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October 5, 2010
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The Israeli military Tuesday denounced  a video that surfaced on YouTube that showed what appeared to be an Israeli soldier dancing around a blindfolded and bound Palestinian prisoner.

The video comes after a number of social media controversies have engulfed the Israeli military. This summer, a female former Israeli soldier posted photos of herself posing in front of blindfolded Palestinian prisoners. The photos and her subsequent defense of her actions sparked international criticism of the military.

It was not known when the latest video was shot, but it appears to have been posted in 2008.

The clip, which first aired Monday night on Israel's Channel 10, shows a man dressed in an Israeli army fatigues dancing next to a blindfolded female woman.

Contacted by CNN, the Israeli military said it in a statement that is was investigating the incident and that such examinations would now become "standard practice in cases in which similar behavior is alleged"

The statement went on to read:

"The IDF denounces actions such as those depicted in the videos, and continues to make every effort to eliminate such behavior through briefings to soldiers, directives to officers, military orders, and punishment when necessary. Our soldiers are held to the ethical standards set forth by the IDF Code of Ethics, which they are taught time and again, from basic training to the most senior command courses. The videos are isolated cases that do not represent the IDF as a whole. "

Ghassan Khatib, spokesman for the Palestinian Authority, said the video was " a disgusting illustration of the sick and hostile mentality of the Israeli soldiers serving as occupiers in the Palestinian territories."

"It should remind the whole world that it is about time to end this illegal occupation and to allow the Palestinian their basic right of freedom," he said.

In August, the pictures posted on Facebook by a former soldier - identified online as "Eden from Ashdod" in Israel - prompted harsh reactions.

In one photo, she is seen smiling sitting on a blast barrier next to a blindfolded man. In another, she is sitting in front of three blindfolded Palestinians, one with his hands tied in front of him.

The photos have since been taken down from her Facebook site, but Israeli media reports the photos were labeled "IDF - best time of my life."

Earlier this year, another video of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron dancing in unison to the Ke$ha song "Tick Tock" went viral.

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Lional   October 5th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

Taking pictures with blind folded prisoner, using teenage boys as human shield, dancing with prisoners are minor things compared to killing humanitarians in international waters, killing 13 years old girl and setting mosques on fire, turning Gaza into a prison with no food, electricity, medicines and biggest of all occupying someone's land.
Israel is the biggest terrorist nation and a disgrace to human beings.

miriam   October 5th, 2010 5:26 pm ET

Military service in Israel is compulsory, apart from a few exceptions, and consequently reflects Israeli society.

Israelis come from a variety of backgrounds like all free societies and not everyone in the IDF is perfect, however a few bad apples is not reflective of the whole army.

Any unacceptable behaviour is investigated and if necessary and possible, brought to court.

It is also possible that some mischievous young conscripts or provocative left-wing antagonists can put on a uniform and dress up a friend and act out a sketch to post on You-Tube!

The PA spokesman won't be heard condemning the hostile and immoral activities of his own forces, especially in their treatment of opposition activists and terrorists. And there won't be much You-Tube footage with PA oppressive media controls.

John A   October 5th, 2010 7:38 pm ET

Israelis love to dance, they did it to mock America as well.

The New York Times reported Thursday that a group of five men had set up video cameras aimed at the Twin Towers prior to the attack on Tuesday, and were seen congratulating one another afterwards.

Police received several calls from angry New Jersey residents claiming "middle-eastern" men with a white van were videotaping the disaster with shouts of joy and mockery.

"They were like happy, you know … They didn't look shocked to me" said a witness.

They were seen by New Jersey residents on Sept. 11 making fun of the World Trade Center ruins and going to extreme lengths to photograph themselves in front of the wreckage.

Witnesses saw them jumping for joy in Liberty State Park after the initial impact. Later on, other witnesses saw them celebrating on a roof in Weehawken, and still more witnesses later saw them celebrating with high fives in a Jersey City parking lot.
"It looked like they're hooked in with this. It looked like they knew what was going to happen when they were at Liberty State Park."

One anonymous phone call to the authorities actually led them to close down all of New York's bridges and tunnels. The mystery caller told the 9-1-1 dispatcher that a group of Palestinians were mixing a bomb inside of a white van headed for the Holland Tunnel. Here's the transcript from NBC News:
Dispatcher: Jersey City police.
Caller: Yes, we have a white van, 2 or 3 guys in there, they look like Palestinians and going around a building.
Caller: There's a minivan heading toward the Holland tunnel, I see the guy by Newark Airport mixing some junk and he has those sheikh uniform.
Dispatcher: He has what?
Caller: He's dressed like an Arab.

(note: Why would this mystery caller specifically say that these "Arabs" were Palestinians? How would he know that? Palestinians usually dress in western style clothes, not "sheikh uniforms")

Based on that phone call, police then issued a "Be-on-the-Lookout" alert for a white mini-van heading for the city's bridges and tunnels from New Jersey.

A White, 2000 Chevrolet van with 'Urban Moving Systems' sign on back was seen at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ, at the time of first impact of jetliner into World Trade Center Three individuals with van were seen celebrating after initial impact and subsequent explosion. FBI Newark Field Office requests that, if the van is located, hold for prints and detain individuals.

When a van fitting that exact description was stopped just before crossing into New York, the suspicious "middle-easterners" were apprehended. Imagine the surprise of the police officers when these terror suspects turned out to be Israelis!

According to ABC’s 20/20, when the van belonging to the cheering Israelis was stopped by the police, the driver of the van, Sivan Kurzberg, told the officers:"We are Israelis. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are your problem."

Why did he feel Palestinians were a problem for the NYPD?

The police and FBI field agents became very suspicious when they found maps of the city with certain places highlighted, box cutters (the same items that the hijackers supposedly used), $4700 cash stuffed in a sock, and foreign passports. Police also told the Bergen Record that bomb sniffing dogs were brought to the van and that they reacted as if they had smelled explosives.

The FBI seized and developed their photos, one of which shows Sivan Kurzberg flicking a cigarette lighter in front of the smouldering ruins in an apparently celebratory gesture.

The Jerusalem Post later reported that a white van with a bomb was stopped as it approached the George Washington Bridge, but the ethnicity of the suspects was not revealed. Here's what the Jerusalem Post reported on September 12, 2001:

American security services overnight stopped a car bomb on the George Washington Bridge. The van, packed with explosives, was stopped on an approach ramp to the bridge. Authorities suspect the terrorists intended to blow up the main crossing between New Jersey and New York, Army Radio reported.

"...two suspects are in FBI custody after a truckload of explosives was discovered around the George Washington Bridge ... The FBI ... says enough explosives were in the truck to do great damage to the George Washington Bridge."

It was reported the van contained tonnes of explosives.

What's really intriguing is that ABC's 20/20, the New York Post and the New Jersey Bergen Record all clearly and unambiguously reported that a white van with Israelis was intercepted on a ramp near Route 3, which leads directly to the Lincoln Tunnel.

But the Jerusalem Post, Israeli National News (Arutz Sheva), and Yediot America, all reported, just as clearly and unambiguously, that a white van with Israelis was stopped on a ramp leading to the George Washington Bridge, which is several miles north of the Lincoln Tunnel.

It appears as if there may actually have been two white vans involved, one stopped on each crossing. This would not only explain the conflicting reports as to the actual location of the arrests, but would also explain how so many credible eye-witnesses all saw celebrating "middle-easterners" in a white van in so many different locations. It also explains why the New York Post and Steve Gordon (lawyer for the 5 Israelis) originally described how three Israelis were arrested but later increased the total to five.

Perhaps one van was meant to drop off a bomb while the other was meant to pick up the first set of drivers while re-crossing back into New Jersey? If a van was to be used as a parked time-bomb on the GW Bridge, then certainly the drivers would need to have a "get-away van" to pick them up and escape. And notice how the van (or vans) stayed away from the third major crossing -the Holland Tunnel- which was where the police had originally been directed to by that anti-Palestinian 9-1-1 "mystery caller". A classic misdirection play.

From there, the story gets becomes even more suspicious. The Israelis worked for a Weehawken moving company known as Urban Moving Systems. An American employee of Urban Moving Systems told the The Record of New Jersey that a majority of his co-workers were Israelis and they were joking about the attacks.

The employee, who declined to give his name said: "I was in tears. These guys were joking and that bothered me." These guys were like, "Now America knows what we go through."

A few days after the attacks, Urban Moving System's Israeli owner, Dominick Suter, dropped his business and fled the country for Israel. He was in such a hurry to flee America that some of Urban Moving System's customers were left with their furniture stranded in storage facilities.

Suter's departure was abrupt, leaving behind coffee cups, sandwiches, cell phones and computers strewn on office tables and thousands of dollars of goods in storage. Suter was later placed on the same FBI suspect list as 9/11 lead hijacker Mohammed Atta and other hijackers and suspected al-Qaeda sympathizers, suggesting that U.S. authorities felt Suter may have known something about the attacks.

The Jewish weekly The Forward reported that the FBI finally concluded that at least two of the detained Israelis were agents working for the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, and that Urban Moving Systems, the ostensible employer of the five Israelis, was a front operation. This was confirmed by two former CIA officers, and they noted that movers' vans are a common intelligence cover.

The Israelis were held in custody for 71 days before being quietly released.

"There was no question but that [the order to close down the investigation] came from the White House. It was immediately assumed at CIA headquarters that this basically was going to be a cover-up so that the Israelis would not be implicated in any way in 9/11."

Several of the detainees discussed their experience in America on an Israeli talk show after their return home. Said one of the men, denying that they were laughing or happy on the morning of Sept. 11, "The fact of the matter is we are coming from a country that experiences terror daily. Our purpose was to document the event."

How did they know there would be an event to document on 9/11?

It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to connect the dots of the dancing Israeli Mossad agents – here's the most logical scenario:

1. The Israeli "movers" cheered the 9-11 attacks to celebrate the successful accomplishment of their greatest spy operation.

2. One of them, or an accomplice, then calls a 9-1-1 police dispatcher to report Palestinian bomb-makers in a white van headed for the Holland Tunnel.

3. Having thus pre-framed the Palestinians with this phone call, the Israeli bombers then head for the George Washington Bridge instead, where they will drop off their time-bomb van and escape with Urban Moving accomplices.

4. But the police react very wisely and proactively by closing off ALL bridges and tunnels instead of just the Holland Tunnel. This move inadvertently foils the Israelis' misdirection play and leads to their own capture.

5. To cover up this story, the U.S. Justice Department rounds up over 1000 Arabs for minor immigration violations and places them in New York area jails. The Israelis therefore become less conspicuous as the government and media can now claim that the Israelis were just immigration violators caught in the same dragnet as many other Arabs.

6. After several months, FBI and Justice Department "higher-ups" are able to gradually push aside the local FBI agents and free the Israelis quietly.

Osama bin Laden was immediately blamed for the 9/11 attacks even though he had no previous record of doing anything on this scale. Immediately after the Flight 11 hit World Trade Center 1
CIA Director George Tenet said "You know, this has bin Laden's fingerprints all over it."

The compliant mainstream media completely ignored the Israeli connection. Immediately following the 9-11 attacks the media was filled with stories linking the attacks to bin Laden. TV talking-heads, "experts", and scribblers of every stripe spoon-fed a gullible American public a steady diet of the most outrageous propaganda imaginable.

We were told that the reason bin Laden attacked the USA was because he hates our "freedom" and "democracy". The Muslims were "medieval" and they wanted to destroy us because they envied our wealth, were still bitter about the Crusades, and were offended by Britney Spears shaking her tits and ass all over the place!

But bin Laden strongly denied any role in the attacks and suggested that Zionists orchestrated the 9-11 attacks. The BBC published bin Laden's statement of denial in which he said:

"I was not involved in the September 11 attacks in the United States nor did I have knowledge of the attacks. There exists a government within a government within the United States. The United States should try to trace the perpetrators of these attacks within itself; to the people who want to make the present century a century of conflict between Islam and Christianity. That secret government must be asked as to who carried out the attacks. ... The American system is totally in control of the Jews, whose first priority is Israel, not the United States."

You never heard that quote on your nightly newscast did you?
A number of intelligence officials have raised questions about Osama bin Laden's capabilities. "This guy sits in a cave in Afghanistan and he's running this operation?" one C.I.A. official asked. "It's so huge. He couldn't have done it alone." A senior military officer told me that because of the visas and other documentation needed to infiltrate team members into the United States a major foreign intelligence service might also have been involved.

Bin Laden is not named as the perpetrator of 9/11 by the FBI:

When asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on Bin Laden’s Most Wanted web page, [Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI] said, “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Osama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.”

"So we've never made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming" – Dick Cheney.

To date, the only shred of “evidence” to be uncovered against bin Laden is a barely audible fuzzy amateur video that the Pentagon just happened to find "lying around" in Afghanistan. How very convenient, and how very fake.

There is no evidence, be it hard or circumstantial, to link the Al Qaeda "terrorist network" to these acts of terror, but there is a mountain of evidence, both hard and circumstantial, which suggests that Zionists have been very busy framing Arabs for terror plots against America.

"I think there is very compelling evidence that at least some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing - although that was part of it - by a sovereign foreign government ... It will become public at some point when it's turned over to the archives, but that's 20 or 30 years from now" – Senator Bob Graham.

If the sovereign foreign government mentioned by Senator Graham was an enemy of the United States the "compelling evidence" would not be kept secret for 20+ years.

One final point; at 09:40 on 9-11 it was reported that the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attacks. This claim was immediately denied by the DFLP leader Qais abu Leila who said it had always opposed "terror attacks on civilian targets, especially outside the occupied territories."

Why would a Palestinian organisation comprising of less than 500 people make the suicidal move of immediately claiming responsibility for the attacks?

Sharon and the other Israeli leaders aspire to fulfil what the goals of the political Zionist movement have been since its origin a century ago: to turn all of historic Palestine into an exclusively Jewish state. A central tenet of the Zionist ideology is expressed in the racist slogan, "A land without people for a people without a land."

The implication of Palestinians in the 9/11 attacks would have handed Zionists a golden opportunity to achieve the above because all Palestinians would have been labelled terrorists.

Menachem   October 5th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Personally speaking, I think it's pretty funny. Terrorists DESERVE to be mocked and taunted.

AnonyMouse   October 6th, 2010 12:59 am ET

Why does CNN seem to be SO biased toward the Palestinian side of the dispute? Where are the stories about rockets being fired into Israel, death threats, indoctrination, hatred, anti-semitism, human rights violations and just plain barbaric acts that are perpetrated by the other side? I am the last person to claim Israel is perfect, but seriously, it's time to start reporting the news in an unbiased manner. Oh, yeah, one more thing: ever notice how you can actually criticize Israel in the Israeli press? Shouldn't you appreciate the fact that as a democracy Israel has freedom of the press and doesn't censor EVERYTHING like virtually every Arab nation does? Filthy hypocrites.

Billy Spudd   October 6th, 2010 6:36 pm ET

What is the difference between these bits of arrogant trash and the picture of the Nazi officer lifting the face of an old Jewess with his riding crop? Nothing like double standards to endear yourself to the world, Israel.

fadyroumieh   October 7th, 2010 8:53 am ET

Maybe because it is time for the world to see things for what they really are. and NO not every Arab nation censors everything. Where i come from we enjoy unlimited freedom. God Bless Lebanon :)

tony shatat   October 7th, 2010 11:33 am ET

for once the truth comes out ,CNN accused of being biased,we should be talking about the Israelis. stop those kind of act and stop their occupation of there people and set them free.

tony shatat   October 7th, 2010 11:39 am ET

For once the truth comes out ,CNN accused of being biased,we should be asking the Israelis to stop those kind of irresponsible behavior and further end there occupation and set the Palestinians free . so they can go on with their lives.

miriam   October 7th, 2010 5:32 pm ET

tiony,

FYI, IDF soldiers go through training that includes the absolute intolerance of such activities.

A problem is that people all over the world see clips of soldiers of other armies dancing and posing with prisoners and it gains little attention and certainly minimal international outcry and assault.

miriam   October 7th, 2010 5:44 pm ET

fadyroumieh,

In Tripoli today, posters were put up opposing the up-coming visit of Ahmadinejad.

They were rapidly removed.

So much for unlimited freedom!

Try moving south and freely express opposition to the local "government" :(

miriam   October 7th, 2010 6:06 pm ET

John A,

Having discussed this conspiracy before, it's (not) surprising that you still haven't learned anything and continue to copy and paste modern-day mythology.

Many people posed with pictures of the 9/11 attacks behind tham.
These guys were picked up since they looked Middle Eastern, yes, Israelis do look Middle Eastern, and they were proven to have nothing to do with the attacks.

"What really happened" is well known and no matter how much you and your anti-US, anti-Israel, hateful, fantastic sources try to brainwash the gullible, facts are facts. Your obssession blinds you to how rediculous the conspiracies really are.

John A   October 9th, 2010 11:56 pm ET

Miriam, You have never discussed any issues on this blog. You simply state all who question Israel are wrong or anti Semitic. And if political dirty tricks are brought into question you attempt to censor free thought with labels such as conspiracy etc..

Some how you think its your daily duty to appear on this blog and defend Israels crimes. Good for you Miriam, but until you have the courage to face real questions your blogs remain nothing more than worthless scribbles and insults.

So will you decide to respond to real issues or remain hidden under your governments propaganda blanket?? To frightened to ask real questions because you cant deal with reality.

Do you even know that thousands of architects, former national security chiefs, western politicians and Nobel prize winners are also on record for stating 911 was an inside job? Miriam, you are the perfect subject for dictatorship to thrive with. I guess you must also be a dancing Israeli.

livinfree   October 10th, 2010 6:11 pm ET

Dancing around a prisoner or taking photos with them is not very professional and not very PC. But, it is better than being torn limb from limb by a blood-thirsty mob as happened a few years ago to 2 Israelis who strayed into the Palestinian areas. Also, I bet the prisoners is Iran, Egypt, Hamastan, and so many other countries would trade places with her any day. Israelis soldiers are not Mother Theresa, but they treat their prisoners far better than most other armies. The US and even the UN have had similar (actually much worse) problems handling prisoners.

proud zionist   October 10th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

johnny baby, go back to where u came from, the Gaza sewers

John A   October 10th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

livinfree, your post defines why it is so futile for any group or anation to claim superiority.

"He who is without sin can throw the first stone" Or how about a nation without fault can throw the first bomb or oppress another nation.

Something for pro Israeli and bible belt Christians to contemplate when they prepare to bomb Iran.

Keldoran   October 11th, 2010 2:44 am ET

It is interesting to note the poor quality of the video. Also worth mentioning is the fact that thise fatigues can be purchased on line and in local stores.Not to credable if you ask me. It is a sad state of affairs that these two groups of people just insist on blaiming each other for the problems that they have mostly created all by them selves. And what is so great about building in the WEST BANK anyway?? I have been there and although nice to look at not to farm friendly. Jordan has extra space...check it out!

miriam   October 11th, 2010 12:24 pm ET

John A,

The victim was guilty and deserved of punishment. Nobody stoned her but if she didn't repent, she would eventually meet her death along with those who brought her to Jesus.

Is Iran going to repent or go down taking the rest of the world with her, particularly the hypocrites wishing Israel and the US to attack while devising their own plans to support Israel's destruction?

Your statement on the thousands of conspiracists in fact proves how many of them would be ideal candidates for residence in any one of the many dictatorships of the world, brainwashed into believing every anti-Western mantra and myth, especially if it's anti-Israel and anti-US.
But they shouldn't get their hopes up for gaining citizenship!

Francesca   October 13th, 2010 12:53 pm ET

Miriam, may I remind you that John A asked you to state facts!

Miriam, please take off your tin foil hat and answer the questions.

Thanks


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