Israel’s role in 9/11


by Phil Giraldi, …with the Unz Review

[ Editor’s Note: This is not a re-run of 9-11. Phil Giraldi would not waste his time doing that, or ours. We love his material, as it is an example of how someone who has written reams of intelligence reports of a high level does the work.

We have people here at VT with the same vast experience, so we know it when we see it. That is part of what separates us as the wheat from the chaff.

There are two interwoven stories here. The obvious one is that tracks of 9-11 Israeli involvement continue to emerge, confirming what we wrote extensively of during and after the investigation – that we were being massively lied to.

But here is the bottom line. We cannot undo what happened — but if we do not continue to demand a total redo of the investigation, to hunt down and tear out from the roots all those involved in the coverup, we will be vulnerable to another 9-11 type event, at the time and choosing of those who did the first one.

Falling man on 911, representing us all being thrown off the cliff

The criminal structure Giraldi describes below is alive and well, and until it/they are all hanging from light polls at Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. and in lower Manhattan, we will never be secure.

All those withholding information on what happened and the coverup are guilty of the highest treason. The Vet orgs and our security professional groups have some soul searching to do.

We know that they know who did what and why, but they have done nothing, or ever demanded that someone else do it. And the public is also not blameless.

Wherever our top security people show up to lecture and talk about their current work of protecting America, they are never challenged about 9-11, or the stand down on the massive Israeli espionage operations in this country.

Is America under siege like the burghers of Calais?

Why? Whose interest does that serve? And when their address ends, why do people applaud? When Mike Pence addressed the last Munich Security Conference bringing greetings from the President, the room was dead silent. They had some smarts and some class, embarrassing Trump on the world stage with the cameras rollingJim W. Dean ]

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Rubble of 9-11, 2001

– First published … May 28, 2019

The tale of 9/11 will just not go away, largely because it is clear to anyone who reads the lengthy 9/11 Commission Report that many issues that should have been subject to inquiry were ignored for what would appear to be political reasons.

The George W. Bush Administration quite obviously did not want to assume any blame for what had happened and that bias also extended to providing cover for U.S. “allies,” most particularly Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Those who have sought the truth about 9/11 have been persistent in their attempts to find out information that was suppressed but they have been blocked repeatedly in spite of numerous FOIA requests.

Now, eighteen years after the event, there has been something like a breakthrough, penetrating the wall of silence erected by the government. FBI reports on the possible Israeli role in 9/11 were released on May 7th and they serve to support speculation by myself and other former intelligence officers that Israel, at a minimum, had detailed prior knowledge of what was to take place. More than that, Israeli intelligence officers working in the United States might well have enabled certain aspects of the conspiracy.

To recount some of what is already known and suspected, one should first examine the 2016 release of a heavily edited and redacted 28 pages long annex to the 9/11 Commission Report that explored the Saudi Arabian role in the terrorist attack .

The section concluded that the Saudi government may have played a direct role in 9/11 by assisting two of the hijackers, including a dry run exercise intended to learn how to get into a plane’s cockpit. There was also considerable evidence suggesting that wealthy Saudis and even members of the Royal Family had been supporting and funding al-Qaeda.

But far exceeding the Saudi role is the involvement of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, which was not subject to any serious inquiry or investigation by U.S. intelligence or police agencies. Israel, in spite of obvious involvement in 9/11, was not included in the 9/11 Commission Report despite the existence of an enormous Israeli intelligence operation freely working in the United States that was known to the FBI. Some of those Mossad officers were notably filmed celebrating as the Twin Towers were burning and collapsing.

In the year 2001 Israel was running a massive spying operation through a number of cover companies in New Jersey, Florida and also on the west coast that served as spying mechanisms for Mossad officers. The effort was supported by the Mossad Station in Washington D.C. and included a large number of volunteers, the so-called “art students” who traveled around the U.S. selling various products at malls and outdoor markets.

The FBI was aware of the numerous Israeli students who were routinely overstaying their visas and some in the Bureau certainly believed that they were assisting their country’s intelligence service in some way, but it proved difficult to actually link the students to undercover operations, so they were regarded as a minor nuisance and were normally left to the tender mercies of the inspectors at the Bureau of Customs and Immigration.

American law enforcement was also painfully aware that the Israelis were running more sophisticated intelligence operations inside the United States, many of which were focused on Washington’s military capabilities and intentions.

Some specialized intelligence units concentrated on obtaining military and dual use technology. It was also known that Israeli spies had penetrated the phone systems of the U.S. government, to include those at the White House.

In its annual classified counterespionage review, the FBI invariably places Israel at the top for “friendly” countries that spy on the U.S. In fact, the pre-9/11 Bureau did its best to stay on top of the problem, but it rarely received any political support from the Justice Department and White House if an espionage case involved Israelis.

By one estimate, more than 100 such cases were not prosecuted for political reasons. Any Israeli caught in flagrante would most often be quietly deported and most Americans who were helping Israel were let off with a slap on the wrist.

But the hands-off attitude towards Israel shifted dramatically when, on September 11, 2001, a New Jersey housewife saw something from the window of her apartment building, which overlooked the World Trade Center. She watched as the buildings burned and crumbled but also noted something strange.

Three young men were kneeling on the roof of a white transit van parked by the water’s edge, making a movie in which they featured themselves high fiving and laughing in front of the catastrophic scene unfolding behind them.

The woman wrote down the license plate number of the van and called the police, who responded quickly and soon both the local force and the FBI began looking for the vehicle, which was subsequently seen by other witnesses in various locations along the New Jersey waterfront, its occupants “celebrating and filming.”

The license plate number revealed that the van belonged to a New Jersey registered company called Urban Moving Systems. At 4 p.m. the vehicle was spotted and pulled over. Five men between the ages of 22 and 27 years old emerged and were detained at gunpoint and handcuffed.

They were all Israelis. One of them had $4,700 in cash hidden in his sock and another had two foreign passports. Bomb sniffing dogs reacted to the smell of explosives in the van, which had very little actual moving equipment inside.

According to the initial police report, the driver identified as Sivan Kurzberg, stated “We are Israeli. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem.” The four other passengers were Sivan’s brother Paul, Yaron Shmuel, Oded Ellner and Omer Marmari. The men were detained at the Bergen County jail in New Jersey before being transferred the FBI’s Foreign Counterintelligence Section, which handles allegations of spying.

After the arrest, the FBI obtained a warrant to search Urban Moving System’s Weehawken, N.J., offices. Papers and computers were seized. The company owner Dominick Suter, also an Israeli, answered FBI questions but when a follow-up interview was set up a few days later it was learned that he had fled the country for Israel, putting both his business and home up for sale. The office space and warehouse were abandoned.

It was later learned that Suter has been associated with at least fourteen businesses in the United States, mostly in New Jersey and New York but also in Florida. Suter and his wife Omit Levinson Suter were the owners of 1 Stop Cleaner located in Wellington Florida and Dominick was also associated with Basia McDonnell, described as a Polish “holocaust survivor,” as a business partner in yet another business called Value Ad. Florida was a main focus for the Israeli intelligence operation in the U.S. that was directed against Arabs.

The five Israelis were among 140 Israelis arrested after 9/11, most of whom had military backgrounds, including some who were trained in “intelligence.” The five were held in Brooklyn, initially on charges relating to visa fraud. FBI interrogators questioned them for more than two months.

Several were held in solitary confinement so they could not communicate with each other and two of them were given repeated polygraph exams, which they failed when claiming that they were nothing more than students working summer jobs. The two men that the FBI focused on most intensively were believed to be Mossad staff officers and the other three were volunteers helping with surveillance.

The Israelis were not exactly cooperative, but the FBI concluded from documents obtained at their office in Weehawken that they were targeting Arabs in New York and New Jersey, most particularly in the Paterson N.J. area, which has the second largest Muslim population in the U.S.

They were particularly interested in local groups possibly linked to Hamas and Hezbollah as well as in charities that might be used for fund raising. The FBI also concluded that the Israelis had actually monitored the activities of at least two of the 9/11 hijackers.

To be sure, working on an intelligence operation does not necessarily imply participation in either the planning or execution of something like 9/11, but there are Israeli fingerprints all over the place, with cover companies and intelligence personnel often intersecting with locations frequented by the hijackers.

Apart from the interrogations of the five men from Weehawken, the U.S. government has apparently never sought to find out what else the Israelis might have known or were up to in September 2011. There are a lot of dots that might well have been connected once upon a time, but the trail has grown cold.

Police records in New Jersey and New York where the men were held have disappeared and FBI interrogation reports have been inaccessible. Media coverage of the case also died, though the five were referred to in the press as the “dancing Israelis” and by some, more disparagingly, as the “dancing Shlomos.”

Inevitably, the George W. Bush White House intervened. After 71 days in detention, the five Israelis were released from prison by Attorney General John Ashcroft, put on a plane, and deported. Two of the men later spoke about their unpleasant experience in America on an Israeli talk show, one explaining that their filming the fall of the Twin Towers was to “document the event.”

In 2004 the five men sued the United States government for damages, alleging “that their detention was illegal and that their civil rights were violated, suffering racial slurs, physical violence, religious discrimination, rough interrogations, deprivation of sleep, and many other offenses.”

They were represented by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, who in the previous year had founded the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center which seeks to bankrupt groups that Israel considers to be “terrorists.” Shurat HaDin is closely tied to the Israeli government.

Now it is just possible that the Urban Moving Israelis were indeed uninvolved in 9/11 but nevertheless working for Mossad, which the Israeli government even subsequently admitted, but the new evidence suggests that the Israelis almost certainly had considerable prior knowledge and were likely involved in what developed.

The new information reveals that minutes after the first plane struck the World Trade Center, five Israelis had taken up position in the parking lot of the Doric Apartment Complex in Union City, New Jersey, where they took pictures and filmed the attacks while also celebrating the fall of the towers and “high fiving.” 

One eyewitness interviewed by the Bureau had seen the Israelis’ van circling the building parking at 8:00 a.m. that day, more than 40 minutes prior to the attack, indicating prior knowledge of what was about to happen.

The eyewitness testimony is supported by copies of photos taken by the men that the FBI seized. The photo reproductions were obtained via a FOIA request made by a private citizen and are of poor quality, deliberately made so by the FBI to conceal faces and other details. They constitute only 14 of over seventy photos taken by the Israelis.

Nevertheless, they clearly demonstrate that a celebration was going on. One photo, intriguingly, shows Sivan Kurzberg holding a lit lighter in front of the Manhattan Skyline on September 10th, one day before 9/11. It was apparently taken at the Doric Complex on a reconnoitering visit made on that day and suggests that Kurzberg was simulating the attack on the towers on the following day.

Why would the Israelis do it? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described 9/11 initially as “a good thing.” He was later quoted as saying somewhat more expansively “We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq.”

To be sure, 9/11 was a gift to Israel and it is a gift that keeps on giving. America is at war in a number of Muslim countries and its troops blanket the Middle East, to include a base in Israel dedicated to the defense of that country. It is all a result of the Global War on Terror and the GWOT started with 9/11. And just maybe it was a fire that was ignited by Israel.

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is

SOURCEThe Unz Review


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  1. Remember Jaimie GORELIK? She was an Assistant in the, Dep. of Justice to, Janet RENO! She very conveniently, set up a, ‘Fire Wall’, blocking the sharing of intelligence, on suspicious activities between Local and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, during the Clinton regime. That legal block, made it easier for the Arab perpetrators to achieve, fulfill their 9/11 mission! Why was it introduced just at that time? By the way, the same Gorelik was also one of the figures on the 9/11 (Fact finding?) Commission. Go figure??!!

  2. The truly amazing achievement & cover-up of 9/11 obviously required an extremely high level of co-ordination , knowledge , military & media support & planning & most serious investigators now believe that US intelligence had fore knowledge & that one has to be deaf dumb & blind not to realize that 9/11 was organized by Israel’s Mossad. Of course immediately or at least within hours of 9/11 happening anyone with an investigative mind knew that 9/11 was a false flag .

    Anyone who thinks it was the planes and jet fuel that brought down the W.T.C’s, is either too dumb to think for themselves, too scared to admit the truth because their whole belief system will fall apart, or just a troll working for the government. There is so much evidence to prove it is a government conspiracy that it is impossible to think otherwise.
    Check out Christopher Bollyn on on UT-TUBE : Solving 9-11, A Deception That Changed The World

  3. Clearly, 9-11, or the subsequent cover-up, wouldn’t have been possible without Israel’s all encompassing input. To the CIA, I ask why are the ‘dancing Israelis’ still alive? What have you been doing all these years? Why are Mossad agents still roaming OUR country, the Pentagon even? I’d ask the FBI the same questions, but they are even more hopeless.. A waste of time to ask the FBI anything. Israel has it’s champion here with this bunch. Not a single arrest yet or indictment. Nothing, nada, zilch. Is it true, the FBI will follow the US Embassy, and move its headquarters to Jerusalem? Truly, it where you belong.

  4. For another point of view, one that answers some very unexplainable questions, and doesn’t fit the narrative we’re being sold. Check out Brian Staveley’s interview at

    • Joe, dude, … that is not opinion. It is a horrific display of dude drama. All emotions. I mean, slapping up a two hour audio of 2 guys glorifying themselves by insinuating they are being attacked, if there is a reference in there somewhere, give the coordinates… otherwise consider it part of the ocean.

    • Thanks Joe, I listened through about half of it – a pod cast. But maybe I got it a little bit wrong? The pod cast I listened to was “. . . Fake-Movements-CGI-with-Markus-Allen-Chris-Kendall.mp3”. Hope that was the right one. (Interesting for the psychology) But there is a lot of small talk in there. My attitude would be more like starting with fundamental facts. Like Elias Davidsson, who in his recent German NuoViso interview starts with the fact that “two buildings disappeared that day”. That does of course not mean that his conclusions are always right.

  5. A year or so after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, I noticed one peculiarity, which was that main stream news had begun criticizing Arab countries more often than before. It then dawned on me that Moslems must be the ones representing “the new enemy”. And it occurred to me that perhaps western societies were not able to function very well without an enemy image. During the nineties this was steadily growing worse, with reports about buildings and warships attacked in Africa, as well as the infamous attempt to blow up the WTC in 1993, with a certan sheikh as culprit.
    Therefore, on the twelfth, the day after in 2001, at our daily lunch meeting, it seemed quite logical to me that Israel might very well have had something to do with the attack. And so I just casually mentioned this. But my colleagues’ faces were all blank, and my suggestion was met with silence, while the conversation continued on other topics.

    • Later on, however, with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the bombing of Yugoslawia in fresh memory, I did not focus too much on this idea. In fact, the whole spectacle of Moslem terrorism became a very confusing thing. It was only in 2011 when I saw that ”they are doing it again”, that some different aspects began to occur to me, although I never spent much time on it until 2014 when the Ukraine crisis began.

  6. An excellent introduction by Mr. Dean! (I just read it, will turn to main article now)
    We don’t really know “who did it”. But it certainly is clear that several agencies were involved. Personally, I find the idea very challenging that it was a coup within a coup. Or even further: A coup within a coup within a coup.

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