The Weinstein effect drags in Israel

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The report in the New Yorker this week that Harvey Weinstein employed an “army of spies” in an effort to suppress publication of accusers’ accounts of sexual attacks is rocketing ’round the world. The fact that some of these agents were Israelis was in the New Yorker lead, and on the NBC Nightly News last night. The Guardian features that angle too:

Among the private security agencies hired by Weinstein starting around autumn 2016, the magazine claims, was Black Cube, which is largely run by former officers of Israeli intelligence agencies, including Mossad.

The publicity is the opposite of those natural disaster stories in which Israel sends out teams of doctors and disaster pros to find earthquake victims or heal children — this time Israeli professionals are helping an alleged sexual predator in his efforts to stifle journalists. Their chief method, per the New Yorker, was impersonating friendly sources in an effort to learn what the reporters and accusers were saying about Weinstein.

Israeli Channel 2 reported that Weinstein got his spooks from a former Israeli prime minister. ToI:

Former prime minister Ehud Barak put the now-disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in touch with an Israeli firm comprised mostly of ex-Mossad agents, which Weinstein hired to suppress news stories detailing allegations of sexual harassment and assault against dozens of women.

NBC Nightly News spotlighted the Barak connection last night. Barak wants nothing to do with it.

the former prime minister admitted to putting the producer in touch with agency, but said he did not know why Weinstein was interested in its services.

“Over a year ago, Barak was asked by Harvey Weinstein if he knew an Israeli company he had heard of, that was capable of helping him with business issues he had. Barak confirmed to [Weinstein] the company he heard of was likely Black Cube,” a spokesperson for Barak said in a statement. “Barak is not personally familiar with the firm or its executives but gave Weinstein its contact information.”

“Barak was not aware until this morning of the fact the company was hired by Weinstein, or for what purposes or operations,” the statement added.

FYI, the Clintons washed their hands of Weinstein nearly a month ago.

The New Yorker piece, by Ronan Farrow, describes somewhat hamhanded efforts by Black Cube, a firm made up of former Israeli intelligence officers, to befriend Rose McGowan, the actress who was preparing to come forward and accuse Weinstein or raping her, as well as journalists investigating the case. Black Cube worked for Weinstein for a year despite a dubious track record:

Last year, two of its investigators were arrested in Romania on hacking charges

It received at least $100,000 on $600,000 in invoices. One contract, signed with Weinstein lawyer David Boies, who now regrets the deal, reportedly included this language:

provide intelligence which will help the Client’s efforts to completely stop the publication of a new negative article in a leading NY newspaper.

Its labors included passing along a hundred pages of information regarding a McGowan memoir, titled Brave, to be published in January. That information was evidently garnered by a woman agent who spent many hours with McGowan posing as a women’s rights advocate and dangling large contracts with McGowan. The woman had a UK phone number and what McGowan took to be a German accent.

This is a far cry from the derring-do with which Mossad is usually associated: killing Palestinian leaders in their beds in Persian Gulf hotels or hunting down the perpetrators of the Munich Olympic games massacre, as portrayed in the movie Munich.

The work is a lot closer to the information wars that Israel is now engaged in, fighting boycott campaigns on campuses and seeking to smear advocates for Palestinian human rights.

Black Cube advertises these kinds of services for “high net-worth individuals”–protecting them from the “challenges” of  “reputational management and political persecution.”

Though his politics have not been an element of the ongoing case, Harvey Weinstein is a great supporter of Israel. At a gala in September for the Jewish newspaper Algemeiner, two weeks before the scandal broke, he promoted a movie he was producing about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, Mila 18, and said it was about the birth of Israel. He said, “I’m an Israeli in my heart and mind.”

Weinstein:

“I’m an Israeli in my heart and mind. I love that country, I love what it stands for. I’m proud to be Jewish And when people see Mila 18, they can subtitle it Jews with guns. Because this is not about going into the night quietly. This is the birth of the modern Israelis. These are the guys in the ghetto who said we’re not going to walk into the concentration camps and get herded like cattle. We’re going to kill some Germans instead.”

 

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  1. John O
    November 8, 2017, 12:14 pm

    Meanwhile, here in the UK, Zionists played our soon-to-be-ex- International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, for a useful idiot, only to produce yet another scandal that threatens to topple the British Government and bring the Palestinians’ good friend Jeremy Corbyn a bit closer to becoming Prime Minister.

    • amigo
      November 8, 2017, 12:57 pm

      Apologies John O , didn,t notice your post before I posted mine.

      • John O
        November 8, 2017, 3:54 pm

        No problemo. Great minds etc.

    • Marnie
      November 9, 2017, 8:32 am

      Oh snap! The only thing I can think of is that the UK has some big dumb tools in the zionist shed. Governments should know by now that dealing with the israel government is very risky business – Theresa May must be another slow learner.

      • John O
        November 9, 2017, 1:19 pm

        We certainly do. A slight consolation is that our press is a bit more on the ball. Journalists chased Lord Stuart Polak into a massage parlour as he tried to dodge their questions as to why, as honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel, he’d engineered such a ghastly cock-up.

      • Marnie
        November 9, 2017, 11:51 pm

        “Journalists chased Lord Stuart Polak into a massage parlour as he tried to dodge their questions as to why, as honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel, he’d engineered such a ghastly cock-up.”

        Very impressive – journalists doing their job. No country has more dumb tools or a bigger zionist shed than the u.s. And u.s. journalists are so quick to back down it is embarrassing.

  2. amigo
    November 8, 2017, 12:50 pm

    Israel is also in the news in the UK.

    “Priti Patel apologises for not telling Foreign Office of Israel meeting with Netanyahu

    INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY Priti Patel has apologised for taking time out of a family holiday to meet Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other politicians without telling the Foreign Office in advance. “.

    Miss Patel was accompanied to nearly all of her meetings with Israeli ministers, charities and non-governmental organisations by honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel lobbying group, Lord Polak.

    Miss Patel is a former vice chair of the CFI ,(conservative friends of Israel).

    Miss Patel tried to get the British Gov to donate money , out of the International Development fund, to the IDF to help them in their “Humanitarian Efforts ” on the Golan Heights.

    It just shows how dumb this person is.The UK does not recognise Israel,s illegal annexation of “The Syrian Heights”.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/876141/Priti-Patel-Foreign-Office-Israel-meeting-development-secretary-Benjamin-Netanyahu

  3. eljay
    November 8, 2017, 1:01 pm

    … Weinstein:

    “I’m an Israeli in my heart and mind. I love that country, I love what it stands for. …

    Israel – a deliberately and unapologetically colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist state – stands for injustice and immorality. Weinstein fits right in.

    … when people see Mila 18, they can subtitle it Jews with guns. Because this is not about going into the night quietly. This is the birth of the modern Israelis. These are the guys in the ghetto who said we’re not going to walk into the concentration camps and get herded like cattle. We’re going to kill some Germans instead.”

    The “Jews with guns” in the ghetto were killing Germans in a fight against the injustices of the German state. The “Jews with guns” in Israel (and in not-Israel) are killing non-Jews in a fight to uphold the injustices of the colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

  4. marc b.
    November 8, 2017, 1:12 pm

    Ex-Mossad? Poor Harvey. These people are in the protection racket, as in they dig up the dirt and extort the client in exchange for not disclosing what they find. I think Hugh Grant had something to say about this in connection with Matthew Freud.

  5. amigo
    November 8, 2017, 1:16 pm

    “”We better stand up and kick these guys in the ass,” movie mogul Harvey Weinstein said about present-day anti-Semites as he accepted the Humanitarian Award at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s National Tribute Dinner on Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton. “We’re gonna have to get as organized as the mafia,” he continued. “We just can’t take it anymore [from] these crazy bastards.”Weinstein.

    Harvey had better get used to being on the taking end of matters in his future Pent(in)house.

  6. MalcolmLeftly
    November 8, 2017, 1:26 pm

    If Harvey is looking at an indictment –perhaps as early as next week– what are his chances of fleeing to Israel? This is not going to be a Bill Cosby situation. If he ever faces a jury he could be put away permanently.

  7. amigo
    November 8, 2017, 2:37 pm

    Pretti Patel forced to resign.

    That,s one more Conservative friend of Israel who won,t be scheming with Israeli spies to take down Democratically elected British ministers.

    Patel was considered in some circles to be a future candidate for the top job.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/08/priti-patel-resigns-theresa-mays-cabinet-secret-meetings-israeli/

    • Kay24
      November 8, 2017, 3:38 pm

      I wonder what Patel and the zionists were up to, and what they were conferring about. No doubt they were up to no good…..another example of the zionists trying to influence a nation through their officials. I wonder what they promised her.
      I guess it worked in the US, and the zionists are masters of manipulation.

      • John O
        November 8, 2017, 4:08 pm

        Patel is typical of the younger breed of British Tory politician – very ideological, very right-wing, ambitious, egotistical, and no antennae. As minister for international development, she was known to be hostile to some of the things her department does, like funding NGOs and supporting Amnesty International. All manner of strange things are emerging as this scandal unfolds. Heaven knows why anyone thought it was a good idea for her to go to the Golan Heights. If she had working antennae (or had been properly briefed by her staff or UK consular officials in Israel), she’d have known that was a no-no, and may even have got a feeling that she was being set up.

      • Kay24
        November 9, 2017, 5:19 am

        John O she sounds like some of the rabid zionist congresspeople you find here. Anyone who supports an occupier, ignores the human rights violations, and wheels and deals with them for their own benefit, is garbage, in my book.

      • Marnie
        November 9, 2017, 8:40 am

        A cringeworthy interview on Trump Television with Boris Johnson:

        Under-fire Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has lavished praise on Donald Trump during an interview with Fox News, lauding the US President for “penetrating corners of the global consciousness”.

        Amid mounting calls for his sacking over comments that could see a British woman receive a longer jail sentence in Iran, the Foreign Secretary told the right-wing news channel the US President was “one of the huge great global brands”.

        Asked about perceptions of the US President from outside the states, Mr Johnson said said his method of tweeting early in the morning “no matter how rambunctious” was an effective way of communicating.

        He continued: “And yes a lot of people don’t like it and a lot of people relate to it. In an age when people have been turned off politics it’s more direct and it’s more communicative than a lot of previous presidents”

        “I think you’ve got to realise the American President is just one of the huge great global brands – he is penetrating corners of the global consciousness that I think few other presidents have ever done.” The Independent.

        Talking about a president as a global brand and penetration in the same sentence – I know its off topic but since the topic is Weinstein, maybe not so much.

  8. ckg
    November 8, 2017, 2:55 pm

    David Boies sure gets around. He represented Virginia Roberts against Jeffrey Epstein’s pal Alan Dershowitz.

  9. Ossinev
    November 8, 2017, 3:14 pm

    @amigo
    You are probably aware by now that Priti Patel has resigned (fallen on her biro). The resignation letter is a masterclass in understatement ( priti pathetic) and leaves me with the distinct feeling that she really doesn`t think she did anything wrong ( as in in supporting Israel/Zionism individuals are simply incapable of any wrongdoing) and also the impression that there may be a lot more skeletons in Ms Patels cupboard ref her longtime support of Zios and Zionism. I hope that is the case. I hope that journalists chase it up. Whatever the ongoing situation the episode has shed a welcome light on the shitty backroom shenanigans of the Friends of Israel and other Zio lobby groups.

    Tick Tick

    • Bumblebye
      November 8, 2017, 7:57 pm

      Ch4 journalists were chasing Lord Polak, who had accompanied Priti Stupid on her ‘private holiday’ to israel (at a time when her underling at DfID, Alistair Burt was *also* there, on official business, but claimed not to know she was) – into a massage parlor! Perhaps he didn’t want to be questioned about his most recent visit – when he sat next to al Jazeera Lobby subject, LFI MP Joan Ryan at their Knesset meeting.
      https://www.knesset.gov.il/spokesman/eng/PR_eng.asp? PRID=13624

  10. John O
    November 8, 2017, 3:25 pm

    “Over a year ago, Barak was asked by Harvey Weinstein if he knew an Israeli company he had heard of, that was capable of helping him with business issues he had. Barak confirmed to [Weinstein] the company he heard of was likely Black Cube,” a spokesperson for Barak said in a statement. “Barak is not personally familiar with the firm or its executives but gave Weinstein its contact information.”

    Doesn’t sound very convincing. More holes than a Swiss cheese in this story. Did Barak ask what sort of business issues? Why would he recommend a company about which he claimed to know almost nothing other than the name?

  11. Kaisa of Finland
    November 8, 2017, 4:16 pm

    ““I’m an Israeli in my heart and mind. I love that country, I love what it stands for..”

    Well, you surely do..

    “..among a number of firms hired by Weinstein was the Israeli firm Black Cube, whose employees are self-advertised as “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units.” According to the contract, signed in July, Weinstein explicitly hired Black Cube to prevent the New York Times and the New Yorker’s original reporting on Weinstein, as well as actress Rose McGowan’s book detailing his alleged abuse..”

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.821590

    We all know that Israel is a place where equality and human rights are highly valued!

  12. Boomer
    November 8, 2017, 8:16 pm

    re: “The publicity is the opposite of those natural disaster stories in which Israel sends out teams of doctors and disaster pros to find earthquake victims or heal children — this time Israeli professionals are helping an alleged sexual predator in his efforts to stifle journalists.”

    Still, it’s good publicity for another of Israel’s revenue producers. Guns are not the country’s only export. Rightly or not, “Ex-Mossad agent” has a certain cache. One gets the impression that this is another growth industry, with big demand for Israeli expertise. It seems that this kind of nation-state-style spy craft is being used more by corporations, universities (e.g., Baylor investigating sexual crimes by footballers), and (of course) political groups and lobbyists of all sorts. I don’t think this is particularly healthy for our society. It is yet another tool for the rich and powerful to enhance and protect their wealth and power.

    As for Harvey, I’m glad that he says ““I’m an Israeli in my heart and mind.” It might seem ungrateful of him to say that, considering the success he found in America, but I won’t quibble. I’d rather have him known as an example of some other nation.

  13. Kathleen
    November 8, 2017, 10:57 pm

    Who would be better to hire if Weinstein clearly wanst to distract from his own despicable behavior than former Israeli Mossad agents.? Abuse then flip the script and blame the victims. Right up the alley of “Black Cube” and Israel,

    Sure would like to know who else has hired Black Cube.

  14. Ossinev
    November 9, 2017, 10:37 am

    @John O
    “All manner of strange things are emerging as this scandal unfolds. Heaven knows why anyone thought it was a good idea for her to go to the Golan Heights”
    The story so far?
    https://www.ft.com/content/e45822de-c464-11e7-a1d2-6786f39ef675
    You mentioned her going to the Golan Heights. I have not yet seen anything which actually nails the fact that she physically went to the Golan Heights. If that proves to be the case then it adds a much more serious dimension to the whole affair. As you say all manner of strange things are emerging as in who knew what and when , who was told what and when. Specifically did Theresa May know about any of the meetings in advance.
    The only constant throughout the episode to date appears to be the CFI Honorary President one Lord (Baron whatever) Polak who appears to have been present at all of the meetings. And of course the other main overriding constants are the sheer arrogance of the Zio lobbyists here in the UK and their sleazy backroom dealings to promote the Zionist platform. I think that Patel was easy pickings for these Zio slugs given the fact that the episode has shown her to be quite simply an arrogant ambitious lying idiot.She took the bait (and probably some promise of future campaign funding ) and rightly deserves to wither away as a might have been.

    • marc b.
      November 9, 2017, 10:55 am

      haaretz reports she visited a field hospital in the golan.

    • amigo
      November 9, 2017, 1:57 pm

      “You mentioned her going to the Golan Heights. I have not yet seen anything which actually nails the fact that she physically went to the Golan Heights.” 0ssinev

      Try this 0ssinev.There is no paywall if you use this link.

      “Britain’s International Development Secretary Priti Patel is at the center of a political scandal that has emerged in recent days with information about a series of meetings she had with senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, without notifying the British embassy in advance. The criticism is set to increase Wednesday as Haaretz found that Patel visited an Israeli military field hospital set up in the Golan Heights to treat Syrian refugees and victims of the civil war. 
      The British cabinet member took the meetings during a private family vacation in Israel in August, and she has come under intense criticism from the British government, the media and opposition for her breach of protocol.
      Like the rest of the international community, the British government does not recognize Israel’s control of the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in the Six-Day War in 1967.
      The diplomatic protocol is that British ministers and senior officials do not travel in the Golan, as well as the West Bank and East Jerusalem, under the auspices of the Israeli government. Patel’s visit to the Israel Defense Forces field hospital in the Golan Heights as a guest of the Israeli government during her visit is a clear breach of protocol. Upon her return to London, Patel suggested that Britain help fund the field hospital’s operations.
      read more: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://www.haaretz.com/amp/world-news/europe/.premium-1.821652

  15. genesto
    November 9, 2017, 1:06 pm

    “— the Clintons washed their hands of Weinstein nearly a month ago.”

    Gee, only a month ago? So, HRC, the world’s leading feminist (gag),had no clue about this creep before a month ago? Riiight!!!

    Just one more in a plethora of reasons to rid this country of this blight known as Hillary Rodham Clinton!

    • amigo
      November 9, 2017, 1:46 pm

      “Just one more in a plethora of reasons to rid this country of this blight known as Hillary Rodham Clinton!” genesto.

      Praise the Lord, it,s a miracle, right here on MW.

      I found something , which to agree on with genesto.

      Oh, thanks also for letting us know your geographical location.

      • genesto
        November 9, 2017, 5:34 pm

        You mean you haven’t agreed with me any other time? I’m crushed!!

      • Mooser
        November 9, 2017, 7:31 pm

        I think Ms. Clinton said she’s done, not going to run for anything again.

  16. just
    November 9, 2017, 4:19 pm

    “Israeli intelligence firm apologises for working with Harvey Weinstein”

    read more and lol here @ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/nov/09/harvey-weinstein-israel-intelligence-firm-black-cube

  17. Mooser
    November 9, 2017, 5:49 pm

    “…drags in Israel”

    And maybe even Peter Beinart.

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