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VanunuLeaks: Berlin, Dubai and Spies

December 30, 2010

The Shin Bet is like the FBI and the Mossad is like the CIA.” – Mordechai Vanunu

Operation Cast LeadMossad is Hebrew for “institute” and was formed and formerly known as the Central Institute for Coordination and the Central Institute for Intelligence and Security, on April 1, 1951.

Mossad was established by Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, “For our state which since its creation has been under siege by its enemies. Intelligence constitutes the first line of defence…we must learn well how to recognize what is going on around us.” [1]

Mossad engages in covert actions with a focus on Arab nations and organizations and its agents are active in the former communist countries, in the West, and at the UN.

In December 2010, Tamir Pardo took over as Mossad chief and promised “that Israeli agents will never again be allowed to use fake British documents during operations abroad.” [2]

Last March, Britain expelled Mossad’s station chief in London, after an investigation exposed “Israel’s secret service for cloning 12 British passports that were found among 26 forged identity documents used by the hit squad that murdered Mahmoud al Mabhouh in January.” [Ibid]

The Telegraph reported that Pardo, [who had been the deputy director of Mossad] argued against using British, Irish and Australian passports for the hit team that murdered al Mabhouh in his hotel room.

After the Dubai debacle, a source stated that Pardo warned Meir Dagan [the then chief of Mossad] that the “whole business will come home to haunt us”.

Indeed it has.

On 27 December 2010, Mordechai Vanunu ‘leaked’ on his Facebook and Youtube Channels:

“Maybe the New Mossad chief will also apologize to Rome, Italy, for the kidnapping of Vanunu from Rome, by the Mossad in Sep’ 30 1986… Mossad chief need also to apologize to Germany, for another 6 fake passports left in phone booth in Berlin, 1986 few days after Vanunu kidnapped in Rome…”

Professor James Petras noted, “The Mossad’s acquisition and alteration of official British, French, German and Irish passports of dual Israeli citizen’s underscores the cynical and sinister nature of Israel’s exploitation of its dual citizens in the pursuit of its own bloody foreign policy goals.” [3]

Mossad also has had no qualms about exploiting one’s very own family in “the pursuit of its own bloody foreign policy goals.”

In 1986, Cheryl Hanin was a 26-year-old Mossad agent who traveled under her sister-in-laws name and posed as an American tourist in London.

In March 2006-during but not included- in the taping of “30 Minutes with Vanunu” I asked him what he was thinking when he took off with Cindy. Vanunu maintained eye contact as he replied, “It wasn’t like THAT-when Maxwell’s paper published my photo without ever talking to me and some of the stolen Dimona photos with a very bad story against me, I knew the Mossad was after me. Cindy said she had a sister in Rome and I thought I would be safe there until I could return to London. We went to movies and art galleries, I trusted her. But, as soon as I got into the apartment, I was hit on the head and drugged. When I woke up and they took me for interrogation, they threw the Times article on the table and said, ‘Look, what you did.’ I was so relieved they had published it and that I had done what I did.”

The London Sunday Times published a front-page photo of the Dimona reactor and a story that spread over three pages revealing Israel’s arsenal of upwards of 200 nuclear warheads on Oct. 5, 1986, five days after the Mossad kidnapped Vanunu.

In 2009, I paid $20.00 to obtain Cheryl Hanin Ben Tov’s home address and phone number and snail mailed Mrs. Ben Tov twice hoping she had a conscience and would intervene for Vanunu’s freedom if I updated her, because I do not want to see Vanunu’s prophecy be self-fulfilling:

Mordechai Vanunu Addresses Israel’s Intent RE: Solitary Confinement


Cheryl has not sent me a reply, but two days after posting my letters- with my return address on the envelope- the visits to my website increased dramatically.  Same thing happens within twenty-four hours after I depart Ben Gurion Airport, for I always tell SECURITY that I am an activist reporter who is published first at WeAreWideAwake.org.

A short drive from my sanctuary, Cindy/Cheryl Hanin Ben Tov has been living the good life in an exclusive gated community golf course home- purchased in Hanin’s name in 1998 at $528,000.00.

See photo here:

http://www.sptimes.com/2004/03/21/Worldandnation/The_spy___and_the_man.shtml
On April 6, 1996, in an investigative report, The St. Petersburg Times located Cheryl Ben Tov and reported that she continues to work for the Mossad.

It is illegal under American-Israeli diplomatic protocols for the Mossad to operate in America.

In 1986, Hanin was a 26 year old Mossad agent posing as an American tourist in London. She grew up in Pennsylvania and Orlando in a Jewish family that owed its affluence to tires.

I moved to Orlando from New York in the mid 1970’s and still can recall her father, Stanley Hanin, founder and pitchman for the Allied Discount Tires chain stores, shrill refrain in his self-produced cheesy TV commercials, “Tahrs ain’t pretty, but you gotta have them!”

As her parents went through an acrimonious divorce, Hanin embarked upon a long love affair with the Jewish State. In 1977, she spent a semester in Israel, studied Hebrew and Jewish history and threw herself into her academic and religious studies in a three-month residential course funded by the World Zionist Organization.

Upon graduation in 1978, she joined the Israeli army and married Ofer Ben Tov and then was recruited by the Mossad. See Photos of Ofer and Cheryl here: http://www.danheller.com/hungary-grp-bentov.html
In 1986, “She left Israel to flee the media and the people who burrowed into her life,” a friend in Florida told the Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth.

“This bothered her a lot. She was terrified. She felt the need to run. Since this affair Cheryl only wants one thing: a normal quiet life.” [4]

Ever since Vanunu emerged from 18 years in a windowless tomb sized cell on 21 April 2004, all he has been saying that he wants is:

“FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM I NEED NOW.” [5]

1. http://www.fas.org/irp/world/israel/mossad/

2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/8224391/New-Mossad-chief-to-apologise-for-use-of-UK-passports-in-Dubai-killing.html

3. http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=15757

4. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/article830184.ece

5.  http://www.youtube.com/user/vanunuvmjc?feature=mhum


Eileen Fleming is a regular columnist for Novakeo.com

Eileen Fleming, Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org
A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com
Author of “Keep Hope Alive” and “Memoirs of a Nice Irish American ‘Girl’s’ Life in Occupied Territory”
Producer “30 Minutes with Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu”


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