Israel Lobby Archive
Virginia Israel Advisory Board Deal Improper Says IG
On May 1,
2020, the Virginia Office of the State Inspector General formally
notified the Secretary of Commerce and Trade of improper financial
dealings between the Virginia Israel Advisory Board’s vice chairman and
the executive director of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.
According to the notification, the action was initiated following a
whistleblower complaint to the state fraud, waste and abuse hotline.
AIPAC Junket Spawned 'Project Jonah'
...Working in tandem, the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Virginia Israel
Advisory Board (VIAB) targeted these state funding pools to benefit an
Israeli aquaculture company. The VIAB-led effort to direct growing
amounts of Virginia state funds into Israeli corporations mirrors
AIPAC’s success in diverting the lion’s share of the U.S. foreign aid
budget to Israel’s military...
Why Wasn't Netanyahu Ever Indicted in the US?
obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from the FBI in 2012
and additional Department of Homeland Security files released in 2017
reveal that Milchan's involvement in a nuclear weapons technology
smuggling ring targeting the United States may have generated the State
Department red flag.
The files reveal that Milchan, Netanyahu and
American scientist Richard Kelly Smyth in the 1980s unlawfully smuggled
15 shipments containing 810 nuclear weapons triggers out of the United
States to the Israeli Ministry of Defense through a network of Milchan
companies. Only Smyth was ever indicted and prosecuted.
January February 2020
Partners in Corruption: The Virginia Israel Advisory Board and the
THIS SUMMER Tobacco Region Revitalization
Commission Executive Director Evan Feinman struck a corrupt deal with
Virginia Israel Advisory Board (VIAB) Vice Chairman Charles Lessin.
Virginians emerged with $210,000 less in funding for legitimate economic
development initiatives, even as VIAB forges even bigger deals to
benefit Israeli companies. Other Israeli recipients of VIAB-orchestrated
state grants include Sabra Dipping Company, AquaMaof, Energix, Alony
Hetz and military contractor Oran Safety Glass.
The Virginia Israel Advisory Board
Grant F. Smith of the
Institute for Research for Research: Middle Eastern Policy discusses the
findings of his new book, The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise
of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board
Chesapeake should revoke Energix solar energy permits over UN designated
human rights concerns
IRmep recommends the City of Chesapeake
revoke its conditional use permit issued to Caden-Energix Hickory to
build a 32 megawatt solar energy facility.
02/04/2020 Former Air Force Secretary pitches $100k "shark tank" swipes
to Israeli military contractors - Virginia Israel Advisory Board confab
entwines Israeli military contractors and DoD
VA--The premise of ABC’s business reality television series “Shark Tank”
is simple. Celebrity investor “sharks” hear proposals from contestants
pitching new product ideas. Winning ideas receive funding. Pitches that
fall short are ripped to bloody shreds to the delight of mass audiences.
How will the concept work for Israeli military contractors now that the
U.S. Air Force has its own shark tank? According to Deborah Lee James,
former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, small military contractors can
immediately get a $100,000 credit card swipe after successfully making a
01/2020 Partners in Corruption: The Virginia Israel Advisory Board and
the Tobacco Commission
This summer Tobacco Region
Revitalization Commission Executive Director Evan Feinman struck a
corrupt deal with Virginia Israel Advisory Board (VIAB) Vice Chairman
Charles Lessin. Virginians emerged with $210,000 less in funding for
legitimate economic development initiatives, even as VIAB forges even
bigger deals to benefit Israeli companies. Other Israeli recipients of
VIAB-orchestrated state grants include Sabra Dipping Company, AquaMaof,
Energix, Alony Hetz and military contractor Oran Safety Glass.
Gov Northam visit to Israel deepens Virginia's human rights and trade
The Virginia Coalition for Human Rights (VCHR) protests
Governor Ralph Northam's November 16 trade delegation to Israel. The
visit ignores Israel's growing human rights abuses and runs counter to
the Commonwealth's International Trade Strategic Plan to expand trade
output by 50 percent over the next 15 years.
Virginians oppose taxpayer subsidies for Israeli business projects -
A plurality of Virginians (38.1%) favor ending taxpayer
funding for Israeli business ventures in the commonwealth according to a
Virginia Coalition for Human Rights (VCHR) poll fielded by Google
Israel advocacy groups demand questionable changes to Virginia textbooks
A consortium of state and national Israel advocacy groups
has sent a detailed set of requested changes to textbooks and teaching
guides used in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Beholden to Israel and AIPAC even before running for office.
YouTube video combining a fundraiser's insights with the Israel Lobby
Archive's findings about the
against a Justice Department FARA order.
11/16/2017 Former National Security Division Chief Lisa
Monaco asked to respond to Israel Lobby Archive obtained files revealing
the AZC/ AIPAC was ordered to register
as an Israeli foreign agent in 1963.
YouTube video of key Israel Lobby Archive findings at the
College of St Olaf.
CIA releases files bout illegal weapons-grade uranium diversions from US
to Israel - IRmep
The Central Intelligence Agency released 130 pages of reports, memos and
other files about the 1960s diversion of weapons-grade uranium to Israel
from the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation NUMEC formerly
headquartered in Apollo, Pennsylvania. (PDF
of CIA files and release statement). The August 31 CIA release came
in response to a lawsuit (Lawsuit
PDF) filed by the director of the Institute for Research: Middle
Eastern Policy (IRmep) on February 13, 2015.
Secrets about Israeli theft of U.S. weapons-grade nuclear material
declassified - IRmep
On March 18, 2014 ISCAP, the highest declassification authority
in the U.S., released 84
pages (PDF) of formerly secret information about investigations into
the illegal diversion of weapons-grade nuclear material from
a Pennsylvania plant into the clandestine Israeli nuclear weapons
WSJ NUMEC report "Mystery
Remains on Missing Uranium" fails readers
22, 2013 Wall Street Journal report
by John R. Emshwiller attempts to update readers about the story of a
1960s Israeli diversion of nuclear materials from a uranium processor in
Pennsylvania. Like most reporting on the "NUMEC" or "Apollo" affair, it
fails to tackle the key questions, or elaborate on why the government's
decades-long cover-up of
the affair is so damaging to American credibility and governance.
Belowis IRmep's elaboration on points the Wall Street Journal's report
to explore and links to accurate source
FBI files reveal ADL's long history spying on peace, pro-Palestinian and
Arab diplomatic groups
FBI files about the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
have been released under the Freedom of Information Act. Now online at
the Israel Lobby Archive, they reveal tactics of ADL operatives working
undercover to infiltrate and neutralize groups the ADL deemed subversive
or hostile to Israel. Files also reveal the ADL's long-term —and often
unsuccessful—efforts to forge and leverage and publicize formal liaisons
with the FBI.
FBI files: "Hank" Greenspun parlayed profits from Israel arms smuggling
into Las Vegas media empire
A 1952 FBI file reveals that after being indicted a second time for
violating the Neutrality Act, Greenspun traveled to Washingtonand
contacted Seth Solomon Pope . An earlier criminal proceeding ended when
smuggling defendants during the trial contacted a juror who became the
only vote against conviction. Pope worked in Hawaii at the War Assets
Administration, in charge of decommissioning and selling off WWII
surplus. Pope was investigated on three occasions for fraudulent sales
of war materiel. Greenspun and associates stole 58 crates of .30 and .50
caliber machine guns from the U.S. Navy and smuggled them
from Honolulu through Mexico to Jewish fighters in Palestine in the late
1940s. After Pope transferred to the General Services Administration
in Washington, Greenspun offered $25,000 to Pope "or anyone else
designated by Pope" to "quash" a second Neutrality Act indictment
against Greenspun. The effort failed and Greenspun was convicted of a
felony and forced to pay $10,000...
Counterespionage video release reopens concerns about Israel Aerospace
On March 21, 2012 U.S. prosecutors played FBI surveillance video
in court of former NASA employee Stewart Nozette agreeing to sell U.S.
government secrets to Israel. Nozette was then sentenced to thirteen
years in prison. The FBI surveillance video, obtained by IRmep under
the Freedom of Information Act, is now available on YouTube and Vimeo.
An imperfect redaction reveals Nozette appearing to say he sold
classified U.S. government information to "Israeli Aircraft," also known
as Israel Aerospace Industries and IAI...
ZOA ordered to register as Israeli foreign agent sevent times -
declassified Justice Department Files
The Zionist Organization of
America (ZOA) was ordered on seven separate occasions to register under
the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) according to newly
declassified Department of Justice (DOJ) files. On October 17, 2012 the
National Archives and Records Administration released under FOIA the
long-secret files, now available online at the Israel Lobby Archive.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Linked to Nuclear Technology Smuggling
The FBI partially declassified and released
files linking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a nuclear
technology smuggling ring that targeted the United States.
internal Jonathan Pollard briefing video can help organizations detect
The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has
just released an internal briefing video that is now available online on
both Vimeo and Youtube.
Center for Policy and Law Enforcement obtained release under the
Freedom of Information Act. Jonathan Pollard was sentenced to life in
prison in 1987 after he was caught selling large amounts of highly
classified documents to Israel. The 14 minute video "Jonathan Pollard: A
Portrayal" produced by the Threat Countermeasures Branch of the DIA
emphasizes that "eighty percent" of the documents obtained by Pollard
were DIA files.
US Weapons-Grade Uranium Diverted to Israel: Secret NUMEC Investigation
Files Now Online
PRNewswire – Washington, DC
Declassified files from long-running investigations of the Nuclear
Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) over alleged illegal
diversions of US government-owned weapons-grade uranium to Israel are
now available online at
800 Nuclear Triggers Smuggled to Israel, Mastermind Untouchabe - Secret
An espionage ring smuggled 800
krytrons to the Israeli Ministry of Defense for use in the clandestine
Israeli nuclear weapons program according to newly declassified FBI
files. The secret documents were originally scheduled for public release
in the year 2036, but were obtained under appeal to the Justice
Department by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep).
The documents available online athttp://www.IRmep.org/ila/krytrons reveal
new details about the failed effort to indict the nuclear smuggling
Mossad Chief Set AIPAC Founder's First Public Relations Priorities --
Declassified FBI Files
Declassified FBI files reveal details of the
founder of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) early
coordination with the head of Mossad and the Israeli Minister of Foreign
Affairs. The 198-page file, released under the Freedom of Information
Act to the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep), is now
on the Internet at: http://www.IRmep.org/ila/kenen
AIPAC Director's Use of Classified Missile Data Harmed National Security
- US State Department
Newly released US Department of State investigation files reveal how the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) acquisition of
classified US national defense information harmed national security. (Web
documents) In 1976 the Ford administration proposed selling improved
Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Jordan. The Senate Foreign Relations
Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee received a classified
Department of Defense notification of sale. AIPAC's Director Morris
Amitay reviewed the classified document after being informed "secretly
by aides of Senator Clifford P. Case, Republican of New Jersey, and
Representative Jonathan B. Bingham, Democrat of New York" according to
the New York Times.
Secret trade report obtained by AIPAC and Israel compromised sensitive
US industry secrets
Following a three year Freedom of Information Act battle, US Trade
Ambassador Ron Kirk has been forced to publicly release a secret report
about America's first bilateral trade agreement. The 1984 report
predicted which US industries would be most harmed by massive trade
preferences for Israel.
Illicit Israeli Military Technology Transfers Continued Amidst US State
Department Infighting - Audit
A newly declassified US Department of State report obtained by the
Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) reveals how
political infighting and turf battles undermined efforts to reign in
illicit Israeli transfers of sensitive US military technology. In March
of 1992 US State Department inspector general Sherman Funk issued his
"Report of Audit" about efforts to stem illegal Israeli transfers of US
military technology. The report found Israel "is systematically
violating U.S. arms control laws." America's "Blue Lantern" system
conducted in-country inspections by deploying Customs officials and
other qualified US embassy personnel to verify that "sensitive U.S.
Munitions List items and technology are used only for authorized
Secret CIA/FBI files of NUMEC nuclear diversions to Israel could aid
$170 million toxic cleanup
Recently declassified wiretap transcripts of conversations between
Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) founder Zalman
Shapiro and venture capitalist David Lowenthal reveal that illegal
storage practices led to a dangerous nuclear spill. Obtained under the
Freedom of Information Act by IRmep's Center for Policy and Law
Enforcement, the files were heavily censored by the Central Intelligence
Agency which blocked release of 225 pages.
$6.64 Billion Damages Sought over Israeli Government and AIPAC Use of
Stolen Classified US Trade Data
Today the Section 301 Committee of the US Trade Representative formally
received a petition demanding $6.64 billion in compensation for US
exporters. In 1984 US exporters were urged to submit business
confidential data about their prices, market share, internal costs and
market strategy to the International Trade Commission. The USTR
guaranteed confidentiality and compiled the data into a classified
report for use in negotiating the US-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
Israel lobbyist funds US Presidents, Israeli Nukes, AIPAC disinformation
FBI files released under the Freedom of Information Act unveil new
details about the life of influential lobbyist Abraham Feinberg
(1908-1998). Feinberg is best known for funding President Harry S
Truman's "whistle stop" campaign, saving Truman's 1948 election campaign
from almost certain defeat. In an interview, Feinberg summarized his
long success in Democratic Party politics: "My path to power was
cooperation in terms of what they needed—campaign money."
According to new histories of Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons
program including "Israel and the Bomb" by Avner Cohen (1998), Israeli
Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion secretly named Feinberg his chief
nuclear weapons fundraising coordinator in 1958. According to Michael
Karpin's "The Bomb in the Basement" (2007) Feinberg and 25 others
contributed $40 million to the Israeli nuclear weapons program against
opposition from presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.
Israeli False Flag Attack on U.S. Motivated 1963 Senate Investigation -
Newly Declassified Files
Fears of false flag and foreign funded covert operations designed to
influence U.S. policy drove the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to
launch exhaustive investigations and call for warranted enforcement of
the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). A newly declassified March
17, 1961 memo unsealed and released by the National Archives and Records
Administration on October 21, 2010 outlined the Senate's rationale for
investigating Israel lobbying groups and other foreign agents active
across the United States.
Declassified Senate Investigation Files Reveal Clandestine Israeli PR
Campaign in America
Declassified files from a
Senate investigation into Israeli-funded covert public relations and
lobbying activity in the United States were released by the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on July 23rd, 2010. The
subpoenaed documents reveal Israel's clandestine programs for
"cultivation of editors," the "stimulation and placement of suitable
articles in the major consumer magazines" as well as U.S. reporting
about sensitive subjects such as the Dimona nuclear weapons facility.
Senator Pressures NRC to Clear NUMEC President of Illegal Uranium
Diversions to Israel
of Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania attempted to obtain a statement
from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission according to documents newly
released under the Freedom of Information Act. On August 27, 2009, Arlen
Specter wrote to Rebecca Schmidt asking that the NRC "issue a formal
public statement confirming that he [constituent Zalman Shapiro] was not
involved in any activities related to the diversion of uranium to
New FBI Files Alleging AIPAC Theft of Government Property and Israeli
Declassified files detailing
an FBI investigation targeting the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee are now available on the Internet. AIPAC was investigated
after it acquired and circulated classified government information
provided in strict confidence by US industry and worker groups opposed
to AIPAC sponsored economic legislation.
AIPAC Officials Duplicated Classified Policy
Documents Before Returning to US Government - IRmep.
Top officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Those public
information, command information, and community relations activities
directed toward both the external and internal publics with interest in
the Department of Defense. Also called PA. See also command information;
community relations; public information. Committee duplicated a stolen
classified US government policy document before returning it under order
of the US Trade Representative.
AIPAC Received Classified US Trade Docs from Israeli Embassy
A FBI file reveals the Israeli embassy passed stolen classified
US government information to the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC). In 1984 Israel and AIPAC jointly lobbied Congress to
secure preferential Israeli access to the US market against widespread
American industry opposition. The FBI file, kept
secret for 25 years, was recently released to the Institute for
Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) through Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) requests. The declassified files, their historical context,
and long term impact on jobs and exports are detailed in the new book
“Spy Trade: How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy.” “Spy
Trade” also analyzes AIPAC’s long history of guidance and material
support from the Israeli government.
Declassified FBI File Alleges an Israeli Intelligence Agent Worked at
An agent of the Israeli intelligence service worked on the staff of the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) according to a newly
declassified FBI file. An August 13, 1984 secret communication from the
FBI Washington Field Office (WFO) to the FBI director states, "WFO files
disclose that AIPAC is a powerful pro-Israel lobbying group staffed by
U.S. citizens. WFO files contain an unsubstantiated allegation that a
member of the Israeli Intelligence Service was a staff member of AIPAC."
Dennis Ross sidelined at State over his foreign agent status with Israel
January of this year, the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy
(IRmep) issued a press release on Ross and the JPPPI and its predecessor
Israeli government-funded operations in the United States. IRmep stated:
“In the 1960s the Senate Foreign Relations Committee uncovered a network
of stealth Jewish Agency ‘conduits’ financing grassroots Israel lobby
start up groups through the American Zionist Council (AZC). During 1963
hearings the Senate revealed the equivalent of $35 million went toward
U.S. lobbying, including $38,000 to American Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC) founder Isaiah Kenen between 1960-1961.”
In November 1962, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy required the AZC to
register as a foreign agent pursuant to the 1938 Foreign Agents
Registration Act (FARA). The AZC shut down and transferred its lobbying
activities to AIPAC. Ross never registered as a foreign agent
under FARA after becoming chairman of the Jewish Agency-funded JPPPI in
2002. Ross’ failure to declare himself as an agent of the Israeli
government contributed, in part, to Clinton’s decision to remove his
Israeli Nuclear Arsenal Prohibits US Foreign Aid Under Symington
...The declassified US Army report titled "The Joint Operating
Environment 2008" identifies Israel as a nuclear weapons power.
Specifically the US Army highlights "a growing arc of nuclear powers
running from Israel in the west through an emerging Iran to Pakistan,
India, and on to China, North Korea, and Russia in the east." Jimmy
Carter became the first former President to confirm in 2008 that Israel
has secretly financed, developed and deployed an undeclared arsenal of
The Foreign Assistance
Act of 1961 as amended by the Symington Amendment of 1976 and the Glenn
Amendment of 1977 prohibit US military assistance to countries that
acquire or transfer nuclear reprocessing technology outside of
international nonproliferation regimes. Israel, unlike Iran, is not a
signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. If Congress wishes to
provide US taxpayer funded foreign aid to Israel in compliance with US
law, it may do so only under a special waiver from the office of the
President as in the case for Pakistan.
Documents Reveal AIPAC Trade Secrets Leak Leading to $71 Billion Export
...Since the agreement was signed in 1985, US trade
with Israel shifted from surplus to a cumulative $71 billion deficit
(adjusted for inflation). The 2008 $7.8 billion deficit with Israel was
equivalent to 126,000 US manufacturing related jobs. It is the only
bilateral FTA producing multi-billion dollar losses to the US every year
for the last decade but total losses are still unknown. According to
IRmep director Grant F. Smith the agreement was the beginning of a chain
reaction of intellectual property theft documented by industry
associations and US counterintelligence agencies: "US corporations were
betrayed by the leaks of their intellectual property during treaty
negotiations in 1984. US pharmaceutical, defense and other industries
continue to lose billions in revenue to Israeli copy-cat merchandise. We
are only beginning to fully understand the larger impact of AIPAC and
the Israeli government's ongoing acquisition of classified US
Dennis Ross Chairmanship of Israeli Government Funded Think Tank Could
Torpedo Iran Envoy Job
...Since 2002 former American diplomat Dennis Ross
has filed no FARA activity declarations. This could be a problem
according to IRmep director Grant F. Smith. "The US Department of
Justice has always asked US recipients of Jewish Agency funding --
whether the American Zionist Council and its US executives, or the
Jewish Agency's New York office -- to register as agents of a foreign
principal. With US-Iran diplomacy and restoration of productive
relations looming so urgently, now is certainly not the time to
resurrect foreign agent registration battles."
DOJ and Treasury Rebuff Calls to Investigate Alleged $60 Billion Israel
Money Laundering Ring
...since 2005 the leadership of the US
Treasury Department's Internal Revenue Service and Terrorism and
Financial Intelligence units have repeatedly rebuffed requests for
investigation and related inquiries. For three years the Department of
Justice Counterterrorism Section, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and
New York based US Attorneys have formally refused to show investigatory
interest in these publicly substantiated money laundering allegations.
AIPAC Founder's Newly Declassified Foreign Agent File Reveals Shift to
Six decades ago Americans working as registered Israeli foreign agents
launched New York, Washington and Los Angeles "Israel Office of
Information (IOI)" branches. Newly declassified records document IOI
actions that forever changed foreign government lobbying on Capitol Hill
as IOI director Isaiah L. Kenen shifted Israel lobbying away from FARA
oversight into stealth foreign lobbying from the American Zionist
Declassified Papers: DOJ Accepted AIPAC Parent's Demand for Secrecy
Papers kept secret for 43 years show that the US Department of Justice
attempted to register the parent organization of the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, as the foreign agent of Israel. Such
a registration could have changed the course of Middle East history by
giving the president, State Department and American public more insight
and leverage over the Israel lobby during peace negotiations to
compensate displaced Palestinians and avert Israel's covert development
of nuclear weapons. How the subversion of law
enforcement and oversight corrupts governance in the US.
The Lobby and the Patriot's Predicament
How the subversion of law
enforcement and oversight corrupts governance in the US.
From Irgun to AIPAC: Israel Lobby's US Treasury Follies Hurt
A historical perspective on the
Israel lobby's actions reveals how the US Treasury Department is used
against the interests of the American people.
Declassified Old Documents Shed New Light on AIPAC Espionage Prosecution
How the subversion of law
enforcement and oversight corrupts the US political process.
AIPAC report reveals long history of activities harmful to U.S.
A historical review of the
AIPAC Near East Report's attempts to divert attention away from Israel's
nuclear program, the corrupted trade agreement, and election fraud in
the California senate race.