Israeli Terrorist Cell Uncovered in Egypt

10 False Flags that Changed the World: #4

4In July, 1954, an Israeli terrorist cell was activated inside Egypt. The ensuing attacks, cleverly designed to look like the work of Arabs, blasted and torched American and British targets.

First, the Israeli terrorists firebombed the Alexandria Post Office. Then, they firebombed the U.S. Information Agency libraries — one in Alexandria, and one in Cairo. Then, they firebombed a British-owned Metro-Goldwyn Mayer theater, and a railway terminal, and the central post office, and a couple more theaters…

To smuggle their bombs inside the buildings, the terrorists used devices shaped like books, hiding them inside book covers. Once inside, bags filled with acid were placed on top of the nitroglycerin bombs. After several hours, the acid ate through the bags and ignited the nitroglycerin, causing explosions and blazing infernos.

What Made Israel Stoop to Terrorism?

Egypt's Premier NasserIn the early 1950s, the United States was making fast friends with Egypt, taking advantage of the new pan-Arab Egyptian government of Gamal Abdel Nasser. The warming relationship between the US and Egypt caused a very insecure Israel to feel a bit threatened.

Nassar also had plans to nationalize the Suez Canal, which had been controlled by the British for decades. Egypt had been known to blockade Israeli shipping through the canal, and Israel feared Nassar would make a blockade permanent.

After U.S. President Eisenhower began encouraging the British to leave the Suez Canal Zone, Israel started looking for a way to make the British stay, and a way to remain best buddies with America.

Israel's Ben GurionAnd what better way to treat your best friend than to stab them in the back and tell them one of your other friends did it?

David Ben Gurion, Israel’s founding prime minister, thought that Egyptian terrorist attacks against Americans would be a perfect way to cool the growing US/Egypt relationship. And, since there were no Egyptians planning attacks against Americans, Ben Gurion’s proteges did the next best thing: they recruited Israeli agents to PRETEND to be Egyptian terrorists.

Unit 131

The top-secret Israeli terrorist cell, Unit 131, had existed since 1948. In 1950, Israel’s Directorate of Military Intelligence, Aman, was created, and Israel sent an undercover agent, Colonel Avraham Dar (alias: John Darling, British citizen of the island of Gibraltar), to recruit more members to Unit 131. He also trained them how to build bombs and terrify Americans and British civilians working and living in Egypt.

Before the terrorist cell was activated, another Israeli agent named Avraham — Avraham Seidenberg — was sent to take control from Avraham Dar.

Seidenberg first went to Germany to establish an alias: he assumed the identy of Paul Frank, a former SS officer, complete with underground Nazi connections. By 1954 his new identity was in place and he went to Egypt to take command of Unit 131.

Unit 131 decided to call their terrorist plan Operation Suzannah. The name came from Susan Kauffman, the fiancee of Victor Levy, one of the Israeli terrorists. The name also referred to the unit’s call to action: the unit would activate when it heard an Israel radio broadcast of the American song, Oh! Susannah.

In the summer of 1954, Colonel Binyamin Gibli, the chief of Aman, arranged for the tune to be broadcast…

Israeli Terrorist Ring Busted

Everything was going well for the Israeli terrorists it seemed. But, there was one thing the members of Unit 131 didn’t know: their terrorist sleeper cell had itself been infiltrated by the Egyptian intelligence service. The new Unit 131 leader, Seidenberg, had betrayed them to the Egyptians.

So, when Unit 131 member Philip Nathanson made his way to bomb the British-owned Rio theater in Alexandria, not only was he being followed; the Egyptian intelligence service had a fire engine waiting to put out the flames. As Nathanson stood in the ticket line, his bad luck turned worse when one of the bombs in his pocket ignited, and then exploded.

Nathanson was burned but not killed. As nearby pedestrians shouted warnings and wondered if he was a suicide bomber, Egyptian policemen stepped in, calmed the crowd, and identified Nathanson as one of the terrorists who had been blowing up American and British buildings.

The Wicked Web Unravels

Nathanson was interrogated by Egypt’s military intelligence and confessed the whole plot, which led to more arrests. When the Israeli spies were given a public trail, all the details of their terrorist training in Israel came to light.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ben Gurion and Israel’s Aman chief, Binyamin Gibli, tried to frame their own Defense Minister, Pinhas Lavon. They even offered forged documents as proof. The frameup worked for a while — so much so that the entire incident is still popularly known as the Lavon Affair. Lavon resigned, and Ben Gurion came out of political retirement to replace him as Israel’s Defense Minister.

However, the truth did finally emerge.

In 1960, a review of the inquiry discovered the fake documents, as well as perjury by Seidenberg. A committee of seven Cabinet members cleared Lavon. And, although Ben Gurion never admitted fault, he did resign his post as Defense Minister.

What Happened to the Terrorists?

Yosef Carmon and Max Binnet both committed suicide in an Egyptian prison.

Dr. Moshe Marzouk and Shmuel Azar were both sentenced to death in a very public trial. Much of the world persuaded the Egyptian government not to hang the two terrorists, including intervention from US President Eisenhower, Indian President Nehru, and even the Pope. Egypt, referring to America’s hanging the Rosenbergs, responded: “Egypt (will) treat its spies in precisely the same manner adopted by the United States.” Marzouk and Azar were hanged in a Cairo prison.

Meir Meyuhas and Meir Za’afran, after spending seven years in jail, were both released in 1962. Sworn to silence, they returned to Israel and reconstructed their lives far from the public spotlight.

Victorine Marcelle Ninio was tortured in an Egyptian prison. With her feet severely beaten, and threatened with rape, she threw herself out of a window and almost died. After healing in a hospital and enduring the spy trial, she was sentenced to 15 years in a prison for women in Kanather — the longest sentence ever for a female political prisoner in Egypt. She was released as part of a prisoner exchange following 1967′s Six-Day War, and quietly returned to Israel, having become a source of political embarrassment. However, by 1974 much of Operation Suzannah had become public, and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir attended Ninio’s wedding.

Robert Dassa spent fourteen years in an Egyptian prison at Tura, where he ran the prison basketball team. He was also released as part of the Six-Day War prisoner exchange in February of 1968. In 1979 he returned to Egypt as a journalist to cover Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s visit to Alexandria. Thirteen years later he wrote a book about his experience.

Victor Levy and Philip Nathanson were sentenced to life in prison, where they made friends and even ran a successful duck farm with the approval of the prison administrator. The were also released in the Six-Day War prisoner exchange, and returned quietly to Israel.

Avraham Seidenberg, who had betrayed Unit 131 to Egyptian Intelligence, was the only spy who escaped. He returned to a hero’s welcome in Israel. When his perjury, and probable roll as an Egyptian double agent, was discovered, Seidenberg was sentenced to 10 years in an Israeli prison. After serving as an exemplary prisoner, he was released. He briefly sold television sets in Tel-Aviv. Then, in 1972, and still denying everything, he moved to California.

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Go to the next article in this series:
U.S.-Sponsored Terrorism: Operation Northwoods.

Go to the previous article in this series:
The Myth of Pearl Harbor.

Go to the original article in this series:
10 False Flags that Changed the World.

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0 Responses to Israeli Terrorist Cell Uncovered in Egypt

  1. PETE says:

    After seven false flags, you would think, somebody would get it, and put a stop to all this bullshit.

  2. JoeC says:

    Pete: You’d think. But even as I write this, I’m reading about all the carriers being parked on Iran’s doorstep and thinking, “Here we go again…”

  3. PETE says:

    Joe: Are you and I the only ones to notice this? Also the comments on the news, regarding weapons and fighters, and trying to link them to Iran. Are they starting to stir up the pot by slowly feeding us snipits, and befor you know it, Iran will be the evil empire we must destroy to win in Iraq.

  4. JoeC says:

    Pete: I think even you and I falling prey to their brainwashing, at least a little bit. When I first heard of the idea that we’d attack Iran, I thought it was so ludicrous it was out of the realm of possibility.

    Now, after being constantly barraged by the idea for months, even though I’m extremely against it and still think it’s crazy, I’m beginning to think it’s a very possible scenario. And I think that’s exactly how Bush & Co. are slow walking the nation into it. They don’t have to get us to agree with it…they just have to get us to a point where we’re not surprised when it happens, to a point where we won’t revolt en masse…or at least where we’ll pause to think about it. We’re already at that point…calmly talking about something unthinkable happening…

  5. PETE says:

    Supposedly the democrats were elected to fight this, and all they can come up with is non binding legislation, George and company are shaking in their boots over that.

  6. kill yankee says:

    yes,you are being prepared for an iranian invasion……i’m sure you will boo just like you did when the iron sheik was introduced……ameriKKKans are so fucking docile,so compliant,so fake,you even fall for the cold war line……what did russia actually do,besides choosing communism as a economic system…..and not doing business with the rich elitists. after all,russian communism wasn’t a threat to anyone in the years 1918-1939,and after the fall of the Brest-Latovsk treaty in 1941 untill 1945 when the yankees and the russians were allies.
    the truth is that ameriKKKa wanted the economic benefits&the political benefits of a cold war,(ameriKKKan business spent billions on pro-U.S propaganda,which is part of your problem today…….compliant people doing what the patriot/t.v/politicians tell you to.)
    kill yankee
    international slave

  7. kill yankee says:

    israel is very dodgy, a country to be extremly worried you think that an israeli government would surrender to a muslim nation or choose to detonate a nuclear bomb?
    there is no such thing as the “6 day war” it is actually known as the second oil war b/c israel was the invading country in this situation.

  8. VII says:

    No Pete, you are not alone in noticing these FFO’s!
    Thanks to the internet, we can get real information in stead of the propaganda of the corperate media.

    Keep up the good work!

    Greeting from the Netherlands,

  9. JoeC says:

    Greetings! Ahhh, the Netherlands….windmills, bikes, tulips, and VAN GOGH! Yeah! Hey, I’m curious…has Nike come out with a good wooden running clog over there yet? ;-)

  10. Xman says:

    I grew up a complete fan of Israel. In fact I almost went to work on a farm there and entertained citizenship. I read all the Leon Uris stuff. All the Nazi/Jew stuff. Unfortunately my successful brainwashing was interrupted when I also read about the trickery in the bible where one brother put on a goat skin to get the birthright from his brother (Jewish/Arab lines of family)…which is regarded as fair play by Jewish folks. Trickery, deception, unfairness, nazi tactics. I started seeing this stuff just these last few years…even though it has always been going on since the founding of the new Israel. They seem to be the poster child for “the end justifies the means”.
    It has been a very unhappy experience to finally wake up after all these years.

  11. JoeC says:

    Yeah, both the US and Israel has me scratching my heads lately. Israel is an amazing place and home to amazing people. And, like the US, home to a lot of extremist nuts, too. The U.S. and Israel plainly and clearly don’t play fair with the rest of the Middle East. We give Israel millions in handouts, and we catch them spying on us more than any other country. And we constantly have to be the lone veto of UN sanctions against a misbehaving Israel.

    I’m sorry, but where I come from, if a friend manipulates and back stabs me like the government of Israel and AIPAC, they ain’t my friend any longer. And my opinion has NOTHING to do with race or religion. But it does have a lot to do with respect, trust, and the ethic of reciprocity.

  12. Jakob says:

    This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title Israeli Terrorist Cell Uncovered in Egypt. Thanks for informative article

  13. Maria Luisa Rivas Yturrios says:

    Have been in Israel more than once. What did I learn? The Isralis would not have a country without a “common enemy” so, if they don´t have it, they create it in order to have national cohesivenes. Without this “common enemy” instilled in the people, they would soon destroy themselves. Just ask yourself what does an Ashkanski have in common with a traditional Sephardim…and so on? or a European/AmericanAfrican/Australian-Jews? Thanks to Zionists (US Government and the British) we goy are in the brink of nuclear war. Shalom. A´Jai (or however you spell it) La h

  14. Matthew Fitch says:

    You forgot to mention that in 2005, Israeli President Moshe Katsav presented each with a certificate of appreciation for their efforts on behalf of the state. It just goes to show you that Israel truly is a terrible country.

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