during a meeting with Wiam Wahhab, the head of the Lebanese Tayyar al-Tawhid movement.

For his part, Wahhab identified the STL as a politicized court and called on Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to settle the issue.

On Wednesday, Lebanon’s government postponed a study of the case of the UN tribunal false witnesses.

Western-backed parties in Lebanon accused Syria and the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement of involvement in a February 2005 explosion in Beirut that killed Rafiq Hariri along with more than 20 others, a claim vehemently rejected by both Damascus and Hezbollah.

Hezbollah categorically rejects the allegations and has called the tribunal an “Israeli project.”

Former Lebanese commander Jamil al-Sayyed said recently that Hariri’s death was being exploited to fight Syria and the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

Early in September, Saad Hariri admitted to have wrongly accused Syria of being behind his father’s assassination and acknowledged that the accusations were politically charged [see below].

Hezbollah and Syria believe a UN-backed tribunal charged with investigating Hariri’s killing was marred by witnesses who gave false information.

The above article can be found here: http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/147829.html


‘Hezbollah: STL spied for West, Israel’

PressTV (Iran); October 28, 2010

Hezbollah says the UN tribunal investigating the former Lebanese premier’s assassination has been channeling data on the country to the West and Israel.

Under the guise of solving the murder, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has been penetrating “every single sector” within the country to obtain information, the Lebanese resistance movement’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday.

It would then direct the data to the Western intelligence services and Tel Aviv, he added, addressing the faithful in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri was killed alongside more than 20 other people in a massive car bombing in Beirut on February 14, 2005.

The STL was subsequently set up by the United Nations and the Lebanese government in May 2007 to investigate the assassination. The court is expected to announce its findings by the end of 2010.

Nasrallah said in July that he had been informed by the slain leader’s son and successor, Saad Hariri, that the court “will accuse some undisciplined [Hezbollah] members.”

He has rejected the allegation and warned that the plot was part of “a dangerous project that is targeting the resistance.”

In an August speech, Nasrallah presented evidence proving that Israel had masterminded the assassination. The televised address featured video materials captured by Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), as well as recorded confessions by Israeli fifth columnists, substantiating that Tel Aviv had been behind the killing.

Nasrallah said the investigators had been infiltrating deep into the country even before the tribunal took its current form.

Why do the investigators want “medical files of women” who are related to members of Hezbollah? Nasrallah questioned after exposing that the team had asked for more than 7,000 of such files.

He said the intrusion impinged on the honor of the Lebanese.

“We always know the magnitude” of the scheme, the resistance leader said, but warned, “We stop here.”

He said the movement has been silent on the matter so that it is not accused of disrupting the investigation and causing tension within the country.

The above article can be found here: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/148695.html


‘Hariri comes clean on Syria accusations’

PressTV (Iran); September 6, 2010

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri acknowledges that he made a mistake to accuse Syria of the murder of his father in a 2005 bombing in Beirut.

“At some point, we made a mistake,” AFP quoted Hariri as telling the Saudi-owned daily Asharq al-Awsat on Monday.

“At one stage, we accused Syria of assassinating the martyred premier…that was a political accusation, and that political accusation is over,” he told the London-based paper.

“There is a (UN) court that is doing its job, and we for our part must reassess what happened,” he went on to say.

Former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri was killed, along with more than 20 others, in a massive bombing in the Lebanese capital on February 14, 2005.

Lebanon‘s Western-backed parties blamed the assassination on Syria, a charge Damascus vehemently rejected.

The above article can be found here: http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/141412.html


‘Hariri absolves Syria’

Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt); September 16, 2010

The slow but dramatic transformation of Syria’s relations with its erstwhile critics in Lebanon culminated in early September in Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri’s unequivocal absolution of Damascus regarding his father’s 2005 assassination. That killing threw Lebanon into turmoil and was followed by accusations of Syrian culpability because of its long military and political domination over its smaller neighbor.

Although Syria subsequently withdrew its troops under Lebanese and international pressure, five years later it retains strong influence in Lebanon and appears to have weathered the worst of the regional and international storms. “At some point, we made a mistake,” Al-Hariri told the Saudi-owned daily Asharq Al-Awsat in remarks published on 6 September. “At one stage, we accused Syria … That was a political accusation, and that political accusation is over.”

Al-Hariri’s Damascene conversion comes amid a widespread belief that Syria is off the hook for the killing. Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah announced that he expected (after receiving a tip-off from the premier himself) the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague to try “rogue elements” of his Shia organization for Al-Hariri’s death. So far all else is media speculation; the court has issued no charges and holds no suspects in custody. But the specter of a Hizbullah-related indictment has raised fears of strife, particularly between Sunnis and Shia.

Al-Hariri’s statement also follows a rapprochement between Al-Hariri’s chief backer, Saudi Arabia, and Syria, after Al-Hariri’s killing threw their ideological differences and rivalry for regional influence into sharp relief. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Saudi King Abdallah met at an unprecedented Beirut mini-summit in July to discuss concerns about the repercussions of such an indictment.

Meanwhile, Al-Hariri’s statement was on the whole welcomed by both his supporters and critics, but Lebanese reaction took another twist this week with a press conference by former head of General Security Jamil Al-Sayed, one of the “four generals” arrested and held without charge after the Al-Hariri killing and released last year. Al-Sayed accused Al-Hariri of backing several witnesses, including Hossam Hossam and Zuheir Siddiq, who gave testimony pointing to Syrian involvement in the killing only to recant it later.

Hariri told Asharq Al-Awsat that false witnesses had “misled” the investigation and poisoned relations between Lebanon and Syria, but Al-Sayed accused Al-Hariri of using them to frame Syria early in the investigation. “Al-Hariri wanted to close the file with Syria but it backfired,” said Rosana Bou Monsef, an analyst for the pro-Hariri An- Nahar newspaper. “He is now being asked to go far beyond that.”

Al-Hariri’s statement cements the slow decline of the anti-Syrian movement, 14 March, named after the vast demonstration demanding Syria’s exit from Lebanon on that date in 2005. The movement’s driving force, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, jumped ship last summer. Such shifts are common, and rarely held to account, under Lebanon’s sectarian political system. Meanwhile, Al-Hariri has visited Damascus several times since taking the reins of government last year.

The full text of the above article can be found here: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/1015/re63.htm


The following is a translated transcript of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s August 9 press conference, in which he provided evidence suggesting Israeli complicity in the Hariri assassination:

YaLibnan (Lebanon); August 9, 2010

We Accuse Israel of Killing [Rafiq] Hariri. Israel has the capacity to carry out an operation that targets Rafiq Hariri. Lebanon is the best place for Israel to carry out its operations, due to its geographical location, etc. Israel has collaborators in Lebanon in all fields.

As for the motive; everyone knows that Israel’s rivalry with Hezbollah is extremely fierce. Israel hence seeks the opportunity to act against Hezbollah. Israel had no problem with Syria when it was in Lebanon. Israel has problems with Syria because it supports Hezbollah.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told me in 2004, before [UN Security Council] Resolution 1559 was issued, that the US does not mind having Syrian forces in Lebanon, but on two conditions: They need to disarm Hezbollah and Palestinian factions in Lebanon. Assad told the US that Hezbollah is part of Lebanon’s national security; hence, he denied the US request.

Then came the project to force Syria out of Lebanon and isolate Hezbollah.

The Rafiq Hariri assassination was used against Syria and Hezbollah. I will discuss Israel’s methods of operation which will help us understand the evidence I will present.

First: Israel depends on aerial surveillance. Israel uses the MK [unmanned aerial vehicle] to spy on towns in Lebanon. Second: I will discuss Israel’s use of technical support, including the telecom sector. Third: I will discuss Israel’s use of spies.

Has Israel conducted intelligence operations in Lebanon since 2004? When we answer this question, we will be able to understand the killings that were made.

We start with the Israeli collaborators who were arrested between 2009 and 2010. We start with the collaborators’ confessions to the Lebanese security forces. Let us take a sample of the collaborators, after which I will make some remarks.

The names of some of the collaborators who confessed to being spies include: Sader, who was born in 1964, started spying for Israel in 2006, and was arrested in 2010. His role was to gather information about the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and political figures. He confessed to providing information on President Michel Suleiman and his residence in Amchit. Sader also confessed to gathering information on LAF commander General Jean Kahwaji.

I have to say that field inspections and the gathering of information is a phase that precedes the implementation [of an operation]. Does a spy inspect a site only to gather information, or to also plot for an operation?

Sader confessed to inspecting Kahwaji’s yacht. Could he have inspected the yacht because he wanted to put a bomb in it?

Why didn’t the International Independent Investigation Commission [commissioned by the UN to investigate the Hariri assassination] question Sader or other collaborators to see if they were involved in other killings?

Syrian officials were questioned by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), but none of the Israeli officers handling Israeli collaborators in Lebanon were questioned.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar channel then showed a video on alleged Israeli spy Said Tanios Alam, who was arrested in 2009 and who started spying for Israel in 1990. He confessed to monitoring PM Saad Hariri and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea as well as the movement of politicians in the Jbeil area.

Alam was asked to monitor Geagea. He was asked to determine when Saad Hariri visited Geagea. Why does Israel want to monitor Saad Hariri and Samir Geagea? This is the answer for the people asking “Why were March 14 alliance members assassinated?”

Who goes to Jbeil coffee shops? Most politicians visiting Jbeil were from the March 14 alliance.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar then showed another video on alleged Israeli spy Nasser Nader, who was arrested in 2009 and who confessed to being involved in the 2004 killing of Hezbollah official Ghaleb Awali.

When Awali was killed, Jund al-Sham issued a statement that it was behind the assassination.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar then showed another video on alleged Israeli spy Faysal Maklad, who confessed to harboring Israeli troops in Lebanon and transporting weapons.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar then showed another video on alleged Israeli spy Adib Alam, who confessed to monitoring Lebanese regions as well as being involved, along with his wife, in the killing of Islamic Jihad Movement officials Mahmoud and Nidal al-Majzoub in 2006 in Saida.

The secret I want to reveal tonight is that before 1997, Hezbollah was able to catch an Israeli spy plane photographing South Lebanon and sending [the images] to an Israeli operations center. Hezbollah managed to access Israel’s spy maneuvers. This was a technical achievement for Hezbollah.

We kept this to ourselves at first. The images we intercepted were difficult to analyze. No one is capable of directly understanding these intercepted [images]. Our capacities did not allow us to intercept all the images taken by Israeli spy planes over Lebanon.

Israel later encrypted their [spy plane] operations, so sometimes we could not decipher what they photographed. Hezbollah caught pictures of Israel taking pictures from the shore to a road that leads to the southern Lebanese town of Ansariya.

We identified the place that Israel was focusing on. We wondered if Israel wanted to conduct an operation at that location.

On September 5, 1997, Israel commandos landed on the beach and took the road to Ansariya that had been photographed by the Israelis, after which there was a clash. We were not able to intercept the images of the Ansariya battle itself.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar then showed another video of footage from an Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (UAV) showing where Hezbollah planned an ambush against Israeli commandos. The video then shows an Israeli helicopter approaching to rescue the commandos. The video also shows Hezbollah rockets targeting the Israeli soldiers waiting for the helicopter’s rescue.

The narrator of the video says: “Until now it is uncertain if the commandos were going to plant a bomb to target a Hezbollah official or to kidnap a Hezbollah official. The intercepted UAV’s footage proves that an assassination attempt was being planned.”

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar then showed more UAV footage showing surveillance of Hezbollah official Ali Dib as the plane flies over his house in Saida. Another spy plane monitors where he worked in Saida. The narrator of the video says: “The monitoring was conducted for two years, before Dib was killed by a car bomb on the Saida road.

A video is shown of more UAV footage depicting a surveillance operation over Mahmoud al-Majzoub’s residence and workplace in Saida. The narrator of the video explains that Majzoub was killed in Saida in 2006.

Following Rafiq Hariri’s assassination, I visited his family. They asked for Hezbollah’s help in finding out who was behind the assassination.

Syria was initially accused of assassinating Hariri, until German magazine Der Spiegel published an article in May 2009 accusing Hezbollah of murdering Hariri.

Hezbollah held a meeting addressing Israeli collaborators. We assumed many collaborators escaped from Lebanon, but a few others remained in Lebanon. We decided to go back to archives we had since 2005 to see if we can intercept Israeli UAV footage of roads used by Rafiq Hariri that could be targeted by Israel.

We will display footage of Israeli UAV surveillance, mostly over Beirut. You will notice that the surveillance that we intercepted is being made from different angles. It is not being made just to conduct surveillance in general, but to prepare for a possible operation.

I want you to watch how they spied on the various routes taken by Rafiq Hariri.

Al-Manar then showed video of Israeli UAV surveillance of routes used by Rafiq Hariri: Hariri’s house in Beirut is circled by the UAV, as is the PM’s palace, Nejmeh Square and the Parliament. The UAV also follows a road taken by Hariri along the sea, including the Saint George area where Hariri was killed. Surveillance focusing on the Saint George area in detail is shown. A red circle shows the spot where Rafiq Hariri was killed.

Are there any Hezbollah offices in these areas monitored by Israel? Why is Israel monitoring these locations? Is it a coincidence that Israel is monitoring Rafiq Hariri’s routes?

Al-Manar then showed a video of Israeli UAV surveillance focusing on the Nahr al-Kalb tunnel, Jounieh, Dbayeh, after which the UAV focuses on the Faqra-Ayoun al-Siman area, which is covered in snow. The footage then shifts to the Yasou al-Malak road, which is the only road that leads to Rafiq Hariri’s spa in Faqra.

Al-Manar then showed more Israeli UAV surveillance footage monitoring the Jiyeh highway and the Saida entrance. Al-Manar then showed another video of Israeli UAV surveillance in which the UAV reaches Nejmeh Square after which it flies over the residence of Rafiq Hariri’s brother, Chafik.

We think that these videos were made in preparation for an operation.

Now we will move on to Israel’s activity on February 14, 2005, the day of Rafiq Hariri’s assassination.

Al-Manar then showed another video on Israeli aerial activity over Lebanon on February 13 and 14, 2005: The video reports that Israeli reconnaissance planes flew over Saida on February 13, 2005, while several warplanes flew over Beirut (hours before Hariri was killed). On February 14, 2005, an Israeli AWACS plane flew over Beirut along with another Israeli spy plane.

This video can be acquired by any investigative commission to ensure it is correct. We are sure of this evidence, or else we would not risk showing it.

We have evidence that Ghassan al-Jedd, an alleged Israeli spy who hosted Israeli operations teams, was present at the Rafiq Hariri crime scene. We presented the evidence to the Lebanese authorities, but Jedd escaped from Lebanon before he was caught.

Al-Manar then showed a video on Jedd, who was born in 1940 and became an Israeli spy in the early 1990s, before he escaped from Lebanon in 2009. He hosted Israeli officers in Lebanon. In March 2004, Israeli officers entered Lebanon through the sea and were hosted by Jedd for 50 hours in a location in Mount Lebanon.

We don’t trust the investigation or the UN investigation committee, but if the Lebanese government wants to appoint a reliable entity or a committee to look into this evidence we are ready to cooperate. This is the evidence we have now and will hold onto the balance of the evidence until a later date.

The full text of the above article can be found here: http://www.yalibnan.com/2010/08/09/nasrallah-accuses-israel-of-killing-hariri

 


Also see ‘Israel takes control of Lebanon’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100829215407380

Also see ‘Nasrallah: Israel behind 2005 assassination of Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100805131854574

Also see ‘NYT: Israeli spy in Lebanon is cousin of alleged 9/11 hijacker’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=2009051202465183

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Israel seen as prime cyber-attack suspect

Posted in Media Watch on October 29, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

United Press International (UPI); October 28, 2010

TEL AVIV, Israel — Iran and others suspect Israel was behind the so-called Stuxnet computer worm that hit the Islamic Republic’s Bushehr nuclear plant and industrial targets in early September.

The perpetrators may never be identified. But with little fanfare Israel, through Unit 8200 of Military Intelligence, has become a world leader in cyber-warfare, and is also desperate to cripple Iran’s nuclear program.

The United States, whose high-tech, heavily automated economic and security sectors are highly vulnerable to cyber-attack, has also been devoting much time and treasure to develop a cyber-war capability.

Both are also thought to be conducting covert operations aimed at disrupting the Iran’s nuclear project, including luring scientists into defecting or assassinating them.

Israel, which due to its geographical proximity to Iran views a nuclear-armed Tehran regime as an existential threat, arguably has a greater incentive to do so.

The Iranians, obviously, are extremely tight-lipped about their nuclear program. But word has leaked out of mysterious explosions and technical failures that appear to have set back the program.

One explanation for these events has been that US intelligence services had penetrated Tehran’s clandestine network that procures components for the nuclear program that resulted in Iran receiving sabotaged equipment that broke down.

However, the Stuxnet epidemic now suggests these may have been result of cyber-attacks.

Iran has said some 45,000 industrial units were struck by the Stuxnet malware in September, although Western information technology experts suspect the scale of the disruption in Iran was far greater. It’s not clear whether Iranian military command centers were affected.

Iran’s recent nuclear reverses apparently have centered largely on its ability to enrich uranium, a vital process that produces weapons grade material.

In May 2009, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the [Zionist-run] UN nuclear watchdog, reported that Iran had 4,920 operational centrifuges to enrich the uranium. A year later, the agency said the number had fallen to 3,936, a 20 percent drop.

A month after the Stuxnet attack became known, Iran’s intelligence minister, Haydar Moslehi, said Oct. 3 authorities had arrested several “spies” involved in efforts to sabotage the nuclear program.

The Iranian government had sought to downplay the significance of the cyber-attack but the reported arrests indicate the regime was more alarmed than it cared to admit.

In the aftermath of the Stuxnet rampage, there have been unconfirmed reports in Israel that Iran’s computer experts haven’t been able to defeat the worm.

According to these reports, Tehran has been secretly contacting computer security specialists in Western and Eastern Europe with offers of hefty fees to exorcise the worm from Iran’s systems.

If that’s true, then Tehran should expect further cyber-attacks and should be greatly concerned that its ballistic missile program could be targeted as well, along with its military command-and-control centers.

“Creating such a program, which targets a specific Siemens software system controlling automated activity in large industrial facilities, would have required a large team with experience and actionable intelligence,” says the US global security consultancy Stratfor.

“If a national intelligence agency in fact targeted Iranian nuclear facilities, this would mean the first deployment of a cyber-weapon reported on in the media.”

Israel‘s highly secret cyber-war program is run by Unit 8200. It has a strength of several thousand soldiers, making it Israel’s largest army unit.

It compares with the US National Security Agency, which conducts global electronic surveillance and is arguably the most sensitive agency in the Western intelligence establishment.

Unit 8200’s main center is hidden deep in the Negev Desert in southern Israel near the biblical city of Beersheba. Its work in developing cyber-war capabilities is shrouded in secrecy.

But no less a figure than the chief of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, noted at a Tel Aviv symposium in February that Israel is becoming a world leader in cyber-warfare.

It was the first time this issue had been discussed in public and perhaps indicated Israel had something up its sleeve. Yadlin declared enthusiastically, “Cyberspace grants small countries and individuals a power that was heretofore the preserve of great states.”

The above article can be found here: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2010/10/28/Israel-seen-as-prime-cyberattack-suspect/UPI-13921288281127/

Leading Israeli rabbi: Gentiles exist to serve Jews

Posted in Media Watch on October 27, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

Jewish Telegraphic Agency; October 18, 2010 JERUSALEM — Israeli Sephardic leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in his weekly Saturday night sermon said that non-Jews exist to serve Jews.

“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel,” he said during a public discussion of what kind of work non-Jews are allowed to perform on Shabbat.

“Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat,” he said to some laughter.

Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas Party and the former chief Sephardi rabbi of Israel, also said that the lives of non-Jews are protected in order to prevent financial loss to Jews.

“With gentiles, it will be like any person: They need to die, but God will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is his servant. That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew,” said the rabbi, who recently turned 90.

An audio recording of some of the rabbi’s remarks was broadcast on Israel’s Channel 10.

The American Jewish Committee condemned the rabbi’s remarks in a statement issued Monday.

“Rabbi Yosef’s remarks — suggesting outrageously that Jewish scripture asserts non-Jews exist to serve Jews — are abhorrent and an offense to human dignity and human equality,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Judaism first taught the world that all individuals are created in the divine image, which helped form the basis of our moral code. A rabbi should be the first, not the last, to reflect that bedrock teaching of our tradition.”

[The AJC’s Harris is lying. Jewish ‘scripture,’ particularly the supremely influential Talmud, explicitly states that gentiles are destined to serve Jewish masters. The Talmud also encourages Jews to commit all manner of crime against gentiles, including murder, rape and theft, to name only a few — 800]

The above article can be found here: http://jta.org/news/article/2010/10/18/2741341/rabbi-yosef-non-jews-exist-to-serve-jews

For more statements by Ovadia Yosef that reveal the extent of Talmudic gentile-hatred, see ‘Who says there is no Jewish Nazism?’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100902015005431

The Zionist ‘Hollowhoax’ continues

Posted in Must Read on October 27, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

Veterans Today

October 26, 2010

“HISTORY IS WRITTEN BY THE VICTORS”: old adage(Editorial note:  Views are that of the author and included for information purposes only.)

PROLOGUE

Since I wrote this documented expose of some of the outright lies and deceptions surrounding the so-called Zionist holocaust – better described as a ‘hollowhoax’– several distinguished learned patriots and seekers of truth have suffered every form of brutality and injustice for the crime of expressing their learned and FACT FOUNDED ‘opinions’ resulting from many years of professional investigations. These are scholars whose motivation were simply to bring the TRUTH to light. A LOT of LIES will be exposed here – and not only Soviet lies -but ‘American’ lies as well. The mendacities I will expose are irrefutable – as you will see.

These courageous men are termed ‘revisionists’. They seek to shed new light on purposeful false fabrications of certain historic events. They are simply seekers of truth and I admire those who are willing to sacrifice their freedoms fortunes and security for the sake of truth. In ancient times those same sacrifices for disseminating the truth were experienced by the Apostles and the Prophets. NOW – two thousand years later the Zionists are STILL the cause of much suffering by those who dare to expose the lies of the Zionist.

Although I do not purport to have the lofty credentials of these intellectuals (most have earned doctorates) – I PROUDLY ‘through my hat in the ring’ as an exposer of lies and those evil people who perpetuate these sinister lies to promote even more evil. I AM A REVISIONIST – A CHAMPION OF THE TRUTH AND DEFENDER OF THE FREEDOMS GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

I am not a wealthy and powerful or influential man – so I should be an easy target for Zionist persecution – Zionist lies and Zionist mega-wealth. This is a TEST – by an American citizen – a veteran- a patriot and father, with a flawless civic and military record – a man who has never committed a crime nor ever even been accused of such – a TEST to see if in fact there is ANY justice or ANY freedom of speech or ANY Constitutional validity left in my homeland.

You Jews have used this ‘mantra’ of the hollowhoax as a veil to destroy the goodness of my country and immunize your horrible crimes against humanity as you transform my beloved Christian nation into a putrid morally rotted corpse. You people have made MY beloved America a playground for your pathological Jew mentality to encourage the total perversion of EVERYTHING once good and decent and wholesome and innocent.

You have made my nation a platform for waging endless serial wars against innocent people whom YOU wish to have destroyed for YOUR greater glory – to more freely pursue your demonic agenda of world domination.

I am proudly one of those who stand in the way of your Godless degenerate filth hatred and destruction. Like the little 5 year old innocent child I witnessed in Gaza – one of thousands of murdered victims of your Jew brutality – standing defiant against guns and tanks of the “sons of the Devil” – I TOO defy the DEVIL – only I CAN FIGHT BACK!

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“Good News From Auschwitz_”

The following is from Australia’s A.N.M. P.O.

Box 40, Summer Hill, N.S.W. 2130:

Dear Respected Reader: Since1945

there have been many conflicting claims concerning the numbers of Jewish people(and others)who died at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. However,it is only recent research and access to hitherto unavailable documents,that these numbers have drastically lowered, possibly indicating that more of our people survive. Perhaps the 6 millions so often publicized (though our best figure is 4.3 million) may also need to be revised lower,- we hope so. Dr. Nathan Nussbaum, Honorary Director, ‘Centre for Jewish Holocaust Studies. According to official documents in the French Republic (institute for the Examination of War-criminals) the number that died in Auschwitz, was:

:8,000,000 according to the French daily newspaper_Le Monde_(20,April,1978)

:5,000,000 According to the memorial plaque on the gas-chamber monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau. (later removed in 1990 by the Polish Government)

:4,000,000 According to the _confession_ of Rudolf Hoess, the last commandant of Auschwitz – interrogation record and written statement before his suicide_

:3,000,000 According to a statement by Yeduha Bauer, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem

:1,600,000 According to _La Monde_ (September 1989)

:1,433,000 According to Prof. Raul Hilberg (Professor for Holocaust Research, and author of the book,_The Annihilation of European Jewry,_2nd.ed.1988

:1,250,000 According to Polish historians, Reportof July, 1990 and corresponding public announcements

:1,100,000 According to Gerald Reitlinger – author of _Die Endlbsun

AND – In the autumn of 1989 the Soviet President – Mikhail Gorbachev opened Soviet archives, and the public saw for the first time, the complete register of deaths at Auschwitz, which speaks as a key document of 74,000.

MY SHOCKING DACHAU DISCOVERY

Quite by accident, I uncovered what has to be one of the biggest lies perpetrated on the public in modern times. I have traveled extensively and while in Germany several years ago, I made a side trip to Dachau out of historic curiosity. While there I not only took the official tour but also purchased a copy of the official book of the camp history as compiled by the very same unfortunates who had suffered there during the period leading up to and till the end of WWII in Europe in Summer of 1945.

Upon reading it after my return to the States, something from the past jogged my memory. Something that did not seem right, and then I recalled what it was. I have an extensive Video library of WWII documentaries, which included Concentration camps. Upon reviewing the concentration camp film section on Dachau, I discovered the substantial following purposeful falsification of what was presented as SWORN historical fact.

In this well documented presentation, it will be shown that ranking members of the United States military conspired to deceive the American people and the rest of the world concerning a matter of international interest. In 1945, American troops occupied several of the German controlled prison camps. One of these – and perhaps one of the most familiar, was DACHAU.

The Video of the dated official Signal Corps film plainly indicated that Jewish ( and other) inmates of Dachau were gassed to death in Dachau ‘gas chambers’. It even goes so far as to show old films of piles of the victim’s clothing stacked outside the “lethal gas chambers”, ostensibly represented to the hapless victims as showers and de-lousing rooms. At the beginning of the film -titled-NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP, the official United States Signal Corps producers go to EXTREME length to authenticate the “factual” nature of the film and events to be viewed.

The great length at which the producers went can be illustrated by the length and complexity of the opening tirade of official credentials. The narrative begins with an ‘official’ bulletin that states the following in these exact words:

AUGUST 28 1945

“THIS IS AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY REPORT COMPILED FROM FILES MADE BY MILITARY PHOTOGRAPHERS SERVING WITH THE ALLIED ARMIES AS THEY ADVANCED INTO GERMANY.THE FILMS WERE MADE PURSUANT TO AN ORDER ISSUED BY GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER SUPREME COMMANDER ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCES.”

ROBERT H. JACKSON

UNITED STATES

(The last line is not visible)

(As if that were not proof enough, another detailed documentation reads as follows:)

UNITED STATES ARMY

Washington DC

Certification and Affidavit

“ I, George C. Stevens, Lt. Col. Army of the United States, hereby certify that:

From 1 March 1945 to 8 May 1945, I was on active duty with the United States Army Signal Corps attached to the Supreme Hqs..Allied Expeditionary Forces and among my official duties was the director of the photography of the NAZI concentration camps and prison camps as liberated by allied forces.

The motion pictures which will be shown following this affidavit were taken by official allied photographic teams in the course of their military duties, each team being composed of military personnel under the direction of a commissioned officer.

To the best of my knowledge and belief these motion pictures constitute a true representation of the individuals and screen photographs. They have not been altered in any respect since the exposures were made.

The accompanying narration is a true statement of the facts and

circumstances under which these pictures were made.”

George C. Stevens. Lt.Col. A.U.S.

Sworn to before me this 2nd day of October 1945

James B. Donavon, Commander, US Army Reserve

(And as if that STILL wasn’t proof enough that the contents were 100% truthful, consider this additional sworn testimony shown in the film.)

THE UNITED STATES NAVY DEPT.

Washington D.C.

Certification and Affidavit

“I, E.R.Kellogg, Lieutenant United States Navy, hereby certify that:

From 1929 1941 I was employed at 20th Century Fox Studios in

Hollywood California as a director of photographic effects and am familiar with all photographic techniques.”

“Since the 6th of Sept. 1941 to the present date of August 1945, I have been on active duty with the United States Navy.

I have carefully examined the motion picture to be shown following this affidavit and I certify that the excerpts of these images from the original negatives have not been retouched, distorted or otherwise altered in any respect and are true copies of the original held in the vaults of the United States Signal Corps.

These excerpts comprise 6,000 feet of film selected from 80,000 feet, all of which I have reviewed, and all of which is similar in character to the excerpts.”

E.R. Kellogg., Lieutenant U.S.N.

Sworn to before me this 27th day of August 1945

Don Ford, Captain, United States Navy

(The film now has shown the ultimate in credibility by using not only the sworn testimony of FIVE United States Army AND Navy commissioned officers BUT under the SPECIFIC DIRECT ORDERS OF THE SUPREME COMMANDER HIMSELF!)

HOLD THOSE THOUGHTS ( THE MULTIPLE SWORN AFFIDAVITS) AND READ THE FOLLOWING IRREFUTABLE OBSERVATIONS OF FACT AND “OFFICIAL” RECORD.

PROOF THAT THE “FACTUAL GASSINGS” AT DACHAU WERE 100% LIES_

However the whole matter was a huge fraud, apparently perpetrated by Jewish sympathizers whose obvious goals were to incense the immediate post-war American civilian viewers with the horrible notion that the ‘barbarous Germans’ in charge of the Dachau camp were committing wholesale murder on innocent unsuspecting (mostly Jewish) victims, by gassing them to death and burning ‘the evidence’.

The absolute 100% verifiable truth that this was a vicious hoax is easily proven, as one the many sources of verification of the fact that no Jew or other human was ever gassed at this camp, — is the society of Jewish survivors themselves. Read the description of the official US Govt. video and narrations. The videos OFFICIAL SWORN, CERTIFIED, AFFIDAVIT of the ‘true’ statements of facts begins as follows:

DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP NARRATIVE TO THE FILM;

(Film shows the outside of a building with stacks of clothes outside)

[The exact following text appears on the screen]

‘Hanging in orderly rows were the clothes of the persons who had been suffocated in a lethal gas chamber. They had been persuaded to remove their clothing under the pretext of taking a shower for which towels and soap were provided.’

The ‘voice’ of the narrator then speaks:

“This is the brausbad – the shower bath. Inside the shower bath, the gas vents on the ceiling, the dummy shower heads”

(Shows film of inside of brausbad with close-up of ‘showerheads’)

“In the engineer’s room, the intake and outlet pipe”

[film shows the inside of the described room]

“Push buttons to control inflow and out take of gas -hand valve to regulate pressure”

[film exhibits these items]

“Cyanide powder was used to generate the lethal smoke”

(shows can of ‘ZYCLON B’)

“From the gas chamber, the bodies were removed to the crematory.”

[shows shots of bodies piled in ovens [not yet burned]

This, according to the FORMER PRISONERS/INMATES at Dachau, as presented in the official camp museum memorial book PUBLISHED BY THE INTERNATIONAL DACHAU COMMITTEE –—— IS A COMPLETE LIE.

LET ME REPEAT THAT REMARKABLE DISCOVERY=

I HAVE DISCOVERED NUMEROUS STATEMENTS – REGARDING THE SO CALLED ‘HOLOCAUST’ – SWORN TO BY NUMEROUS RANKING AMERICAN MILITARY OFFICIALS – IN AN OFFICIAL ‘DOCUMENTED’ FILM – AS LIES!

My videos of the posters in the camp and the open admission of the Jewish guide himself, further confirm that GASSINGS NEVER OCCURRED AT DACHAU.

These irrefutable facts positively indicates without ANY DOUBT WHATSOEVER that the official Dept. of Army film AND narration supported SUBSTANTIAL LIES. I consider it shameful that Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower would permit his prominent name to be used in validation of such libelous slander.

It is common knowledge among WWII historians, That Gen. Eisenhower harbored an intense hatred of all Germans, EVEN after they were a defeated people, with their country in complete shambles for trusting the judgment of a lunatic’s evil ambitions. It is well documented that Eisenhower was SOLELY responsible for the FORCED starvation of hundreds of thousands of German POWs – just average soldiers doing what they were told for their country. As if these certifiable MEGA war crimes weren’t evil enough – he was also responsible of being an accomplice to perjury.

It was obviously a fabrication for gullible viewers to promote even more hatred for ALL German people – NOT just the long dead prison guards and camp commanders who had obviously carried out camp orders with more than just reluctance. Point is, where did these lies end and the truth begin? Who would do such a hateful and despicable deed?

If I had caught this substantial lie by pure accident without even trying to discover something like this – just how many more big lies about the Jewish “holocaust” have we been spoon fed since 1945? I specify the “holocaust” to be the one ‘against’ the Jews, to distinguish it from another well documented ‘holocaust’ in about the same time in history.

That ‘holocaust’, was the horrific cold-blooded murder of over 20,000,000 Russian Christians – by the Jew dominated Cheka under Stalin. Several of my former wife’s relatives were among the victims of those mindless murders. But of course – because they were gentile CHRISTIANS – their tragic ruthless mega-murders – are not NEARLY as important to warrant endless ‘guilt trips’ upon people who had nothing to do with it.

So where are the ‘Christian holocaust memorials?’ Where is the grief and repentance among Jewish leaders for this mass murder of innocent people ? People – whose only ‘guilt’ was that they professed their spiritual homage and reverence to the teachings of Christ? Where are the demands for tribunals to wreak justice upon these ‘world-class’ murderers ? Where are the endless motion pictures depicting Jews as cold-blooded killers of Christians? And – where are the documentary films – such as the ones I mentioned above – to so methodically site the ‘holocaust’ of Christians who worshiped God – at the hands of Jew dominated bloodthirsty mobs?

When people become so hateful that they resort to deception, intimidation, bribery, and outright lies to propagate and keep their legacy of hate alive, they discredit themselves.

Until I discovered – first hand – this shameful orchestrated deception, I tended to ignore stories that I had heard about the Jews exaggerating the facts about the so-called ‘holocaust ‘. I am not so sure anymore. Sadly – life and human nature often implies that one lie usually leads to another. I fully expect to see the future slowly reveal the WHOLE truth-sooner or later. Lying, flies in the face of God’s Commandment, and should be exposed wherever and whenever it is discovered.

Apparently – our traditional Constitutionally given right to express ourselves has been deemed obsolete by the Orwellian ‘thought police’ – and I may end up in an ‘American gulag’ – for my expression and concern for the truth. Others in this country and abroad have ALREADY paid a high price for their efforts to express what they sincerely believe to be true.

These Draconian ‘Jew KGB’ tactics have been imposed by a people who have labored tirelessly to conceal their own lies. Ironically – these people have also tirelessly worked to destroy the Constitution of my country – a country that these people by and large – have NEVER been loyal to.

I have learned something from these new legislations in America.

IF – a CHRISTIAN American ‘goy’ expresses anger against the Jew who FACTUALLY murdered countless of our relatives, friends, family members or our ‘brothers and sisters in faith’ THAT BECOMES A HATE CRIME – and a trip to prison!

Whereas – if it a Jew who has committed these horrendous crimes against humanity – he is exonerated because of his ‘chosen’ ‘victim’ ‘persecuted’ status – so it is OK – because his ‘religion’ not only allows – but encourages him to treat Christians like cattle ( goy) – fair game – to be cheated – robbed or even killed.

Isn’t it paradoxical – that the ‘chosen’ have accused us ‘goy’ of spreading hate against them by TELLING LIES – when IN FACT, IF you BELIEVE that the words of the Holy Bible are truth and not fiction – the Son of God accused them of being the sons of Satan – whom HE deemed the father of all lies! SINCE WHEN – in ANY decorous society – IS TELLING THE TRUTH A CRIME!

NOTE: anyone wishing to learn how to obtain copies of these falsified documents films video etc may do so through the Veterans Today Network. This is something about which the entire WORLD needs to know the TRUTH !

Who will be the NEXT to go to prison – for expression of thought. In an earlier and more moral Constitutional America – we called it ==

FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

DEFEND IT – OR LOSE IT!

FIN

My name is Joe Cortina. I was a 60s Green Beret commander and a representative for IBM as well as a scientist for Honeywell Aerospace in Florida. I later became President of my own manufacturing company.

I have two sons and 2 granddaughters who are the reason for my dedication to expose the threats to the freedoms I hope to see them enjoy as I did many decades ago when America was still a Christian-based sovereign nation free of Zionist influence.

 

The above article can be found here: JOE CORTINA: THE ZIONIST ‘HOLLOWHOAX’ CONTINUES

Nicolas Sarkozy admits Jewish ancestry, French press reveals ties to Israeli intelligence

Posted in ZOGs on October 27, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt); October 25, 2007

As if his marital challenges were not enough cause for concern, “Sarco the Sayan” has suddenly emerged as the most infamous accolade of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The influential French daily Le Figaro last week revealed that the French leader once worked for — and perhaps still does, it hinted — Israeli intelligence as a “sayan” (Hebrew for helper), one of thousands of Jewish citizens of countries other than Israel who cooperate with “katsas,” or Mossad case-officers.

A letter dispatched to French police officials late last winter — long before the presidential election but somehow kept secret — revealed that Sarkozy was recruited as an Israeli spy. The French police are currently investigating documents concerning Sarkozy’s alleged espionage activities on behalf of Mossad, which Le Figaro claims dated as far back as 1983. According to the author of the message, in 1978, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin ordered the infiltration of the French ruling Gaullist Party, Union pour un Mouvement Populaire. Originally targeted were Patrick Balkany, Patrick Devedjian and Pierre Lellouche. In 1983, they recruited the “young and promising” Sarkozy, the “fourth man”.

Ex-Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky describes how sayanim function in “By Way Of Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer.” They are usually reached through relatives in Israel. An Israeli with a relative in France, for instance, might be asked to draft a letter saying the person bearing the letter represents an organization whose main goal is to help save Jewish people in the Diaspora. Could the French relative help in any way? They perform many different roles. A car sayan, for example, running a rental car agency, could help the Mossad rent a car without having to complete the usual documentation. An apartment sayan would find accommodation without raising suspicions, a bank sayan could fund someone in the middle of the night if needs be, a doctor sayan would treat a bullet wound without reporting it to the police.

And a political sayan? It’s rather obvious what this could mean. The sayanim are a pool of people at the ready who will keep quiet about their actions out of loyalty to “the cause”, a non-risk recruitment system that draws from the millions of Jewish people outside Israel.

Such talk sends chills down spines, especially Arab and Muslim ones. Indeed, the revelation did not go unnoticed in Arab capitals or come as much of a surprise. Paris can be a sunny place for shady people. When it comes to intelligence gathering on behalf of Israel, a question mark is immediately raised on the moral caliber of the person in question. But, how does this scandal influence France’s foreign and domestic politics?

It is of symbolic significance that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was on a state visit to France in the immediate aftermath of Le Figaro ‘s exposé — ostensibly to discuss Iran‘s nuclear agenda and the Palestinian question. Proud and prickly France under its supposedly savvy new president hopes to play a more prominent role in the perplexing world of Middle Eastern politics. On Monday, Sarkozy flew to Morocco, the ancestral home of many of France’s Jewry, soon after his Mossad connection was made public. There is no clear evidence that the revelation is to make France any more unpopular in the Arab world than it already is, especially not in official circles.

On the domestic front, however, there are many conflicting considerations. The Jews of France now display a touch of the vapours, in sharp contrast to the conceited triumphalism with which they greeted his election: “We are persuaded that the new president will continue eradicating anti-Israeli resistance,” Sammy Ghozlan, president of the Jewish Community of Paris pontificated soon after Sarkozy’s election. France is home to 500,000 Jews, mostly Sephardic Jews originally from North Africa and Mediterranean countries.

Sarkozy’s own maternal grandfather Aron Mallah, hailed from Salonika, Greece, and is said to have exercised considerable influence on his grandson. Even though raised as a Roman Catholic, “Sarkozy played a critical role in moving the French government to do what is necessary to address the ill winds that threaten the largest Jewish community in Western Europe,” noted David Harris, the executive director of the American Jewish Committee. Sarkozy, after all, was a political product of the predominantly Jewish elite neighbourhood of Neuilly-sur-Seine, where he long served as mayor.

France’s Muslim minority was far from surprised by Le Figaro ‘s revelations, even though some may have feigned disappointment. Others have been more forthright. “France is not run by Frenchmen, but by lackeys of the Zionist International who control the economy,” lamented Radio Islam, of militant Islamist tendencies. When Sarkozy was France’s minister of interior and clamped down hard on Muslim immigrants, calling mainly Muslim rioters “scum” in a widely-publicised interview, they retaliated by calling him “Sarkozy, sale juif [dirty Jew]”. Obviously there is no love lost between the five million-strong French Muslim community, the largest in Western Europe, and the French president. He has grounds for concern. He assiduously courts the Israelis. That much is known.

In the scientific annals of French politics there is a cautionary tale of pantomime. French presidents are not always what they seem. There are, however, two key observations concerning Sarkozy. One, is Sarkozy’s intention of implementing a “new social contract” between employers and employees, capital and labor. This smacks of Thatcherism. His determination to force a “cultural revolution” in the collective national psyche is a trifle farcical. And unprincipled to boot. He recently introduced legislation — in tandem with his pension cuts, calling for genetic profiling of immigrants to ensure any relatives intending to immigrate are linked genetically. The strategy appears to be to soften the blow of the social security cuts by appealing to xenophobic racism.

The state of race relations in France is an even more muddled picture than the devastating caricatures by French-African comedian Dieudonne suggest. He is notorious for playing the part of a Hassidic Jew who mimics the Nazi salute. Few politicians blame their troubles on cynical comedians, though, and Sarkozy is no exception. His fans point accusing fingers at the “irresponsible press”.

The real magic starts when you power Sarkozy with his ex-model wife. She, after all, played a part in the freeing of the Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian medical doctor. She, too, is of Spanish-Jewish ancestry. But, that may be nothing but an insignificant aside. France, generally, regarded their bust-up as something of a bad joke. Unlike the Americans, the French do not take the private lives of their presidents terribly seriously. There was the late François Mitterrand, for example. Hardly anyone in all France raised an eyebrow when it transpired that he had an illegitimate daughter. The French are more concerned with the ideological orientation and political affiliation of their president and are not in the least interested in their private affairs — at least not in any political sense.

The interesting twist, however, is that the contest between Cecilia and Nicolas Sarkozy is a comic cross between a lover’s tiff and the battle of the sexes. It appears befuddled French voters are being forced to turn a blind eye to their leaders’ antics. Sarkozy’s divorce follows hard on the heels of the separation of France’s first female presidential candidate Ségolène Royal, the “gazelle” of French politics, from her lifelong lover François Hollande barely a month after she lost the presidential race in May. Moreover, at the tender age of 19, Royal sued her father for his refusal to divorce her mother and pay alimony and child support. That was way back in 1972; barely a decade later she won the case against her father. Ironically, Royal’s own mentor the late French socialist president Mitterrand was notorious for his extra-marital affairs, the most conspicuous being his love affair with Anne Pingeot and subsequent disclosure towards the end of his life that he fathered an illegitimate daughter Mazarine with her.

And what of the voters? The latest hazard facing the French president has been his socio-economic policies. Sarkozy’s showdown with the trade unions threatens to turn into a deciding moment for France. Foreign policy, too, has come under much scrutiny. France has become fanatically Atlanticist under the presidency of Sarkozy. Although, unlike US President George W Bush, Sarkozy does not make much noise about his own dubious religious convictions. The commonest criticism of Sarkozy is that he is overly conscious of his religious heritage, a trait that is not appreciated by the fanatically secular French political establishment. France is culturally the most irreligious country in Europe, itself the most secular and anti-religious of the world’s continents.

For a politician acclaimed for his acumen, it is startling that Sarkozy has been tripped up by events he should have seen coming. His sagacity obviously failed him this week. Le Figaro let the cat out of the bag. And his wife, too, after shopping with Lyudmila Putin, the Russian first lady, apparently decided that she had had enough of being treated as “part of the furniture” and made their rift very public.

France is now in the awkward position of having no first lady. The 49 year- old former model, lawyer and political advisor is by no means media shy. “I gave Nicolas 20 years of my life,” she told the popular French magazine Elle in a special feature which she asked for personally, despite the awkwardness of its timing. She had long complained of being politically peripheralised. Troubling as that interpretation is, it is in a way a consoling one for Sarkozy. He is now free to handle his opponents without his maverick Cecilia breathing down his neck or, on the contrary, disappearing at crucial moments.

Even with his personal life in tatters, Sarkozy is obliged to hoist the French tricoleur high in the international arena. Which flag is it to be?

The above article can be found here: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2007/868/in2.htm

‘French president has Greek-Jewish roots

Chicago Jewish News; January 11, 2008

ATHENS–A new book detailing the Greek-Jewish roots of Nicolas Sarkozy shows political involvement for the French president’s family.

According to “Me, the grandson of a Greek,” a new book written by three Greek authors, two Sarkozy ancestors were members of the Greek Parliament in the early 20th century.

One of the authors is Leon Nar, a Jewish writer from Salonika, also known as Thessaloniki, the former hometown of Sarkozy’s mother’s family.

The book theorizes that Sarkozy’s mother’s family came to Salonika from the French region of Provence. Sarkozy’s great-grandfather, Mordechai Mallah, a well-known Salonika jeweler, and his wife, Reina, had seven children. One was named Aaron, Sarkozy’s grandfather.

At the age of 14, Aaron Mallah and his mother left for France, where Aaron studied medicine and served as a doctor during World War I.

It was in Paris that Aaron met the gentile nurse who would become his wife. In order to marry Adel Bouvieux, Aaron was baptized and converted to Catholicism, taking the name Benedict, or Benico. A daughter, Andree Mallah, married a Hungarian refugee named Paul Sarkozy. The couple had three sons, including Nicolas.

Paul Sarkozy left the family when Nicolas was 5 years old, and Benico took care of them. Nicolas, according to the book, was very attached to his grandfather, who used to tell his grandchildren stories from Salonika.

Until Benico’s death in 1972, Nicolas Sarkozy and his brothers did not know they had Jewish roots. The Sarkozy brothers would learn the truth about their Jewish roots from their mother.

The authors said Benico did not tell his grandchildren about their Jewish roots to protect them, fearing anti-Semitism and another Holocaust, which killed most members of the Mallah clan.

In 1973, with his family facing financial difficulties, the 20-year-old Nicolas Sarkozy traveled to Salonika to sell his family’s leftover property.

During a visit to Greece in July 2006, the Jewish community of Salonika honored Sarkozy at a ceremony at the French Embassy in Athens.

The community gave Sarkozy, then France‘s interior minister, an album of his family tree going back to his great-great-grandfather, along with pictures of his ancestors. Sarkozy recognized some of the faces in the pictures from his own family albums.

At the event he met Lucy Saltiel, the wife of the president of the Jewish community of Salonika and a member of the Mallah family. Visibly moved, Sarkozy told the Jewish community members, “My roots are here.”

The above article can be found here: http://www.chicagojewishnews.org/story.htm?sid=212224&id=251495

 

Sarkozy: ‘My roots are in Salonika’

European Jewish Press; April 24, 2007

PARIS-ATHENS–The tough-talking Nicolas Sarkozy, who came out first from the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday ahead of his Socialist rival Ségolène Royal, casts himself as a modernizer and the man who wants to lead France into a “clean break” with a discredited past.

French voters chose to put Sarkozy and Royal in the runoff for the second round of the election on May 6.

They won respectively 31.1 percent and 25.8 percent of the vote.

The 52-year-old son of a Hungarian immigrant and a French mother of Greek Jewish origin, Sarkozy has served as Interior Minister twice, as Finance Minister and, since 2004, president of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).

Born in January 1955, Sarkozy had a privileged upbringing in the affluent Paris suburb of Neuilly where he served as mayor from 1983 to 2002. He studied law and — unlike most of France’s ruling class — avoided the elite National Administration School (ENA).

Twice married, Sarkozy has three children — the third by his current wife Cecilia with whom his stormy relationship has received widespread coverage in the gossip magazines.

The Mallah family in Salonika

Sarkozy’s mother is from the Mallah family, which originally came from Spain like all Jews of Salonika, northern Greece, and left with the expulsion of the Jews by King Ferdinand. They settled initially in France.

About 100 years later the family immigrated to Salonika.

Sarkozy’s great grandfather, who died in 1913, was a well known jeweler in Salonika. His business was destroyed when a fire in 1917 destroyed almost the entire city of Salonika.

The grave of Mordohai Mallah exists till today at Stavroupoli where it was transferred from the old cemetery just before the Germans walked in during WWII and destroyed the Jewish cemetery.

Nicolas’s grandfather, Benedict, was the first child of seven children. His real name was Aaron but the family called him Benico. At the age of 14, Benico and his mother left for France where he studied medicine and served in the French army as a doctor during WWI, where he met his future wife Adel Bouvieux, a pretty nurse.

In order to marry her he was baptized Catholic and took the name Benedict.

The couple had two daughters, Suzanne and Andrée, the mother of Nicolas, who married in the 50s a Hungarian immigrant Paul Sarkozy, the father of Nicolas.

Greek honor

In July 2006, while on a visit to Greece, Nicolas Sarkozy was honored at the French embassy in Athens by the Jewish Community of Salonika.

A plaque was unveiled which said: “In memory of Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to Greece from the Thessaloniki Jewish Community, the town of your ancestors, mother and city of Israel and Jerusalem of the Balkans.”

Along with the plaque the community gave the French minister an album of his genealogical tree going back to his great-great-grandfather along with pictures of his ancestors. Sarkozy recognized some of the people in the pictures from his family albums.

At the event the wife of the president of the Jewish community of Salonika David Saltiel, Lucy, who was born from the same Mallah family, was also present. A visibly moved Sarkozy thanked the community and said: “My roots are here.”

Most of the members of the Mallah family [are said to have] perished in the [alleged] Holocaust. Today the remaining members are living mainly in Switzerland, France and England.

The above article can be found at: http://www.ejpress.org/article/16221


‘Sarkozy’s Jewish roots’

Australian Jewish News; May 8, 2007

In an interview Nicolas Sarkozy gave in 2004, he expressed an extraordinary understanding of the plight of the Jewish people for a home: “Should I remind you the visceral attachment of every Jew to Israel, as a second mother homeland? There is nothing outrageous about it. Every Jew carries within him a fear passed down through generations, and he knows that if one day he will not feel safe in his country, there will always be a place that would welcome him. And this is Israel.

Sarkozy’s sympathy and understanding is most probably a product of his upbringing; it is well known that Sarkozy’s mother was born to the Mallah family, one of the oldest Jewish families of Salonika, Greece.

Additionally, many may be surprised to learn that his yet-to-be-revealed family history involves a true and fascinating story of leadership, heroism and survival.

It remains to be seen whether his personal history will affect his foreign policy and France’s role in the Middle East conflict.

In the 15th century, the Mallah family (in Hebrew: messenger or angel) escaped the Spanish Inquisition to Provence, France and moved about one hundred years later to Salonika.

In Greece, several family members became prominent Zionist leaders, active in the local and national political, economic, social and cultural life.

To this day many Mallahs are still active Zionists around the world.

Sarkozy’s grandfather, Aron Mallah, nicknamed Beniko, was born in 1890.

Beniko’s uncle Moshe was a well-known Rabbi and a devoted Zionist who, in 1898 published and edited “El Avenir”, the leading paper of the Zionist national movement in Greece at the time.

His cousin, Asher, was a Senator in the Greek Senate and in 1912 he helped guarantee the establishment of the Technion — the elite technological university in Haifa, Israel.

In 1919 he was elected as the first President of the Zionist Federation of Greece and he headed the Zionist Council for several years. In the 1930’s he helped Jews flee to Israel, to which he himself immigrated in 1934.

Another of Beniko’s cousins, Peppo Mallah, was a philanthropist for Jewish causes who served in the Greek Parliament, and in 1920 he was offered, but declined, the position of Greece’s Minister of Finance. After the establishment of the State of Israel he became the country’s first diplomatic envoy to Greece.

The rest of the above article can be found here: http://www.ajn.com.au/news/news.asp?pgID=3162

 

‘C’est l’economie, stupide: The continental divide’ The Jewish Daily Forward; April 27, 2007

When Nicolas Sarkozy, the conservative frontrunner in the French presidential elections, goes into the runoff with his socialist rival Ségolène Royal on May 6, he can count on strong support from the largest Jewish community in Western Europe. Many of France’s 600,000 Jews like Sarkozy’s outspoken (and somewhat un-French) support for Israel, but some are turned off by his willingness to echo the anti-immigration and sometimes racist rhetoric of veteran far-righter Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Both views of Sarkozy, however, are overrated, and should not decide the Jewish vote. In all likelihood, as president he would not fundamentally change France’s Middle East policy and its traditional affinity for Arab states and the Palestinian cause. Neither would he go beyond the tough approach of current President Jacques Chirac toward the unruly migrant youth in the banlieues, the run-down suburbs around Paris and other major cities. After all, until recently Sarkozy was Chirac’s interior minister.

When riots broke out in the banlieues two years ago, he set a defiant tone by threatening to clean up the ghettos with a “Kärcher,” a well-known German brand of industrial-strength pressure-washers used to remove dirt and feces from sidewalks. Some Muslim leaders have still not forgiven Sarkozy for these words, and they have threatened an explosion of anger in the banlieues if Sarkozy is elected.

There have been rumors of a secret alliance between Sarkozy and Le Pen, who once referred to the Holocaust as a detail of history and has made other anti-Jewish statements. Most Le Pen supporters, however, would never even consider voting for a Socialist like Royal, so it is hard to see how such an alliance would help Sarkozy.

During the campaign, Sarkozy wooed Le Pen voters by calling for the creation of a “Ministry of Immigration and National Identity” and by telling disgruntled immigrants to leave France. Le Pen struck back by describing Sarkozy, who has a Hungarian father and a mother of Greek Jewish descent, as a “candidate who comes from an immigration background.” “I,” Le Pen asserted, “am a candidate from this land.”

But it is not just having a Jewish grandmother that makes Sarkozy attractive to French Jews — among them some of the country’s leading intellectuals, including once-steadfast leftists Andre Glucksmann and Alain Finkelkraut. They like his pro-American attitudes, his sympathy for the American-led war on terrorism and his pledge to fight homegrown Muslim anti-Semitism. And Bernard-Henri Levy, perhaps France’s most celebrated public intellectual, contemplated backing Sarkozy for a while. Only in the last stage of the campaign did he finally endorse Royal, warning that Sarkozy would polarize French society.

Consistent violence against Jewish properties and against individual Jews, which reached its peak last year with the gruesome murder of 22-year-old Ilan Halimi, pushed many in the Jewish community to the right. Some even supported Le Pen’s National Front because of its anti-Arab stance.

Support for Sarkozy is most pronounced among Sephardic Jews who immigrated from North Africa and today represent the majority of French Jewry. Ashkenazim traditionally vote for the left, but even among them Sarkozy has gained a distinct following.

Royal, meanwhile, has zigzagged between strict law-and-order positions and traditional leftist sympathy for the disenfranchised, who in today’s France are mostly the children of North African immigrants. Even though she made some verbal gaffes during a trip to the Middle East, Royal is certainly not anti-Israel, just closer to the traditional French political mold.

But it is with regard to the economy that Sarkozy most differentiates himself from Royal. France has one of the highest unemployment rates in Western Europe, and almost a quarter of its young people are without a job. In the banlieues, the rate is much higher.

The country has lost its competitive edge, economic growth rates have fallen behind those of Germany, and high non-wage labor costs and extremely rigid work hours continue to stifle the creation of new jobs. Most economists agree that France needs a dose of deregulation to get its economy back on track.

Even though Sarkozy avoided any radical measures when he was finance minister for six months in 2004, he seems much more likely to reform the economy than Royal, who has pledged a huge increase in social spending without any proposals to finance her generous campaign promises. Still, there are more than a few who believe that only the French model of state intervention and high social spending can hold society together and preserve what is still one of the world’s highest standards of living.

A sustained economic upswing would be the best way to reduce ethnic tensions and help to integrate young Muslims into French society, while continued stagnation might turn the banlieues into battle zones and cause societal tensions that would inevitably affect the country’s Jews. Whether Sarkozy can really fix the economy remains to be seen, but it is clearly his strongest card for the presidential runoff.

The above article can be found here: http://www.forward.com/articles/10591/

 

‘Will Sarkozy’s Jewish roots impact France’s policies?’Jewish Journal; May 10, 2007

In an interview French President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy gave in 2004, he expressed an extraordinary understanding of the plight of the Jewish people for a home: “Should I remind you the visceral attachment of every Jew to Israel, as a second mother homeland? There is nothing outrageous about it. Every Jew carries within him a fear passed down through generations, and he knows that if one day he will not feel safe in his country, there will always be a place that would welcome him. And this is Israel.”

Sarkozy’s sympathy and understanding is most probably a product of his upbringing. It is well known that Sarkozy’s mother was born to the Mallah family, one of the oldest Jewish families of Salonika, Greece. Yet it remains to be seen whether his personal history will affect his foreign policy and France’s role in the Middle East conflict.

In the 15th century, the Mallah family (Hebrew for messenger or angel) escaped the Spanish Inquisition to Provence, France, and moved about 100 years later to Salonika. In Greece, several family members became prominent Zionist leaders, active in the local and national political, economic, social and cultural life.

In 1917, a great fire destroyed parts of Salonika and damaged the Mallah family estate. Many Jewish-owned properties, including the Mallah’s, were expropriated by the Greek government. The Jewish population emigrated from Greece and much of the Mallah family left Salonika for France, America and Israel.

Sarkozy’s grandfather, Aron Mallah, nicknamed Benkio, immigrated to France, where he converted to Catholicism and changed his name to Benedict in order to marry a French Christian girl named Adele Bouvier.

Although Benedict integrated fully into French society, he remained close to his Jewish family and culture. Knowing he was still considered Jewish by blood, he hid his family in the village of Marcillac la Croisille in western France during World War II.

During the [alleged] Holocaust, many of the Mallahs who stayed in Salonika or moved to France were deported to concentration and extermination camps. In total, 57 family members were [said to have been] murdered by the Nazis. Testimonies reveal that several [were said to have] revolted against the Nazis.

In 1950, Benedict’s daughter, Andree Mallah, married Pal Nagy Bosca y Sarkozy, a descendant of an aristocratic Hungarian family. The couple had three sons, Guillaume, Nicolas and François. After the couple divorced in 1960, Andrée Sarkozy raised her three boys close to their grandfather, Benedict. Nicolas was especially close to Benedict, who was like a father to him.

Sarkozy says he admired his grandfather, and through hours spent listening to his stories of the Nazi occupation, the Maquis (French Resistance), De Gaulle and D-Day, Benedict bequeathed to Nicolas his political convictions.

Sarkozy’s family lived in Paris until Benedict’s death in 1972, at which point they moved to Neuilly-sur-Seine to be closer to the boys’ father, Pal (who changed his name to Paul) Sarkozy.

Various memoirs depict Paul Sarkozy as a father who did not spend much time with his children or help the family monetarily. Nicolas had to sell flowers and ice cream in order to pay for his studies. However, his fascination with politics led him to become the city’s youngest mayor and to rise to the top of French and world politics. The rest is history.

It may be a far leap to consider that Sarkozy’s Jewish ancestry may have any bearing on his policies vis-à-vis Israel. However, many expect Sarkozy’s presidency to bring a dramatic change not only in France’s domestic affairs but also in the country’s foreign policy in the Middle East.

Nevertheless, there are several reasons that any expectations for a drastic change in the country’s Middle East policy, or foreign policy in general, should be downplayed.

First, France’s new president will spend the lion’s share of his time dealing with domestic issues, such as the country’s stagnating economy, its social cohesiveness and the rising integration-related crime rate.

When he finds time to deal with foreign affairs, Sarkozy will have to devote most of his energy to protecting France’s standing in an ever-involved European Union. In his dealings with the United States, Sarkozy will most likely prefer to engage on less-explosive agenda items than the Middle East.

Second, France’s foreign policy stems from the nation’s interests rooted in reality and influenced by a range of historic, political, strategic and economic considerations. Since Sarkozy’s landing at the Elysée on May 16 will not change those, France‘s foreign policy ship will not tilt so quickly under a new captain.

Third, France‘s Foreign Affairs Ministry exerts significant weight over the country’s policies and agenda. There, non-elected bureaucrats tend to retain an image of Israel as a destabilizing element in the Middle East, rather then the first line of defense of democracy. Few civil servants would consider risking France’s interests or increasing chances for “a clash of civilizations” in order to help troubled Israel or Palestine reach peace.

It is fair to predict that France will stay consistent with its support in establishing a viable Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, existing side by side with a peaceful Israel. How to get there, if at all, will not be set by Sarkozy’s flagship, but rather he will follow the leadership of the United States and the European Union.

Although Sarkozy’s family roots will not bring France closer to Israel, the president’s personal Israeli friends may. As interior minister, Sarkozy shared much common policy ground with former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two started to develop a close friendship not long ago, and it is easy to observe similarities not only in their ideology and politics but also in their public image. If Netanyahu returns to Israel’s chief position, it will be interesting to see whether their personal dynamic will lead to a fresh start for Israel and France and a more constructive European role in the region.

The above article can be found here: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/will_sarkozys_jewish_roots_impact_frances_policies_20070511/

 

‘Sarkozy’s son and Jewish heiress tie the knot’Haaretz (Israel); September 11, 2008

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 22-year-old son Jean, who has launched his own political career, married a member of the Jewish family that founded one of France‘s biggest retailers on Wednesday.

Jean Sarkozy has become a household name in France since he played an important role in supporting and then abandoning the main center-right party’s candidate to succeed his father as mayor of the wealthy Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.

A law student, the president’s second son has since been elected to the post of local councilor in his father’s former fiefdom and taken over the influential post of leader of the centre-right UMP party group in his regional council.

Jean Sarkozy told reporters he married Jessica Sebaoun-Darty, whose family set up one of France‘s biggest electronics retailers, Darty, at the town hall of Neuilly on Wednesday evening.

Jean Sarkozy shot to fame last year, when he had a hand in the demise of his father’s then spokesman, David Martinon.

Martinon, who was seen as close to Nicolas Sarkozy’s then wife, Cecilia, was originally anointed as the UMP candidate for mayor of Neuilly. But many residents were unhappy with a man who had never lived in their town being parachuted in to run it, and his local backers, including Jean Sarkozy, soon ditched him.

Martinon pulled out of the election, dealing a blow to his political ambitions. He has since returned to his previous career as a diplomat and is now France’s consul in Los Angeles.

The younger Sarkozy’s turnaround prompted some observers to say he shared his father’s political cunning, and he has since become a pin-up of the centre right.

Sarkozy, born to the president’s first wife, became engaged to Sebaoun-Darty in June. He has denied speculation he is planning to convert to Judaism.

The conditions in which the wedding was held — on a weekday afternoon and with several guests arriving through a back door to avoid the waiting press — was reminiscent of Nicolas Sarkozy’s marriage to singer and former model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy seven months ago.

That wedding, celebrated in a low-key, civil ceremony at the presidential Elysee palace, was Sarkozy’s third and took place just four months after he separated from Cecilia, his wife of 11 years.

The above article can be found here: http://www.haaretz.com/news/sarkozy-s-son-and-jewish-heiress-tie-the-knot-1.253572

Jewish US attorney general blocked moves to combat mortgage fraud in 2008

Posted in ZOGs on October 22, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘Bush’s Justice Dept. pick is orthodox Jew’

The Jewish Daily Forward; September 19, 2007

To those who know him, retired federal judge Michael Mukasey, an Orthodox Jew and political conservative, is a jurist who kept his politics and religion out of the courtroom.

That’s in marked contrast to his predecessor, the scandal-plagued Alberto Gonzales, who resigned this month despite President Bush’s best efforts to retain him. Gonzales’s tenure was marked by his loyalty to Bush and by an oft-repeated only-in-America story of his being the child of Mexican immigrants.

As a judge, Mukasey broke with the White House on a key anti-terrorism issue by ruling that a suspect must have access to a lawyer. And unlike some other judges, he has abjured involvement in Jewish advocacy.

“Some judges have improperly remained active in Jewish organizational life while they were on the bench,” said Marc Stern, general counsel of the American Jewish Congress. “It’s a testament to his probity that he was not among them.”

That does not mean his Judaism is not deeply felt.

Mukasey, 66, is a lifelong congregant at Kehillath Jeshurun on New York City’s Upper East Side. He was educated at its Ramaz school, and his wife served for a time as the school’s headmistress. He is close friends with another congregant, Jay Lefkowitz, a top Washington lawyer and a veteran of the Soviet Jewry advocacy movement who is Bush’s special envoy for human rights in North Korea.

Lefkowitz rushed to praise the selection, as did another top Jewish conservative, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol.

Orthodox groups were not shy about claiming Mukasey.

“He’s a man of impeccable character, and it’s nice to see someone from the community nominated to such an important position,” said Nathan Diament, the Orthodox Union’s Washington director.

Mukasey would be the second Jewish attorney general. Ed Levi, who served under President Ford in the mid-1970s, also was known for his independent streak. Mukasey has close ties, dating back to his days as an assistant US attorney in the 1960s, to Rudy Giuliani, a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination. The former New York City mayor lost no time in endorsing Mukasey’s nomination, raising the possibility that the retired judge could straddle two administrations should Giuliani win the presidency in November 2008.

A defendant in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing tried to make Mukasey’s Kehillath Jeshurun membership an issue. He filed an appeal to remove Mukasey as a judge, arguing that his allegiances would prejudice him against Muslims.

Appellate judges dismissed the concerns as “utterly irrelevant.”

Similarly, in the appropriate forums, Mukasey is not uncomfortable about baring his conservative credentials. In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece last month, Mukasey lent considerable intellectual weight to Bush administration arguments that applying conventional legal mores to terrorism suspects is counterproductive.

“The rules that apply to routine criminals who pursue finite goals are skewed, and properly so, to assure that only the highest level of proof will result in a conviction,” Mukasey wrote. “But those rules do not protect a society that must gather information about, and at least incapacitate, people who have cosmic goals that they are intent on achieving by cataclysmic means.”

Yet in the courtroom, Mukasey strictly adhered to case law and precedent, according to those who worked with him.

“In a criminal sphere I saw that he was very fair, and gave the defense a chance to try its chase,” said Baruch Weiss, a criminal defense lawyer who during his stint as a federal prosecutor appeared before Mukasey. “He wasn’t afraid to rule on behalf of the government or the defense.”

Weiss said the only sign he saw of Mukasey’s Judaism was that “he knew how to pronounce my name, unlike a lot of other judges.”

Mukasey’s extensive dealings with terrorism underscore how much that issue has become the Bush administration’s focus in its final days, Stern said.

“What obviously propels the Mukasey nomination forward, because there are lots of people who hold his views on terrorism, is that he’s strong but credible, and that shows how strong those issues of have become to the administration,” he said.

Yet, for Stern, a nominee chosen on the basis of his stance on terrorism alone offered cause for concern.

“He’s a cipher on abortion, he’s a cipher on civil rights, he’s a cipher on all the hot-button issues that move the administration’s base,” Stern said.

The AJCongress has called for a rigorous confirmation process.

The above article can be found here: http://www.forward.com/articles/11649/

 

‘Mukasey declines to create US task force to investigate mortgage fraud’

The New York Times; June 6, 2008

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey rejected on Thursday the idea of creating a national task force to combat the country’s mortgage fraud crisis, calling the problem a localized one akin to “white-collar street crimes.”

Mr. Mukasey made clear that he saw the mortgage fraud problem at the root of the nation’s housing crisis as a serious one. But he said he was confident that the Justice Department’s current approach — using local prosecutors’ offices around the country to oversee separate FBI investigations — was adequate.

Since he took over as attorney general last November, Mr. Mukasey has grappled with how best to deal with the law enforcement side of the growing housing crisis. He said in March, for instance, that the Justice Department was still struggling to determine whether there was a “larger criminal story” behind the housing crisis.

He gave his most definitive answer on Thursday in a briefing for reporters, saying that he did not think that the kind of national task force created at the Justice Department in 2002 to investigate the collapse of Enron was “the proper response” to the current crisis.

Some critics have called for the same sort of broad federal law enforcement response seen in the Enron case and a wave of other corporate scandals earlier this decade, or in the collapse of the savings and loan industry in the 1980s and 1990s.

“This is disappointing,” Representative Barney Frank, the [Jewish] Massachusetts Democrat who leads the House financial services committee, said in an interview about Mr. Mukasey’s remarks.

Calling the mortgage crisis, “worse than Enron,” Mr. Frank said, “Enron didn’t cause a worldwide recession. This has more innocent victims.”

Mr. Frank noted that a $2.4 billion bill to prevent mortgage foreclosure, which has already passed the House, includes a provision backed by Republicans to provide an additional $300 million for law enforcement officials to fight mortgage fraud. He questioned how that money could be spent without a more centralized effort.

But administration officials maintain that they are aggressively investigating fraud allegations growing out of the housing crisis, with or without a national task force to coordinate the effort.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating 19 major corporate fraud cases related to the mortgage crisis. The targets of most of those investigations have not been disclosed. In addition, the FBI has 1,380 small mortgage fraud investigations now open in field offices around the country, a sharp increase over previous years, officials said.

Christopher J. Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat who leads the Senate banking committee, said Mr. Mukasey’s comments suggested that the administration “vastly underestimates the scope of this problem.”

Mr. Dodd said in a statement that “millions of borrowers were lured into mortgages they could not afford by unscrupulous lenders and brokers, resulting in a housing crisis that has affected neighborhoods across America. The administration ought to be aggressively pursuing the perpetrators of these abusive practices.”

John C. Coffee, a professor at Columbia Law School who specializes in corporate law, said that so far, the office of the New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, appeared to have adopted a more aggressive approach to investigating possible mortgage fraud by major Wall Street firms than have his federal counterparts.

“One area the attorney general should be concerned about is securities fraud at the core of our investment banking system,” Professor Coffee said. “The allegation that deserves attention is that these firms were knowingly packaging these securities with the knowledge that the quality of the collateral had materially deteriorated without disclosing that change.”

The practice, he added, appears to reflect “a systemic problem, with the red lights blinking.”

Mr. Mukasey, in his comments to reporters, acknowledged that particular markets had problems at almost every stage of the housing process. Mortgage holders were not told the true terms of their loans, homes were overvalued, and investment firms put together mortgage-backed securities packages in ways that inflated their true value.

“That has happened over and over again,” Mr. Mukasey said of the problems. “Someone that I met with characterized it as white-collar street crime.”

But the attorney general said local jurisdictions were in the best position to investigate, and he noted several major prosecutions had already been brought in federal court in the Eastern District of New York.

“There will be more and we will prosecute it, where we see it,” he said. “There’s always more we can do. That said, I don’t see what you call the Enron-type task force. This isn’t that type of phenomena.”

The above article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/06/business/06justice.html?_r=1

 

‘Bush burns Hanukkah candle at both ends’

The Jewish Daily Forward; September 19, 2007

Washington — President Bush had a day full of Jews last Monday.

The Jewish festivities began at a discussion that Bush held with 15 Jewish communal leaders who escaped religious persecution in their countries of origin. After that, he moved on to a Hanukkah candle lighting, where a menorah that belonged to the great-grandfather of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was lit.

Then it was on to the party — the evening event was the largest Hanukkah gathering the White House has seen, with more than 500 Jewish guests standing in the receiving line for a handshake and a holiday photo with Bush and the first lady.

Bush’s Hanukkah tradition exceeds any other Jewish celebration offered by his predecessors. While former presidents held one “holiday celebration” for all religions, it was Bush who started the tradition of having a Hanukkah event for the Jewish community, as well as an Iftar dinner for Muslims during the month of Ramadan.

In what became a trademark of his relations with the Jewish community, Bush dedicated his annual meeting with Jewish leaders to community figures who are not part of the formal Jewish establishment. This year, it was a group composed of Jews who were born outside the United States and fled their countries because of religious persecution. Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, who came from the 500-member Abayudaya community in Eastern Uganda and lives in Los Angeles, sat on Bush’s left.

In the initial planning stages, the theme of the White House event was supposed to be a commemoration of the Soviet Jewry movement. But as preparations advanced, a source in the organized Jewish community said, the theme was broadened and finally reflected the larger issue of human rights and the struggle of Jews for freedom all around the world.

The president did invite two former Soviet refuseniks: Yuli Edelstein, who is now deputy speaker of Israel’s Knesset, and Vladimir Kvint from New York. Edelstein later said that he told Bush he is hoping to see him soon in Israel; in response, he received the first formal confirmation from the president regarding his plan to visit Israel in early January 2008.

Bush focused his discussion with the Jewish leaders on issues relating to freedom and human rights, avoiding mention of the current negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

“America must stay engaged in helping people realize the great blessings of religious freedom,” Bush said after the meeting.

The bigger event was the evening Hanukkah celebration. For the past three years, the party has offered a chance for the White House to make its entire kitchen kosher for a day. The operation was overseen by Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad’s Washington representative. Shemtov said it was first lady Laura Bush who insisted the whole kitchen be koshered instead of bringing in only a limited amount of kosher food.

“They had everything, from lamb chops to latkes,” one of the guests said.

The big-ticket guests at the reception were the Jewish officials in Bush’s administration, including Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Bush’s chief of staff, Joshua Bolten.

The guest list also included representatives from most Jewish groups, religious streams and political parties. Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a key supporter of the Republican Party and of Israel’s Likud party, was among the guests spotted.

Though the holiday celebration steered clear of politics, some in the crowd managed to find hidden references in the president’s speech.

Nathan Diament, the Washington representative of the Orthodox Union — which is at the forefront of a campaign to avoid any future division of Jerusalem — wrote on his blog that he was “especially pleased” to hear the president’s remarks about the Maccabees, who, Bush said, “liberated the capital city of Jerusalem. As they set about rededicating the holy temple, they witnessed a great miracle.”

The above article can be found here: http://www.forward.com/articles/12249/

In early 2009, newly-elected US president (and Zionist front-man) Barack Obama replaced Mukasey with Eric Holder, making the latter the first Afro-American in US history to hold the position of attorney general — 800

Rachel Corrie case: Israeli soldier to testify anonymously

Posted in RACHEL CORRIE BRIGADES on October 21, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

 

American Peace Activist Killed By Israeli Bulldozer
Guardian.co.uk,
October 20, 2010

Family criticises decision to allow soldier who drove bulldozer that killed daughter to give evidence from behind screen

<–American peace activist Rachel Corrie being interviewed in the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza Strip a few days before she was killed by a bulldozer. The Israeli soldier at the controls of a bulldozer that crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie in Gaza in March 2003 is due to give evidence tomorrow in the civil lawsuit brought by the American activist’s family.

However the judge hearing the case in Haifa has ruled that, for security reasons, the soldier can testify anonymously from behind a screen, denying Cindy and Craig Corrie the opportunity to face the man who directly caused their daughter’s death.

Israel‘s supreme court refused to hear an appeal by the family challenging the judge’s ruling. However, the unit commander in charge that day will testify in full view of the court as his identity is already known.

“I’ll be grateful at least to be able to hear [the bulldozer driver’s] words but I won’t get the complete picture and I’ll be disappointed by that,” Cindy Corrie said in an interview in Jerusalem last week.

“They’ve said it’s the security of the witnesses they are trying to protect. I can understand it would be uncomfortable for the soldiers to have to see us, but I can’t understand how our family is a threat to their security.”

Corrie, from Olympia, Washington state, was killed while attempting to protect the home of a Palestinian family in the Rafah area of Gaza from being demolished by Israeli troops seven and a half years ago. A posthumous book and play based on the graphic and moving emails she wrote to friends and family made her an iconic figure.

An internal Israeli military investigation, which was never published nor released to the US government or the Corries, concluded that the bulldozer driver had not seen Rachel and that no charges would be brought. The case was closed.

The family brought a civil case – “absolutely our last resort” – against the state of Israel, which opened in March this year and is expected to conclude early next year. Among the early witnesses was a fellow activist, Briton Richard Purssell, who described how Corrie disappeared from view under the advancing bulldozer.

The driver’s evidence will be a key moment in the case but the Corrie family has been careful not to invest too much in his evidence. “While the driver is very important, to me he is not the only person who has responsibility,” said Cindy Corrie. “Responsibility is shared with a lot of people. My focus isn’t entirely on the driver.”

Sarah Corrie Simpson, Rachel’s older sister, said: “Ultimately the individual had the ability to stop that act. However if you only hold responsible the individual, you’re losing the broader context of what’s going on. You have to look at the chain of command and what sort of orders were being given at that time.”

The family, while wanting an acceptable end to their battle for justice, was wary of the concept of closure. “It’s hard to conceive of that,” said Craig Corrie. “People talk about it, but it’s real hard to define what closure would be when you’ve lost a child, lost a little sister.”

Corrie Simpson said closure was difficult to define: “I’m not sure how you ever get to a place where you even feel close to that when you know there are people out there on the other end of what happened to Rachel, and you’ve never even been able to see their faces. Mum talks about being able to see the humanity of the person that was on the other end – and now the majority of soldiers will get to testify behind a screen, and that takes that away from us.”

At the very least, the family hoped their legal battle would shine a light on the Israeli Defence Force’s (IDF) investigative process.

Cindy Corrie said if the IDF were, as it claimed, the most moral army in the world, “they should be willing to look at a system that is much more transparent than what exists right now”.

Last month, a colonel responsible for writing operating manuals for military bulldozers, testified that there were no civilians in a war zone.

Cindy Corrie said: “It’s a window, hearing that coming from these people, a real window into the mindset – and it’s very, very concerning. And I think every Israeli should be really concerned.”

 

The above article can be found here: Rachel Corrie case: Israeli soldier to testify anonymously