Ottawa, Canada, Friday, September 19, 2003
agency suspects they may be foreign
By JOHN STEINBACHS and ANDREW SEYMOUR
NINE Israeli nationals --
who[m] CSIS suspects are possible foreign
agents -- were arrested by Immigration and Ottawa
police tactical officers last Friday, blocks from
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.
All nine have since been released and are staying
in several rooms at a Lisgar St.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
is still using Canadian passports
at Mossad's use of Canadian Passports in Murder
Probe of Mossad's
use of Canadian ID halted
"students" identified trying to get into secure
Report: Intelligence Agents or "Art
York Post scoffs at Spy-Ring "Myth" |
Irving comments, in A Radical's Diary |
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 | Anti-war.com
joins the dots | The
Texas part of the Israeli spy ring
[map] | WorldNetDaily:
Friends think Flight 11 Israeli was
Islamic terrorists are in U.S. carrying Israeli
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
Israeli "art student" mystery: a summary |
If you can't beat 'em, hire 'em: Israelis
Sought for U.S. Security | Spy-ring
latest: Antiwar.com posts leaked US Govt report
on "Israeli art students" on Internet
investigating: Mossad again using fake Canadian