Mossad Comes to America: Death Squads by Invitation

by James Petras / March 3rd, 2010

The principle propaganda mouthpiece of the Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (PMAJO), the Daily Alert (DA), has come out in full support for Israel’s practice of extra-judicial, extra-territorial assassination.

In the face of world-wide governmental condemnation (except from the
Zionist-occupied White House and US Congress), the PMAJO slavishly
backs any brutal murder committed by the Israeli secret police anywhere
in the world and at anytime. The recent assassination of Hamas leader,
Mahmoud Mabhouh, in Dubai is a case in point. The PMAJO has defended
all of Mossad’s criminal actions leading up to the murder, including
extensive identity theft and the stealing or falsification of passports
and official documents from several European countries, presumably
allied to the Zionist state. Among the Mossad agents who entered Dubai
to kill Mabhouh, twelve agents used stolen or forged British passports,
three Australian, three French, one German and six Irish. These agents
assumed the identity of European citizens in order to commit murder in
a sovereign nation.

Once again the PMAJO demonstrate that its first loyalty is to the
Israeli secret police, even when they violate the sovereignty of major
US allies. No doubt the PMAJO would readily support the Israeli Mossad,
even if it were shown to have used U.S. documents to assassinate
Mabhouh. In fact, two of the 26 Israeli assassins, carrying fake Irish
and fake British passports, are known to have entered the United States
after the killing and may still be here.

The position adopted by the Daily Alert and the PMAJO in
defense of Israel’s international terrorist act followed several lines
of attack, which will be discussed below. These include: (1) blaming
the victim, (2) claiming that extra-judicial, extra territorial murders
are legal, (3) minimizing the murder of ‘one’ individual, (4) deflecting attention from the Zionists by blaming ‘other Arabs’, (5) favorably comparing Mossad assassinations to US killings in Afghanistan, (6) trivializing and relativizing world condemnation, (7) citing “self-defense”, (8) praising the high tech ‘operational details’ of the assassination and (9) discrediting the Dubai police investigators rather than the Israeli perpetrators.

Abridged articles, cited in the Daily Alert, have appeared in the op-ed pages of several US, UK, Canadian and Israeli newspapers, as well as in right-wing magazines like Forbes and Commentary. The mainline Zionist propaganda technique is to avoid any discussion of Israel’s egregious crimes against sovereignty, due process, international law and the personal security of individuals. In doing so, the Daily Alert adopts the propaganda techniques common to all totalitarian regimes practicing state terrorism.

(1) Blaming the Victim

On February 22, the Daily Alert (DA) headlined two
articles, which were entitled: “Killed Hamas Official betrayed by
Associates says Dubai Police Chief” and “Hamas: Assassinated Operative
put Himself at Risk”. The DA forgot to mention that Israeli secret
police had been tracking their prey for over a month (having failed to
assassinate him on six previous attempts) and that the Dubai Police
Chief was not blaming Hamas officials but was in the process of
accumulating evidence, witness statements, videos and documents proving
the Israeli identities of the assassins. Needless to say, if we were to
accept the American Zionists’ argument that any leading opponent of
Israel, who travels without an army of bodyguards, is “putting himself at risk“, then we must acknowledge that ours is a lawless world where Israeli hit squads are free to commit murder anywhere, any time.

(2) Extra-Judicial, Extra territorial Murder is “Legal” (At least if the killers are Mossad)

The February 22 and February 24 issues of the DA include two
articles arguing that Israel’s practice of extra-judicial,
extra-territorial murder is legal. One article is entitled, “The Legality of Killing of Hamas Mahmoud al Mabhoud” and the other, “The Proportionate Killing of Mahmoud al Mabhoud”. These avoid any reference to international law, which emphatically rejects cross-border, state-sponsored murders. Legality,
for the PMAJO, is whatever the Israel’s secret police apparatus deems
expedient in pursuit of its goal of eliminating leaders who oppose its
colonial occupation and expropriation of Palestinian lands. If Israel’s
extra-judicial, extra-territorial murder of an adversary in Dubai is
legal, why not assassinate opponents in the US, Canada, England or any
other country where they might travel, live, work or write? What if the
critics and opponents of Israel decided that it was now “legal” to murder Israel’s supporters wherever they lived citing the Daily Alert’s definition of legality? We would then find ourselves in a lawless world of “legal” murder and totalitarian cross-border surveillance.

(3) Minimizing the Murder

The Feb 22, 24, and 25 issues of the Daily Alert deflect
attention from the Mossad murder by making comparison to the hundreds
of Afghan civilians killed by US drone attacks. The claim is that “targeting individuals” is less a crime than mass killings. The problem with this argument is that for decades Mossad has “targeted
scores of opponents overseas and killed thousands of Palestinians in
the occupied territories (where they work with the domestic secret
police, Shin Bet, and the military, IDF). Moreover, this argument
linking Israel’s extra judicial assassinations with US colonial killing
of Afghans is hardly a defense of either. By implicating the US in its
defense of state terror, Israel is holding up the worst aspects of
American imperialism as a standard for its own political behavior. One
state’s crimes are no justification for another state’s crimes.

(4) Blaming the Arabs: Deflecting Attention from Israel

The DA Feb. 22 article entitled “The Assassination Heard Around the
World” insinuates that the murder was a “result of a Hamas power
struggle” or by one of “many Arab groups who loathes the Islamist

In other words, all the forged or stolen European passports of
Israeli dual citizens, and the Dubai security videos of Mossad
operatives in various costumes, not to mention the jubilant affirmation
by top Israeli leaders of the killing, was in reality ‘Arab tricks’.
This crude propaganda ploy by the most prominent Jewish American
organization reveals their own descent into a fantasy land of
self-delusion, possible only in the closed world of US Zionist politics.

(5) Technical Proficiency

The DA published several articles praising the technical details of
the Mossad assassination in Dubai, an aspect of the operation, with
which few Israel security experts would agree. The Feb. 24 DA article
entitled, “Assassination Shows Skillful Planning” chastises Israel’s
critics for not recognizing the high quality of the “operational
aspects” of the killings and recommends its “lessons for all
intelligence services around the world”. Like sociopaths and serial
killers, US Zionists openly promote Israeli death squad techniques to
all fellow state terrorists. In the DA, professional techniques of
assassination are far more important than universal moral repugnance of
political murders.

(6) Discrediting the Investigators While Defending the Perpetrators

The DA on Feb. 25 cited a long and tendentious attack on the Dubai police, published in Forbes Magazine,
which ridiculed their meticulous investigations uncovering Mossad’s
roles in the murder. In this article, the Dubai authorities were
condemned for uncovering Israeli involvement while not investigating
the source of the murder victims’ … Iraqi passport! Instead of
encouraging the Dubai police pursuit of justice, the Daily Alert
published a long diatribe implicating Dubai in the attacks of
9/11/2001, its continued trade with Iran, its ‘involvement’ in
international terrorism etc. There was no mention of Dubai’s relatively
friendly position to Israel and Israelis prior to Mossad’s blatant
violation of its sovereignty.


The American Zionist propaganda campaign in defense of Israeli state
terror and, specifically, Mossad’s murder of a Hamas leader in Dubai,
relies on lies, evasions and specious legal arguments. This “defense”
violates all precepts of a civilized society as well as the most recent
American federal laws prohibiting all forms of support for
international terrorism. The PMAJO can pursue its defense of Mossad’s
acts of international terrorism with impunity in the US because of its
power over the US Congress, the Obama White House and the American mass
media. This ensures that only its version of events, its definition of
legality and its lies will be heard by legislators, echoed by Zionist
activists and embellished by its solemn defenders in academic and
journalistic circles. To counter the American Zionist defense of
Israel’s practice of extra-territorial, extra-judicial executions by
the Mossad, we need American writers and academics to step forward. It
is time to expose their flimsy arguments, bold-face lies and audacious
immorality. It is time to speak out against their impunity, before
another Israeli secret police murder takes place, possibly inside the
USA itself and with the shameless complicity of Zionist accomplices.

The authorities in Dubai have found clear evidence that the Mossad
assassination team received support from European Zionists. The hotels,
air tickets and expenses were paid with credit cards issued in the US.
Two of the killers may be in the US now. Will a time come when American
Zionists, who are unconditional public defenders of Mossad killings,
cross the line between propaganda for the deed to become accomplices of
the deed? The robust American Zionist defense of Mossad’s overseas
assassinations does not augur well for the security of Americans in the
face of Israel’s willing U.S. accomplices.

Petras, a former Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, New
York, owns a 50-year membership in the class struggle, is an adviser to
the landless and jobless in Brazil and Argentina, and is co-author of Globalization Unmasked (Zed Books). Petras’ most recent book is Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power (Clarity Press, 2008). He can be reached at: Read other articles by James, or visit James’s website.

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