Thursday, 8 May 2003

Israelis Arrested and Detained for 9-11

This is a relatively old story, but one that is worth repeating simply because it has been so widely under-reported by the mainstream media.

Don’t let media headlines about “rumors from the Muslim world” distract you: At least several Israelis have been held by FBI as possible suspects in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Attorney General John Ashcroft has released an Israeli suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist events who “had trouble” with a seven-hour polygraph test administered by the FBI—but who “did better on a second try.” In other words, the suspect still flunked both times.

That’s not some “rumor” from the Muslim world. That remarkable admission appeared in the Nov. 21 is sue of The New York Times.

The Times reported the suspect, Paul Kurzberg, “re fused on principle to divulge much about his role in the Israeli army or subsequently working for people who may have had ties to Israeli intelligence.”

Yet, Ashcroft sent Kurzer home to Israel.

The Forward, a Jewish newspaper, reported on Nov. 23 that “top-ranking Israeli diplomats” had intervened with Ashcroft on behalf of Kurzer and four other young Israelis—evidently all former members of the Israeli Army—who had been taken into custody by the FBI in New Jersey after being seen acting suspiciously in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack.

The Times said that witnesses had seen Kurzer and his four colleagues “going to unusual lengths to photograph the World Trade Center ruins” and, significantly, “making light of the situation”—hardly the response one would expect from American allies.

The five were carrying multiple passports, $4,000 cash and box cutters when apprehended. It is said that the Israelis had box cutters only because they worked for a moving company and that it is only a coincidence that the “Arabs” who hijacked the planes had used box cutters.

What has not been reported in the U.S. media—with the exception of American Free Press’s Oct. 1 issue—was that on Sept. 18, the mother of one of the detainees told an Israeli newspaper, Ha’aretz, that the FBI had questioned her son as to whether he was an agent of Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad.

Why the FBI would suspect that Mossad agents may have been involved in the so-called “Arab terrorist” attack is a logical question that has never been raised in the mainstream media.

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