[Previously by Takuan Seiyo: The Case Of The "Disappeared" Subprime Minority Borrower]
Israel`s mob wars are so lethal that the U.S. State Department has issued travel advisories warning Americans of the danger from "bombs, grenades, anti- tank missiles, and small-arms fire" from mobsters fighting each with no regard for collateral damage.
referred to the rival Abutbul and Abergil families, with
whom the Alperons battled over a lucrative
bottle-recycling racket. Several visits to
Morocco, and past residence in France, caused me to
notice that all these crime families bear
Maghrebian-Jewish names, i.e. these are dark-skinned
Jews mostly from
Well, maybe it`s only five degrees of separation instead of six. Notice these Ab and Al prefixes.
A primer of Israeli crime
[By Amir Zohar,
Haaretz, December 1, 2006]informs us that the fourth
Maghrebian crime family is the Ohaninas—"Rafi and
Moshe Ohanina, from Kfar Sava, who want to avenge the
murder of their brother, Hananya" (NB: by the
just-deceased Yaakov Alperon). The fifth mob family of
Levantine origin is that of Riko Shirazi, a notorious
extortion and money laundering racketeer. Though no
biographical information about Mr. Shirazi is available,
surname originates somewhere in the crescent between
Jews to Arabs. The sixth Israeli mob family is the
Jarushis, who, legend has it, "fired the first
missile in the underworld." They are described
as the "No. 1 police target in the Arab sector."
The rest of the Arab crime families mentioned are the
(clan), the Abu Ziads, the Mugrabis, the al-Issawi,
Nazia and Sheikh Malik Khariri, the Abdel Kader family
from Taibeh, and the Khamed and Awari families from
The only classy outfit on the Israeli mob scene seems to be the Azazma Bedouin tribe, which has "unchallenged control of the desert," is "meticulous about upholding agreements and faithful to everyone who pays good money and on time," and "Israeli Jews do not mess with them."
The Ashkenazim (European
Jews) seem to have a single boutique firm in the
Israeli underworld. Predictably, it`s not based on
family or tribal ties. The godfather, Ze`ev Rosenstein,
was until recently tooling about in an armored Mercedes
320 and was a regular staple in the Israeli society
columns. Facing extradition to the
And so it goes —ethny against ethny, the East and the West that cannot meet even when facing a common enemy. Brown-skin people with a full sigma below the mean IQ of white-skin people and an "I and My Brother Against My Cousin" mentality. Middleasterners versus Europeans; tribalism and physicality versus a civic culture of respect for law, order and rationality.
aspect of the mob scene in
These are, by definition Ashkenazim, and many of considerable intellect and education. But having grown up in the Soviet system, they have deviant souls and predatory hearts, with the tribal unity of a Hun raider party set loose in the fairyland of the West with an insatiable craving for plunder.
A small country does not offer a large enough arena for the talents of an ambitious man. And so we find that the world trade in the drug Ecstasy is a specialty of Israeli criminals, who control, among others, 75 percent of the Ecstasy market in the U.S.
But these are not mere Israelis, as closer scrutiny reveals.
There is Jacob
Orgad, an Israeli-Moroccan immigrant in
counterpart on the East Coast, particularly in
various criminals linked to the great Orgad and Tuito
mobs there was the occasional
Ashkenazi name like Kevin McLoughlin or Melissa
Schwartz. But the prevalence of Israelis of North
African origin is startling . A casual Internet search
will yield multiple quotes of this sort:
A certain Semitic catholicity in the American and worldwide narcotic pills trade is provided by a few Ashkenazi Israelis or Arabs. Among the former is Ilan Zarger, the head of the notorious Brooklyn Terror Squad, who famously not only acted as supplier of Ecstasy to the Italian mob hit-man Sammy "The Bull" Gravano but was caught on tape threatening to "whack" Gravano over a price dispute.. Among the latter are a Syrian, Mounir Deiri, and John and Tamer Ibrahim, two notorious LA drug kingpins, who are Egyptian-born Coptic Christians.
since 1965, U.S. Immigration Law has been
spectacularly naïve and dysfunctional with respect to
attracting and filtering the better demographic segment
from the large pool of potential immigrants to
During my first visit to Israel, in the early 60s, the prestige areas of the city were adorned with café`s that would not have been out of place in Vienna. That went for the lingua franca—primarily high Polish and German with a smattering of native-born Hebrew—and the quality of the pastries. When the young Placido Domingo sought to perfect his craft in the early 60s, he did so for three years with Hebrew National Opera. When the young wunderkind Zubin Mehta looked to make his mark in the world of classical music in the late 60s, it`s with the Israel Philharmonic he did it.
But now, Ashkenazim—the founding ethny of Israel—are 37% of the population. By 2000, my last visit there, the cafés had been replaced by shwarma joints and fast food franchises. The role of classical music had diminished greatly, as the old Ashkenazim die out and their children have one fourth the number of children of the Arab Jews and one fifth that of the super-orthodox Jews and the Arabs.
In addition to the generational divide and the Idiocracy factor, Israelis of non-European extraction do not appreciate classical music and protest its support by the Ashkenazi establishment. And Israel has its own Affirmative Action, through which the Arab-origin Jews of a more primitive cultural cast and fewer educational attainments have been elevated to positions of unearned power. Through their influence, the country drifts further into the Middle-Eastern cultural sphere.
In the old days, Israeli Ashkenazim used to refer to their co-citizens of Arab-Jewish origins as schwartze, which is the same German/Yiddish word for "black" that the older Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants in New York used in reference to American blacks. It stood in both places as a code word for lower cultural attainment and unseemly behavior. Now the term is gone there, as it is here, and anyone who uses it is likely subjected to public censure.
But when words and perceptions that discriminate between qualities are gone, quality is gone.
But then, Europe no longer feels like an outpost of Old Europe either. Sic transit gloria mundi.
Takuan Seiyo [Email him] is a multiethnic and multilingual Euro-American immigrant, writer and former international media executive. A happy and highly contributive Californian for decades, TS left as a demographic, political and fiscal refugee. He is now content to live in Japan, a country that does not actively pursue its own extinction, where he is an oft-fingerprinted and respectfully discriminated-against minority.