by Whitney Webb
May 17, 2019
Whitney Webb is a MintPress News journalist based in
has contributed to several independent media outlets
including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul
Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others.
has made several radio and television appearances and is
the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for
Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism.
Four of the Israeli nationals arrested
behavior" during the September 11 attacks
are seen casually posing
together in front of the Manhattan skyline
while the September 11
attacks were in progress.
released by the FBI
fresh scrutiny to the possibility
at least two of
whom were known Mossad operatives,
knowledge of the attacks
on the World
For nearly two decades,
one of the most overlooked and
little known arrests made in the
the September 11 attacks was that of the so-called
"High Fivers," or the "Dancing Israelis."
However, new information
released by the FBI on May 7 has brought fresh scrutiny to the
possibility that the "Dancing Israelis," at least two of whom were
known Mossad operatives, had prior knowledge of the attacks on the
World Trade Center.
Shortly after 8:46 a.m. on the day of the attacks, just minutes
after the first plane struck the World Trade Center, five men - later revealed to be Israeli nationals
- had positioned themselves
in the parking lot of the Doric Apartment Complex in Union City, New
Jersey, where they were seen taking pictures and filming the attacks
while also celebrating the destruction of the towers and "high
fiving" each other.
one eyewitness interviewed by the FBI
had seen the Israelis' van in the parking lot as early as 8:00 a.m.
that day, more than 40 minutes prior to the attack.
received coverage in
U.S. mainstream media at the time but has since
been largely forgotten.
subsequently apprehended by law enforcement
and claimed to be Israeli tourists on a "working holiday" in the
United States where they were employed by a moving company, Urban
Upon his arrest, Sivan Kurzberg told the arresting
"We are Israeli; we are not your problem. Your problems are
our problems. The Palestinians are the problem."
For years, the official story has been that these individuals, while
they had engaged in "immature" behavior by celebrating and being
"visibly happy" in their documenting of the attacks, had no prior
knowledge of the attack.
newly released FBI copies of the
photos taken by the five Israelis strongly suggest that these
individuals had prior knowledge of the attacks on the World Trade
The copies of the photos were obtained via a FOIA request
made by a private citizen.
A high-quality photo, top,
shows the area the dancing Israelis were
Credit | Panamza
According to a former high-ranking American intelligence official
who spoke to the Jewish
Daily Forward in 2002, the FBI concluded in
its investigation that the five Israelis arrested,
"were conducting a Mossad surveillance mission and that their employer,
Systems of Weehawken, NJ, served as a front."
At least two of the
were determined to have direct links to the Mossad
after their names appeared in a CIA-FBI database of foreign
According to one of their lawyers, one of
the men, Paul Kurzberg, had previously worked for the Mossad in
another country prior to arriving in the United States.
those arrested, Oded Ellner, subsequently
stated on Israeli TV that
the five Israelis had been in New York at the time,
"to document the
...meaning the attack on the World Trade Center.
The FOIA release of the photos is notable because responses to prior
FOIA requests to the Department of Justice, which oversees the FBI,
had previously claimed that all of the photos taken by the Israeli
nationals had been destroyed in January 2014.
The photos themselves
heavily redacted, making it impossible to see the Israelis'
declassified yet heavily
redacted FBI reports state that the Israelis are "visibly happy" in
nearly every photo, even when the burning towers are in the
background. The photos released are also not original copies and
instead appear to be photocopies of photocopies of the original
In addition, of the original 76 pictures developed by
authorities from the camera in the Israelis' possession, only 14
However, three of these photos - despite the heavy redaction and
poor quality - are damning.
Since 2001, even though the photos were
never released until now, it had been known that one of the Israelis
arrested - Sivan Kurzberg - was seen in a photo,
"holding a lighted
lighter in the foreground, with the smoldering wreckage [of the twin
towers] in the background,"
...according to Steven Noah Gordon,
then-lawyer for the five Israelis, as cited in
a New York Times
report from November 2001.
The picture of Kurzberg with the lit lighter appears to be photo #5
in the new FOIA release.
Yet, the picture released includes a
visible date of September 10, 2001, the day before the attacks, as
do two other photos - images #7 and #8 in the collection - whereas
all other photos with dates show only the month and the year (9
The FOIA release did not provide any information as to the
apparent discrepancy in dates.
While this could be explained away as the camera in question being
programmed with a slightly inaccurate date, that doesn't seem to be
the case for two reasons.
First, only two out of the 14 pictures
carry that date and, second, previously declassified FBI reports
report an eyewitness adamantly stating that
Sivan Kurzberg had
visited the Doric Apartments on September 10, 2001 at around 3 p.m.
with at least one other man, with whom he was conversing in a
foreign language, and had identified himself as a "construction
worker" to a tenant (page 61 of
declassified FBI report).
Sivan Kurzberg holds a lit lighter
with the Manhattan skyline in the
The date September 10, 2001 visible
in the bottom right
In addition, the FBI report noted that a van from Urban Moving
Systems, the company that employed the five Israelis at the time of
their arrest, was present and was involved in moving a tenant out of
the complex on September 10 and that the movers all had foreign
Thus, images 5, 7 and 8 strongly appear to have been taken
at the same complex a day before the attacks.
Kurzberg is seen in
both images that display the visible date of September 10, 2001.
This raises two possibilities.
First, that there are two images of Kurzberg with a lit lighter in front of the towers, one taken before
the attack and one taken at the time of the attack, and that the FBI
released only one of them.
Second, that Kurzberg took the picture
with the lighter only the day before the attack and his lawyer
misrepresented the contents of the photo to the New York Times.
Given that the background of the photo - particularly the state of
the towers - is indiscernible in the recently released photo, it is
difficult to determine which is the case.
One of the Israelis points to what is presumably
the World Trade
Center, in Manhattan
on September 11, 2001
Yet, in either scenario, Kurzberg had simulated the burning of the
World Trade Center the day before the attacks took place.
FBI concluded that Kurzberg was party to a Mossad surveillance
operation at the time of his arrest would then suggest that Israeli
intelligence also had foreknowledge of the attacks.
Notably, the relevant section of the FBI report that asks,
the Israeli nationals have foreknowledge of the events at WTC and
were they filming the events prior to and in anticipation of the
...is redacted in its entirety, suggesting that the FBI did
not determine the answer to that question to be an emphatic "no."
One of the 9/11 loose-ends coverups?
If images 5 and 7 were indeed taken the day prior to the attack, the
question then becomes why the FBI officially concluded that the
arrested Israelis had no prior knowledge of the attacks?
from ABC News dated June 2002 suggests that the Bush administration
intervened in the investigation.
and U.S. government officials worked out a deal - and after 71 days,
the five Israelis were taken out of jail, put on a plane, and
deported back home [to Israel]."
If the Bush administration had cut
a deal with Israel's government to cover up the incident, it
would not have been the first time a U.S. presidential
administration had done so on Israel's behalf.
Further evidence that higher-ups in the administration intervened is
the fact that then-Attorney General John Ashcroft personally
off on the detainees' release.
Upon his entering the private sector
as a lobbyist and consultant in 2005, the Israeli government became
one of Ashcroft's
A cover-up certainly seems to have happened to some extent, between
the destruction of records of the investigation and the fact that
official conclusions of the investigation do not add up.
latter case, the FBI - in a file dated September 24, 2001 -
officially stated that they,
"determined that none of the Israelis
were actively engaged in clandestine intelligence activities in the
However, that conclusion was
by U.S. officials a year later and by the fact that Israel's own
subsequently acknowledged that the five Israelis had
indeed been involved in,
"clandestine intelligence activities in the
In addition, the new FOIA release of the photos suggests that
another FBI conclusion, that,
"none of the pictures developed from
the film found inside the 35-mm camera depicted the twin towers
prior to the attack",
This may explain why the
images released via the recent FOIA request were heavily edited
leaving details in the background greatly obscured, making it
impossible to determine whether the photos were taken prior to or
during the attacks based solely on the state of the towers.
"Tourists" with cash-stuffed socks, box cutters, and explosives?
Beyond the photos and observed activities of the so-called "Dancing
Israelis," it is worth revisiting several other suspicious
circumstances linked to their arrest that clearly show that the men
in question were hardly the "tourists" they had claimed to be.
often cited example is the fact that one of the men, Oded Ellner,
"white sock-like sack filled with
$4,700 in cash",
...as well as
maps of the city with certain places highlighted, and box cutters.
In addition, the van in which the Israelis were arrested was "oddly"
lacking "equipment typically used in a moving company's daily
duties," according to the FBI, and residue of explosives was found
in the van.
Of the explosive residue, the declassified FBI report states:
"A search of the van and individuals was conducted at the time of the
The vehicle was also searched by a trained
bomb-sniffing dog which yielded a positive result for the presence
of explosive traces. Swabs of the vehicle's interior were taken, and
those samples were sent to the FBI laboratory for further analysis.
Final results are still pending."
In total, the FBI reported that four items related to explosives
were found in the ban and are labeled in the report as,
Sample (Explosive Residue)"
"Control Swabs - SA [
- ] Gloves"
"Control Swabs - (Bomb Suits)"
"Blanket Samples For Explosive
In addition, a VHS tape and some still photographs found
in the van,
"were sent to Laboratory Examiner [ redacted ]
In addition to the strange nature of some of the Israelis'
possessions in the van and on their person, the company that
employed them - Urban Moving Systems - was of special interest to
the FBI, which concluded that the company was likely a "fraudulent
Upon a search of the company's premises, the FBI noted
"little evidence of a legitimate business operation was found."
The FBI report also noted that there were an,
"unusually large number
of computers relative to the number of employees for such a fairly
small business" and that "further investigation identified several
pseudo-names or aliases associated with Urban Moving Systems and its
The FBI presence at the Urban Moving Systems search site drew the
attention of the local media and was later reported on both
television and in the local press.
A former Urban Moving Systems
employee later contacted the Newark Division with information
indicating that he had quit his employment with Urban Moving Systems
as a result of the high amount of anti-American sentiment present
among Urban's employees.
The former employee stated that an Israeli
employee of Urban had even once remarked,
"Give us twenty years and
we'll take over your media and destroy your country".
(page 37 of the
The FBI returned to search the premises of Urban Moving Systems a
month later, but by that time found:
"The building and all of its contents had been abandoned by… the owner
of Urban Moving Systems.
This [was] apparently being done to avoid
criminal prosecution after the 09/11/2001 arrest of five of his
employees and subsequent seizure of his office computer systems by
members of the FBI-NK on or around 09/13/2001."
The company's owner - Dominik Otto Suter, an Israeli citizen
fled to Israel on September 14, 2001, two days after he had been
questioned by the FBI.
told ABC News that,
"Urban Moving may
have been providing cover for an Israeli intelligence operation."
Surprisingly, since at least 2016, Suter
has been living in the San
Francisco Bay Area, where
he works for a contractor for major tech
companies like Google and Microsoft.
According to the public records
database Intelius, in 2006 and 2007 Suter also worked for a
telecommunications company - Granite Telecommunications -
for the U.S. military and several other U.S. government agencies.
In addition to Urban Moving Systems, another moving company, Classic
International Movers, became of interest in connection with the
investigation into the "Dancing Israelis," which led to the arrest
and detention of four Israeli nationals who worked for this separate
The FBI's Miami Division had alerted the Newark
Division that Classic International Movers was believed to have been
used by one of the 19 alleged 9/11 hijackers before the attack, and
one of the "Dancing Israelis" had the number for Classic
International Movers written in a notebook that was seized at the
time of his arrest.
The report further states that one of the
Israelis of Classic International Movers who was arrested,
visibly disturbed by the Agents' questioning regarding his personal
A crowded dance floor
While the case of the "Dancing Israelis" has long been treated as an
outlier in the aftermath of September 11, what is often overlooked
is the fact that hundreds of Israeli nationals were arrested in the
aftermath of the attacks.
According to a
FOX News report from December 2001, 60 Israelis were
apprehended or detained after September 11, with most deported, and
a total of 140 Israelis were arrested and detained in all of 2001 by
That report claimed that the arrests,
ostensibly including the "Dancing Israelis," were in relation to an
"an organized [Israeli] intelligence gathering
operation designed to 'penetrate government facilities'."
The report also added that most of those arrested, in addition to
having served in the IDF, had "intelligence expertise" and worked
for Israeli companies that specialized in wiretapping.
Some of those
detained were also active members of the Israeli military; and
several detainees, including the "Dancing Israelis," had failed
polygraph tests when asked if they had been surveilling the U.S.
FOX News December 2001 report on...
Mossad spying prior to 9/11
A key aspect of that report, compiled by journalist
also states that federal investigators widely suspected that Israeli
intelligence had prior knowledge of the September 11 attacks.
report, Cameron stated:
"The Israelis may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in
advance and not shared it.
A highly placed investigator said there
are 'tie-ins' but when asked for details he flatly refused to
describe them saying:
'Evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is
classified. I cannot tell you about the evidence that has been
gathered. It is classified information'."
One exchange between Cameron and host Brit Hume included in the
report is particularly telling:
HUME: "Carl, what about this question of advanced knowledge of what
was going to happen on 9/11? How clear are investigators that some
Israeli agents may have known something?"
CAMERON: "Well it's very explosive information obviously and there
is a great deal of evidence that they say they have collected. None
of it necessarily conclusive.
It's more when they put it all
together a big question they say is, 'How could they have not
known?' - almost a direct quote, Brit."
9/11 as a big
- and acknowledged - Israeli win
If the "Dancing Israelis", and more broadly the Mossad and the
Israeli government, had foreknowledge of September 11,
they remain silent and not attempt to warn the American government
or public of the coming attacks?
In the case of the "Dancing
Israelis," why would Israelis celebrate such an attack?
One of the detained "Dancing Israelis,"
Omer Marmari, told police
the following about why he viewed the September 11 attacks in a
"Israel now has hope that the world will now understand us.
are naïve and America is easy to get inside. There are not a lot of
checks in America. And now America will be tougher about who gets
into their country."
While Marmari's statement may suggest one reason some of the
"Dancing Israelis" were so "visibly happy" in their photographs,
there are also other statements made by top Israeli politicians that
suggest why the Israeli government and its intelligence agency
declined to act on apparent foreknowledge of the attack.
When asked, on the day of the 9/11 attacks, how the attacks would
affect American-Israeli relations, Benjamin Netanyahu - the current
Israeli prime minister -
told the New York Times that,
good," before quickly adding "Well, not very good, but it will
generate immediate sympathy."
He then predicted, much as Marmari
had, that the attacks would,
"strengthen the bond between our two
peoples, because we've experienced terror over so many decades, but
the United States has now experienced a massive hemorrhaging of
Netanyahu, in a candid conversation recorded in 2001, also echoed
Marmari's claim that Americans are naïve.
In that recording,
"I know what America is. America is something that can easily be
moved. Moved to the right direction… They won't get in our way.
They won't get in our way… 80 percent of the Americans support us.
In addition, also on the day of the September 11 attacks, Netanyahu
- who at the time was not in political office -
held a press
conference in which he claimed that he had predicted the attacks on
the World Trade Center by "militant Islam" in his 1995 book,
Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and
In that book, Netanyahu had posited that
Iranian-linked "militants" would set off a nuclear bomb in the
basement of the World Trade Center.
During his press conference on the day of the attacks, Netanyahu
also asserted that the 9/11 attacks would be a turning point for
America and compared them to the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Netanyahu's statement echoes the infamous line from the "Rebuilding America's Defenses" document authored by the neoconservative think
tank, the Project for a New Ameican Century (PNAC).
That line reads:
"Further, the process of transformation [towards a neo-Reaganite
foreign policy and hyper-militarism], even if it brings
revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some
catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor."
Then again, years later In 2008, the Israeli newspaper Maariv
reported that Netanyahu had stated that the September 11 attacks had
greatly benefited Israel.
He was quoted as
benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers
and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq."
Indeed, it goes without saying that the aftermath of 9/11
involved the U.S. leading a destructive effort throughout the Middle
East - has indeed benefited Israel.
Many of the U.S.' post-9/11
"nation-building" efforts have notably mirrored the policy paper "A
Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," which was
authored by American neoconservatives - PNAC members among them - for Netanyahu's first term as prime minister.
That document calls for the creation of a "New Middle East" by,
among other things,
"weakening, containing, and even rolling back
Syria" and "removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq - an
important Israeli strategic objective in its own right."
As is known
now, both of those main objectives have since come to pass, each
strong Israeli involvement.
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