PERES AND THE YEMENITES OF LONG MEMORIES
by Barry Chamish
Just before the February visit of former Israeli President Shimon Peres to the US, the Yemenites revitalized his crimes against them. Please read the latest posts well, posted in consecutive years leading
to this year:
I had more than a passing interest in the issue:
In 1995, my revelations about the Rabin murder had made headlines in Israel and the leaders of the Yemenite Children’s movement asked me to investigate their cause. Their movement’s leader, Rabbi Uzi Meshulum was arrested and they feared for his life.
Who could blame them? Meshulum’s arrest had already caused one murder. To get the rabbi into prison, the Israeli authorities surrounded his home and placed him and several dozen of his congregants under siege. Nearly 2000 police and Shabak officers arrived at his home in Yehud and they were backed up by helicopters and dogs. But it was the snipers who were assigned to wipe out the rabbi, his family and his congregation.
One unarmed congregant, Shlomi Asoulin was shot by a sniper. He was taken to police lines where he was allowed to bleed to death. Then Rabbi Meshulum’s house was shot up. I counted fifty bullet holes in his living room walls and then stopped. I got the message. The state tried to mass-execute him, his wife, children and young followers.
In 1996, Rabbi Meshulum asked to meet me. I traveled with his wife to Sharon Prison, walked through a maze of sinking corridors until I reached his compound. We shook hands, and he had a powerful grip. We spoke of many things but I wanted to know the big truth from the source: why hadn’t he united the kidnapped children with their biological parents? He then blasted the music on his portable tape machine and explained that he didn’t have the heart to tell the parents that the majority of their children were dead, murdered in atomic experiments, most shipped first to America in cages. Then he revealed the reason for his repression: the founder of the Israeli atomic research program was Shimon Peres and if the truth came out, he would be exposed for his role in the atrocities.
He told me why he wanted this meeting. The Shifris family had assumed control of his movement and he was now certain that they were Shabak infiltrators destroying his movement from within. He wanted me to take over as spokesman.
I accepted, but Ora Shifris would have nothing to do with it. The Yemenite people are innately modest and mild-mannered. I had my advocates but none could find the wherewithal to stand up to the feisty Ashkenazi lady who had shanghaied their fight for justice.
Before he arrived, I was asked by the American Jewish Right to help protest Peres on my radio show and, if possible, in person. The Rightists responded with disinformation, shoddy research, and amateurism that fell right into the hands of anyone who called them extremists. Like chickens in a barrel, they lived up to their reputation. They were, in fact, infiltrated, controlled extremists.
But then, who can you trust? The ignorant low-lifes who use any excuse to vilify Jews and Israel? The Jews who keep their traps shut to “protect security.?” Or how about the Christians who have
created a myth of their “prophetic” Holy Land nation?
I want blot them all out of my mind, and relate only to my Jewish victims. We could care less about myth-making Christians, dummy anti-semites, and mute Jews. We want justice and we insist that the monster Peres be indicted for his crime against the Yemenites.
Like that can happen. It would require everyone facing truth. Here’s my previous coverage of Peres and one unfortunate Yemenite, Ofra Haza:
THE MURDER OF OFRA HAZA
by Barry Chamish
The missing Yemenite children claimed another victim. Before we begin, please open:
Journalist (Ofra Haza) decides to investigate the “kidnapped Yemen children” case & even to find her twin brother after he was missing after his birth. She is meeting Gidi Vaxman (Arnon Tzadok), a detective in the homicide department who is in the climax of solving a very complicated murder case. With her determination, she succeeds in breaking his stubbornness to prove to him that he is her lost brother & to lead him to meeting with his biological parents & meeting his past.
Now we begin with some deep political background. Under dire threat, Ariel Sharon has begun the process of the forced removal of 8000 Jews from their homes. The pressure from within the country comes from the top of Labor Zionism. Their goal is to stop the religious revival taking place within Yesha, beginning with Gaza. With the transfer of the Gazan Jews will come a split in the country so profound that over half its citizens will stop accepting the government as their legal authority. This will spell the end of Israel.
The Gazan Jews represent the finest ideals of the Zionism of national liberation. Labor Zionism is a foreign transplant on the body of the Jews and only its removal can spell the salvation of Israel.
In my previous two articles I spelled out the depths of criminality which is Labor Zionism. With ample proof we learned that the Ben Gurion government sanctioned the mass irradiation of Sephardic children and youths in the 1950s, while kidnapping some 4500 Yemenite infants for use as guinea pigs in American atomic experiments. For this, Israel was paid today’s equivalent of 50 billion dollars.
The expose of the Yemenite kidnappings led readers to insist I explore the murder of the Yemenite-Israeli singer Ofra Haza. I had just begun when, divinely, a member of Haza’s family asked to meet with me. What he imparted is going to sound fantastic, but what doesn’t anymore? You judge, but I believed him.
Let’s start with the motive. Ofra Haza had a cousin kidnapped from a transit camp in the 1950s. In 1985, she released an album of Yemenite Songs which turned her into an international disco star, in fact, the most popular Israeli entertainer ever. She was a hero to the Israeli Yemenite community.
In the early 1990s, Rabbi Uzi Meshulum, leader of the movement on behalf of the missing Yemenite children, ignited a demand for the truth that was spreading throughout the country. His house was surrounded by police and army, shot up, killing an eighteen year old follower, and he was finally imprisoned. He returned home in 1999 lobotomized.
The Yemenite community was enraged but felt powerless. Ofra Haza had power, lots of it within the country and throughout the world. Look at a typical testimony to her influence pulled off the internet:
I have to admit that I was ignorant to the proud history
of my own ancestors ( OFRA and I are Yemenite ).
After being exposed to OFRA’s music I found myself researching
my ethnic history, asking my mother and grand mother to tell
me all they knew of the Yemenite people.
In 1997, Ofra Haza decided to dedicate herself to the missing Yemenite children. She financed and starred in a movie about the issue:
“Who kidnapped Ofra Haza?” Under this intriguing title, Ma’ariv writer Michal Kafra interviewed the superstar singer who is starring in an Israeli film examining the disappearances of Yemenite immigrant children in the early years of the state. For Haza it marks a return to the big screen, a return from recording studios in Germany and, above all, a return to her roots.
The film, called Absolute Justice, is directed by Doron Eran and Arnon Zadok, who is also the producer.
Arnon Zadok is no minor director. Yemenite himself, he has directed award winning films like White Night, and Beyond The Walls. In fact, he was the last Israeli director to be nominated for an Oscar. But Absolute Justice was shown once at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque and disappeared.
I was heartbroken when she died. I was never sure that a woman this beautiful would be content to be solely a recording artist; I thought that she had been aspiring to a career in film. I believed that her disappearance from the scene was a result of her film career not taking off;
Producer, KCRW Radio
Any movie starring Ofra Haza would have been a hit in Israel but never more than after her death, they told us, of AIDS. So where did the movie go?
It was also in 1997, while making her movie, that Ofra Haza was pursued by a suitor named Doron Ashkenazi. Not just pursued, hounded. She wanted nothing to do with him but profound family pressure was put on her to give him a chance. After her death, it was revealed that Ashkenazi, supposedly a building contractor, paid off Ofra’s cousin to be his matchmaker. When her persuasion led to his marriage to Ofra, the yente was paid off with a $20,000 kitchen.
In the wake of Haza’s unexpected death, both Ha’ir and Haaretz published pretty deep exposes of Haza’s life with Ashkenazi. With the cooperation of her family and her longtime agent, both articles agreed on most major points. Of Ashkenazi, we learned that:
Though she wanted to live near her family in Yehud, Ashkenazi forced Haza to move to an expensive home in Herzlia. Once separated from her roots, he forbade her from visiting family and friends, and had her fire her longtime manager/producer, Bezalel Aloni. While she was dying, Ashkenazi had her sign the deed to her Yehud home over to him, and on the day of her death, he emptied her bank account. Ofra had informed her family that in her will, she bequeathed her home and worldly domain to them. The family challenged Ashkenazi’s claim to her property in court. Note that the lawyer chosen was Rami Tsuberi, author of a stinging book about the kidnapped Yemenite children. This URL is in Hebrew.
Ofra Haza was a traditional Yemenite woman, who was modest by nature and not by any means promiscuous. Yet, Ashkenazi convinced her to abort their baby. URL also in Hebrew:
Because of her known modesty, combined with the abortion, the public accused Ashkenazi of passing the AIDS virus on to her. He denied it and promised to take an AIDS test and reveal the results to the public. This was apparently threatening to someone. He never had a chance to take the test…
Headline: Ofra Haza’s widower dies, drugs found
Monday, April 9, 2001 — The attorney of the family of singer Ofra Haza, who died last February of AIDS, said yesterday the family awaits the results of the autopsy to be performed on her husband, Doron Ashkenazi, who died Saturday night, to determine whether he was an HIV carrier.
Ashkenazi was found unconscious Saturday night in his Herzliya home, evidently by friends, who called Magen David Adom around 9 p.m.
…because he was snuffed out 14 months after Haza. But look who promised to do the HIV test post mortem? Why it’s Yehuda Hiss, the coroner who falsified the autopsy of Yitzhak Rabin, and the coroner who was caught counterfeiting a DNA test between a surviving Yemenite child and her biological mother.
In English, how Ashkenazi died:
By Amit Ben-Aroya
Ha’aretz Correspondent and wires
Doron Ashkenazi – widower of Israel’s most successful international singer, Ofra Haza, who died of AIDS in February 2000 – died Saturday night of an overdose of crystallized cocaine, police said.
His autopsy today may shed a light on Haza’s death as well.
“We are expecting an answer as to whether Doron was HIV positive, and the one who infected Ofra,” attorney Arie Sharabi, who represents the Haza family, said yesterday.
Several complaints were filed with the police, accusing Ashkenazi of not informing Haza that he was HIV positive. Ashkenazi, who has an eight-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, was never arrested in connection with Haza’s death. The Tel Aviv prosecutor is still working on the Haza file. His death is to terminate the investigation, unless the family allows it to be continued, which is very unlikely, Sharabi explained.
On Saturday night, the night of the Seder, Ashkenazi would not celebrate with his family. He said he was still in mourning. A preliminary police investigation indicates he spent the evening with friends, doing “crystal meth” at Ashkenazi’s home in Herzliya.
When Ashkenazi suddenly collapsed at 8 P.M., one of the friends called an ambulance, and told Ashkenazi’s family. Ashkenazi was rushed to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, where, after attempts at resuscitation, he was pronounced dead.
Police were only informed at 10:30 PM. Chief Superintendent Avi Sasson, deputy commander of the Gelilot station, which is investigating the case, told Ha’aretz he still did not know why Ashkenazi’s car was found parked in south Tel Aviv.
Ashkenazi family lawyer Shmuel Zang said Ashkenazi was focused on the legal proceeding that were to begin in a few weeks regarding the validity of Haza’s will, a copy of which could not be found.
The medical panel that investigated Haza’s death published its findings three months ago. Its report said that, if Haza had admitted herself to hospital earlier, her life might have been saved. But Haza, fearful that her condition would become public knowledge, refused to go to the hospital, even when her situation had become very serious.
Ashkenazi was first exposed to the public eye when, in July 1997, he married Haza, a popular singer. She was discovered at age 12 at the underprivileged Hatikva neighborhood in Tel Aviv, by Bezalel Aloni, who was her personal manager for years – until her marriage to Ashkenazi, when she severed her ties with him.
Just weeks before her death, she telephoned Aloni and told him of her condition. “I said a year ago that this man [Ashkenazi] was to blame. He covered himself with a battery of lawyers. His death only serves to emphasize how tragic and futile Ofra’s death was. Doron was the first and last man in her life, and that’s terrible,” Aloni said.
© copyright 2001 Ha’aretz. All Rights Reserved
With Ashkenazi out of the way, he would talk no more, nor take an HIV test. Dr. Hiss’ post mortem test was never released, so Haaretz was used to put final closure on the issue, publishing a report that Haza had an affair with a bi-sexual German film producer. The disinformation apparently did its job and the Haza death withered away with the elimination of Ashkenazi.
Now, with great trepidation, I introduce Shimon Peres. It was Peres who invited Haza to sing at the signing of the Oslo Accord and at the Nobel Prize ceremony, during which he won a prize for “peace.” Recalling that Peres was in charge of the Israeli atomic program during the days when the Yemenite children were kidnapped and turned into guinea pigs for atomic experiments, her appearance beside him was more than a little disconcerting.
When Haza entered the hospital, 13 days before she finally succumbed to her poisoning, Peres called her mother to see how she was doing.
And who gave her eulogy, but Shimon Peres?:
At the funeral, Peres called Haza “a singer of hope for the nation and the world” and thanked her for “making Israel a nation of song.”
What was Peres’ great interest in promoting the career of Ofra Haza? I met the Haza family member at a cafe near the Shalom Tower in Tel Aviv. Everything he told me came from within Ofra Haza’s closest circles.
FM – She was murdered because of the film. I was there when it was shown at the Cinemateque. It was chopped up. She told us that she named names in the movie. I recall she blamed Yisrael Kessar and Yisrael Yeshiahu for being the capos of the kidnappings. That wasn’t in the final edit of the film. The film was never shown again but copies of the original are floating around. They got Arnon to bury it and they got Ofra buried.
BC – How did they do it?
FM – We all believe she was deliberately infected with AIDS. Now there was no reason for her to die of it. She was feeling weak for a year and had seen her doctor to complain. But she wasn’t given the HIV cocktail.
BC – Why not?
FM – We found out later that her doctor, Mimi Hatman, was a friend/lover of Doron Ashkenazi’s.
They were in on the murder together. Do you remember the nonsense the media spread that Ofra kept her AIDS a secret so her fans wouldn’t be disappointed? In other words, she preferred to die rather than treat her disease? What a story, but the public bought it. The twist given was that she died of shame.
BC – So Ashkenazi married her to murder her?
FM – Yeah. He was the hitman.
BC – For who, Shabak, Mossad?
FM – No, he was Peres’ boy. He was on assignment from him. Peres was about the last survivor of the gang that arranged the kidnappings. He would do anything to keep the lid on the affair. When he found out that Ofra was on the Yemenite children bandwagon, he panicked. She was bigger than he was. She was more popular and, of course, way more trusted. She was the biggest threat the scandal ever faced. She was too naive to realize the danger she placed herself in by making that movie. After they got Ofra out of the way, they decided to finish the job. Ashkenazi was getting unpredictable after everyone thought he gave her AIDS because he had it. He didn’t and hated everyone thinking he did. He was going to blow the operation so they had him ODing on a needle. That was perfect because it explained how this heterosexual got the disease in the first place. A couple in their 30s injected him and the woman was murdered too. It’s very deadly to get too close to Peres, and Ofra should have known better. She knew him better than anyone ever found out.
BC – Because of Oslo and the Nobel Prize ceremony?
FM – He took her everywhere. If Margaret Thatcher was in town, he’d bring her along to serenade her. I have a picture of that event. His affair with her began way before the ‘peace’ process. He saw her firstrole as Ha Frekha, (The Tart), and he took a shine to her.That’s how he decided to meet Ofra. Peres is a serial cad, but at least he rewards his conquests with great careers. However, he really took advantage of her.
BC – Are you really saying that Peres had an affair with Ofra Haza?
FM – Oh, for years. There are people in the family who say he raped her, but I call it mind-screwing. She’s a young naive singer who comes from the slums. Now she’s invited to Stockholm to perform for famous diplomats. How could she refuse him later in the hotel? He was using her to satisfy himself and sell peace. He had it made. And she was getting a big career boost by playing along. But she made a bigger mistake.
BC – Being what?
FM – She wanted to do something for her people. The issue of the Yemenite children took hold. I’m almost positive it had nothing to do with getting even with Peres. I don’t think she made the connection to his role. But there is that chance that she wanted revenge for the shame he caused her, at least subconsciously. Whatever the truth, Peres felt betrayed and threatened. So Ofra got the Rabin treatment.
That was NOT what I was expecting to hear when I arranged the interview.
If any of this tawdry tale is true, and I’m inclined to believe that ALL of it may be, then we know just how much wickedness resides in the heart of the leader of the Labor Party, of Labor Zionism, and of the peacemaker who brought us the Oslo nightmare which led to ISIS at our doorsteps in Gaza and the Sinai.
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