Donald Trump’s claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the World Trade Center attacks is factually incorrect in two details: they were Jews—Israeli agents, accused of spying in America—and there were only five of them.
Trump’s comments have of course been seized upon by the controlled media in an attempt to reduce his popularity—but even in their rebuttal of his claims, the media’s bias is evident: none of them dares mention the Israeli connection.
Trump appeared to be repeating a story most often referred to as the “Dancing Israelis” conspiracy, or, more specifically, the crackpot Alex Jones Infowars version of that story, in which the culprits were mysteriously transformed into Muslims. Furthermore, the Israelis were not “dancing” but “only” celebrating and laughing.
To gain a full understanding of how this “Dancing Israelis” story has arisen, it is necessary to briefly overview Israel’s concerted, deliberate, and ongoing espionage campaign against America.
It is no secret that Israel runs extensive spy operations against the US—even though America is supposed to be Israel’s “best ally.”
One of the infamous Edward Snowden “Wikileaks” telegrams, as published in Newsweek magazine in April 2014, revealed that Israel was singled out in 2007 as a top espionage threat against the US government, including its intelligence services—in an official National Security Agency (NSA) document (“Israel Flagged as Top Spy Threat to US in New Snowden/NSA Document,” 8/4/14).
In a section of the document headed “Foreign Intelligence, Counterintelligence; Denial & Deception Activities: Countering Foreign Intelligence Threats,” Israel was listed as a leading perpetrator of “espionage/intelligence collection operations and manipulation/influence operations…against US government, military, science & technology and Intelligence Community” organs.
Jewish espionage against America is extensive and ongoing. As outlined in Salon magazine in 2002 (“The Israeli ‘art student’ mystery,” Tuesday, May 7, 2002), Israeli spies have long been spotted at all levels of the US’s security infrastructure.
The Salon article revealed that in January 2001, the security branch of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reported that “young Israelis claiming to be art students and offering artwork for sale” had been attempting to penetrate DEA offices and the offices of other law enforcement and Department of Defense agencies.
As Salon noted:
Strangest of all, the “students” had visited the homes of numerous DEA officers and other senior federal officials. As a pattern slowly emerged, the DEA appeared to have been targeted in what it called an “organized intelligence gathering activity.”
Reports were then collated from more than 40 US cities, where agents of the DEA, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Air Force, Secret Service, FBI, and US Marshals Service documented some 130 separate incidents of “art student” encounters.
Salon also revealed that some of the Israelis were observed sketching the inside of federal buildings, while others were found carrying photographs they had taken of federal agents. One had even been discovered with a computer printout in his luggage that referred to “DEA groups.”
In some cases, the Israelis visited locations not known to the public—areas without street addresses, for example, or DEA offices not identified as such—leading authorities to suspect that information had been gathered from prior surveillance or perhaps electronically, from credit cards and other sources. One Israeli was discovered holding banking receipts for substantial sums of money, close to $180,000 in withdrawals and deposits over a two-month period.
Most suspiciously, Salon reported, a
[N]number of the Israelis resided for a period of time in Hollywood, Fla.—the small city where Mohammed Atta and three terrorist comrades lived for a time before Sept. 11.
In March 2001, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX), a branch of the CIA, issued a formal warning to federal employees about “suspicious visitors to federal facilities.”
The warning noted that “employees have observed both males and females attempting to bypass facility security and enter federal buildings.”
Federal agents, the warning stated, had “arrested two of these individuals for trespassing and discovered that the suspects possessed counterfeit work visas and green cards.”
In the wake of the NCIX bulletin, Salon continued, 140 Israeli nationals were detained and deported between March 2001 and September 11, 2001. According to the INS, the deportations resulted from violations of student visas that forbade the Israelis from working in the United States.
In fact, as Salon had established, none of the Israelis were enrolled in the art school most of them claimed to be attending; the other college they claimed to be enrolled in did not exist.
Finally, the Salon article noted that after the September 11, 2001 attacks, “many more young Israelis—60, according to one AP dispatch and other reports—were detained and deported.”
The “cheering people” to which Trump referred—and which forms the basis of the “Dancing Israeli” story, were, as reported in ABC News, actually a group of Israeli spies who were arrested shortly after their behavior was reported by a New Jersey housewife (“Were Israelis Detained on Sept. 11 Spies?” June 21, 2002).
As the ABC article reported, the New Jersey housewife was watching the burning World Trade Center when “something else caught her eye.”
The ABC article continued:
Looking down, she saw three young men kneeling on the roof of a white van in the parking lot of her apartment building. “They seemed to be taking a movie.”
The men were taking video or photos of themselves with the World Trade Center burning in the background, she said. What struck Maria were the expressions on the men’s faces. “They were like happy, you know … They didn’t look shocked to me. I thought it was very strange,” she said.
Other news media (such as a now-suppressed New Jersey Record story) confirmed that the Israeli agents had been “celebrating” the attack on the World Trade Center.
The ABC report said that the New Jersey housewife had found their behavior so suspicious that she wrote down the license plate number of their van and called the police.
The “white van” as it became known, was traced to a company called Urban Moving. It was then spotted at around 4 p.m. on September 11, on a service road off Route 3, near New Jersey’s Giants Stadium.
A police officer pulled the van over, finding five men, between 22 and 27 years old, in the vehicle. The men were taken out of the van at gunpoint and handcuffed by police.
As ABC reported, the arresting officers said one of the passengers had $4,700 in cash hidden in his sock. Another was carrying two foreign passports.
“But perhaps the biggest surprise for the officers came when the five men identified themselves as Israeli citizens,” ABC reported.
According to the police report, one of the passengers told the officers they had been on the West Side Highway in Manhattan “during the incident”—referring to the World Trade Center attack.
The driver of the van, Sivan Kurzberg, told the officers, “We are Israeli. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem.” The other passengers were his brother Paul Kurzberg, Yaron Shmuel, Oded Ellner, and Omer Marmari.
When the men were transferred to jail, the case was transferred out of the FBI’s Criminal Division, and into the bureau’s Foreign Counterintelligence Section, which is responsible for espionage cases, ABC continued—because the FBI believed Urban Moving may have been providing cover for an Israeli intelligence operation.
The FBI searched Urban Moving’s offices, removing boxes of documents and a dozen computer hard drives. The FBI also questioned Urban Moving’s owner, and when they called back a second time for an in-depth interview a few days later, the company offices had been abandoned and the owner had “cleared out of his New Jersey home, put it up for sale, and returned with his family to Israel.”
The five Israelis were held in detention for 71 days, and subjected to numerous lie detector tests—which they failed. The reason for their detention was that the FBI knew that at least two of the men were Israeli intelligence operatives.
They were however just deported back to Israel without any charges ever being put to them. When back in Israel, the five Jews went on Israeli TV to discuss how they had gone to “document” the attacks.
In other interviews they said they had only gone out to film the attacks after they had heard about the first plane strike—a reasonable sounding explanation until it was definitively revealed that the Urban Moving company for which they “worked” in New Jersey was indeed an Israeli Secret service (Mossad) front.
Thus, as a British Channel 4 documentary later remarked, an “endearing conspiracy theory was born”—claiming that Israeli intelligence had penetrated US intelligence and had been monitoring the Muslim ring planning the 9-11 attacks.
This enabled the Israelis, the theory goes, to know when and where the attack was going to take place.
Furthermore, the conspiracy theory claims, the Israelis deliberately withheld knowledge of the forthcoming attacks from the US because they knew that in the aftermath of such an event, American public opinion would swing firmly behind the neocon plan of getting the US to attack various Middle Eastern nations in “revenge.”
Thus, as outlined earlier, the neocon plan to destroy Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syria, was set into motion by the events of September 11.
While it is unquestionably true that the neocon plan to goad Americans into attacking Iraq—and other enemies of Israel—existed prior to September 11, the evidence of Israeli foreknowledge of the attacks of 9-11 is still circumstantial, despite all the coincidences.
Possibly there are more facts yet to come to light, but as a now censored Fox News report (copy below) on the topic pointed out, many of the official reports on the event are still classified.
Until such a time as those documents are released, un-redacted, to the public, the conspiracy theories will continue to circulate, and be inflated as Donald Trump has done.
* Trump later went on CNN to say that “thousands of Muslims” had celebrated “worldwide” after 9-11—which is most certainly true. In the Arab world, America and Israel are seen as one and the same thing, which, given the Jewish lobby’s control of the US government, is not an inaccurate assessment of the situation.
Now suppressed Fox News report: