Child Refugees Sell Bodies to Pay Smugglers in Europe

: Report

  • Children in a refugee camp in Jordan . | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 April 2017

“What these numbers underscore is the reluctance of many European countries to provide refugee children with a safe and permanent home.”

Child refugees in Greece are being sexually exploited on an unprecedented scale as they desperately seek to reach northern Europe, according to a new report by Harvard University.

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As Greek and other European states turn a blind eye, smugglers in Greece are forcing unaccompanied minors from countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria to sell their bodies in order to meet the exorbitant fees required to reach their preferred destinations.

“This report documents a shocking and pervasive aspect of the current refugee crisis: the exposure of very young children to sexual exploitation as a survival strategy.” Prof Jacqueline Bhabha, co-author of the “Emergency Within an Emergency” report, told the Guardian.

“It is imperative that national, regional and international bodies address this serious child protection emergency by rethinking their approach to one of the most vulnerable populations of migrants, and by immediately allocating adequate human and financial resources to reverse the current situation.”

While the report does not mention the number of children that have fallen victim to sexual exploitation, it claims that the largest group of children involved are of Afghan origin followed by Syrians, Iraqis, and Iranians.

Offenders tend to be 35 and over and target minors found in Athens’ Victoria Square and Pedion tou Areos, a major public park located next to departure terminals traveling toward Greece’s northern border.

Some of the tactics used to coerce the children include blackmail and threat of violence.

“[Many children] do not want to report [an incident], because they are afraid that the offender will take revenge on them. They also do not believe that the police can help them,” one psychologist told the report’s researchers.

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Nearly 50 percent of unaccompanied children in Greece are awaiting relocation to specialized, child-friendly accommodation. In 2016 over 5,000 unaccompanied refugee children were referred to child protection agencies, but only 191 — less than 4 percent  — were transferred to European countries.

“What these numbers underscore is the reluctance of many European countries to provide refugee children with a safe and permanent home,” the report’s authors told the Guardian.

“This emergency can no longer be ignored. We can no longer sit idle while migrant children are abused and forced to sell their bodies in broad daylight and plain sight in the heart of Athens simply to survive.”

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ISRAEL #1 IN CHILD TRAFFICKING & #1 IN ORGAN TRAFFICKING!

POUNDS OF FLESH RABBIS = ISRAEL #1 IN CHILD TRAFFICKING & #1 IN ORGAN TRAFFICKING!

Israel is the organ harvesting and human trafficking global ringleader, with complicit help from US and Turkey by Sott.net

Click for Source Article on Scott.net

FACT: Growing global problem of human trafficking and the sex slavery trade + Increasing global harvesting of human organs sold on the black market with Rabbis in NY & NJ involved = Uses victims of FAKED WARS & Kidnapping = SYRIA & PALESTINE as prime examples.

Profiteering Perpetrators in TRAFFICKING OF ORGANS AND HUMANS making $BILLIONS on 100,000+% MARKUPS ON COST OF HARVESTING.

FACT: Syrian Medical Forensics Department says 18,000+ Syrians have had organs removed during the war thus far. Plus 386,000 estimated dead Syrians.

FACT: Syrian war (2012-2017) displaced or murdered 11.7 million people fleeing for their lives with 5% migrating to Europe. = Stunningly over half the total prewar population of 22 million Syrians.

CAUSE OF HUMAN TRAGEDY = BRITISH ROTHSCHILDS ZIO-MOB Imperialism = Saudis + Qatar + US-Israeli + UK + French for GREED + OIL PIPELINES + WORLD DOMINATION using MASS MURDERS + CHAOS + DESTRUCTION while BUILDING + FUNDING + SUPPLYING WEAPONS TO ISIS & AQ!

BRITISH ROTHSCHILDS ZIO-MOB GOAL = To illegally overthrow sovereign national elected government because Assad said NO to SAUDI PIPELINE + ZIO-MOB WORLD DICTATORSHIP of the Greater Israel Project.

BRITISH ROTHSCHILDS ZIO-MOB = Deploys its US Military Arm & CIA-MOSSAD-MI6 to covertly manufacture FAKED wars + Create subsequent largest migration crisis to DIVIDE & CONQUER EUROPE!

BRITISH ROTHSCHILDS ZIO-MOB THINK TANKS = Planned on thousands of Syrians unable to find work trapped in inhumane conditions at migrant refugee camps would opt to migrate

BRITISH ROTHSCHILDS ZIO-MOB THINK TANKS = Planned Pattern of Engineering extreme WAR & Hardship to manipulate desperate parents to donate organs to help their families survive = Parasites pay $1,000 to $10,000 for a kidney they can sell in FIRST WORLD NATIONS FOR $120,000 to much more.

BRITISH ROTHSCHILDS ZIO-MOB RUN ISRAEL = HARVEST victims organs and even get paid small amounts for removing organs to support their families move to Europe or nations surrounding Syria.

ISRAEL = Runs Parasitic criminal gangs and international cabal human trafficking rings feeding off the FAKED WARS AND CHAOS. = Set up thriving predatory operations exploiting war refugees by organizing intricate organ trafficking networks throughout countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

BRITISH ROTHSCHILDS ZIO-MOB RUN ISRAEL & SAUDIS & QATAR = By criminal design are most directly responsible for the Islamic terrorists = All three nations refuse to take a single refugee from the wars they faked.

Israel + Saudi Arabia + 3rd wheel Turkey + NATO = ALL Part of the BRITISH ROTHSCHILDS ZIO-MOB axis-of-evil.

FACT: NATO member Turkey received a $6.6 Billion bribe from the bankrupted EU to “manage and control” the migration crisis = Unleashed yet more waves of refugees pouring into Europe + Turkey-Israel play #1 Role in soaring organ trafficking epidemic that also includes Palestinians organs to feed their impoverished children.

FACT: Largest Swedish daily Newspaper Reported (1990s) = Israel engaged in systematic harvesting of organs belonging to Palestinians by the bloodthirsty apartheid government + Swedish newspaper further released of an interview in 2000 with Israel’s forensic institute Abu Kabir head Dr. Yehuda Hiss who stated that in the 1990’s the institute harvested skin, corneas, heart valves and bones from deceased Israeli soldiers and civilians as well as foreign workers and Palestinians without legal consent from their families. = Palestinian families report bodies of their family members conspicuously missing body parts.

ISRAEL #1 IN ORGAN HARVESTING = Pro-Israeli Magazine The Forward = Confirmed Israel routinely steals Palestinians’ organs for Israeli citizens’ spare parts (and export to OTHER NATIONS). + Pro-Israeli New York Times said Tel Aviv regime plays “disproportionate role” in organ trafficking since 2000

Organ Watch & Nancy Scheper-Hughes released the 2000 Dr. Hiss interview = Israel’s nefarious organ harvesting & trafficking program = Israeli tentacles of organ traffickers reach out worldwide with brokers everywhere that have secret bank accounts + Recruiters & Travel Agents that help traffickers. = Organ harvesting “the poor and the hungry to slowly dismantle their bodies.”

ISRAEL #1 IN ORGAN HARVESTING = 2001 BBC Report that Israel is #1 in world recipients of organ transplants + Has fewest organ donors.

ISRAEL #1 IN ORGAN HARVESTING = Tel Aviv government including the Minister of Defense has historically encourages the organ harvesting & trafficking practice. Israeli healthcare system subsidized transplant holidays up to $80,000 in reimbursement for organ recipients traveling abroad for transplants + Insurance carriers paid 100% of the tab.

ISRAEL #1 IN ORGAN HARVESTING = Leading role in the international crime syndicate “organized through a local business corporation in conjunction with a leading transplant surgeon, operating out of a major medical center not far from Tel Aviv.” + Connected to transplant surgeons in Turkey, Russia, Moldova, Estonia, Georgia, Romania, Brazil and New York City = “hundreds of Israelis have created a production line that starts in the villages of Moldova, where men today are walking around with one kidney.” = Israeli crime rings are still actively harvesting organs from the world’s poorest countries.

ISRAEL #1 IN ORGAN HARVESTING = Supplies NYC + New Jersey Rabbis who have been caught and arrested + Supplies European affluent who can afford to pay “extra costs” for immediate livers, kidneys and corneas = Frequently the criminal body snatchers end up not even paying poor donors the quoted price promised = Poachers are like those killing endangered species in African for ivory tusks + tiger skins + Shark fins while the animals bleed to death = “Two kidneys are better than one”

US 2009 = Israeli Rabbi in NYC paid donors in Israel $10,000 for a kidney and sold them for $120,000 each. = $Millions trafficking in organs. THE CRIMINAL WAS SIMPLY DEPORTED BACK TO ISRAEL WITH MINIMAL PENALTY. Another illegal ORGAN DEALER racket became the biggest corruption case in New Jersey history (2014) with NJ Commissioner of Consumer Affairs resigning over his involvement. “New Jersey’s corruption problem is one of the worst…Corruption is a cancer that is destroying the core values of this state and this great nation.”

ISRAEL #1 IN ORGAN HARVESTING = Widespread Israeli crime syndicate rings continue harvesting and trafficking organs at will to this day, it appears the US judicial system’s over-the-top leniency in this case amounts to complicit condoning of the international crime operation and undoubtedly is taken as a greenlight for business as usual by the crime cabal…trafficking of both body parts as well as human slavery.” = Corruption at the top of the international government crime cabal = Like obscene profiteering from illegal wars + International drug trade + Central bank money laundering = Symptomatic of a decaying, fast crumbling US-Western Empire nearing its final stages of collapse.

ISRAEL #1 IN ORGAN HARVESTING = December another Israeli (Syrian) organ trafficker was arrested by Interpol police at the Istanbul airport and after forty days was extradited back to Israel = He had been caught doing same crimes in Kosovo, Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka (2008-2014).

BRITISH ROTHSCHILDS ZIO-MOB RUN ISRAEL = US-NATO-EU-Israel-Turkey-Saudi-Gulf State axis-of-evil covertly Finance + Train + Supply + Support global terrorism (ISIS & AQ factions) = Takfiri Wahhabists

Spanish daily El Mondo = Reported Islamic State (ISIS-ISIL) terrorists are cutting out bodily organs of captured Syrian and Iraqi soldiers as well as civilians and refugees while still alive for transplants for either their own wounded jihadists or selling them as a needed source of revenue. ISIS has set up a medical team with a German doctor to transport fresh organs sold on the black market.

2011 Council of Europe report = US-NATO backed Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) ran a “mafia-like” operation smuggling guns, drugs and Serbian body parts into Europe for profit. Recall that the US and CIA financed and deployed al Qaeda terrorists as KLA partners-in-crime during those same 1990’s Balkanizing (RIPPING APART TO WEAKEN) Yugoslavia.

ISRAEL #1 IN ORGAN HARVESTING = Turkish-Israeli organ harvesting and trafficking = Two most notorious gangsters is a highly skilled Turkish surgeon and the Israeli middleman “fixer” Moshe Harel with ethnic Turkish matching donor organs with recipients for $10s of Millions actively involved in the extensive Kosovo smuggling operations supplying Israel, the US, Canada and Germany. = Erdogan’s Turkish government and Netanyahu’s Israeli government never enforcing laws against organ harvesting and trafficking. = One Turkish surgeon in 2011 boasted about 2,400+ organ surgeries & was awarded a commendation letter from the Israeli Ministry of Health. = After the surgery, young Syrian victims minus their vital organs are cruelly left bleeding to death = 15,600 had internal organs removed and were returned dead on arrival to Syria for burial.

ISRAEL #1 IN ORGAN HARVESTING = Two decades of FAKED WARS = Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya to Ukraine were visited by bloodthirsty body snatching ghouls out to make a grotesque profit. = The Nazis of Kiev are literally ripping the hearts, lungs and kidneys out of residents in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine with mass murders blocked out of the ZIO-MOB run MEDIA (MSM).

ISRAEL #1 IN ORGAN HARVESTING = International airports have many small aircraft chartered with refrigerators for organ transplant storage as $1,000 become $150,000 by Greedy body snatchers from Israel, Turkey and Kosovo doing barbaric psychopathic crimes of a ZIO-MOB $TRILLION SYNDICATE out of LONDON & Tel Aviv promoting the evils of global slavery and organ trafficking that murders poor humans to keep a few rich humans alive like Rockefeller and his 7 heart transplants.

Joachim Hagopian, former US Army officer manuscript = “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.”

Click for Source Article on GlobalResearch

Joachim Hagopian = Neocon Insanity and “Political Madness”: Hillary Clinton and the Dangers of Nuclear War published on October 10, 2016 = ZIO-MOB INSANITY = Outrageously desperate actions of the globalists + NATO’s violation of international law + Illegal boots on the ground in Syria + Mass murders of Syrian civilians + Ex-CIA director Mike Morell’s call to kill Russian soldiers + Threatening of Russia, China, and Iran + MORONIC Threats “We will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before!” + Threats to BOMB IRAN + Genocidal mass murders + US nuclear warhead madness + Use of GAS WMDs and depleted uranium by US + Dictatorial control of our planet + Demonizing of enemies of the ZIO-MOB to create nuke WW III + ZIO-MOB funding of ISIS & AQ + Endless MSM war PROPAGANDA & LIES & FALSE FLAGS + ZIO-MOB New World DICTATORSHIP agenda

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The Jewish Mafia is the “Mafia” by Staś Sep 7, 2016

Click for Source Article on Stanstasblog

Aug 2016 “Feds indict 46 in mob sweep, including reputed Philly boss.” 39 were old men!

Hollywood popular culture Myth (LIE) = Mafia is “Italian “or “Russian” = LIES controlled by Meyer Lansky, Jewish Vegas MOB BOSS.

FACT: Mossad is connection to the JFK hit = Major organized crime

Hollywood = Tries to downplay Meyer Lansky’s astounding “Organization” power = Hollywood claim (LIE) is Lansky was an accountant for gangsters rather than as a gangster himself = “to sustain the notion of Lansky as king of all evil, the brains, the secret mover, the inspirer and controller of American organized crime.”

Hollywood account of the life of Lansky = Pure nonsense as Lansky was the real boss of the crime world like Adelson is today. = All other key figures in organized crime were murdered or in exile. + Vegas gambling capital of the world was a construct of the Jewish mobsters Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel.

FACT: Las Vegas = Created by Jews = Same as Hollywood was created by Jewish Mafia lawyer Sidney Korshak whom the FBI once referred to as “the most powerful lawyer in the world.”

FACT: Underworld = By far the most powerful men in the underworld are in fact Jewish or Israeli and many kings of the international criminal world hold duel Israeli citizenship as an easy exit to a place where they CANNOT BE EXTRADITED and prosecuted and can simply disappear into the ISRAELI SYNDICATE.

Countless biographies of major criminals such as drug king pins = It is okay because their family experienced some kind of anti-Semitism.

Hollywood = Spends considerable energy on making the public focus on the Italian connection to organized crime = The Godfather and Analyze This. So now the Jewish Hollywood fantasy media pins the blame on the dreaded “Russian Mafia” (JEWISH MOB & OLIGARCHS).

JEWS = The real power behind “The Colombian Cartels” + “The French Connection” + The sex slave trade + Organ trafficking + Gambling and prostitution + Market Fixing and Insider trading + Weapons trader + Pornography + Bankstering + Degenerate Media of all kinds + Media controlled by five or six old Jewish men.

Jews = Control international crime with Jewish Money & Power behind all the scams. = It is impossible to run any large size criminal organization without the air of the Jewish Money power to launder the money = Rothschilds ZIO-MOB are the TOP KINGPINS.

ROTHSCHILDS & JEWS = Control using hundreds of think tanks = ALL BANKSTER SCAMS + Mortgage Scams + Massive savings & loan scandal + Derivatives Scams + Faked war SCAMS + Other Major stock market scams + Big Pharma Scams and poisons + GOVERNMENT SCAMS LIKE PENTAGON = $40.6+ TRILLION ROBBED FROM AMERICANS IN LAST 20 YEARS!

Documented = Book The Jewish Mafia, by Hervé Ryssen (resident of France and was tried 13 times for writing 7 books cost $MILLIONS + imprisoned in 2015 for 3 months of hard time for the cover on his book – a stock cartoon of 1940s-style gangsters in zoot suits) reveals the extent of how powerful the Jewish Mafia really is, and who really are mafias by other names are in actuality the Jewish Mafia, the most important being the “Russia Mafia”. = Book is meticulously detailed and documented largely from Jewish sources = A fearless examination of organized Jewish criminality from ancient times to the present, in all parts of the world, with an astonishing catalogue of serious crimes.

RUSSIAN MAFIA = CODE NAME FOR JEWISH RUN MOB as term Jewish is seldom used = Louis “Lepke” Buchalter Jewish gangster was head of “Murder Inc.” with 700+ contract killings and he died in the electric chair.

RUSSIAN MAFIA = “Gangster capitalists” Vladimir Gusinsky + Boris Berezovsky drink to the “free market” after scooping up $Trillions worth of natural resources for pennies on the dollar in crooked “privatization” schemes with copious assistance from Chechen gunmen and assassins while destroying the economy of the country = Reduced 100+ MILLION PEOPLE INTO ABJECT POVERTY & mass homelessness + 100s of Thousands of suicides & murders & “disappearances” & premature deaths through malnutrition and alcohol poisoning.

JEWS = “racketeering, arms dealing, contract murder, drug dealing, money laundering, pimping, casinos and discotheques, pornography, kidnapping, burglary, armed robbery, diamond dealing and smuggling, white slaving, the African slave trade, trafficking in stolen artworks and financial swindling”. + Forced prostitution in Israel + International organ theft and the illegal transplant industry.

JEWS = MOB documentary in series Cocaine Cowboys and look at the faces of the cartel leaders and they are not Colombian = Infamous Pablo Escobar has “Basque and Sephardi Jewish blood”

FACT: Unending deception is part of the Jewish culture as is criminality encouraged by Talmudic rules that instruct the Jewish people to commit crimes against the “goy”.

FACT: All the money from the cocaine sales via Columbia is laundered through the Diamond District in Manhattan on 57th street. = See movie Blood Diamond, a cover for the trade of diamonds resulting in untold suffering in Africa. The diamond trading business is important not only for profit but for the laundering aspect. The movie barely touches on the harsh reality of the diamond trade that is almost exclusively Jewish.

Every nationalistic sounding mafia or organization is controlled by the Jews.

ITALIANS lost their MOB leader roles = A symbolic 5 man hit team wiped out the Italian leadership symbolically during the so-called St. Valentine’s Day massacre.

IRISH = Built considerable power in the early 1900’s in New York as part of the Tammany Hall but as Henry Ford pointed out, this was penetrated and co-opted by the Jewish Power. The “Irish power” died with the Kennedy family. They killed all of his sons and pinned a crime on Ted Kennedy, one I believe he didn’t commit. They’ve seemed to suppress or make fools out of the remaining family members who can’t seem to get it together.

FACT: Only real mafia (MOB) = “Jewish Mafia” led by the BRITISH ROTHSCHILDS JEWS! = The most powerful mob boss in the world.

FAMOUS MOB BOSSES = “Mr. Big” = The Billion Dollar Don Semion Mogilevich = Even the CIA can’t touch him. Mogliveich is still a top mobster in the world today and he is no longer on the FBI’s most wanted list. = Was ranked as “the most dangerous mobster in the world” by the FBI until Dec 2015 when the MOB RUN FBI said Mogliveich no longer met list criteria because he lives in a country that will NOT extradite criminals to the United States. Unlike past kingpins Mogliveich still has not been taken down or murdered like BILL CLINTON’S BUDDY MARK RICH who avoided prison time for massive tax violations, and was completely pardoned by President Bill Clinton. = ALL JEWS! = The mob is Jewish and they are very proud of this fact as described in the book “Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons, and Ganter Dreams” by Richard Cohen.


Jewish-American organized crime

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Jewish-American organized crime (sometimes called the Jewish Mob, Jewish Mafia, Kosher Mafia, or the Kosher Nostra – a pun on the term “Cosa Nostra“), emerged during the late years of the 19th century and early 20th century.
In its earliest form, in New York City in the late 1800s, Jewish gangs under gang lord Monk Eastman competed with Italian and Irish gangs, notably Paul Kelly‘s Five Points Gang, for control of New York‘s underworld. In the early 1920s, stimulated by the economic opportunities of the Roaring Twenties and later, Prohibition, organized crime figures such as Arnold Rothstein rose to dominate more extensive organized crime activity.
According to crime writer Leo Katcher, Arnold Rothstein “transformed organized crime from a thuggish activity by hoodlums into a big business, run like a corporation, with himself at the top.”[1] Rothstein was allegedly responsible for fixing the 1919 World Series.[2]

Origins and characteristics

Jewish-American gangsters were involved in many areas of organized crime, including racketeering, bootlegging, prostitution[3] and narcotics. Their role was also significant in New York’s burgeoning labor movement, especially the garment and trucking unions, as well as poultry workers. Jewish-American organized crime was a matter of obvious concern to the community, because Jewish gangsterism was seen as irreconcilable with the ethics of Judaism[4] It did not exemplify Jewish immigration and its offspring, nevertheless it was exploited by anti-semites and anti-immigration forces as arguments to bolster their prejudices. However, it did exist in large enough reality to permeate the Lower East Sideand Brownsville areas in New York City,[5] and other major American cities. and provided fodder for prejudice against Jews.
Jewish American organized crime was a reflection of the ethnic succession among gangsters, which has tended to follow the immigrant waves in the United States: English, German, Irish, Jewish and then Italian. Ethnic involvement in organized crime gave rise to alien conspiracy theories in the US law enforcement community, in which the conception of organized crime as an alien and united entity was vital. It was presented as many-faced, calculating and relentlessly probing for weak spots in the armor of American morality. America had to be protected from this alien threat. The conspiracy theories conveniently ignored the fact that Jewish-American and Italian-American criminals generally co-existed with (even sometimes subordinate to) other criminals, such as Irish-American organized crime networks before the 1920s.[6]
Jewish American organized crime is part of an entire literature, particularly in the United States, on “tough Jews,” mainly gangsters and boxers among whom Jews played a prominent role, often to the delight – even pride – of other Jews, especially Jewish men, who considered them tougher, more aggressive role models to free them from the stigma of defenselessness and powerlessness and the dominant Jewish stereotype: intellectualism and professional legitimacy, not physical aggressiveness and lawlessness, which was more stereotypical of the Irish and Italian immigrants and their mobs. According to Rich Cohen, author of Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons and Gangster Dreams: “if Jewish gangsters still thrived today, if they hadn’t gone legit, if Jews of my generation didn’t regard them as figments, creatures to be classed with Big Foot and the Loch Ness monster, I think the Jewish community would be better off.”[7]
Following Cohen’s line of reasoning, one could say that Jewish American organized crime played a role in the emancipation of the Jewish American community in American society. However, Cohen’s description of Jewish gangsters ignores that they were criminals who made some of their money by extorting and exploiting other members of the American Jewish community, including the trafficking of women,[3] and were generally considered a scourge within their own community. The Yiddish press and literature of the 1920s and 30s was resolute in its condemnation of Jewish mobsters.[citation needed]

History

19th Century-early 20th Century

Largely originating from the immigration from Eastern Europe during the late-19th and early 20th centuries, Jewish mobsters such as Max “Kid Twist” Zwerbach, “Big” Jack Zelig, and Vach “Cyclone Louie” Lewis, competed with Jewish-American organized crime was not exclusively a New York phenomenon, however, as seen during the early 20th century in other major cities with a considerable Jewish-American population as predominantly Jewish-American gangs operated as well, such as The Purple Gang in Detroit.
As would their Italian counterparts, gangs specializing in extortion began operating in the heavily Jewish neighborhoods of New York’s Lower East Side most prominently the so-called Yiddish Black Hand headed by Jacob Levinsky, Charles “Charlie the Cripple” Litoffsky and Joseph Toplinsky during the early 1900s. Early in the century a significant Jewish underworld already existed, giving birth to a litany of criminal slang with Yiddishorigins. A pimp was known as a “simcha,” a detective as a “shamus” and a loafer as a “trombenik.”[8] Jewish-American organized crime arose among slum kids who in pre-puberty stole from pushcarts, who as adolescents extorted money from store owners, who as young adults practiced schlamming (wielding an iron pipe wrapped in newspaper against striking workers or against scabs) – until they developed into well organized criminal gangs in a wide variety of criminal enterprises boosted by Prohibition.[9]
For both second-generation Jewish and Italian immigrants, the lure of crime often competed quite successfully with mainstream opportunities. There was a Jewish “crime wave” in early-20th-century New York. About a sixth of the city’s felony arrests were Jews. Many young Jewish criminals gravitated toward the “rackets,” where they met up with the children of Irish, Italian, and other immigrants.[10]
As the 20th century progressed, Jewish-American mobsters such as “Dopey” Benny Feinand Joe “The Greaser” Rosenzweig entered labour racketeering, hiring out to both businesses and labor unions as strong arm men. Labor racketeering or “labor slugging” as it was known, would become a source of conflict as it came under the domination of several racketeers including former Five Points Gang members Nathan “Kid Dropper” Kaplan and Johnny Spanish during the Labor slugger wars until its eventual takeover by Jacob “Gurrah” Shapiro in 1927. Other organized crime figures would include Moses Annenberg and Arnold Rothstein, the latter reportedly responsible for fixing the 1919 World Series. [11]
According to crime writer Leo Katcher, Arnold Rothstein “transformed organized crime from a thuggish activity by hoodlums into a big business, run like a corporation, with himself at the top.”[12] According to Rich Cohen, Rothstein was the person who first saw in Prohibition a business opportunity, a means to enormous wealth, who “understood the truths of early century capitalism (hypocrisy, exclusion, greed) and came to dominate them”. Rothstein was the Moses of the Jewish gangsters, according to Cohen, the progenitor, a rich man’s son who showed the young hoodlums of the Bowery how to have style; indeed, the man who, the Sicilian-American gangster Lucky Luciano would later say, “taught me how to dress”.[13]

1920s-1930s

Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, driving force behind the development of Las Vegas
During Prohibition (1920-1933), Jewish gangsters became major operatives in the American underworld and played prominent roles in the creation and extension of organized crime in the United States. At the time, Jewish gangs dominated illicit activities in a number of America’s largest cities, including Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Newark, New York City, and Philadelphia. Numerous bootlegging gangs such as the Bug and Meyer Mob headed by Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel and Abe Bernstein‘s Purple Gang [14]would see the rise of Jewish-American organized crime to its height. Other mobsters included Dutch Schultz,[15]Moe Dalitz, Charles “King” Solomon and Abner “Longy” Zwillman.
During this time, Italian mobster Charlie Luciano began plotting against the Old World Sicilian mafiosi and, enlisting the help of longtime associates Meyer Lansky and Benjamin Siegel, a conference was held at New York’s Franconia Hotel on November 11, 1931 which included mobsters such as Jacob Shapiro, Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, Joseph “Doc” Stacher, Hyman “Curly” Holtz, Louis “Shadows” Kravitz, Harry Tietlebaum, Philip “Little Farvel” Kovolick and Harry “Big Greenie” Greenberg. During this meeting, Luciano and Lansky were able to convince the Jewish-American mobsters to agree to work with Italian mobsters in business following the end of the Castellammarese War – in a consortium known as the National Crime Syndicate. At the meeting’s conclusion, “Bugsy” Siegel supposedly declared “The yids and the dagos will no longer fight each other.”[16]
Those Jewish gangsters hostile to the idea of cooperation with non-Jewish rivals gradually receded, most notably Philadelphia bootlegger Waxey Gordon, who was convicted and imprisoned for tax evasion. Following Gordon’s imprisonment, his operations were assumed by Nig Rosen and Max “Boo Hoo” Hoff.
Under Lansky, Jewish mobsters became involved in syndicate gambling interests in Cubaand Las Vegas.[17] Buchalter would also lead the predominantly Jewish Murder Incorporated as the Luciano-Meyer syndicate’s exclusive hitmen.[18]

After World War II

Frank Rosenthal with Frank Sinatra on the Frank Rosenthal Show
For several decades after World War II, the dominant figures in organized crime were second-generation Jews and Italians, often working in concert. As late as the 1960s, Jewish presence in organized crime was still acknowledged as Los Angeles mobster Jack DragnaJimmy “The Weasel” Fratianno: explained to hitman and later government informant
“Meyer’s got a Jewish family built along the same lines as our thing. But his family’s all over the country. He’s got guys like Lou Rhody and Dalitz, Doc Stacher, Gus Greenbaum, sharp fucking guys, good businessmen, and they know better than to try to fuck with us.”
Jewish-American organized crime derived from dislocation and poverty, where language and custom made the community vulnerable to undesirables, the sort of thing that fosters criminality among any other ethnicity in a similar situation. As Jews improved their conditions, the Jewish thug and racketeer either disappeared or merged into a more assimilated American crime environment. American Jews quietly buried the public memory of the gangster past; unlike the Mafia, famous Jewish American gangsters like Meyer Lansky, Dutch Schultz and Bugsy Siegel[19] founded no crime families.
Much like Irish Americans and other ethnicities (with exception to Italian American criminal organizations), Jewish-American presence in organized crime gradually faded after World War II. Jewish-American individuals remained associated with organized crime figures,[20] but the criminal organizations and gangs which once rivaled the Italian and Irish-American mobsters during the first half of the 20th century have long since disappeared.

Late 20th Century

In more recent years Jewish-American organized crime has reappeared in the forms of both Israeli and Russian mafia criminal groups. The Soviet and Russian émigré community in New York’s Brighton Beach contains a large Jewish presence, as does its criminal element. Some of these newer American-based Jewish gangsters, such as Ludwig Fainberg, share more in common culturally with Russia and the Soviet republics than their predecessors such as Meyer Lansky.[21]
Israeli mobsters also have a presence in the United States. Yehuda “Johnny” Attias arrived in New York in 1987 and was ultimately murdered in January 1990, and New York’s Israeli mafia fell apart soon after. Several members such as Ron Gonen had turned informant and the authorities arrested the rest of the gang in September of that year.[22] The Israeli mafia (such as the Abergil crime family) is heavily involved in ecstasy trafficking in America[23]

21st century

In 2009, five Sephardic rabbis, all from orthodox Syrian Jewish communities in New Jersey and Brooklyn, were accused of selling kidneys and laundering tens of millions of dollars through fake charities. [24]

Jewish-American organized crime and Israel

Several notable Jewish American mobsters provided financial support for Israel through donations to Jewish organizations since the country’s independence in 1948. As a result, Israel became an option for Jewish-American gangsters fleeing criminal charges or facing deportation from the United States such as Joseph “Doc” Stacher and Meyer Lansky, the latter being denied citizenship by then Prime Minister Golda Meir who had been informed by the United States government of Lansky’s long history in organized crime.[25]

See also


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