Gertler’s Bling Bang Torah Gang

Israel and the Ongoing Holocaust in Congo (Part 1)

Maurice Tempelsman is one of the top funders of the Democratic Party who has funded Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Templesman was the unofficial ambassador to the Congo (Zaire) for years, but a new Israeli-American tycoon has replaced him. In the world of bling bling and bling bang, some things change, some stay the same. The CIA, the MOSSAD, the big mining companies, the offshore accounts and weapons deals—all hidden by the Western media. The holocaust in Central Africa has claimed some six to ten million people in Congo since 1996, with 1500 people dying daily. In January 2008 the International Rescue Committee, who is also discussed in this article, released its second survey of mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo, estimating that 5,400,000 people have died, or some 1500 people every day. (( “Mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo: an Ongoing Crisis,” International Rescue Committee, January 2008.)) However, IRC statistics are highly biased and politicized. ((See Keith Harmon Snow, “Over Five Million Dead in Congo?Dissident Voice, February 4, 2008.)) But while the Africans are the victims of perpetual Holocaust, the persecutors hide behind history, complaining that they are the persecuted, or pretending they are the saviors. Who is responsible?

For Israeli-American Dan Gertler, business in blood drenched Congo is not merely business, it is a quest for the Holy Grail. Young Dan Gertler goes nowhere—does nothing—without the spiritual guidance of Brooklyn-born Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Leibovitch, a personal friend of Condoleeza Rice.Personal interview, Democratic Republic of Congo, August 2006. Gertler and Leibovitch are two of the principals behind a diamond mining company, Emaxon Finance Corporation, involved in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Gertler and gang won the majority rights to the diamonds from the state mining company, Société Minière de Bakwange, MIBA, found near the government-controlled town of Mbuji-Mayi, the rough diamond capital of the world.

Emaxon Finance Corp. has apparently out-maneuvered diamond competitors, especially the big rivals Energem and De Beers. Energem is one of the many shady mining companies connected to Anthony Teixeira, a Portuguese born businessman now residing in South Africa whose daughter married Congolese warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba. The warlord’s deadly battle in Congo in March 2007 was a bid between rival agents—Jean-Pierre Bemba and Joseph Kabila—to be the black gatekeeper for the mining cartels run by dynastic families like Templesman, Oppenheimer, Mendell, Forrest, Blattner, Hertzov, Gertler and Steinmetz, and for companies like NIKANOR, whose stock prices rose early in July 2006 in expectation of a July 30th “win” for Joseph Kabila.keith harmon snow, “Warlord’s Deadly Battle, Toward Freedom, 2007. Africa Confidential called President Kabila’s 2003 visit to the Bush White House a “coup” for the Israeli diamond magnates Dan Gertler and Beny Steinmetz.

Canadian-based Energem, formerly DiamondWorks, is owned by British mercenary Tony Buckingham and its director/shareholders include Mario and Tony Teixeira, J.P. Morgan, and Gertler’s partner Israeli-American Beny Steinmetz (50%). ((Officers: Antonio Teixeira, President & CEO; Robert G. Rainey, CFO; Brett Thompson, COO, Mining; Dimitri (Jimmy) Kanakakis, Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs; Bernard Poznanski, Corporate Secretary; Board Members: Brian Menell, Richard Dorfman, Bruce Holmes, Robert Rainey, Antonio Teixeira.)) Through subsidiary Branch Energy, the Energem-DiamondWorks gang has perpetuated war in 11 African countries. ((See “Africa/Diamonds: Rough diamonds,” Africa Confidential, 5 March 2004, Vol. 45, No. 5; and “Equatorial Guinea: All Theft is Property,” Africa Confidential, 17 Nov. 2006, Vol. 47, No. 23: p. 12.)) In December 2007, Energem re-launched itself on the London Stock Market with the newly laundered image of a renewable energy company. Regarding diamonds, it said only it “had decided to give up exploration rights in the Central African Republic.” Tim Hoare, the head of the advisers that launched it, Canaccord Adams, sits alongside rock star and champion of Africa Bob Geldof on the board of the television-production company Ten Alps. ((See Ben Laurance, “Energy firm link to blood diamonds,” The Sunday Times, December 30, 2007.)) The Energem spokesman explained that Tony Teixeira “had a clean bill of health” etc., etc. Of course, Energem “quit” the C.A.R. because Jean-Pierre Bemba marched his troops into C.A.R., where they raped and pillaged widely. ((See Keith Harmon Snow, “A People’s History of Congo’s Jean-Pierre Bemba,” Toward Freedom, September 18, 2007.)) Energem is still operating in Congo, but Dan Gertler is the new, unofficial ambassador to the Congo for the George W. Bush gang.

Gertler and partners like Beny and Danny Steinmetz, Nir Livnat, Chaim Leibovitz and Yaakov Neeman run a hornet’s nest of companies involved in African hotspots, including: Dan Gertler International (DGI), Steinmetz Global Resources, International Diamond Industries, NIKANOR and Global Enterprises Corporate.

“Dan Gertler is ‘the new kid on the block,’” writes Yossi Melman in Israel’s Haaretz news. “Bold, sophisticated, brutal, he is an adventurer with a short fuse.” Haaratz confirmed that Dan Gertler owns a complex network of interconnected companies, often registered in offshore tax havens and involved in India, Russia, Belgium and the United States, and that Dan Gertler is looking to God for guidance. ((Yossi Melman and Asaf Carmel, “Diamond in the rough,” Haaretz, March 24, 2005.))

Thou Shalt Not Steal

“In the diamond industry,” Melman wrote, “Gertler is considered something of an odd bird. He maintains few ties with the other merchants and is not very sociable… Alongside his business affairs, most of his energy is channeled into matters of faith. He is a donor to religious institutions and from time to time makes a pilgrimage to the rabbi he most admires, Rabbi David Abuhatzeira, from Nahariya, in order to consult with him and receive his blessing. Gertler is surrounded mostly by religious people and laces his speech liberally with praise to God.” ((Yossi Melman and Asaf Carmel, “Diamond in the rough,” Haaretz, March 24, 2005.))

In 2003, Condoleeza Rice, then Assistant to President Bush for National Security Affairs, introduced Dan Gertler and Chaim Leibovitch to U.S. official Jendayi Frazer, a Harvard Kennedy School affiliate and former National Security Council agent focused on Africa. On December 6, 2006, Frazer, then Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, was one of seven special Bush delegates sent to the inauguration of Congo’s newly installed President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa. ((See Keith Harmon Snow, “Congo’s President Joseph Kabila: Dynasty or Travesty?Toward Freedom, November 13, 2007.))

When Dan Gertler and Chaim Leibovitch and their friends visit the luxury Gertler villa in Lumumbashi, the capital of Katanga, Congo’s large southern province, their kosher meals arrive by private plane from Kinshasa. The special executive jet that flies their kosher meals a few hundred miles over the roadless Congo costs some $US 23,000 per trip. ((Private interview, Kinshasa, August 2006.))

The average income for Congolese citizens each year—if they survive it—is about $95. Shootings at mining facilities and diamond mines are common, land is stolen from Congolese people, strikes are crushed by security forces that companies are partnered with, and black overseers of state terror routinely arrest and torture any vocal opposition—and sometimes disappear them—in support of white bosses. The Société Minière de Bakwange—MIBA— and the diamond fields of Mbuji-Mayi in Congo have a long history of bloodshed backed by Western powers, including Israel, from the beginning. ((See “Terror in the Diamond Fields: Excessive Force and Impunity in the DRC,” Amnesty International Canada; Democratic Republic of Congo: Government should investigate human rights violations in the Mbuji Mayi diamond fields, Amnesty International, October 22, 2002.)) Amnesty International points out that not a single state agent has ever been prosecuted for the extrajudicial executions of suspected “illegal” miners in Mbuji-Mayi. ((“Making a Killing: The Diamond Trade in Government Controlled DRC,” Amnesty International, 2002, AFR 62/017/2002 22/10/2002.))

After a century of exploitation and slavery, we find MIBA consistently withholding payment of salaries to starving Congolese laborers and middle managers for months at a time. April and May 2007 saw strikes and protests leading to the Kabila government’s arbitrary arrest, detention and torture of trade union organizers like Leon Ngoy Bululu; police have also shot protestors. ((See “ICEM protests Congo’s Transport, Diamond Injustices,” International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Worker’s Union, May 7, 2007.)) So-called ‘illegal’ diamond workers—disenfranchised local Congolese people forced into “criminal” activities to survive—were summarily executed on MIBA concessions in Mbuji-Mayi. MIBA security guards have also been sniping unemployed diamond miners. (( “Diamond miners killed in DR Congo,” BBC News, 7 August 2006.))

Meanwhile, Dan Gertler’s kosher meals depart Kinshasa, the capital of the big Congo, through the arrangements of Rabbi Chlomo Bentolila, high priest of the Chabad of Central Africa. Rabbi Chlomo Bentolila has been a Kinshasa Rabbi since 1991, and he was a spiritual force who survived the terrorism of the old dinosaur, Mobutu Sese Seko, the way most elites did: by working with him. Rabbi Bentolila is a member of the Chabad Lubavitch Global Emissary Network, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, and his wife Miriam is the sister of Rabbi Mena’hem Hadad, a high priest in Brussels. ((See Jewish Africa and Chabad.))

“Kosher does not mean that a Rabbi blesses the food,” Rabbi Betolila corrected me, “but rather that the food was supervised by a Rabbinical Thora [sic] authority who sees that the ingredients were in accordance with the laws of Kashrut expressed in the Bible (Leviticus and Deuteronomy).” ((Private communication, Rabbi Chlomo Bentolila, August 16, 2007.))

Dan Gertler often flies people into Congo, on his private jet, for sacred Jewish rituals. For the Bar Mitsvah of Rabbi Chlomo Bentolila’s son Binyamin Avrahim in June 2005, guests included eminent Rabbis, Hassidic singer Yoni Shlomo and special orchestra Yossef Brami, all arriving in “special flights” from Israel, New York and Brussels. The reception was held at the luxurious and exclusive Memling Hotel. Joseph Kabila sent a sizeable delegation but did not attend: his closest advisers provided a blessing on his behalf. (( “Lag Baomer in Kinshasa,” June 2005.))

The Gertler, Steinmetz and Templesman interests are advanced in part through the support of the Committee of the Jewish Community of Kinshasa—le Comité de la Communauté Israélite—that is tightly coordinated with the power structure in Kinshasa to exert influence and assure control of Israeli-Belgian-Anglo-American interests over the geopolitical arena.

From June 26-30, 2007, the Communaute Israelite de Kinshasa received a visit from the Israeli Ambassador Yaakov Revah, director of the Africa Department of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Revah also flew to Lumumbashi for meetings with Dan Gertler and his agents, including Moishe (Moses) Katumbi, the Governor of Katanga, and they most likely enjoyed a lovely, $23,000 kosher meal sent from the Chabad in Kinshasa. (( “Visite de l’Ambassadeur Revah a’ Kinshasa,” Kadima 010, June-September 2007.)) The Communaute Israelite de Kinshasa maintains very intimate political relations with President Joseph Kabila’s PPRD party, the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy. On March 1, 2006, in a formal ceremony, the President of the Communaute Israelite de Kinshasa, Ashlan Piha, was awarded the Congo’s Medal of Civil Merit.

Thou Shalt Not Covet

Before his assassination on January 16, 2001, Laurent Desire Kabila—the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—made a deal with the Gertler gang that would play out in favor of the current President Joseph Kabila and, it seems, be a central factor in relation to both Congo’s ongoing war and the bloody warlord’s battle in Kinshasa in March 2007. ((See Keith Harmon Snow, “Behind the Scenes: Warlord’s Deadly Battle in Congo,” Toward Freedom, August 9, 2007.))

Back in 2000, former Congolese president Laurent Kabila offered a monopoly on Congolese diamonds, and 88% of the proceeds, to Gertler’s International Diamond Industries (IDI) in exchange for Israeli military assistance to his new government. ((Nicole Gaouette, “Inside Israel’s diamond trade: a family affair,” Christian Science Monitor, 21 February 2002.)) Top Congolese military officials apparently flew to Israel in 2000 to negotiate the deal. Gertler pledged military assistance to President Laurent Kabila through top Israeli officials. ((Yitzhak Danon, “Top Israelis accused of illegal diamond deals: Israel: Lawsuit claims corruption in Congo diamonds for arms deal,” Globes (Israel), 18 February 2004. See also: “Column One: What Lieberman Wants,” Jerusalem Post, October 20, 2006.))

The original Gertler-Kabila deal fell through after Laurent Kabila was assassinated for not cooperating with the Great White Fathers of industry (January 2001), but Gertler and Leibovitch and their disciples formed another company, Dan Gertler International, and advanced their Congo plan. ((Christian Dietrich, “Blood Diamonds: Effective African-Based Monopolies,” African Security Review, Vol. 10, No 3., 2001.)) By 2002 Gertler’s company was the leading exporter of Congolese gems, controlling a diamond mining franchise worth about $US 1 billion annually. ((Yitzhak Danon, “Top Israelis accused of illegal diamond deals: Israel: Lawsuit claims corruption in Congo diamonds for arms deal,” Globes (Israel), 18 February 2004.))

In 2003, the mighty Congolese diamond parastatal Societe Miniere De Bakwanga (MIBA)—which has been forever controlled by the Great White Fathers in Belgium, Israel and America—signed an exclusive contract with Gertler’s startup company, Emaxon Finance International. The deal involved Israeli’s Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Organization (SIBAT), and high-level Israeli defense and intelligence officials. Gertler and his buddies reportedly bribed Congolese officials and Angolan generals who, on and off, have commanded Angolan Army troops protecting Kinshasa, Congo’s capital. ((Yitzhak Danon, “Top Israelis accused of illegal diamond deals: Israel: Lawsuit claims corruption in Congo diamonds for arms deal,” Globes (Israel), 18 February 2004. See also “Column One: What Lieberman Wants,” Jerusalem Post, October 20, 2006.,See: Keith Harmon Snow, “Behind the Scenes: Warlord’s Deadly Battle in Congo,” Toward Freedom, August 9, 2007.)) The Angolan military protected Kinshasa during the so-called “rebellion” involving Rwanda and Uganda. The Angolans do not like the Rwandans or Ugandans due to their military and commercial relations with Angolan rebels, the União Nacionalpara a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA), and because Rwandan and Ugandan soldiers invaded Angola after their failed bid to control the Congo’s strategic Inga Dam power station and Matadi port between 1998 and 2001. Angola sent troops to Congo in July and August 2006, and there were black Angolan troops amongst the European Union mercenary forces—EUFOR—sent to quell any possible rebellions during the “historic national elections.” Angola also sent troops to Congo to back Kabila during the warlord’s deadly battle of March 2007.

Security for mining operations in Congo is provided by exclusive security companies like Overseas Security Services (OSS) one of the many DRC interests of Belgian billionaire tycoon Philippe de Moerloose. A member of the Kinshasa elite, de Moerloose supplies jets and other presidential toys to DRC President Kabila. In 2006, President Joseph Kabila’s campaign helicopter was at the centre of a legal battle involving Philippe de Moerloose ((.“Presidential Chopper,” Africa Confidential, Vol. 47 Number 23, November 17, 2006.)) De Moerloose’s companies operated in Mobutu’s Zaire from at least 1991, backing state terrorism and Western corporate plunder that was rendered invisible by the Western media. De Moerloose is also an adviser to European Union (EU) Commissioner—and diamantaire—Louis Michel.

Dan Gertler and Philippe de Moerloose were, reportedly, the only two white men who attended the wedding of Joseph Kabila and the two clearly share interests in “security” provided by OSS at MIBA and elsewhere in Congo. The April 2003 secret agreement signed between the Gertler/Steinmetz company Emaxon Finance and the Kabila government involved MIBA and two de Moerloose companies, OSS-Congo and Demimpex, and other firms.

Overseas Security Services (OSS) operations are apparently grounded in the experience of top expatriate security operatives formerly involved with the biggest security firm in Mobutu’s Zaire. ((See Overseas Security Services Congo sprl website.)) According to OSS public relations materials, “these persons have a not unimportant experience in the safety of this country.” ((See Overseas Security Services Congo sprl website.)) Providing mine security, body-guard and protection services, OSS operates in Burundi, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Dubai, South Africa, Republic of Congo (Brazzavile) and Belgium, placing them in cahoots with all sides warring and plundering eastern Congo today. ((OSS-Congo owner Philippe de Moerloose communicated with this author after his name appeared in a prior story mentioning OSS-Congo and offered to meet in Europe and provide the author with the “correct” information about his companies operations in Congo. Repeated communications with De Moerloose seeking clarifications and information for this story were not answered.))

Emaxon Finance International is a real gem, one of these octopuses of mining tangled up with interlocking companies and subsidiaries based in specious geographical offshore “tax havens” that work to shield from prosecution people who are responsible for money laundering, weapons and drugs operations, assassinations and other terrorism.

NIKANOR is registered as an Isle of Man (UK) company, an offshore tax haven that helps to conceal criminal activities and maximize profits. NIKANOR directors include Dan Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel (2001-2005) and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research under Madeleine Albright. NIKANOR partners include Mende and Moshe Gertner [sic], Israeli property tycoons with vast holdings in London who control 22 percent of NIKANOR. Another partner is Israeli-born Nir Livnat, managing director of Johannesburg-based Ascot Diamonds, a member of the Steinmetz Group of Diamond Companies, and a principal involved in numerous U.S.-based businesses from Miami to New York. ((See e.g., SEC info on Lenorth Holdings and SDG Marketing.))

Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness

Back in 2001, when the Gertler enterprises surfaced in dirty diamond deals, public relations was handled by Lior Chorev, the “Special Strategic and Communications Consultant” to International Diamond Industries (IDI), and Chorev continued in this role to support Dan Gertler businesses. ((Lior Chorev, The First [DRC] Diamond Polishing Plant to Move into Full Production, Press Release, DGI Group of Companies, January 11, 2005.)) Today, Lior Chorev is partnered with the brothers Yuval and Eyal Arad as director-owners of the Israeli marketing and public relations firm, ARAD Communications. ((ARAD Communications website.))

“We do work for Mr. Gertler on some of his business issues,” said Lior Chorev.Private communication, Lior Chorev, January 19, 2008. ARAD’s many clients include Dan Gertler companies, Los Angeles-based Coral Diamonds and an Israeli aeronautics weaponry manufacturer producing Unmanned Aerospace Vehicles (UAVs)—robotic weapons and intelligence platforms like those being used against the people of Congo today. ((See Keith Harmon Snow, “Over Five Million Dead in Congo?Dissident Voice, February 4, 2008.)) As a political strategist, Lior Chorev has worked for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and current Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. ((Private email communication, Lior Chorev, January 19, 2008. See also: Gil Hoffman, “Olmert, Netanyahu Rivalry Gets Personal,”, March 26, 2006; “Sharon allies and foes joust over new party as March 28 elections are set,” Associated Press, November 22, 2005.)) He has also participated in Israel-NATO defense planning conferences. (( NATO Transformation, the Mediterranean Dialog, and NATO-Israel Relations, October 23, 2006.))

Dan Gertler is close to Israeli politicians, especially Avigdor Lieberman, head of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, and he is very close to diamantaire Beny Steinmetz, a good friend of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Gertler’s inseparable friend, Chaim Leibovitz, is also very close to Lieberman, and was “a regular fixture” in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offices. ((Yossi Melman and Asaf Carmel, “Diamond in the Rough,” Haaretz, March 24, 2005.))

Beny Steinmetz is considered to be one of the richest billionaires in Israel. The Steinmetz Group, controlled with his brother Daniel, is one of the biggest clients of the de Beers diamond syndicate. Steinmetz is also involved in an Israeli real estate group that purchased the assets of the British Haslemere real estate company for $1.46 billion. Steinmetz’s real estate partners include the billionaire Israeli investors David and Simon Reuben, and the Saudi Arabian Olayan Group, an investment company that is deeply connected with Bechtel Corporation. The Steinmetz website map of operations hides their involvement in war-torn Congo.

Seems Dan Gertler’s land grabs and exclusion in Congo have a lot in common with the current crimes against humanity being committed by Israel through its illegal partition in the Middle East. On January 3, 2008, the Jerusalem Post reported that Lior Chorev was an integral part of past Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s advisers, and he was recently quoted to say that even though Sharon did not get to finalize Israel’s final borders (he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2006), the route of the security fence—which he decided—would ultimately serve as the basis for the border and as Sharon’s lasting legacy. ((Gil Hoffman, “Politics; Unconscious Legacy,” Jerusalem Post, January 3, 2008.))

“He felt he needed to set the border because he didn’t trust the younger generations,” Chorev was quoted to say. “He knew the fence route by heart and the reason for every stretch of land being on one side or the other.” ((Gil Hoffman, “Politics; Unconscious Legacy,” Jerusalem Post, January 3, 2008.))

In 2003, the U.N. Panel of Experts on war in Congo revealed that Emaxon Finance International is controlled by Israeli diamond traders Chaim Leibovitz and Dan Gertler.United Nations Panel of Experts Confidential Report. Emaxon lists as its address an office in Montreal, Canada, but Emaxon’s majority shareholder is listed as FTS Worldwide, a nebulous global corporation whose business address is that of a firm of lawyers, Mossack Fonseca & Company, in Panama City. FTS Worldwide is registered with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission to lawyer Andre Zolty of Geneva Switzerland. A copy of the MIBA-Emaxon contract was signed on 13 April 2003 by Israeli-Americans Yaakov Neeman and Chaim Leibovitz.Under the contract Emaxon granted Miba loans totaling $5-million in 2003, and a further $10-million subsequently. In exchange, Emaxon gained rights to 88% of Miba’s production at a discount, formally, of 5%.

Yaakov Neeman is a founding partner of Herzog, Fox and Neeman, Tel Aviv, one of Israel’s top law firms, and he has held Israeli government cabinet and ministerial positions. Neeman is on the Advisory Board of Markstone Capital Group, a very influential group of investment bankers, with Eli Hurvitz. On the board of Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries with Eli Hurvitz is Northrup-Grumman director Philip Frost. Both Philip Frost and Maurice Templesman are top-level councilors for the American Stock Exchange. Eli Hurvitz sat on the International Advisory Counsel of Harvard University’s Belfer Center, 2002-2005, during the period when the Belfer Center and their intelligence operative Robert Rotberg formalized the “Kimberley Process” to officially whitewash blood diamonds. ((See Keith Harmon Snow and Rick Hines, “Blood Diamond: Doublethink and Deception About those Worthless Little Rocks of Desire,” Z Magazine, June and July, 2007.)) Yakov Neeman is also a governor of the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency for Israel.

One of the main objectives of the Kimberley Process, and the Harvard Belfer Center’s role, was to protect the South African Oppenheimer and De Beers diamond cartels and their leading buyers and agents like Maurice Templesman and Beny Steinmetz. ((On Neeman and Hurvitz, see Markstone Capital Group; on Robert Rotberg, Maurice Templesman and the Harvard Belfer Center, see: keith harmon snow and Rick Hines, “Blood Diamond: Doublethink and Deception About those Worthless Little Rocks of Desire,” Z Magazine, June and July, 2007.)) Added to those diamond industry firms whitewashed by the Kimberley Process are all the Zionist diamond dealers and cartels that have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

The Israeli-American enterprises of the Gertler/Steinmetz gang have proliferated and today are major shareholders or owners of diamond concessions in Congo’s Kasai province and copperbelt concessions in Katanga. The copperbelt is the big money in Congo. Copper prices recently hit an all time high due to monopoly control by corporations and new applications in transportation, aerospace and weaponry. Cobalt is used in dye and paint processes for manufacturing. More importantly, it is elemental to superalloys used for tank armor, spacecraft, turbines, ship hulls, ship hulls, blast furnaces, refineries, petroleum drilling rigs, nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. Like coltan, or columbium-tantalite, cobalt is also used in cell phone batteries. The Katanga copperbelt is also rich in germanium, a rare metal used in optical fibers, infrared lenses and telecommunication satellites.Criminal rackets known to the United Nations security were or some time illegally shipping uranium and cobalt out of Katanga by road to Zimbabwe and Tanzania. ((Private interview, U.N. Official, 2006.))

The entire military-industrial-prisons complex revolves around minerals like cobalt, niobium and heterogenite (cobalt oxide), yet the truth about what happens to African people in lands taken over by these mining companies is hidden by the corporate media. More and more land is being stolen, more and more atrocities committed, with less and less transparency, and less and less accountability, and fewer and fewer voices for the voiceless. And, as usual, there are always a lot of empty promises.

Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods

Over the past fifty years, elite Israeli nationals have perpetrated conflict and injustice in Africa, fueled by and for minerals. Operatives associated with the Israeli military or intelligence services—the Mossad—maintain strategic criminal syndicates in competition and in partnership with other syndicates involving men like Philippe De Moerloose, Louis Michel, Viscount Etienne Davignon, John Bredenkamp and Tony Buckingham.

Israeli trained shock troops became Mobutu’s bodyguards, with Mossad advisers. According to a report by the American Jewish Committee: after 1980 “Mossad agents, military emissaries, and a small group of private businessmen… replaced diplomats as Israel’s main interlocutors with African leaders and political (mainly opposition) groups.” The report cites rising involvement of private defense and security interests, especially in Angola, DRC and Central Africa Republic, since 1992. ((Israel and Africa: Assessing the Past, Envisioning the Future, The Africa Institute American Jewish Committee and The Harold Hartog School Tel Aviv University, May 2006.))

Israeli operatives and “businessmen” appear everywhere there is egregious suffering and dispossession. Dan Gertler’s forays into the bloody world of diamonds involve Israeli arms dealers Yair Klein, who is reportedly wanted by the U.S. for training Medellin drug-cartel militias in Colombia, and Dov Katz. ((Ron Ben-Yishai and Molly Camprier-Kritz, “The Murder Request Went to the Wrong Address,” Yediot Aharonot weekend supplement on 19 September 1999.)) Klein was convicted by Israel (1991) for his involvement with groups that targeted and assassinated Colombian politicians, journalists, and police. Jailed in Sierra Leone in 1999, Klein was a field representative for Gertler in war-torn Sierra Leone and Liberia. Gertler also mingles with the Russian Military Brotherhood, a group of “retired Russian generals whom Gertler describes as good friends.” ((Nicole Gaouette, “Inside Israel’s diamond trade: a family affair,” Christian Science Monitor, 21 February 2002. For a discussion of the veracity of these facts and more on the “Russian Military Brotherhood” see: Central Africa Minerals and Arms Research Bulletin, Edition 2, International Peace Information Service, June 18, 2001.))

Retired Israeli Defense Forces Colonel Yair Klein reportedly organized arms for diamonds networks in Sierra Leone and Liberia after President Charles Taylor was deposed. In 1999, Klein was arrested in Sierra Leone on charges of smuggling arms to the rebel Revolutionary United Front ((.Jimmy Johnson, “Israelis and Hezbollah Haven’t Always Been Enemies,” Appearing in Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions USA, 6 September 2006.)) The U.N. also documented collaborations between Sierra Leone’ rebels and Lazare Kaplan agent Damian Gagnon; Lazare Kaplan International is one of the organized crime syndicates of Jewish American Maurice Templesman. ((Report of the Panel of Experts Appointed Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1306 (2000), Paragraph 19, in Relation to Sierra Leone, December 2000.))

The Steinmetz Group of companies are also involved in the bloody diamond fields of Sierra Leone, along with Energem (formerly DiamondWorks), the company described above that is connected to the white mercenaries depicted in Hollywood’s Blood Diamond propaganda film. ((Energem website; and also: Keith Harmon Snow and Rick Hines, “Blood Diamond: Doublethink and Deception About those Worthless Little Rocks of Desire,” Z Magazine, June and July, 2007.)) In December 2007, local people in Sierra Leone struggling to gain the smallest livelihood from their own resources were shot by police during peaceful protests against the Steinmetz-controlled Koidu Holdings site. It’s the same old local people’s story happening everywhere. These were people from communities driven off their own land by mining companies that promised the world, cajoled the trusting people, and gave nothing after. The Steinmetz gang called in the local paramilitary, a curfew was imposed and people were shot; the police, as usual, falsely claimed that protesters were armed.

Like most mining mafias in Africa, the Israeli octopus—organized crime syndicates, offshore subsidiaries, interlocking directorships and affiliated mercenaries—has gripped the very heart of Congo like an octopus grips and stuns its prey. Mining regulates the pulse of Congo, and foreign mining companies with their black sell-out agents are sucking the blood out of the people and the wealth out of the land.

Thou Shalt Not Kill

Beyond the intriguing Jewish rivalry for diamonds in the heart of darkness, this tale takes a chilling turn with the involvement of certain German firms and New York City lawyers. NIKANOR, another Gertler/Steinmetz company of dubious origins operating in DRC, has a subcontract with the notorious ThyssenKrupp conglomerate, a company comprised of two former Nazi weapons manufacturers linked to the New York law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, to Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., Lehman Brothers, Chase Manhattan Bank, J.P. Morgan, DuPont and IBM, in the great Nazi-American money plot. ((Charles Higham, Trading With The Enemy: The Nazi-American Money Plot, 1933-1949, Delacorte Press, 1983.))

These companies were all behind the Jewish Holocaust. The infamous German Krupp firm is the industrial corporation that collaborated with former CIA director Allen Dulles and former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. Clients of the Dulles brothers’ law firm Sullivan and Cromwell included Adolph Hitler. ((Charles Higham, Trading With The Enemy: The Nazi-American Money Plot, 1933-1949, Delacorte Press, 1983.)) Ted Terry, one of the senior counselors of the law firm Sullivan and Cromwell today, is also a director of a philanthropy called the Harold K. Hochschild (HKH) Foundation, named for the mining magnate behind AMAX, a company operating in the copperbelt in Zambia, but whose parent company, Phelps Dodge, operates in Katanga, Congo. Harold K. Hochschild was close to the CIA, and he appears to have backed the Katanga succession in the 1960’s just as Dan Gertler in recent years backed the reorganization of power in Congo by force. Sullivan and Cromwell was also the law firm for AMAX. ((Susan Mazur, “Deeper Into the Dillon-Euphronios Nexus with David N. Gibbs,” Scoop, April 26, 2006. David Gibbs, The Political Economy of Third World Intervention: Mines, Money and U.S. Policy in the Congo Crises, University of Chicago Press, 1991.))

Brown Brothers Harriman & Company (BBH) was the primary Wall Street connection for German companies and the U.S. financial interests of Fritz Thyssen, an early financial backer of the Nazi party. BBH bought and shipped millions of dollars of gold, steel, fuel, coal, and U.S. treasury bonds to Germany. These were used to build Hitler’s war machine, and the ties proliferated even after the Nazi concentration camps began churning out skeletons. The horrors of the concentration camps at Auschwitz, Birkenau and Buckenwald became public knowledge long before they became public outrage. It is the same story for Congo.

A Prayer for the Dead

There are no records or statistics of the numbers of people brutalized or killed in the diamond or cobalt mining areas, like Kolwezi, Mbuji Mayi, Tshikapa, Banalia, or Kananga in DRC, or Ndola in Zambia, and many of the victims of security abuses will never be known.

When Gertler and Steinmetz and their buddies came to Congo it was soon clear that they had to challenge Zimbabwean tycoons John Bredenkamp and Billy Rautenbach—two cronies of dictator Robert Mugabe involved in pillaging Congo and Zimbabwe for decades. The United Nations Panel of Experts on DRC named both men for plundering copper and cobalt from Katanga, and both deal globally in weapons. Bredenkamp is one of the fifty richest men in England and he reportedly owns a mansion several doors down from Margaret Thatcher’s residence in London.

On November 7, 2007 it was reported that Dan Gertler was instrumental in putting together a deal in which Katanga Mining Ltd. would buy rival NIKANOR for $2.1 billion and merge their adjacent mine projects in Congo to form the world’s largest cobalt company. Also announced was a joint venture between the Central African Mining & Exploration Company (CAMEC) and another Gertler-controlled firm called Prairie International Limited.

The CAMEC/Prairie joint venture will exploit DRC’s Luita copper processing facility, develop the Mukondo Mountain cobalt mine—called the world’s richest cobalt mine—and work on “other” exploration properties. Prairie is majority owned by the family of Dan Gertler. CAMEC is connected to Zimbabwean/South African/British tycoon Billy Rautenbach. ((Eric Onstad, “UPDATE 2-CAMEC shares soar after agrees Congo joint venture,” Reuters, Nov. 7, 2007.)) The DRC government effectively banned controversial Zimbabwean businessman Billy Rautenbach from the country by declaring him persona non grata in July 2007, but this doesn’t seem to stop him from getting what he wants. Rautenbach is also wanted in South Africa on 300 charges of fraud, corruption and theft.

Rautenbach is a former motor car rally driver who controls a business empire in Southern and Central Africa through a British Virgin Islands company called Ridgepoint Overseas Development Limited. In 1998, the short-lived President of Congo, Laurent Kabila, named Rautenbach the managing director of La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines), one of Africa’s biggest cobalt mines, the Katanga properties of the Union Miniere de Haut Katanga formerly developed by the Belgian colonial government. Rautenbach today is one of the Africa’s largest exporters of heterogenite (cobalt ore) from the DRC through his Congo Cobalt Company (CoCoCo), but he also has shares in two other lucrative DRC mining firms—Boss and Mukondo—which reportedly earn over US$100 million a month. ((Brenna Chigonga, “Zimbabwe: Meet Country’s Richest People,” The Herald, July 14, 2007.))

While there has been a lot of Western media fanfare over the Kabila governments’ supposed “independent” review of mining contracts, little substantive change can be expected. ((See: Maurice Carney, “Congo’s Contract Review,” Pambazuka News, January 17, 2008.)) Structural factors exploit the Congolese people and lands and benefit white businessmen, arms dealers, bankers, and their embraceable black agents. Big business benefits from perception management articles well-placed in media to give the impression that the international system is just, that there are watchdogs, checks and balances.

However, while the DRC and the World Bank present a propaganda front about their ostensible attention to mining reform and the new mining code, NIKANOR—Mining Journal reports—“is in the advantageous position of having entered into a post mining-code contract, ‘which makes us [NIKANOR] relatively comfortable.’” ((Martin Creamer, “Funded NIKANOR presses on with $1,8bn copper mine, refinery,” Mining Weekly, September 21, 2007.)) In other words, the mining review is a sham, it may force some changes, but it will be cosmetic at best.

Dan Gertler and the Steinmetz Group’s partner Jewish-American Nir Livnat is also a director of Anglovaal Mining with Rick and Brian Menell and Basil Hersov of the South African Menell and Hersov dynasties. ((Julie Walker, “Hersovs and Menells are in no hurry to yield control of Anglovaal,” Sunday Times.)) Hersov has been named as a beneficiary of fraud and racketeering involving British BAE Systems weapons deals with shady offshore companies. ((Evelyn Groenink, “Arms deal: Who got R1bn in pay-offs?Mail & Guardian, January 12, 2007.))

The octopus of South African connections is a story in itself, with links to top officials from Britain to Canada, like Canadian Senator J. Trevor Eyton, and offshore mining companies involved in all the big money (diamonds, gold, petroleum, cobalt) and big corporations with interlocking directorships: Coca Cola, Nestlé, General Motors, and the Bush-connected Barrick Gold Corporation. Barrick, of course, is partnered up with the Oppenheimer/De Beers firm Anglo-American Corporation at six sites in Africa, including Congo.

Rick Menell is a director of Bateman Engineering—owned by Benny Steinmetz—the junior partner of the NIKANOR projects in Katanga. Britain’s Earl of Balfour is a director of both Bateman and NIKANOR. Menell is also the director of Teal Exploration and Mining, whose directors include Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique; Murray Hitzman, a Clinton administration official with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (1994-1996); Hannes Meyer, who worked with Anglo-Gold Ashanti in Congo, 1999-2006, when militias in Ituri were funded to get the gold out. Teal Exploration also has ties to Anvil Mining and Anglo-American Corporation.

Brian Menell, Nir Livnat’s associate on the board of Anglovaal, is on the board of Energem (formerly DiamondWorks) with Tony and Mario Teixeira. The Livnat connection ties Teixeira into networks that have supported both Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre Bemba in Congo’s bloody wars. Energem is also involved in the trans-Uganda-Kenya pipeline, along with Nexant, a subsidiary of the deep intelligence and defense insider Bechtel Corporation. ((Press Release: Kenya-Uganda Oil Products Pipeline, Kenya-Uganda Joint Co-coordinating Commission for Extension of Oil Pipeline, August 17, 2005; see also Energem website.))

Brian Menell is also on the board of First Africa Oil, which operates in seven African countries, and First Africa Oil director John Bentley is a director of Osprey Oil and Gas, whose directors include Carol Bell, a director of the Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan Bank. Bentley is also on the board of Adastra Minerals—formerly America Mineral Fields (AMF, AMFI, AMX), a company based in 1995 in Hope, Arkansas—and set up by Robert Friedland and Max and Jean-Raymond Boulle, notable “friends of Bill” Clinton. Since 1995, American Mineral Fields has been involved in Brazil, Russia, Norway, Zambia, Angola and the DRC. A criminal backer of the war in DRC, Jean-Raymond Boulle, who holds 36.4 % of the company stock, was the former General Director of De Beers in Zaire, part of the Templesman alliance of terrorism under the Mobutu regime. ((François Misser and Olivier Vallée, “Des matières premières toujours convoitées. Les nouveaux acteurs du secteur minier Africain,” Le Monde Diplomatique, May 1998, p.24-25; also Wayne Madsen, Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa, 1993-1999, Mellon Press, 1999.,Diamond Fields International Management.))

The Gertler/Steinmetz interests apparently curry huge favors with Congo’s number two most powerful man, Augustine Katumba Mwanke, one of Joseph Kabila’s closest allies and financiers, former Governor of Katanga (1998-2001) and director of Australia’s Anvil Mining. The UN Panel of Experts (2002) cited Mwanke for illegal arms deals and plunder of Congo: Mwanke negotiated arms purchases through Belgian banks and the DRC mining company MIBA. ((‘Inculpations à la Belgolaise’, Le Libre Belgique, 4 June 2004.)) Reportedly, Mwanke personally clears $US 1,000,000 a day through his interests in Katanga mining deals.Private interview, Kinshasa, DRC, April 2007.

Anvil Mining has been involved in massacres in DRC. ((Norm Dixon, “Congo Massacre: Australian mining company’s managers indicted,” Green Left Review, November 4, 2006.)) Anvil directors include former U.S. Ambassador Kenneth L. Brown, who served at U.S. embassies in Brussels, Kinshasa, Congo-Brazzaville and South Africa. Brown was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa (1987-1989) under George Schultz and George H.W. Bush and Director of Central African Affairs (1980-1981). The former top internal intelligence and security chief of the United Nations Observer’s Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) has been worked for Anvil mining in Katanga since 2006.His name is known, but he threatened to track down and break the author’s legs if he is revealed.

Thou Shalt Not Rape and Plunder

Gertler/Steinmetz interests have also been jostling for copper and cobalt concessions with Kinross-Forrest Group. Gertler has bought up or invested heavily in companies just to close them down. George Forrest also made the UN hit list of Congo’s looters and Forrest and his three sons helped bankroll Joseph Kabila’s 2006 election “victory”. ((See: Barry Sergeant, “NIKANOR’s Quandry: Meet Dan the Man, King of the Congo,” MoneyWeb, 4 April 2007; “Congo Kinshasa: After the Election” Africa Confidential, Vol. 47, No. 23, 17 Nov. 2006; and United Nations Security Council Report to the Secretary General, S/2003/1027, 23 October 2003.)) George Forrest’s daughter is reportedly married to the son of Louis Michel. Malta and George Forrest are controlling directors in Katanga Mining Limited.

Born as Entreprise Générale Malta Forrest, the Belgian Forrest interests have been pillars of exploitation in Congo since at least 1922, when they launched mining operations in Katanga. Forrest’s Katanga Mining directors include: three Canadians; Congo’s Jean-Claude Masangu Mulongo, a former Governor of DRC and high official at the IMF and World Bank; and the current Governor of the Central Bank of DRC. The Forrest dynasty has munitions factories in Belgium and Kenya, and has partnered with OM-Group, in Ohio [USA], dealing in Congo’s cobalt and coltan. Forrest International also operates in Europe, Burundi—involving him on both sides of Congo’s bloody war—and the Middle East. Forrest interests in DRC include aviation, foods, plantations, construction, logging, copper and cobalt mining. Forrest companies are enmeshed in the coltan plunder in eastern Congo.

Katanga is the world’s richest mining metropolis, part of the vast copper belt that stretches across northern Zambia and southern Congo—and the home to unprecedented human misery due to state orchestrated repression and communities overrun with toxic mining, tuberculosis, cancers, immune disorders, racial discrimination and slavery. The Zambian copperbelt concessions over the border involve many of the same companies and interests mentioned above, and others.Personal investigation, Ndola, Zambia copperbelt mines, 2000.

Workers and communities in and around these mines suffer all the standard treatable maladies (typhoid, malaria, tetanus, polio, malnutrition) as well. However, such stories are off the agenda for the North American, European, Japanese, Australian and Israeli media corporations providing the mainstay of English language indoctrination meant to instill racial superiority and a vast ignorance and obliviousness that leaves westerns populations shaking their heads and wringing their hands and clicking their tongues, while all the while wondering “what is to be done?” It does not cross people’s minds that their own hands are dirty, that their own consciousness has been falsified, as all the raw materials from Congo enrich the lives of people in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel.

The immediate capital investment required for just one Gertler project in Katanga—the Komoto Oliveira Virgule (KOV) project—is reportedly $US 1.8 billion dollars, income to kick start billions of dollars of unused equipment mothballed in the middle Mobutu era. There are rumors that Bechtel is involved, but the KOV project involves ThyssenKrupp AG as a minor player. ((Nikanor.))

The Krupp firm is one of several German firms involved in the plunder in eastern Congo, exploitation which involves the DeutscheGesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit—GTZ—a “German technological cooperation agency” whose Supervisory Board has representatives of four Federal [German] Ministries. ((These are: the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); Federal Foreign Office; Federal Ministry of Finance; and Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor.)) Since 1998 the Supervisory Board Chairman has been State Secretary Erich Stather from the BMZ. Krupp industries use coltan and cobalt for superalloys.Karen Hayes and Richard Burge, Coltan Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo: How tantalum-using industries can commit to the reconstruction of the DRC, Fauna & Flora Int’l, 2003. Dr.-Ing. Ekkehard D. Schultz, a ThyssenKrupp director, is also a director of Bayer AG, the Germany firm whose subsidiary H.C. Starck was named for its involvement in the ongoing illegal plunder of coltan and cassiterite (tin) in eastern Congo. NIKANOR director Jay Pomrenze is also a consultant for the Deutsche Bank.NIKANOR website. Certain German and U.S. firms benefit from the military occupation of Rwandan-backed warlord Laurent Nkunda in North Kivu, DRC, where Nkunda controls the Lueshe niobium mine “owned” by Gesellschaft fuer Elektrometallurgie GmbH, a subsidiary of New York-based Mettalurg Group. ((Metallurg Group. See Keith Harmon Snow, “Three Cheers for Eve Ensler? Propaganda, White Collar Crime, and Sexual Violence in Eastern Congo,” Z Magazine on-line (Z-Net), October 24, 2007.))

Honor Thy father and Thy Mother

Dan Gertler’s grandfather, Moshe Schnitzer (d. November 2007), was known in Israel as “Mr. Diamond;” in youth he joined the pre-state underground organization Etzel (Irgoun), an Israeli military cell self-defined as an “ultra-nationationalist Jewish militia,” but one that committed acts of terrorism in service to the Israeli cause. ((Yossi Melman and Asaf Carmel, “Diamond in the rough,” Haaretz, March 24, 2005.)) Moshe Schnitzer assumed a major role in the Africa-Israeli diamond trade in the 1950’s in a partnership business called Schnitzer-Greenstein. Schnitzer later founded the Israel Diamond Exchange in Tel Aviv in 1960, which today brings Israel $14 billion annually in blood business, and is the country’s second-largest industry, but Israel’s top export. King Leopold III of Belgium decorated Schnitzer in recognition of his activities favoring the close relationship of Belgium, Israel and the DeBeers diamond cartels, and Schnitzer was also President of the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum in Israel. ((“Moshe Schnitzer: Un Legende s’en est Allee,” Kadima 010, June-September 2007.))

The diamond jewelry trade in the United States is more than $30 billion annually, and 99%—everything that is not synthetic or artificial diamonds—involves blood diamonds and the above organized crime syndicates. Israel buys more than 50% of the world’s rough diamonds, and the U.S. buys two-thirds of these. The diamond factories are located in Nethanya, Petach Tikvah, Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Jerusalem, and other cities around the country, but most of the offices were in Tel Aviv in the financial district on Ahad Ha’am Street. ((“The Israel Diamond Exchange — Kiryat Moshe Schnitzer”, Diamond Key, 2002.)) Dan Gertler’s father, Asher Gertler, and his uncle, Shmuel Schnitzer, manage the original family business, and Shmuel is Vice-Chairman of the Belgian-based World Diamond Council—the entity that spends more money promoting the false image of “conflict-free” diamonds than it does helping any of the people dispossessed or brutalized by the diamond industry. ((Nicole Gaouette, “Inside Israel’s diamond trade: a family affair,” Christian Science Monitor, 21 February 2002.))

On August 16, 2007, Rabbi Bentolila in Kinshasa received a communication asking: “What does the Torah say about men exploiting other men for vast profits while other men are starving and dying all around them? Is there some hierarchy to the Torah that suggests, for example, that black people or Africans are lesser beings, and therefore not to be a concern where profound profits are being made?”

There was no reply from Rabbi Bentolila, he was apparently busy readying for another Bar Mitsvah in Belgium. Unfortunately for Dan Gertler and his spiritual advisers, the Torah says that a Jew can keep a slave, but a Jew kept as a slave must be redeemed, and that—an empty, foolish justification for exploiting innocent people—is how religion falsifies spirituality.

Keith Harmon Snow is the 2009 Regent’s Lecturer in Law & Society at the University of California Santa Barbara, a former human rights and genocide investigator with the United Nations, and an award-winning journalist and war correspondent. You can visit his websites AllThingsPass and KeithHarmonSnow Read other articles by Keith.

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  1. sk said on February 9th, 2008 at 6:55am #

    Moving to another raped continent of the Global South, here’s some info on another staunch “supporter of Israel”–desribed by Elie Wiesel as a “a deeply, deeply religious man”–whose mining operations in La Oroya, Peru are having a negative effect on property values there (not to mention the humans, 97% of whose children are lead-poisoned):

    Ira Rennert, the New York billionaire who owns the Peruvian smelter, lives on 63 acres of pristine beachfront property in the Hamptons. Mr. Rennert’s mansion, Fair Field, is a 100,000-square foot compound with 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms, according to blueprints and reports filed with the Southampton Assessor’s office. In June, the assessor’s office, relying on construction costs provided by Mr. Rennert’s builder, appraised the home at $185 million.

    Mr. Rennert’s critics say he got rich at the expense of families living near his factories and the people who invested in them. Mr. Rennert, who owns nearly 100 percent of a private corporation called the Renco Group, has built a portfolio of companies with annual revenues exceeding $2 billion. Those businesses include the lead smelter near St. Louis, a magnesium plant in Utah and a steel mill in Ohio.

    Mr. Rennert and his companies face dozens of lawsuits, and federal prosecutors are determined to “pierce the corporate veil” and make the 71-year-old industrialist personally pay fines for the way his companies conduct business. In Utah alone, the Department of Justice is seeking fines that could reach hundreds of millions of dollars for alleged illegal handling and dumping of hazardous waste. Company officials deny breaking the law and are fighting the case.

    Mr. Rennert refused repeated attempts to respond directly for this story.

    Here’s a pic of Mr. Rennert’s beachront “home”, background of another in Jerusalem “that served as a secret headquarters of the Hagannah, Israel’s pre-state army” (aside: anyone knows of any other country that had a “pre-state army”?), and news of the recently acquired apartments for the girls.

  2. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 9th, 2008 at 12:26pm #

    About ten years after publishing The Last Days of Hitler, H.R. Trevor-Roper published The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century, a book of essays, one of which was titled, “Religion, the Reformation, and Social Change.” What made this essay’s refutation of Weber’s Protestant Ethic thesis so striking was the author’s “naming names.” Keith Harmon Snow’s reporting doesn’t come from an ivory tower, and it wants editing, but it certainly deserves mention in the same paragraph as Trevor-Roper’s astoundingly fine essay.

    And thank you SK for the priceless photograph of Rennert’s beachfront “home.” Although the world is vast, evidently it’s not so far from the Congo to Peru. Just seeing that photo lightened me up enough to laugh, and to forget for a second the unspeakably deadly topic of genocide in the Congo, Bush’s immorality, and Israel’s power.

  3. greybeard said on February 9th, 2008 at 8:26pm #

    Quoting the Ten Commandments is, unfortunately, useless, for the Babylonian Talmud is the Orthodox “sacred scripture”, and the Bible means not what it says (i.e., the text), but what the rabbis say it means. Thus, “thous shalt not kill” has NOTHING to do with the killing of a non-Jew. Israel Shahak did a good but preliminary job in “demythologizing” Jewish ethics and theology. Many Jews have escaped the evil implications of Talmud-interpretation, but there is ample Talmud justification for oppression of the gentile. Unfortunately.

  4. hp said on February 9th, 2008 at 8:39pm #

    The more one knows about Elie Weasel and his tribe, the more one hopes there really is a God.

  5. dan e said on February 9th, 2008 at 9:03pm #

    Congratulations, Dr Snow! Just magnificent work. How one person can
    gather/assemble all this information– it blows my mind.

    I’ve known for a long time about a lot of this, in a very vague & general way, but to have all this documentation makes it possible to try to make a dent in the Israel-friendly mindset so widespread in the US Black community/activist circles, with their knee-jerk loyalty to the Democratic Party.
    I myself need to find a report as good as this one which is focussed on the Darfur/Sudan operations Elie the Weasel fronts for so effectively.

    Well, let me copy this & post it to my little list.

    Thanks again Dr Snow, & you too Kim, for providing a place where I can read something like this.

    Best Regards,

    Dan Elliott

  6. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 10th, 2008 at 9:53am #

    Dan. You may not know that Dr Snow presently has this same article posted at Black Agenda Report. I have trouble navigating around BAR. But I recall seeing an article there a couple of weeks ago by Editor Glen Ford on the Darfur/Sudan situation, which I considered very informative and timely. It was not “as good” as this one by KHS, in terms of detail and impact, but it was better written, better edited, and relatively very concise.

    Possibly you and KHS correspond by email, and he will (have time to) answer your question about the Darfur/Sudan situation post haste. But in any case, I recommend that you internet over to BAR, nose around, and maybe find something like the “Glen Ford archives” as well as the article to which I refer.

  7. DavidG. said on February 10th, 2008 at 3:11pm #

    Oh, what a tangled web we weave! When money and power are involved there is always trickery, and fraud, and immorality.

    Every man has his price. Some are higher priced than others! This article reveals much about human beings.

    I know too much already!

  8. keith harmon snow said on February 10th, 2008 at 3:56pm #


    Glen Ford’s article(s) about Sudan was very good. Sudan is a bit trickier, because alot of the story is hidden by the Arabic and African language barriers. A.k.a. there is far more information out there about what is happening in Congo becuase of the hard work of many people, while the Sudan, Darfur story is more obscured for various reasons.

    Thank Goddess my work does not come “from the Ivory tower” and, in fact, I have taught myself how to do it, and never understood grammar or other technical issues, and even “failed” (to learn) just about every class I ever took in English, becuase it all started with my 3rd grade penmanship teacher beating me over the knuckles and then giving me an “F” for 3rd Grade English–and it never seemed to get any better (the classes, teaching, student, English etc etc).

    I appreciate the distinction between the quality of the work, as one person above has pointed out, not once, but twice, and the complaints about the “wants editing” and “better written, better edited and more concise”. So let’s talk about the absence of editors and the absence of funding to pay for editors and even abouyt the absence of committed supporters do do the editing (for free, presumably).

    One editor of a rather popular “alternative” rag contacted me about writing for them and as soon as the depth of my writings became apparent he disappeared. Doesnt even answer an email now, and would never in a million years carry this story for certain possibly obvious reasons. Meanwhile, the rag is carrying some real racist clap trap this month in its ?Feb? edition.

    Imagine all the many venues that would not think of running such an article as this one. I mean, we can make a list — OF THE FEW THAT WILL RUN IT. (Very thankful that DV is amongst these.) Imagine the process, for example, of choosing a title such as this one for a story such as this one. I went through about 30 iterations before I settled on this one, which sort of appeared out of the blue. And when I published it I held my breath. And I have received a few complaints about it, and about how I am treading on dangerous turf by mixing in the Jewish aspects with the story. My repsonse to that is: Would a story about Christian Missionaries in Congo and their missions and exploitation make any sense if we left out the “Christian” or “Christianity” piece?

    But my point is it is not easy working alone.

    Back to the editing, I run on a negative sum budget. Happy to take on volunteer editors. Happy to take on donations. Happy to receive accolades. Don’t really understand why the need to criticize my work as has been done when I have to go it alone as I do, and spend so many hours and days and weeks of my life putting such a story together, doing the best I can, and with so little to work with. I will be the first to admit that, structurally — the construction and grammar — all rather nebulous on my part. Sorely uneducated am I.

    There is a PAYPAL button on my web site.

    If half the people who complained about this or that or such and what donated 20$ a month — or even once — it would be a different story. I am sure there are spelling errors above, but one has to consider efficiency and survival and quality all in the same mix, and decide if they are working to help 100 million Congolese people being exploited ruthlessly, or a handful of people who will complain about the structure of a sentence. I welcome the person who takes it beyond the usual “Oh why do you do this” or “why dont you do that” and helps an non-capitalist non-entrepreneur find a way to be sustainable. Its almost the end with every story I write. Somehow the outrage spawns yet another, and another, but one die they will all suddenly just stop.


  9. Max Shields said on February 10th, 2008 at 4:08pm #

    Hi Keith,

    Here’s a recent Darfur discussion on with Isabel McDonald from FAIR
    And the discussed article in FAIR:

    I for one am thankful for BAR – its the real deal alternative!

    Nice work.

  10. maha said on February 10th, 2008 at 6:50pm #

    Keith, what the hell! your work’s brilliant and original. Why focus on the negative, and the gutless above? And why the need to hold your breath? Do you see the usual swarm of Zionists that haunt every blog that’s critical of Israel with their fascist BS? No — that’s proof of the strength of your work. You’ve stood back and researched and reported fairly and fearlessly. It is those still suffering with induced guilt or prejudice that are unable to tackle the topics of the crimes of Israel, and countless they are. And while these people dither and cower in shame, afraid of the anti-semite label, the Middle East and Africa and even their own countries are under attack from the monstrous anti-semitic Israeli regime. Yes, Arabs are semite — how inconvenient is that for the Israeli Ziofascists.

    The difficulty with the above piece is that it is thick with names and references — it is not a casual read, it requires study and the links checked out by the reader.

    Speaking of the indoctrinated and guilt ridden, one story I just came across was Christopher Bollyn’s late January article naming the founder of the company, Ptech, that Indira Singh, in 2005, spoke of as having infiltrated the FAA computers amongst others and which was contracted at the highest levels in 2001, to be connected with Mossad. Ms Singh could not move beyond the Saudi front and name Israel, even though she said she was speaking out for the victims of 9/11. hmmm…

  11. Shabnam said on February 10th, 2008 at 7:56pm #

    Thank you Dr. Snow for your excellent and original article about Holocaust in Congo and death of More than 4.5 millions Congolese people by imperialism and its engine Zionism and their collaborators, the African-American elites including Rice , Sharpton and Obama who are repeating the lies made by the criminal Zionists and imperialist organizations alike to keep Americans as ignorant as ever on Congo and Darfur to continue rubbing these countries’ resources to keep the West prosperous and “democratic” and going after imagined “nuclear weapon” program of Iran and keep the propaganda machine loud to push for more economic sanctions against Iranian children or war on Iran through the support of the imperial and colonial West such as Britain, Germany and France under the name of “international community”.
    The war, disease and malnutrition are killing 45,000 Congolese every month which has claimed more than 4.5 million victims so far and the War criminals such as Bush and his associates and the Zionist media have pushed this issue, like murdering of the Iraqi people, to the site and instead have kept the news of the circus that is called “election” in the front.
    Apparently, the Congolese government initiated a review of some 60 odd mining contracts where have been given during the period of conflict 1996-2002 and transition period, 2003-2006. It has been reported that this review is completed but the government has yet to publish it and it is more likely that they do not dare to do so since The impact of these news reports was swift and global in scope; publicly traded mining companies with interests in the Congo on the London, Toronto and New York stock exchanges experienced a sudden drop in their stock prices. This provides some insight into the significance of Congo’s resources to investors in the West. Watchdog groups such as Global Witness estimate that 70 percent of Congo’s copper wealth may already by sold-off to foreign mining companies without little benefit to the Congolese people. Billions of dollars have been gained by the financial markets of London, New York Toronto and Israel while the Congolese people suffer from violence, rape, poverty and manu-
    factured conflicts.
    According to the Canadian Journal Corporate Knights, some companies stand to gain spectacular wealth at the expense of the Congolese people. Tenke Mining from Canada, who recently merged with the Lundin Group, also from Canada acquired the Tenke Fungurume concession for just $15 million but the reported value is at $60-billion and contains the largest and highest grade of undeveloped copper cobalt deposits in the world. So it is obvious that broken CAPITALISM IS NOT the source of these people’s wealth rather RUBBING AFRICAN, ASIAN AND THE MIDDLE EASTERN in name of market economy brings wealth to elites and jobs and health care to the imperial west.
    In April 2007, the Congolese newspaper “Le Potentiel” reported that Nikanor got the KOV, a mine, concession located in the Katanga province in 2005 by promising to lend Congo’s state company 24 million Euros. Le Potentiel noted that should Nikanor sell its rights to the KOV concession, its two principles, the Zionist Bennie Steinmetz and Dan Gertler would stand to pocket 350 million Euros each without producing a single gram of copper.
    Together Katanga Mining and Nikanor have raised over $2 billion for the KOV project, which is about the same amount of the proposed 2007 Congolese government budget.
    The remarkable benefits to these companies are clear and unmistakable but when it comes to the people of the Congo, the benefits are hard to find. One of the key principals of Katanga mining is Belgian, George Forrest for whom the United Nations prescribed financial sanctions as a result of his participation in the illegal exploitation of Congo’s resources. It was also revealed that George Forrest was a key funder of Joseph Kabila’s political party, People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) during the 2006 elections.
    Clearly with the hundreds of billions of dollars at stake, renegotiation or cancellation of any of the contracts mentioned above has been reported highly unlikely, but The Congolese people are watching anyway to see whose interests the government will serve. The answer is obvious since people have learned that those who want to serve people will be removed by coup, such as Mohammad Mosaddeq in Iran in 1953, or will be killed like Patrice Lumumba in Congo. The puppets are supported and let into power by the colonial and imperial west to keep the war criminals wealthy and powerful and the “democratic” west prosperous through violence and establishment of poverty in countries rich in natural resources and to deny them of their human capitals by manufacturing wars and putting one against the other to divide countries to be easier to manage their “head of the states” and collaborators which Bush calls them my base, the elites of these countries.
    The Iranian People including the “left”, are dominated by Trotskyite, are not educating either their members or the Iranian public on crimes of the Zionism and Imperialism and in fact are helping the Western propaganda machine through their consumption abilities. I searched the Iranian “opposition” web sites to see if your work is known to them which tell me how much truth they know about the Holocaust in Congo. Unfortunately, I found only one article in Persian which contains your name and others on Sudan. So the Iranian opposition groups have a long way to go. Figures such as James Petras and Chomsky are better known among Iranian left. That’s why I think this article must be translated to many languages. I will make sure that your name and work be known to ignorant Iranians who have been taken hostage by the consumption culture of the market economy.
    I congratulate you for your original work which exposes the crimes of Zionism and Imperialism in the continent of Africa.

  12. Mulga Mumblebrain said on February 11th, 2008 at 4:23am #

    I think some-one had better check on jaime’s welfare. Not a peep yet and its been a couple of days. Surely he hasn’t gone over to the ‘other side’? Still, even jaime would have difficulty labeling this careful exposition as ‘anti-Semitic’, although we all know he’d give it his best shot. It’s not anti-Semitic, of course, because, although loathsome Jewish creeps are to the fore, they’ve got lots of loathsome Gentile buddies and loathsome African collaborators aiding their malevolence. The great force for evil on the planet is capitalist psychopatholgy, greed, racism, misogyny, you name it, these bastards practice it. On the other hand we musn’t shy away from recognising Israel’s amazingly central role in these machinations and how a little state, with many decent and humane citizens, still punches way above its weight in human depravity. Of course its the Israeli parasite elite to blame, and they treat their own underclass with considerable contempt and cruelty too. It also illustrates yet again the fragrant hypocrisy of the ‘Save Darfur’ crew, with their feigned concern for the Darfurians, a noble human sentiment they somehow are unable to extend to Lebanese, Iraqis, Afghans, Somalis and Congolese. Surely if there is a just God he must have a particularly appropriate fate awaiting those whose self proclaimed moral superiority is in fact simply anti-Arab, anti-Moslem and anti-Chinese hypocrisy. Of course China is the elephant in the geo-strategic room that no-one dares mention. Israel’s unique position, in control of US politics and with unprecedented economic and political influence throughout the Western world and beyond, resulting in an immunity to the constraints of international law, will surely be challenged by the rise of a non-Judeo-Christian civilization to world dominance. Although Israel seems to have suborned the Indian ruling establishment, with US assistance, this has created consternation and much resentment inside India. Israel has made no such gains in China, so the temptation to join in another ‘civilizational’ fracas may be too great. That would, surely, be a great miscalculation.

  13. maryb said on February 11th, 2008 at 4:59am #

    Yes Mulga Mumblebrain I was checking for our friend. I hope he doesn’t try to hijack Keith Harmon Snow’s excellent and closely researched article as he did with Professor Makdisi’s article on Gaza. Do you yourself have a website or blog. I have admired your writing and analysis of events on the broader scale. Your name is unforgettable.

  14. Shabnam said on February 11th, 2008 at 6:14am #

    I am sorry about a few mistake that I have made. It is “push it to the side” and not to the site. Also, I meant robbing the resources.

  15. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 11th, 2008 at 7:43am #

    Thank you for that long comment, KHS. I’ve been contributing to Arthur Silber lately, at:

    As far as I’m concerned, he’s our Tom Paine. And I just returned from his blogspot….and He’s Back!

    I will be proud to try to contribute to you both, not regularly, but soon. I can also help you with editing, if you contact me at my email: moc.liamtohnull@yeswordyoll.

  16. maha said on February 11th, 2008 at 9:28am #

    How pathetic… If you were genuine you’d have contacted him direct.
    Jealousy is both ugly and sad.

  17. Chris Crass said on February 11th, 2008 at 4:14pm #

    Please provide a link to “the usual crank Jew hatred stuff here.” If it exists I’d like to never load up DV again.
    Do you have any arguments based on reality, or are you just made up of so much rhetorical fluff?
    Your enthusiasm for murder would be disturbing if you weren’t such a blatant coward.

  18. jaime said on February 11th, 2008 at 4:53pm #

    You need some new glasses Chris.

    Unless you actually BELIEVE this whack-o garbage. If this is actually the case, then why aren’t we tuned in to Tel Aviv to see how the US political candidates are doing? Duh?

    Per Mulga’s post above:

    “…Israel’s unique position, in control of US politics and with unprecedented economic and political influence throughout the Western world and beyond…”

  19. keith harmon snow said on February 11th, 2008 at 5:26pm #


    It sounds like some of the above folks have a running feud here. However, that has nothing to do with my work. This is solid reportage, regardless of the comments. Its well footnoted and its the first article I have ever written which challenges Israel.


  20. jaime said on February 11th, 2008 at 6:05pm #

    See what I mean?

    The motivation is only about giving Israel a “black eye.”

    Sell it to Hezbollah or Hamas, Keith . They like one -sided screeds to justify attacking children with rocket bombs.


  21. dan e said on February 11th, 2008 at 6:22pm #

    Comment I posted on ICH (Information Clearing House) story:

    If you seriously want to understand what’s going on, go to & read Keith Harmon Snow’s piece about the Diamond Industrial/Military Komplex’s imperial adventures in Republic of Congo & other parts of Africa. Obama — what a joke. Yes, he’s a slicker act than the rest, but he’s just as big a rat. Totally signed on to Israeli/US Zionist plan to genocidize African populations, drastic reduce flora/fauna, make trillions off ripped off resources, copper cobalt diamonds, croplands converted from food production to “green” biofuels.

    Mr Snow’s writings on this and on Darfur/Sudan have supplied my own “analysis” with the Missing Link it has needed: Israel is not just an “ideological obsession”, the Zionist Enterprise is Big Imperialist Business. The SOI & the US Zionist Power config. are totally & intimately entwined & engaged in Armed Robbery on a colossal scale.

    Add up all the “branches of industry & commerce” they and their closely allied partners dominate, and it rivals the profitability of the Petroleum industry: Diamonds, Copper, Cobalt, other minerals; Big Pharma; Big Media; Big Weaponry…

    Well, go read Keith Snow, he’s got it all documented, reams of endnotes, citations. I’m an amateur but he’s a real pro journalist, first class work. /// end.

    PS: I’ve been reflecting about Jaime & his problem, why he’s so obsessed with this website, keeps posting all this nonsense? Twisting his tail is fun, but not really productive of anything. So I started thinking: what could possibly be motivating this fellow? For various reasons I don’t think he’s a “pro”, a professional troll on the ZPC payroll.

    My tentative diagnosis is something like this: he’s smart enough to know that the mythology he absorbed growing up is very shaky now, having been debunked by many who are themselves declared Zionists, like Benny Morris & fellow Revisionist Historians, also by US & Il. “Peace Now”-type softzionists such as Plitnick, Chomsky, Zunes.

    So he, like many other “educated” US zionoids, is compelled to write write write, to spew out strings of words word words, arguments upon fallacies upon non sequiturs — all to A) protect his internal Ideological Edifice by surrounding it with as much pseudo-rational rationalization as he can; B) keep his stream of ideation from falling silent which would allow unwelcome information to intrude upon his certainty.

    Well, that’s of course only a very tentative “preliminary diagnosis”; I’ m sure there are professionals in the field who can deepen/correct whatever insights I’ve managed to come up with. But hopefully the above is a start?

    I mean, this guy keeps coming back to us; obviously he needs help, so within our means & time available, shouldn’t we try to offer him as much as we can?

    PPS, to Mr Snow:

    I think your next step has to be to write a book; Clarity Press might be the people to talk to. I’d like to help you in some minor way if I could, but am facing problems similar to those you describe. If you have an email address I can access, I’ll send you mine; don’t hesitate to call on me. I probably can’t supply much myself but may know somebody who could?



  22. jaime said on February 11th, 2008 at 8:51pm #

    Thank you for your kind consideration Dan.

    And happy Valentine’s day from me and the boys at the Hope Steam Baths of Passaic, New Jersey. C’mon by and I’ll save you a towel. And Valentine’s day we’re giving out complimentary lube and flavored condoms. You don’t want to miss that.

    I do so enjoy debating …
    The above article is just another SLIGHT twist on Borat’s song: “Throw the Jew down the well so our country can be free.”

    You see instead of the usual Israel is beating up on the poor defenseless Gazans therefore you should hate the next Jew you meet, this represents a series of inverted metaphors.

    A list of despicable Jews and their horrific deeds one after the other is posted; in order to demonize Israel and Jews collectively.

    Not exactly a new technique.

    What gives it some class (if you could call it that) is that the writer may have actually gone to the trouble of real fact finding.

    But again, if one looks hard enough, one can find equally horrible things done by any given group you want to beat on.

    The sub text, as always, on DV is that Jews are to be reviled. Israel has no right to exist, but in the name of Peace and social justice.

    The hypocrisy is breathtaking. But oddly amusing.

  23. Andrew said on February 12th, 2008 at 12:42am #

    “Israeli operatives and “businessmen” appear everywhere there is egregious suffering and dispossession. ”

    “But while the Africans are the victims of perpetual Holocaust, the persecutors hide behind history, complaining that they are the persecuted…”

    “When Dan Gertler and Chaim Leibovitch and their friends visit the luxury Gertler villa in Lumumbashi …their kosher meals arrive by private plane from Kinshasa.”

    “…all the Zionist diamond dealers and cartels that have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of the Holocaust.”

    This could have been an amazing article. It SHOULD have been an amazing article, but the author wanders beyond the facts into bigotry. As usual, we can’t limit ourselves to blaming individuals and organizations. It’s THE JEWS and THE ZIONISTS!

    Wherever there’s suffering, there are Israelis? Really!?

    The persecutors “hide behind history, complaining that they are the persecuted.” Really!? There’s nothing anywhere in this article to back up this statement. No signs of complaining. It’s just a blatant, nasty fling at Jews.

    Further, he can’t even stay on topic, throwing out totally unrelated bile like this:

    “Seems Dan Gertler’s land grabs and exclusion in Congo have a lot in common with the current crimes against humanity being committed by Israel through its illegal partition in the Middle East.”

    THAT’S why this website and many of the authors here are so totally marginal to any popular discourse. Even when they have a good point, even when they’ve done their homework, as here, they reach the wrong conclusions and often spew senseless bigotry.

    It’s a shame. Still, there’s no need to argue, because such people damn themselves to failure and obscurity through their own shortcomings.

  24. Mulga Mumblebrain said on February 12th, 2008 at 3:31am #

    How lovely to see jaime has a new friend. I’m afraid Andrew’s argument amounts to the familiar pro-Israeli canard that exposing nasty behaviour by Israelis amounts to anti-Semitism. It has the inescapable corollary that Israelis and Jews are above criticism, and can do whatever they choose, as all criticism of Jewish and Israeli misbehaviour has nothing to do with their actions and behaviour, but is motivated solely by an eternal and malign hatred of Jews. This doctrine fits neatly with the idea that Jews are a Chosen People, with souls and blood and what-not different from the rest of humanity. Now this is, in my opinion, nonsense, and in the hands of racists and chauvinists, and who can doubt Israel has produced more than its fair share of those, it enables an ideology of extreme racist aggressiveness, as we witness daily in Gaza, and saw in Lebanon last year. As I noted above, and elsewhere, and as commonsense and experience tell us, not all Jews or Israelis are racists and chauvinists. Just the power elite, the vast bulk of the political class and most of the population. We should be eternally grateful and full of admiration for those Jews and Israelis brave and decent enough to recognise their common humanity with the victims of Israeli state terror. They are Israel’s only hope of long-term peaceful existence in the Near East. Colonial powers can kill, oppress and dispossess but unless a genocide or a total ethnic cleansing is accomplished against the indigenous, one day they must give way, either to return from whence they came, or be absorbed into a larger more diverse community.
    As to Maryb- thank-you for your kind regards. Mulga Mumblebrain was a punch-drunk ex-boxer, turned night-soil can emptier in Frank Hardy’s book ‘The Outcasts of Foolgarah’. He has long been a role model of mine, as I’m sure jaime will agree. I have no blog-these fulminations are merely therapeutic. Mumbleissmo will conquer the world through natural attrition of all other previously existing philosophies, and by dint of its ineffable appeal to the slowly dementing, the biggest ‘target audience’ of them all!

  25. keith harmon snow said on February 12th, 2008 at 3:50am #


    This Jaime person– if that is actually the person’s name — isn’t worth my time, but is rather all that is wrong with the world. As for Hezbollah, they are selling the Congo diamonds to Isreal, which is all that one needs to understand how criminal the Israeli octupus really is.

    >>>“Israeli operatives and “businessmen” appear everywhere there is egregious suffering and dispossession. ”

    Andrew is correct about the above sentence: It should be “Israeli operatives and “businessmen” appear everywhere in Africa where there is egregious suffering.”

    and this one:
    >>>>>The persecutors “hide behind history, complaining that they are the persecuted.”

    Andrew wrote: Really!? There’s nothing anywhere in this article to back up this statement. No signs of complaining. It’s just a blatant, nasty fling at Jews.

    Actually, if you go back to my sentence and paragraph, the opening paragraph, it is not focused on Jews, the sentence is equally true of whites in Congo, or Christians, or Moslems. But selective readings allow one to extract chunks of paragraphs or sentences and ignore the parts that don’t apply , like “and pretending they are the saviors.”

    It was intended to be a general statement, becuase it applies to ALL people and all groups. That is why we see George Bush claiming to be “saving” the world or Bill Clinton and his euphemistic AIDS foundation, for example. But if someone needs to invalidate my work to protect their psyche, they can do it, now, but in the end the work will balance out.

    I suspect it would all be fine if it were the usual suspects (King Leopold, Prince Charles, GW Bush, Etienne Davignon) only. We might even get a few cheers from the people who complain becuase it is Israel.

    Its interesting however that one would choose to selectively read the sentence I wrote — at the beginning — and apply it to one group based on their own personal fears, I suppose, and unwillingness to allow truth to be negotiable (differently for different people).

    And for the last sentence being complained about:

    “Seems Dan Gertler’s land grabs and exclusion in Congo have a lot in common with the current crimes against humanity being committed by Israel through its illegal partition in the Middle East.”

    It’s true.

    In fact, if these are the “most offensive” supposedly anti-semitic sentences in the whole story, then I have done rather well at maintaining my neutrality. As for complianing about Dissident Voice, I haven’t much of a connection here, although I appreciate that DV has publsihed 4-5 articles of mine.

    Its notable that people so wrapped up in the stale and unchallenged rhetoric about, e.g., Israel, Hezbollah, Palestine would so quickly write off six to ten million black people. Indeed, my final paragraph makes the point, q.e.d.

    Stay tuned for part two (Israel and the Holocaust in Congo).

    But maybe before I get that one out I will produce this one:
    Christianity, the Church and the Uncivilizing Holocaust in the Congo

    keith harmon snow

  26. jaime said on February 12th, 2008 at 9:27am #


    Up above, you actually had posted one honest thing. And it endeared you to the Mumblebrains and other assorted throwbacks & jihadists and armchair revolutionaries here @ DV.

    Now you’ve gone and screwed it all up by mealy-mouthing and back pedaling. I understand.

    But What kind of peace activist does that?

    Your article was

    “the first article I have ever written which challenges Israel.”

    So please at least spare us the other pretenses. Be proud of and praised here for your bigotry.

    Sincrely Yours,

    Jaime – a Gay Jewish steam bath worker and Passaic NJ representative for the Zionist Power Configuration Inc..

    (Gaza Parking Lots ‘R Us)

  27. keith harmon snow said on February 12th, 2008 at 10:46am #


    I’m sure you are a fine fellow in person.


  28. Chris Crass said on February 12th, 2008 at 12:21pm #

    I GOT IT!
    Jaime doesn’t understand what words mean! I’ll be happy to help.

    Ok, ready?
    Here’s an example of bigotry:
    “I dislike Jewish people.”
    Here’s a statement of opinion:
    “Israel is an evil state that profits off of the destruction of indigenous people, steals their land and enacts racist policies directed against them.”
    Well, gee. That sounds a lot like what the US did to Native Americans, doesn’t it? We can all agree that was a policy that was wrong, right? That doesn’t mean that I hate Americans as a whole – It means I hate American policies. Likewise, I don’t hate Israelis as a whole – I hate Israeli policies.

    Oh, and about the whole “usual crank Jew hatred stuff here,” I meant articles, not comments. If I can ignore your racist comments, I can ignore the comments you mentioned. They present a lack of understanding – something much more understandable than your apparent lack of humanity.

  29. hp said on February 12th, 2008 at 2:48pm #

    Keith, perhaps at a future date you might write an article further exploring the subject of biblical archeology fraud.
    Your talent and elbow grease is truly apparent.
    I’m sure the results would be appreciated by most everyone.

  30. jaime said on February 13th, 2008 at 8:04am #

    Yo Chris…. Jews ARE indigenous to the Middle East.

    Think about that one.

    Was Jesus


  31. Chris Crass said on February 13th, 2008 at 12:08pm #

    So what? Most of the Jewish population of Israel is comprised of people from Europe and children of people who came from Europe. And who gives a damn about Jesus?
    I guess your non-sequitor comments are your way of conceding the argument. Thanks.

  32. keith harmon snow said on February 13th, 2008 at 12:33pm #

    Jesus was black, that’s why the carelessness about black people’s lives by careless, racist people is such as strong indictment against the “spiritual” counterfeits of Judaism like Dan Gertler and Yakov Neeman and the Steinmetz brothers and the entire Israeli dioamond terror syndicates. Slaughtering children is perfectly fine, until the blowback sinks in on home soil.

  33. dan e said on February 13th, 2008 at 4:19pm #

    Keith H Snow,

    Was delighted to hear from Annette Gordon that Clarity might get to publish your upcoming book! Hope so; I’d look fwd to promoting it here in Sactomato.


    My apologies for lack of clarity/excess verbiage in my attempt to find a way to help you out of the dead end you’re in. Put more simply, it’s glaringly obvious that you do all this online blabbing mainly to keep YOURSELF convinced. Isn’t it clear to you by now that this site is one place where you aren’t likely to make any converts?

    Quiet as it’s kept among your fellow sufferers, people who “hate Jews” because they are Jews are very rare in the USA nowadays, especially in liberal to progressive to radical circles like those attracted to a publication like DV.

    I must admit to a degree of Ziolib fatigue engendered by too much contact with “peace activists” who think Jewish Voice for Peace is an ally in the struggle for Justice in Palestine/”Israel”. But I seldom encounter out and out Zionists like yourself anymore. When I do I usually just go off on them, get in their chests to try to disabuse them of the notion that they’re some kind of “victim” in US society today, or in the US Empire where the ongoing “holocaust” in Africa has claimed even more lives than Hitler & HIS scumbag regime snuffed out (with the aid of the political mentors of the folks now running the Jewish State, i.e. Z. Jabotinsky, M. Begin, Y. Shamir & other erstwhile Stern Gang honchae, as documented by “smiling Irishman” Lenni Brenner in his “51 Instances of Nazi-Zionist Collaboration”, as well as in earlier books/writings.
    You see, Jaime, I got into this M-E Problem business because I had a propensity to hang out with Jewish guys and to read Jewish writers. Matter of fact I went to an elementary school where forty pct or so of the kids were Jewish; where they were let out early cpl times a week to attend Hebrew School (which I assumed had to do with learning the language of The Old Country they’d immigrated from); where our entire sixth grade class was taken in the spring of 1946 to view the film “Lest We Forget”; no thought was given to asking parents whether they thought it wise to expose 11yr olds to such horrific footage…

    My best playmate during those glorious Oregon summers was (now deceased alas) Delores “Mitzi” Miller, whose real pre-immigration name was Mitchnik, whose parents had tried Israel but found the US more appealing. They were from somewhere in Europe, dunno just where; evidently had had some negative experiences, kept to themselves but had no qualms re Mitzi hanging out with a goy kid from the next street over.
    I remember my mother commenting rather proudly that people often assumed my older brother to be Jewish, because of his dark goodlooks and brillian intelligence. (He should have won the Nobel Prize but didn’t have a clue what The Science Game was really about). I remember him advising me, during one of my brief visits to his Rad Lab Grad Stude digs, to marry if possible a Jewish girl since they were usually the smartest & most accomplished. (Well, I tried a cpl times but no takers:)
    Well, I’ll hafta postpone this, things to do. “To be continued”?

    But try to get it through your head: nobody hates you because you’re Jewish. Nobody but a handful of rightwing nuts dreams of “killing all the Jews”. A lot of people get tired of affluent Jews whining about being victimized, when it is the official “Jewish Community” that is primarily responsible for most of the oppression on the planet today. But even re the Olmerts & the Nut&yahoos, the Templesmans & Moskowitzes, I’m opposed to the Death Penalty. Life at Hard Labor for such cases seems to me just fine, but leave it to the Tribunal, maybe forty yrs would be suitable to some perps?
    Okay, I’ll morUL8r, trmn8r:)

  34. jaime said on February 14th, 2008 at 9:17am #

    Gee thanks Dan,

    Looks like I’ve totally misread and misunderstood this forum and you nice people.

    BTW what do Mulga and Greybeard mean when they post:

    “…Israel’s unique position, in control of US politics and with unprecedented economic and political influence throughout the Western world and beyond…”


    “..Quoting the Ten Commandments is, unfortunately, useless, for the Babylonian Talmud is the Orthodox “sacred scripture”, and the Bible means not what it says (i.e., the text), but what the rabbis say it means. Thus, “thous shalt not kill” has NOTHING to do with the killing of a non-Jew…”

  35. dan e said on February 14th, 2008 at 7:54pm #

    Hi Jaime, Com’Estas?

    Well, re Q. #1, have you read Walt & Mearsheimer’s book? “The Power of Israel in the US” by Jas Petras?

    Did you assume that Mr Snow was making all that up, about Templesman, Gertler et al? You think he was lying? If so, please say so, thank you.

    Do you really believe that everybody who isn’t Jewish has an “antisemitism” gene, that causes them to hate Jews for no reason at all?

    Q2: When it comes to the Torah & Ten Commandments I’m out of my element, but Dr Joel Kovel read some interesting quotes from it last night. Wish I could give you a cite but maybe you can find it in his “Overcoming Zionism”, just out, 20 bucks? About obeying The Lord’s commandment to “dash them against the rocks”, meaning the “infants” of the goyim who’d had the chutzpah to get to the Promised Land generations in advance of The Chosen People.

    Of course Joshua 11:11 is pretty direct too: “And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them; there was not any left to breathe…”

    Wasn’t the plot of the whole tale that Y*W*H had promised the Promised Land of milk & honey to Moses up there on Mt Sinai, and therefore the Hebrews were dutybound to follow The Lord’s commandment to ethnically cleanse the area of whoever happened to be domiciled there?

    And isn’t the whole Zionist narrative basically a retelling of the same sad story? “The Lord said it’s ours, so get the fuck out. If you’re still here at sundown, it’ll be your ass. And your own fault: we told you what was up. Shoulda paid attention, dummies.”

  36. jaime said on February 14th, 2008 at 11:02pm #

    “Do you really believe that everybody who isn’t Jewish has an “antisemitism” gene, that causes them to hate Jews for no reason at all?”

    Wait..let me guess….schizophrenia? Bi-polar? Manic depressive? paranoid psychotic? What’s your problem Dan-O?

  37. Mulga Mumblebrain said on February 15th, 2008 at 4:46pm #

    Events unfolding in the last few days show clearly that the long awaited campaign to boycott the Beijing Olympics has begun, led, as expected, by the forces of ‘Jewish humanitarianism’. Pardon my mirth. It was always plain that the forces of ‘Western Civilization’ would attempt at some stage to spread their beloved ‘Clash of Civilizations’ beyond the current phase of mass murder of Moslems, theft of their land and resources and general racial antipathy and contempt, to confront the awakening dragon.
    Naturally their prime concern is somehow, by any means, to prevent China assuming a world dominant, or even a countervailing, position vis-a-vis the two-headed Holy State and perpetual global hegemon, Israel/USA. China’s inexorable economic growth, its role in fostering disobedience in the Empire’s periphery in Africa and South America and its burgeoning techno-scientific prowess mean the task is daily becoming more urgent. The USA/Israel power axis has enlisted the European powers, mostly through that global death-squad NATO, into its Imperialistic policing activities. NATO is being ‘blooded’ in Afghanistan, a good old-fashioned neo-colonial war to put the ‘niggers’ back in their place being seen as an useful exercise in inculcating the required attitudes of racialist supremacy that come so naturally to both Israel and the US. Alas, all is not going to plan, despite prodigies of cowardly murder of women and children by aerial bombardment.
    I got my first concrete pre-sentiment of the anti-China campaign last year, from the only Jewish member of our Parliament, Michael Danby, known as ‘The Member for Israel’ for his aggressive belligerence in attacking any who dare question the Holy State, even within his own Party. In my opinion, Mr Danby is a classic example of the ‘divided loyalties’ question. Mr Danby opined, in a piece in one of Murdoch’s sewer rags, that China was responsible for genocide in Darfur. I must say I found it confounding that a member of the ALP, a Party with a long history of friendliness towards China, and whose leader, now our Prime Minister, Rudd, is the only Western leader I know of who is fluent in ‘Mandarin’, should launch such an unbridled attack on our greatest trading partner. Of course a moment’s reflection explains all. Israel controls the US, as is common knowledge, if ferociously denied. Israel, however, has as much chance of similarly controlling China as I have of flying to the moon. Not, of course, that China will be naturally antipathetic towards Israel, but Israel’s immunity to International Law and its God-(and US)ordained right to ignore all basic human decency, may be somewhat curtailed.
    The sheer cynical viciousness of the hypocrisy over Darfur is, in my opinion, breath-taking. The Save Darfur mob, primarily, as has been amply demonstrated, US Zionist and other pro-Israeli forces, have such finely honed humanitarian instincts that the suffering of the Darfurians raises their precious moral consciences to ecstasies of outrage, yet the vastly greater suffering in the Congo arouses utter indifference. Mr Snow’s masterly exposition of Israel’s central role in the destruction and looting of the Congo explains that paradox. The Mia Farrows (God I almost begin to feel sorry for Woody Allen!)of this world may have the unspeakable chutzpah to desecrate the memorials to the victims of Pol Pot in their frantic efforts, but have they uttered even a peep over the victims of US/Israeli machinations in Somalia, which the UN has stated is even a greater humanitarian crisis than Darfur? Have they opened their mouths to condemn the slaughter in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza? Let me speculate. In my opinion, these are the type of creature who would actually support these Made in Washington/Tel Aviv atrocities. The smell of vicious opportunism, utilising the deaths of thousands in a nasty civil war, allied with cynical hypocrisy and a ghastly, racist, double-standard that divides the dead into politically useful and politically embarassing victims, that surrounds this whole campaign is a familiar stink. It is the stench of Western racial supremacism, the delusion of civilisational superiority founded on the bleached bones of millions of ‘savages’ who got in the way of the Europeans’ ‘manifest destiny’ to rule the world, with a jack-boot firmly planted in the ‘niggers’ ‘ face, forever.

  38. keith harmon snow said on February 15th, 2008 at 5:15pm #

    and dont forget that the Save Darfur gang — Stephen Speilberg et al — don’t say anything about US involvemnet in Sudan.

    Speilberg represents the height of white supremacy, arrogance and the studied ignorance of fascism. Presented as a moral prophet, Speilberg’s ties to the Pentagon are of course irrelevant, as are his propaganda films, garbage like JAWS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, but worse is all that fascist “humanitarian” propaganda infotainment military-entertainment complex prodcutions like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and SCHINDLER’s LIST.

    And then there are all those racist Indiana Jones films which intentionally mythologize Africa and other “exotic” places — that we are destroying — while the great white fools (which Speilberg exemplefies perfectly now) reap the bounty and sit back in their Hollywood studios — or in US theaters — eating popcorn saying “tut, tut, tut” we should help those African savages. (And we reserave the right to bomb niggers).

    Hollywood works closely with the Pentagon, of course (see my stories EXIT THE MATRIX and OUT OF THE BLUE and see ) but this is irrelevant, of course, because people donyt see it, or know about it, but it would still be irrelevant even if they did know, becuase that’s teh nature of white oblivioussness and what we can name “Speilberg’s Arrogance Syndrome” but which affects more than 75-80% of the English speaking public.

    The most offensive is the idea that Speilberg and Mia Farrow — the great white goddes herself — and all the Eric Reeveses and Nicholas Kristof — are above scrutiny, a do-gooder extraordinaire, instead being at the very heart of the insidious epistemologies of exploitation that butress the Empire and its massive atrocities against innocent people all over the world.

    Steven Speilberg is Eichman, but lives in a world (his own mind is merely an extension of the greater “international community” he is part of) where he believes he is more like Anne Frank.


  39. keith harmon snow said on February 15th, 2008 at 5:16pm #

    and dont forget that the Save Darfur gang — Stephen Speilberg et al — don’t say anything about US involvemnet in Sudan.

    Speilberg represents the height of white supremacy, arrogance and the studied ignorance of fascism. Presented as a moral prophet, Speilberg’s ties to the Pentagon are of course irrelevant, as are his propaganda films, garbage like JAWS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, but worse is all that fascist “humanitarian” propaganda infotainment military-entertainment complex prodcutions like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and SCHINDLER’s LIST.

    And then there are all those racist Indiana Jones films which intentionally mythologize Africa and other “exotic” places — that we are destroying — while the great white fools (which Speilberg exemplefies perfectly now) reap the bounty and sit back in their Hollywood studios — or in US theaters — eating popcorn saying “tut, tut, tut” we should help those African savages. (And we reserave the right to bomb niggers).

    Hollywood works closely with the Pentagon, of course (see my stories EXIT THE MATRIX and OUT OF THE BLUE and see ) but this is irrelevant, of course, because people donyt see it, or know about it, but it would still be irrelevant even if they did know, becuase that’s teh nature of white oblivioussness and what we can name “Speilberg’s Arrogance Syndrome” but which affects more than 75-80% of the English speaking public.

    The most offensive is the idea that Speilberg and Mia Farrow — the great white goddes herself — and all the Eric Reeveses and Nicholas Kristof — are above scrutiny, a do-gooder extraordinaire, instead being at the very heart of the insidious epistemologies of exploitation that butress the Empire and its massive atrocities against innocent people all over the world.

    Steven Speilberg is Eichmann, but lives in a world (his own mind is merely an extension of the greater “international community” he is part of) where he believes he is more like Anne Frank.


  40. Mulga Mumblebrain said on February 16th, 2008 at 12:14am #

    I remember coming to the opinion that Spielberg was a creep during the first Indiana Jones movie. You know the scene-the white hero is in a dusty market-place, surrounded by yabbering ‘rag-heads’. He is confronted by a large ‘desert nigger’ wielding a massive sword. Our hero, exemplar of that innate superiority, both moral and technological, that is the White Man’s gift to the ‘brutes’ dwelling in the global ‘injun country’ (or should that be ‘free fire zone’), simply draws his trusty revolver and plugs the ‘two-legged animal’ to the raucous applause and laughter of the audience.
    We all know Hollywood is the great Jewish cottage industry, although jaime will assert, naturally, that that is a canard that first appeared in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. We have all sat through movies that have portrayed Arabs and Moslems as universally savage, murderous, untrustworthy, cowardly and vicious, or if they are good little Quislings, as pro-American (who can help it?) and bitter enemies of their own people. It’s not as if its ever been subtle, at all, either. Naturally if there was a great global film industry somewhere else that portrayed Jews and Israelis in such a fashion, there would be universal, and merited, outrage. But in our world of unending hatemongering and visceral contempt, portraying Arabs as the scum of the Earth, is Free Speech, don’t you know. It’s like sponsoring the production of a series of viciously anti-Moslem cartoons, then having Rightwing anti-Moslem and anti-Arab racists publish them over and over again, in the fervent hope that they will elicit an outraged reaction so the racists can turn around and say ‘See, I told you they were savages!’. I do disagree, however, with Mr Snow in his comparison of Spielberg with Eichmann. The Hollywood anti-Arab, anti-Chinese, pro-Israeli claque remind me more of the likes of those who produced Die Sturmer, and Speilberg can be better compared, in my opinion, with Goebbels or Streicher, and Mia Farrow can be his Leni Riefenstahl.

  41. keith harmon snow said on February 16th, 2008 at 3:50am #


    Yes, Mulga has a point: Goebbels is a much more appropriate comparison.

    Did I hear a (meaningless) squeak somewhere else? Why do you conscious folks invest all your energy debating the pathological unconscious?

  42. maryb said on February 16th, 2008 at 10:13am #

    You must be M E G A P H O N E’s best little worker….You might get the gold star.

  43. maha said on February 26th, 2008 at 1:06pm #

    The aim of people like Jaime is not so much to “convert” anyone — the game is up and it’s too late for that — as to make enough noise to halt meaningful discussion, divert attention, scare people into compromise and draw attention to himself. It’s the same formula used on all blogs. Best ignore the rattle-shaking clown.

  44. keith harmon snow said on February 27th, 2008 at 1:54pm #

    The first sentence of this story was trimmed down during editing and is incorrect. It should be:
    “Maurice Templesman is one of the top funders of the Democratic Party and has funded both Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton.”

  45. keith harmon snow said on February 27th, 2008 at 1:54pm #

    The first sentence of this story was trimmed down during editing (by the writer) and is incorrect. It should be:
    “Maurice Templesman is one of the top funders of the Democratic Party and has funded both Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton.”

  46. Ann White said on May 17th, 2008 at 1:30am #

    Former US Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer is a key policy advisor to Barack Obama. He was up until recently a board member of Nikanor.
    Do we pick the Republicans with their obvious special interests or Democrats with these types of players like Dan Kurtzer being in an even better position to plunder their way through the third world. Not great choice. Why cant there be any clean and committed people seeking positions of power? Or if there are, why can’t they choose wisely among advisors who do right?

  47. Spilpunt: Congo (Kinshasa) « artek furniture said on January 20th, 2009 at 7:05am #

    […] In January 2008 the International Rescue Committee, who is also discussed in this article, released its second survey of mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo, estimating that 5,400,000 people have died, or some 1500 people every day. Mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo: an Ongoing Crisis, International Rescue Committee, January 2008. However, IRC statistics are highly biased and politicized. See: keith harmon snow, “Over Five Million Dead in Congo?” Dissident Voice, February 4, 2008. # […]

  48. keith harmon snow said on January 20th, 2009 at 10:03am #


    I’m unclear why the above comment was added to this thread at this time.


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  50. Edwin Duncan said on March 27th, 2009 at 3:01pm #

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  51. Sheba said on July 29th, 2009 at 12:04pm #

    Spielberg made a public appearance with Tom Cruise in support of the war in Iraq. Elie Wiesel also made a solo UN presentation on the merits of the war against Iraq. Need I say more? The flock together as birds of the same feather. In every liberal arts college students are made to read Elie Wiesel’s work. To this day, he is revered despite the fact that he is a neocon. The ones who applaud him are of the same “background.”

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