Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the creation of a national program to encourage the re-settlement to Israel of Jews fleeing France in the wake of one of the greatest currency robberies in history. Israel’s Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Naftali Bennett, has estimated that some 200,000 Jews in France could be given sanctuary in Israeli Occupied Palestine.
A ‘rise in anti-Semitism’ is cited as the reason but is not credible as very few associate Jews with the migrant phenomena. But, the offer of safe haven in Israel coincides with outrage following an Israeli based swindle that plundered the bank accounts of thousands of small businesses. The sum involved is estimated at €20 million ($23 million) thought to be a gross underestimate.
The victims of the Israeli-based scam will receive only partial restitution; the culprits are now concealed in Israel and have become the untouchables. The Israeli government refuses to investigate the massive scams despite pleas by various EU governments; Israel does not allow extradition of its citizens.
Ironically, nearly 100 years ago, Adolf Hitler made the following observation: “They (the Jews of Europe) have not the slightest intention of building up a Jewish state in Palestine so as to live in it. What they really are aiming at is to establish a central organization for their international swindling and cheating. As a sovereign state, this cannot be controlled by other states. Therefore it can serve as a refuge for swindlers who have been found out and at the same time a school for the training of other swindlers.” ~ Mein Kampf (which is why they don’t want the book published)
A newspaper citing a typical case report: “Other members of the criminal gang that perpetrated the scam are still at large and believed to be in Israel.”
France is not the only European country affected: “Some monies have been recovered from Latvia. Most of the profits from the scam were channeled to Israel, and have not been recovered. Israeli law enforcement authorities have been unhelpful in enabling further investigation of the scam and in recovering the stolen funds, according to the French verdict in the case.
The scam, known as the arnaque aux annuaires or the ‘directory scam,’ involved individuals in France who would call or email French small business owners and offer them a chance to advertise in a prestigious business directory or a website with supposedly high Google rankings.
Victims discovered that the total fee they had agreed to pay had turned into a repeated monthly charge. Sometimes the dual passport frauds told new victims that they had in fact already subscribed to the monthly service and that the transaction was irreversible.
If a small business owner tried to cancel the charges, they would receive harassing mail and phone calls from bailiffs, lawyers, and even police, all of whom were fictional. Victims reported that the scammers contacted their family members and neighbours about their supposed unpaid bogus debt.
Israeli based hoaxers took advantage of differing tax rules in different EU countries to buy and sell carbon credits, or permission to emit carbon dioxide, on exchanges in Europe. The swindlers would buy the credits in a country with no value-added tax, and quickly sell them in France or other countries that did charge VAT. Generally, merchants have 90 days to remit the VAT they collect to the French government. The fraudsters took advantage of this time window to divert the money offshore and transfer it through a series of shell companies until it effectively vanished.
The French government has estimated it lost €1.6 billion in unpaid VAT taxes this way and the total loss to all EU nations is estimated at €5 billion – €10 billion.)
There were 3,000 French victims of the latest scam as well as 6,980 individual acts of fraud, totalling a loss of €20 million. Damningly, the verdict paints a picture of Israeli authorities unwilling to cooperate with their French counterparts.
Antoine Ilan Frau (aka Ilan Frau) and Michael Nedjar are described in the verdict as the masterminds of the scam. The pair was arrested by French police at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport in April 2016 as they prepared to return to Israel following a trip to France.
According to the verdict, Frau and Nedjar directed the scheme from Israel while making frequent trips to France to open multiple bank accounts, since banks frequently closed their accounts due to bounced checks from victims of the scam. More than €15 million of the €20 million stolen by the scammers found its way abroad, according to the verdict, mostly to Israel.
Frau and Nedjar set up a network of shell companies which they used to open bank accounts in Latvia as well as in the UK, Cyprus, Germany, Romania, Georgia and Slovakia. Money was then transferred from bank accounts in France to these bank accounts abroad.
French authorities sent official requests for judicial assistance to all of these countries. But when the French authorities tried to learn more about these bank accounts, obtain the addresses of the people behind them, or get Israeli banks to freeze these funds, they hit a brick wall, according to the verdict.
“It was not possible to obtain more information or to seize the funds,” the French three-judge panel led by Rose-Marie Hunault wrote in the verdict. “Israeli authorities did not carry out the requests for judicial cooperation that were addressed to them.”
According to Belgian-Israeli journalist Serge Dumont, the author of the 650-page French volume “La criminalité organisée en Israël (Organized Crime in Israel, 2016),” there are between 80,000 and 90,000 French Jews living in Israel. All have been invited to settle in Israel in settlements built in defiance of the international law and financed by mostly American taxpayers.
Many move to Israel to avoid criminal prosecution in France as well as to pursue criminal activities from Israel, which has proven thus far to be a safe haven for the vast majority of cybercriminals who operate here.
Several hundred French-Israelis own companies targeting French speakers abroad through telemarketing and internet scams, of which the advertising scam is but one instance.
MICHAEL WALSH is a journalist, broadcaster and the author of RISE OF THE SUN WEEL, EUROPE ARISE, TROTSKY’S WHITE NEGROES, MEGACAUST, DEATH OF A CITY, WITNESS TO HISTORY, THE BUSINESS BOOSTER and THE FIFTH COLUMN VOLUME I and II, and 50 other book titles.