The Orthodox Jewish Criminal Network in the United States
July 27, 2009
Some of the members of the international Orthodox Jewish criminal network arrested on July 23, 2009. This network is deeply involved in illegal narcotics and financial crimes.
The FBI’s mass arrest on July 23 of Orthodox rabbis, their partners-in-crime, and the venal and corrupt politicians who accepted bribes from a Jewish gangster-turned-witness provides essential insight into the extensive Othodox Jewish criminal network that dominates Israel, New York, New Jersey, and to a great extent the United States of America. Having written a great deal about this subject, particularly in relation to the false flag terror attacks of 9-11, there are a few important things that need to be pointed out about this developing story.
This is a very important story, not only for the insular and segregated Orthodox Jewish community in which this criminal network operates but for the larger intercommunal relationship between Jews and the U.S. general public, which is incensed and indignant about being ripped off for hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars by notorious Jews like Bernard Madoff, Maurice Greenberg of A.I.G., and Ben Shalom Bernanke of the Federal Reserve.
“If the charges against the rabbis are proved to have been correct,” one veteran Brooklyn rabbi told the Israeli press, “it’ll be the worst and most terrible blasphemy that will ever be remembered about the New York Jews.”
The main players in this criminal network are among the leading members of the Sephardic Jewish community of Brooklyn, New York City, and Deal, New Jersey. The key players, such as the FBI’s cooperating witness Solomon “Shlomo” Dwek and the 87-year-old “chief rabbi” Shaul J. Kassin, are both high-ranking members of this closed community, which is actually Israeli (or Palestinian prior to 1948). A member of the Dwek clan, Rafi Dwek, for example, is director-general of the Likud party, the extreme right-wing party of Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu.
Shlomo Dwek, the Talmud teacher and Jewish gangster-turned-witness who helped expose a small part of the international Orthodox criminal network
The Dwek and Kassin families are very close and have been since at least the early years of the 1900s when they studied Talmud and Kabbalah together in the yeshiva in Jerusalem (then part of the district of Syria in the Turkish Ottoman Empire). The Kassin family came to America from Palestine in August 1933. Rabbi Jacob and his wife Mazal arrived in New York with their first four children, the eldest being Shaul, the now indicted rabbi. Mazal, the rabbi’s 30-year-old wife was unable to read or write, according to immigration documents, which is not unusual for this segregated and backwards community. Orthodox Jewish women are known to be treated as untouchable second-class humans and are made to ride in the back of the bus even today in Israel. Non-Jews, “Goyim” or Gentiles, are considered to be even lower and are despised by Orthodox Jews yet they choose to live and carry out their criminal schemes in America, which has a population which is overwhelmingly non-Jewish.
“WE DON’T WANT GENTILE CHARACTERISTICS”
The Syrian Jewish community is known for its strict racial Edict that acts like “an invisible fence” and bans members of the community from marrying anyone outside of the community. “Never accept a convert or a child born of a convert,” the son of rabbi Kassin told Zev Chavets of the New York Times in 2007, summarizing the message of the Edict. “Push them away with strong hands from our community. Why? Because we don’t want gentile characteristics.”
To understand the ties between the key families in this story, I recommend Sarina RoffÃ©’s articles on the Kassin and Labaton rabbinic dynasties. Sarina is an expert on Syrian Jewry and a member of Brooklyn’s Syrian Jewish community and the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. of New York.
Antar, who still lives in the community “enclave”, told the Jewish Week that the recent mass arrest of rabbis doesn’t surprise him at all. “Most people in this community are law-abiding hard-working Americans and the alleged actions of a few people are no reflection on the entire community. But I’m not surprised when I see this kind of thing happen.”
Small, tight-knit communities such as the Syrian Jewish enclave in New Jersey and Brooklyn are particularly prone to financial crime, he said. “It happens all the time in all kinds of closed, insular communities, and these crimes are the toughest to crack,” he said. “The people are bound not just by economic incentives, but cultural, religious, ethnic and family ties. They tend to be highly coordinated, and they can take years to investigate.” When the dust settles “hundreds” of people could be implicated, Antar predicted. Antar’s prediction that many more people are involved comes from a person who knows the Orthodox criminal network from the inside.
ORTHODOX RABBIS = CRIME BOSSES
The most obvious question that a person would ask after hearing the report of the mass arrest of Orthodox rabbis: What kind of religious community is this Orthodox Jewish community in which its leaders are venal crooks who engage in serious criminal activity as easily as one drinks a glass of water?
“These rings, led by clergymen, cloaked their extensive criminal activities behind a facade of rectitude,” New Jersey District Attorney Ralph Marra said, describing a disgraceful picture of religious leaders heading money-laundering crews and acting as crime bosses. They moved “at least tens of millions of dollars through charitable, nonprofit entities controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey,” Marra said. Exactly where the “tens of millions of dollars” came from has not been explained, but connections to the illegal drug trade and the Madoff scam are both very likely.
“Crime Boss” Shaul J. Kassin, 87, chief rabbi of the Syrian Jewish community
“Religious leaders allegedly acted like ‘crime bosses'”, was the Marra quote that became the title of a July 26 article in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. “For these defendants, corruption was a way of life.”
Israelis, however, are well aware of the gangster methods and tactics of the Orthodox Jewish community, something most Americans are only becoming aware of as a result of this mass arrest. Small Orthodox Jewish parties, such as Israel’s theocratic Shas Party, have long wielded enormous clout in Israel’s coalition governments and used political extortion to obtain special privileges for the Orthodox community. Orthodox religious practices and conversions, for example, are the only ones recognized in the “Jewish state.” The Shas party’s seed money was raised in rabbi Kassin’s living room in Deal, N.J., in the early ’80s.
The Syrian Jewish community is very powerful in Latin America. Another Kassin family member, a Miami resident from Colombia named “Victor Tesone Kassin,” for example, was indicted in a $100 million money laundering operation to wash drug profits from Colombian narcotics with drug financier Isaac Kattan in 1982 following a similar investigation called Operation Greenback. This operation involved a bank in Miami and Switzerland. Switzerland and Israel played roles in the recently busted Jewish money-laundering operation and are also thought to be involved in the disappearance of tens of billions of dollars from the Madoff scam as well.
A Brooklyn Jewish man, Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, is charged with enticing poor people in Israel to give up a kidney for $10,000 so he could sell their organs for $160,000 each, according to Marra. Some, if not all, of the kidney removal operations were reportedly carried out at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital.
The arrest of the Orthodox rabbis led some to dub the affair “Kosher Nostra.” The rabbis, including two synagogue leaders, are suspected of organizing a money-laundering network that allegedly worked through charities in Deal, Brooklyn and Israel, Ha’aretz reported. The 15 people arrested on money laundering charges were all Orthodox Jews and/or Israelis, including the “kidney trade middleman,” a.k.a. Levi-Yitzhak Rosenbaum. There were so many detainees that a bus was used to transport them. This massive arrest, however, is seen by many as only the tip of the iceberg.
Officials say investigations originally focused on an international Orthodox Jewish network that laundered tens of millions of dollars through charities controlled by rabbis in New Jersey and New York. This money-laundering network is most likely connected to the $50 billion Bernie Madoff scam. Madoff, as I pointed out in my articles about his scam, managed the Sy Syms school of business at the Orthodox Jewish community’s Yeshiva University. Another Sephardic family, the Recanati family, has a great deal of influence in the shipping and selling of crude oil and at the Israel Discount Bank, the corrupt private bank where Sy Syms was a director for many years. Like the 9-11 crime and cover-up, at every key nodal point of this vast criminal financial network — one finds an Orthodox Jew.
Levy Itzhak Rosenbaum used his gun to threaten poor kidney donors who got cold feet. He made more than $150,000 for each kidney he traded.
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Chavets, Zev, “The Sy Empire,” New York Times Magazine, October 14, 2007
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