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Ottawa, Canada, Friday, September 19, 2003


Spy agency suspects they may be foreign agents

Nine Israelis face deportation

Ottawa Sun

NINE Israeli nationals -- who[m] CSIS suspects are possible foreign agents -- were arrested by Immigration and Ottawa police tactical officers last Friday, blocks from Parliament Hill.

The nine have all been charged by Immigration for working in Canada illegally. All are in their 20s and were apparently selling art in Ottawa. The arrests follow similar takedowns of Israelis in Toronto and Calgary over the past few weeks.

An Ottawa police source said police were told members of the group were possible agents from Mossad, Israel's spy agency, but given no further information by CSIS.

CSIS declined to comment yesterday.

David Irving comments:

WE wonder if German- Canadian- American writer Ernst Zündel can apply for transfer from his current solitary confinement to that luxury Lisgar St. apartment-hotel where these Israeli "students" are being housed after their release from custody pending deportation. It is going to take several weeks to complete the paperwork, we are told.
   When I was illegally ordered deported from Toronto on Nov 13, 1992, I was taken straight from the courthouse to Toronto's Pearson airport, with the airport's immigration officials under orders, as they told me, to phone the beleaguered Immigration Minister in person to confirm that my plane had taken off.

NOTE: This story vanished from the website of the Ottawa Sun within hours of it being posted. The Globe & Mail doesn't mention a word of it. We detect the hand of newspaper owner Izzy Asper.

All nine have since been released and are staying in several rooms at a Lisgar St. apartment-hotel.

Citizenship and Immigration spokesman Rejean Cantlon confirmed that nine Israelis were arrested last Friday for working in Canada without a permit. Immigration hearings were held Wednesday and nine exclusion orders were issued.

No weapons

Ienav Sofer, Amit Yedudai, Rani Rahuhim Katsov, Roy Laniado, Shulamit Gorelik and Anatoly Belnik received exclusion orders for two years for working without authorization and misrepresentation. Koby Cole, Sharon Moskovitz and Yafit Avram were issued exclusion orders for one year.

All will be deported as soon as paperwork is ready, likely within the next few weeks, Cantlon said.

They were arrested with the help of tactical and patrol officers Friday between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

No weapons were found in their rooms.

Yesterday, eight were found walking down Lisgar St., but offered no comment when asked if they were Israeli art students.

This is not the first time students selling art in Ottawa have caused concern with law enforcement. In 2001, Centrepointe residents complained of foreign students selling paintings in their neighourhood that turned out to be fakes.

"We're outraged"

The story of Israeli art students peddling paintings in foreign countries has been reported in the media and on the Internet in the past.

U.S. reports have alleged that groups of students had been trying to sell art in federal government buildings, prompting concerns about intelligence gathering, but no proof has ever been found linking the art peddlers with espionage.

"I keep seeing these things and looking into them, I really don't know how credible they are," said former CSIS chief of strategic planning David Harris. "Certainly it would be extremely surprising if such an outfit would repeat a (technique) in that sort of way."

Israeli Embassy spokesman Ben Forer said the matter is being treated very seriously.

"These are illegal workers ... we're outraged by this," he said. "We expect Israeli citizens that would like to work in Canada to equip themselves with the appropriate work permits before they come to Canada."

Forer laughed when asked if the arrests had anything to do with terrorism or if the nine are agents of Mossad -- whose operatives have been known in the past to favour using bogus Canadian passports.

"We don't know full details about what the paintings were but it was a completely commercial matter," Forer said.


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Fury at Mossad's use of Canadian Passports in Murder Operation
Probe of Mossad's use of Canadian ID halted
Israeli "students" identified trying to get into secure US buildings
Investigative Report: Intelligence Agents or "Art Students"? | New York Post scoffs at Spy-Ring "Myth" | David Irving comments, in A Radical's Diary | Le Monde, Paris: "Vast Israeli Spy Network in the US" | Washington has quietly deported hundreds of Israeli "students" | Washington Post journalist suggests it is "a hoax" | Flashback: "Midnight Express": A Hebrew report on those five Israelis who cheered as WTC crashed | Abandoning company, their Israeli boss vanished without trace | joins the dots | The Texas part of the Israeli spy ring [map] | WorldNetDaily: Friends think Flight 11 Israeli was "executed"
Six Islamic terrorists are in U.S. carrying Israeli passports
Eye-witness account of mid-air Paris-Miami Flight 63 drama | Alleged "shoe-bomber's" junked British passport shows he had recently visited Israel; was given shoes in Amsterdam | Damage control by Israelis
The Israeli "art student" mystery: a summary | If you can't beat 'em, hire 'em: Israelis Sought for U.S. Security | Spy-ring latest: posts leaked US Govt report on "Israeli art students" on Internet [report, pdf]
Ottawa investigating: Mossad again using fake Canadian documents

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