"WHEN ISRAEL'S MOSSAD SET OUT TO BREAK ME, IT FOUND ITS HELPERS HERE AT HOME," by Victor Ostrovsky
In these he recorded his personal observations made within Israel's external security service, The Mossad. He wrote an article on what subsequently happened to him for the authoritative journal, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (October/November 1997).
Here we reproduce extracts from the lengthy article:
"WE WILL get to him by other means, we will break him economically," stated the chief of the Mossad, Israel's CIA, to a Knesset committee after the failure of the government of Israel's attempt to ban publication of my first book, By Way of Deception, in the U.S. and Canada. This statement, made on camera, was purposefully leaked to an Israeli reporter and printed in the weekend addition of Ma'ariv, Israel's leading daily newspaper, with the military censor's approval. Since that day, Israel's foreign intelligence agency has waged a war of attrition against me with the enthusiastic co-operation of its cabal of North American Zionist organizations.
For years as a Canadian-born, Israeli-raised former Mossad caseworker I was unwilling to accept the possibility of a wide conspiracy against me. After all, my book had finally been published. What more harm could I do to the country I had left in disgust to return to the land of my birth. Only hitting rock bottom has finally jolted me out of this state of innocence--and optimism that a change of luck is just around the corner. I'm now convinced that I am the target of a broad collusion between elements of the Israeli government and their gofers, mostly in the American Jewish community.
...Radio and television interviews that were scheduled by
my publisher were canceled almost as soon as they were
booked. A speaker's bureau in Toronto, which seldom had
trouble arranging speaking engagements with student and
other groups eager to have me as a speaker, found that the
engagements were cancelled before I could appear. In fact,
the cancellations occurred each time a local B'nai Brith
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chapter got
wind of them, and they always did.
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But, of course, the less I spoke, the more time I had to write. In 1995, when my third book, The Other side of the Deception, another work of non-fiction, was published, the efforts against me were stepped up.
So, on Oct. 21, 1995, I was surprised to be invited by Canadian Television (CTV) producer Ron Fine to do a guest appearance on "Canada AM," the widely viewed Canadian version of "Good Morning America." Scheduled to appear on the same program, via satellite from Israel, was Israeli journalist Yosef Lapid, the former head of Israeli television.
...On cue, Lapid repeated, as I listened, his call for my assassination on the Canadian television show, but this time with a twist. He said that, since Israel's Mossad could not kill me in Canada without causing a diplomatic incident, "I hope that there would be a decent Jew in Canada who would do the job for us."
...A radio host named Tim Kern, from a station in Denver, Colorado, called me up for an interview. Several days later he sent a file on me he had received from the "Mountain state regional office of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith." The ADL communication suggested that the station drop the interview, claiming that I am an unreliable subject.* The sequence was repeated over and over at radio and television stations in the United States in the United States and Canada. Ironically, supposedly separate Jewish organizations around the United States kept coming up with the same wording in their efforts to shut me up.
The same people who presumably would praise someone from the CIA or the U.S armed forces who exposed serious wrong-doing in those institutions were now hard of work to smother my criticisms of an intelligence agency for a foreign country that, to put it a charitably as possible does not have America's best interest at heart.
...In an attempt to break the vicious cycle, I decided to sue in an Canadian Yosef Lapid for inciting my murder and "Canada AM" for airing his incitement to the public. I assumed that bringing this issue to public attention would expose the attempts of organizations in both the U.S. and Canada that in fact are agents of Israel to suppress the truth through intimidation and, if necessary, economic or physical terrorism.
After accepting a hefty retainer and completing the preparation for trial, my lawyer, Paul B. Kane of Perley-Robertson, Panet, Hill and McDougall in Ottawa, Canada, informed me that he could not continue with the case. His explanation was that the safety of his staff would clearly be jeopardized if he proceeded.
Then HarperCollins, my publisher, informed me it was keeping the last portion of my advance, some $46,000, against advertising. I pointed out that since this was not something that I had never agreed to, they had no right to do it. "Sue us," was their response.
In 1996, a new, New York based agent struck a light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel. Regnery Inc., a Washington based publisher, signed a contract with me for a tongue-in-cheek guide to espionage called The Spy Game. They had some suggestions, however, for making the book more serious on the grounds that reader's don't regard spying as a laughing matter.
As I was in the final stages of the first draft, however, my house burned to the ground. The fire marshal's report declared it arson.
...So I wasted no more time and re-wrote The Spy Game, having kept my notes on Regnery's suggested revisions with me.
...On July 9 of this year the Regnery publicity department faxed me a copy of their catalog page depicting my book, slated to be released in October. One day later, on July 10, 1997, I received a letter from Regnery informing me that the company had decided not to publish my book. I felt as though I had been hit by a freight train.
* THIS IS of course precisely the technique used since the 1970s by the ADL to suppress the printed works of David Irving, even though published by the world's leading publishers. An internal ADL memo on this.