Tuesday, May 11, 2004
'Mover' is son
of top Likud Official
by Daniel Hopsicker
May 12--Venice, FL. THE leader
of the two Israelis arrested after leading police
on a high speed chase in a moving van last Saturday
in rural Tennessee is the son of the spokesman for
the Likud Party of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon, the MadCowMorningNews has learned.
The arrested Israeli 'mover,' Shmuel
Dahan, 23, is himself a former spokesman, for
the National Union of Israeli Students which
represents the country's 150,000 university
News that one of the two Israeli 'movers'
belonged to that country's political elite might
have proven useful in the criminal investigation
underway in rural North Carolina and Tennessee,
where the two men led authorities on a High
Speed Chase in a rented moving van last
However, the investigation was halted Wednesday,
after the men were released from Unicol County Jail
to the custody of federal officials from the INS,
where they face only a deportation hearing.
"They're taking it out of my jurisdiction,"
stated Sheriff Kent Harris, who apprehended
the men last Saturday after a high speed chase on a
little-used state highway. "We may never know what
they were doing.""They're
our Israeli movers now"
Local law enforcement officials in Tennessee
expressed dismay at losing custody until it had
been established what two Israelis were doing
attempting to elude police on a back road near the
North Carolina border so far off the beaten track
that the only local attractions within 25 miles are
the Rural Life Museum, the Southern Appalachian
Repertory Theatre, and the birthplace of Zebulon
Baird Vance, a Civil War officer and governor
of North Carolina, but not exactly a 'Historical
Folks were puzzled.
Federal officials offered little guidance. A
spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement
told a local reporter they couldn't comment on the
case while the men were in the custody of local
authorities, and was unavailable afterwards.
against the two included reckless driving,
littering, false identification and evading arrest.
The Sheriff said the FBI had even ordered him to
hold the duo without bond.
But now the only one doing any talking was the
Israeli Deputy Consul General, who, in a bit of
fancy footwork until his boys were 'safely out of
Dodge,' told reporters the men had been
"overwhelmed by the process."
"If they did something that was wrong, out of
parameters of the law," stated Israeli Deputy
Consul General Aviv Ezra in Atlanta, "they have to
pay the punishment."
Presumably he meant flying home in coach.Israelis?
Right here in River City?
Clearly the leader of the two Israelis while in
custody, Dahan was called "the spokesman for the
National Union of Israeli Students, which
represents most of the country's 150,000 university
students," in the January 12, 2001 Jerusalem
This gibes with early press reports after the
men's arrest in Tennessee, in which the Israeli
deputy consul stated Dahan had recently graduated
Dahan, like many Israeli students, is a
reservist. He is quoted in the Jerusalem
Post speaking for student reservists after
Israeli students marched around the Defense
Ministry compound in Tel Aviv in protest of an
increase in the number of days required on reserve
With an articulateness that would be the envy of
most furniture movers, Dahan said, "They want to be
paid for each day of duty, instead of only after a
second or third consecutive day in the
While the Israelis were gone from his jail, for
Sheriff Kent Harris the mystery remains...
Although the two men had denied throwing a
bottle of suspicious liquid from their vehicle
during the chase, for example, Sheriff Harris said
witnesses saw the men throw a bottle out the window
during the pursuit. "I called the witnesses back in
and both told me the same thing," Harris said. "The
bottle was spinning in the road after the pursuit
After a witness gave the bottle to authorities,
Harris sent it for testing. Tests showed a chemical
mix that turned out not to be explosive. "It's very
dangerous to drink it, but other than that, there's
nothing harmful," Harris said.
So why had the men lied?
But the biggest mystery surrounded the reason
for the men's presence in the area in the first
place. William B. Lawson, one of the lawyers
appointed to represent the Israeli men, said they
rented a truck and were hauling furniture when they
accidentally got off the interstate and got
But this is unlikely, since local law
enforcement officials had already stated that the
men rented a storage locker nearby, in Mars
"Even if you're trying to get lost," explained
Sheriff Harris, "Mars Hill is a hard place to get
Indeed, Mars Hills, North Carolina, appears at
first glance to be as remote a location as can be
found in the Northern Hemisphere. Any further off
the beaten track and they'd be getting yesterday's
CNN Headline News.
One can only speculate on what business
compelled two young Israeli men to visit the
regions' rural splendor...
Because they just can't get enough
NASCAR in Tel Aviv?Jonathon
Pollard & Bin Laden's "Spiritual
This remote region of North Carolina does have
one big Israeli connection, however. We discovered
that convicted Israeli spy Jonathon Pollard
is imprisoned in the area, at the Federal
Correctional Institute in Butner, North
Strangely, the same Deputy Consul General from
the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta that smoothed the
release of the two latest Israeli movers to run
afoul of the law, Aviv Ezra, "is a lifeline"
to Pollard, according to a report at www.johnathonpollard.org,
visits him regularly in prison, and acts as his
interlocutor with visitors from the outside.
This is no doubt just sheer coincidence.
However the next sentence from the story on
Pollard's website mentioning Avri Ezra indicates to
the conspiracy-minded (although certainly not to
us) that perhaps something else is going
Israeli Deputy Consul Ezra himself may be a
spook. At least he seems to know a lot of
Ezra's "training for this sensitive task"
(hanging out with Pollard) "was gained while
working at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo," states
the convicted Israeli spy's website, "where he also
served as the contact person to Azzam
Azzam Azzam is an Israeli spy.Don't
deport the 'NASCAR' Israelis!
Azzam had been imprisoned for more than seven
years in Cairo, we learned from news reports, until
his release by Egyptian President Hosni
Israeli Deputy Consul Aviv Ezra, the 'NASCAR
Israelis' friend and protector, can thus be said to
be -- and fairly -- a "spy handler."
Welcome to the Hall of Mirrors.
Still, this news puts a slightly different spin
on what has otherwise become just the latest
episode of "Israeli Movers Doing Inexplicable
Things Before Being Deported."
But not to the stolid campaigners at the FBI.
FBI agents searched the two men's storage facility
by late Monday night, The Asheville Citizen-Times
found no evidence of anything suspicious.
What is suspicious is the unbelievable story the
two men told investigators... that they were just
on their way to West Virginia to deliver
"Israelis delivering furniture in West Virginia"
doesn't exactly have what used to be called the
ring of truth, does it?
It has been a day of strange omens in the
Mexican air force pilots filming UFOs. Israeli
soldiers scouring Gaza for body parts of fallen
soldiers. And now this...
Following their arrest last Saturday afternoon,
the local sheriff said he had "had a sick feeling"
when he found a "Learn to Fly" brochure in the
Israelis moving van, especially since the county
they were in was home to the nation's only Nuclear
Fuel Services plant.
It wasn't a "learn to fly in Florida brochure,"
the Israeli Deputy Consul cheerfully assured
everyone. It had been just a "learn to fly in
Florida" business card.
Tonight the local Sheriff could be forgiven for
feeling just a little sore at the Feds stepping in
and screwing his case.
The man does not get all that many 'at
Last year in Mars Hill, according to 2001 crime
statistics, the latest available, there were no
murders, no rapes, no robberies, and one
"This is still a very suspicious case," Sheriff
Harris said last Sunday, stubbornly reiterating the
same comment he'd made a day earlier. Four days
later, nothing has changed.
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Oct 2001: Six
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in groups of three in two white sedans found to
have maps of Forida nuclear plants, released
when they showed Israeli passports
they were M&Ms" Former
Israeli minister Gonen Segev indicted for
smuggling 30,000 'Ecstasy' tablets, faking
City bombing, 1995