Corbyn as PM prompts fear ‘not known before,’ says top UK Jewish journalist… THE BRITISH PUBLIC ARE A CULT OF STALKERS!


Imagining the worst? Dude… The British public are essentially nothing but a deranged, mentally ill cult of gang stalkers… consisting of peadophiles, rapists, drug addicts, woman beaters… Absolute deranged fucking cult… … Do you really think it’s a good idea to have them led by the Labour Party! … Consisting of…


Corbyn as PM prompts fear ‘not known before,’ says top UK Jewish journalist

In Guardian column, Jonathan Freedland says realization that racism is tolerated for ‘larger cause’ to stop Brexit means that ‘what we thought about this country wasn’t quite true’

By TOI STAFF and AGENCIES 9 Nov 2019

UK opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his residence in north London on October 28, 2019 (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

UK opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his residence in north London on October 28, 2019 (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

In a poignant column published in The Guardian on Saturday, leading UK Jewish journalist Jonathan Freedland wrote that the thought of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister and his inner circle running the country prompts a fear among the majority of the British-Jewish community “that we have not known before.”

Freedland wrote that although many would want to “eject a cruel and useless government and stop Brexit” by denying incumbent Conservative PM Boris Johnson a majority in the upcoming December 12 elections, “the prospect of Prime Minister Corbyn fills me with dread.”

Citing Corbyn’s long record of comments against Israel and failure to stamp out anti-Semitism within his party, Freedland said that for the first time in the history of the British Jewish community, a majority of them have “concluded that someone hostile to them is on the brink of taking democratic power.”

Pointing to a March poll showing that 87 percent of British Jews believe Corbyn to be anti-Semitic,”meaning an anti-Jewish racist,” he noted, Freedland goes on to list the Labour leader’s “greatest hits” of incidents including his praise of a Palestinian Islamist preacher who was found by a British tribunal “to have peddled the medieval and lethal myth of Jews feasting on the blood of gentile children,” as well as an invitation for tea in the House of Commons; Corbyn’s reaction in 2018 to hearing “a plan to remove a mural filled with hideous caricatures of hook-nosed Jewish bankers” and asking why; and his repeated defense of comments made in 2013 that “Zionists” do not grasp “English irony” despite often having lived in Britain for years.

Members of the Jewish community hold a protest against Britain’s opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism in the Labour party, outside the British Houses of Parliament in central London on March 26, 2018. (AFP Photo/Tolga Akmen)

For four years since Corbyn was elected Labour leader, Freedland said, “Britain’s Jews have – naively, perhaps – waited for the moment when one of these revelations would prove too much for the Labour faithful, shocking them into action.”

Freedland pointed out that “Labour has become only the second political party ever to be investigated for institutional racism by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission [the other was the BNP],” but no revelation “has ever proved shocking enough that it couldn’t be explained away by those who’d rather not see it.”

Instead, Jews, who are overwhelmingly pro-remain, have been advised “to shelve their angst in return for a government that will stop Brexit.”

“In effect, Jews and their would-be allies are being told that some racism is, if not quite acceptable, then a price worth paying,” he wrote.

Jewish author Jonathan Freedland. (Philippa Gedge)

Chiding the headline on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph last week that read “Jews will leave if Corbyn wins,” Freedland said “this isn’t the 1930s,” a likely reference to the rise of the Nazi party in Germany.

Most Jews would not leave the country, he claimed, “but that the question is even in the air, that someone who sees Jews as not quite ‘us’ – ‘they don’t understand English irony’ – is deemed eligible to be prime minister, makes our presence here feel conditional and shaky.”

Freedland also said that the UK’s “historic party of social justice” has found “a little bit of racism acceptable for the sake of the larger cause,” adding that this realization has also meant “what we thought about this country wasn’t quite true.”

To critics who would claim his sentiments “overwrought,” he said, “I’m afraid that Jewish history has made us that way, prone to imagining the worst.”

Ending on a grim note, Freedland wrote: “We look at our usually sparse family trees and we can pick out the pessimists, those who panicked and got out. It was they who left their mark on us. You see, the optimists, those who assumed things would work out for the best, they never made it out in time.”

Freedland’s column came days after the British Jewish Chronicle implored UK citizens in a front-page editorial not to vote for Corbyn.

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“To all our fellow British citizens. This front page is addressed not to our usual readers — but to those who would not normally read the Jewish Chronicle. In other words, to non-Jews,” the editorial read.

“There is racism on all sides of politics and it must be called out wherever it is found. History has forced our community to be able to spot extremism as it emerges — and Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader in 2015 is one such example,” it said, citing Corbyn’s past affiliation with members of Hamas and Hezbollah, his presence at a ceremony that honored the Palestinian terrorists behind the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre, and his reactions to anti-Semitic statements by members of his party.

The upcoming election campaign will likely focus on Brexit, education, and other “vital” issues, the Jewish Chronicle said.

“But how can the racist views of a party leader — and the deep fear he inspires among an ethnic minority — not be among the most fundamental of issues? That is why we are seeking your attention. If this man is chosen as our next prime minister, the message will be stark: that our dismay that he could ever be elevated to a prominent role in British politics, and our fears of where that will lead, are irrelevant.

“We will have to conclude that those fears and dismay count for nothing. But we think you do care. We believe that the overwhelming majority of British people abhor racism. We ask only that, when you cast your vote, you act on that.”

British Labour Party politician, David Lammy, second right, joins members of the Jewish community holding a protest against Britain’s opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and anti-semitism in the Labour party, outside the British Houses of Parliament in London, March 26, 2018. (Tolga AKMEN/AFP)

On Thursday, a former Labour Party lawmaker in Britain urged the public to vote for Johnson in the upcoming general election, saying that Corbyn is “unfit” to lead the country.

Ian Austin, one of former prime minister Gordon Brown’s closest allies, told the BBC that the party has been poisoned by “anti-Jewish racism under his leadership.” Austin left the party in February over its handling of an anti-Semitism scandal.

He said, “I just think this man is unfit to run the country.”

Corbyn said Sunday that British Jews have nothing to fear if his party wins the upcoming election in December, amid reports that many members of the Jewish community would consider leaving the country if he comes to power.

“Anti-Semitism and racism is an evil within our society. I’ve done everything to confront it throughout my life, and will always do so,” Corbyn told the Guardian newspaper.

“We want this country to be safe for all people. An attack on a synagogue, an attack on a mosque, an attack on a church — an attack on a person walking down the street because they’re perceived to be different from the rest of us — we simply can’t tolerate it.”

According to a poll published last week, just 7% of British Jews said they would even consider supporting Corbyn’s party.

Last September it was reported that nearly 40% of British Jews would “seriously consider emigrating” if Corbyn became prime minister.


Be There for The World’s Greatest Show… Dubai EXPO2020

“You wheren’t there, when TwatUR made ‘classics’ and ‘antibiotics’ rhyme”


Expo 2020 Dubai: The one year countdown is on

By What’s On742

With one year to go until Expo 2020 hits the Dubai desert, What’s On looks ahead to the biggest event the UAE has ever seen…

It seems like only yesterday that Dubai celebrated the news it had been selected as the host city of Expo 2020. But an astonishing six years down the line (no, really – that was 2013), the final countdown is on to the arrival of the biggest event ever to land on our shores.

With a staggering 15 million visitors from more than 190 countries expected to descend upon event HQ over the course of 173 days, starting 12 months from now, preparations are now in their final stages. But when Expo opens its doors to the public on October 20, 2020, just what can visitors and residents expect?

What’s On goes behind the construction to count down its top five reasons to get very excited indeed…

5. Exploring the arts, questioning culture

Whether you’re an aficionado of expressionism or an imbecile when it comes to the impressionist movement, Expo’s artistic offerings promise to have you looking afresh at creativity and culture.

From traditional art to performances ranging from poetry to acrobatics, digital theatre to dance, there’s a form of expression for every interest. And while the full entertainment programme remains under wraps for now, we’ve also been told to expect appearances from global stars of comedy, music and literature.

For starters, Global superstar Mariah Carey is already set to perform a free concert in Dubai this month, to celebrate the one year until Expo 2020 mark.

4. Education, education, education

Mobility Pavilion

Encouraging a love of learning is at the heart of Expo’s planning, with academics, inventors and tech pioneers descending upon Dubai with a host of world-changing ideas to unpick. Discover how tech and gaming are merging to create new forms of exercise, find out how Czech scientists have learned to make water from air and sunlight, or beat the UAE to the red planet by going on a journey to Mars at the Mobility Pavilion.

Curious kids will find plenty on offer too, with everything from make-your-own robot workshops to lessons on 3D printing and its uses in medicine.

3. An eye for architecture

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware that preparations for Expo have involved A LOT of construction – but don’t expect to see anything that could be classed as mere ordinary architecture here. Every participating country will be creating its own Pavilion space, designed to introduce its unique culture and heritage, while many nations will also seek to demonstrate the cutting-edge ideas currently shaping our constructed world.

UAE Pavilion

Watch out for the UAE Pavilion(pictured above), which will feature ground-breaking moving ‘wings’ to harness energy.

Al Wasl Plaza

Elsewhere, visitors will be able to look upon the world’s biggest 360-degree projection surface on Al Wasl Plaza’s(pictured above) steel dome, explore the all-natural Opportunity Pavilion, made from materials including 111km of rope, or wander in a host of open-air parks where huge amphitheatre spaces will sit beneath shaded canopies of Arabian ghaf trees, jasmine and palms. Don’t miss out on the chance to climb to the top of the rotating observation tower, where a specially created camera will help you create some spectacular Instagram moments.

Here are a few other jaw dropping pavilions:

Oman Pavilion

Czech Republic Pavilion

New Zealand Pavilion

2. Looking towards a responsible future

While the theme of Expo 2020 is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, acountry pavilions will be ordered according to their choice of three subthemes – opportunity, mobility and sustainability.

Azerbaijan Pavilion

From Azerbaijan Pavilion’s leaf-shaped roof, designed to encourage visitors to explore their impact on our environmental future, to the swinging seats in the Germany Pavilion, aimed at questioning how we solve global challenges, everything from the entertainment to the architecture has been designed to contemplate the future of mankind.

Gnasher (in Terra – the Sustainability Pavilion)

We can’t wait to see the Sustainability Pavilion, where the madness of human consumption is explored via a giant, sharp-toothed machine named Gnasher.

1. Food, glorious food

Nothing brings different cultures together more easily than the breaking of bread and, with more than 200 outlets preparing to serve 300,000 meals a day from across 50 global cuisines, Expo 2020 promises to be a true feast for foodies, dishing up everything from sit-down restaurants to street food stalls.

It’s not all about mere taste though. Sustainability and wellness are at the heart of the food offering, with all participating outlets being asked to sign up to the event’s ethical Food Ethos. Meanwhile, from a food hall promoting local start-ups to seminars on the future of farming covering everything from robotics to augmented reality, it seems visitors can expect the contents of their plate to stimulate their mind as well as their taste buds…

Expo 2020 Dubai, Expo Road, Dubai South, Jebel Ali, Dubai, from Dhs120. October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, Tel: 800 EXPO. expo2020dubai.com


Gregory Sams, Sun of god | On the conscious Sun in the conscious Universe

“Fucking yes bruv! FUCKING YES! Someone else is saying it… the Sun is a conscious being… All stars are!

(I got all this from my second Ayahausca ceremony… the Universe is conscious, all celestial bodies are 💫… The sun is ☀️… planets are… Earth is 🌍… We as humans, are not able to even fathom this truth… Except possibly whilst really high on Ayahausca 😂🤣… The Universe is alive and playing a fucking symphony!)

Of course the stars are alive!

Many Scientists assume that stars are inanimate, senseless physical objects, as are all the other spherical units at any scale: the planets, comets, atoms and sub-atomic particles.

In contrast, the Ageless Wisdom Teachings tell us that the stars are indeed alive, conscious, intelligent beings at a level of development and responsibility we can hardly imagine. And so also are planets and particles intelligent beings with their own forms of conscious life.

If you look at any science astronomy book, website or TV show, it will discuss the birth, maturation, old age and death of the stars in the sky. It will discuss their different sizes, colours, temperatures, cycles and ‘lifestyles’ – how fast they burn and how their future will unfold, for instance. It sounds like stars are alive, but this is not believed.
What if the Ageless Wisdom Teachings are correct that the stars and all those other spherical units are indeed alive?

What if they are also sentient and intelligent – conscious, aware, responsive, feeling and reasoning?

How could we know or find out? Despite what scientists do already know about stars, why just assume stars are not alive or aware, without even finding out?

Surely that is a very unscientific dismissal of something that is beyond our measured knowledge?

What if when a star goes supernova, it’s a mighty being changing its current form of existence by exploding and ejecting a vast volume of itself which forms and gives birth to millions of new baby stars, planets and other kinds of things in the universe? Analogous to a mother producing young from her own body (like a plant spreading seeds or animal making eggs) then being responsible for their care throughout their entire lives, this is a cycle of ‘reproduction’ on a grand, cosmic scale!

Why is it that, in spite of its meaning ‘above/beyond/magnificent and new’, we use the word ‘supernova’ to describe the death of stars instead of birth, renewal and expansion?

I find it remarkable that we humans adopt the arrogant position that we, as little organic, physical beings on Earth, consider our current way of thinking to be the ‘top of the heap’ regarding life, consciousness and intelligence, and that our definitions are ‘it’. We assume that because the Sun doesn’t ‘talk’ to us or respond to us in a recognisable way, it’s not alive or aware. If something doesn’t fit our limited definitions, and if it doesn’t jump or squeak when we poke it, we decide it isn’t alive or conscious or intelligent.

If a single cell in your body ‘poked’ you, made some move to try to get your attention, would you feel it? Would you respond? No, you’d only feel the total state and position of whole groups of cells, like your stomach or your leg. Perhaps to the Sun our human bodies are like little cells, adding up to an overall sense of the state of humanity or of Earth or of the solar system, but not cause for individualised conversation!

We do have an instrument that, when ‘tuned up’, is able to perceive beyond the limits of our machines and scientific measuring instruments, and that is our own bodies. When you stand outside on a clear night and look at the stars, what do you receive? I know for me the stars feel alive and aware; mighty beings with a level of intelligence and responsibility far in advance of where we are at as individual physical humans.

Just as a human physical body is a visible vehicle and reflection of the conscious ‘me’ that expresses through it, so the visible stars, like our Sun, are the physical expressions of great conscious beings with a scope of life, awareness and connection to the All that makes our whole busy material world seem trivial and shows us to be at odds with the rest of the universe.

It is well and truly time for us to drop our arrogance and ignorance and realise that we are absolutely bound by universal laws, and that we have a job ahead of us. That job is to evolve, ie. to return to what we truly are beyond our human bodies and this little 3-dimensional physical life we have created. When we accept evolution and commit to it, we are back on the path towards re-joining the ever-expanding universal community of stars to which we belong.

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  • By Dianne Trussell , BSc(Hons); 17 years in medical and biological research, co-author of 12 peer-reviewed scientific publications.Science is the love of my life, and for me it confirms Divine beauty, intelligence, and wisdom. I’ve always felt science to be one with philosophy, religion, art, and music, part of the oneness I feel with everything.

UK diplomatic cables shed light on Cuba ‘sonic attacks’ scare

“Some of those documents may be heavily redacted because they mention… … ME!” 😆

I have no idea who it was… I always thought it was the CIA (Booz Allen)… Until the Americans came out and described the same symptoms… Cubans? I did meet with Russians… Though I don’t know why they would have targeted me (considering what was given to them)… I honestly believe, in all seriousness… the CIA took some silly sonic/microwave weapon to Cuba in 2013… AND GOT IT NICKED! 😂🤣 Then the Cubans decided to use it on them. That’s what I like to think happened!… IT’S PLAUSIBLE!

Why did the Americans initially say it was a sonic weapon?… No one else would have ever suggested it!

The whole story is just bizarre!


UK diplomatic cables shed light on Cuba ‘sonic attacks’ scare

FoI release shows how embassy and FCO staff sought to make sense of mystery illnesses

Ian Sample Science editor @iansampleThu 7 Nov 2019 06.33 EST

Official emails and diplomatic telegrams marked as sensitive reveal for the first time how the British government scrambled to understand a series of alleged “sonic attacks” on US diplomats who became ill in mysterious circumstances while on duty in Cuba.

The US government ordered all non-essential staff at its embassy in Havana to return home after dozens of diplomats and family members developed headaches, dizziness and problems with balance, concentration and sleeping in a wave of illness that struck between 2016 and 2018.

Many reported falling ill in their homes or hotels after hearing penetrating sounds, described variously as grinding, buffeting or cicada-like chirps. The case reports fuelled speculation that the diplomats had been targeted with an acoustic weapon or some other novel device. No evidence of any such attack has been found.

The events prompted a dramatic breakdown in relations between the US and Cuba less than two years after Barack Obama had sought to reestablish normal diplomatic ties between the nations.

Documents released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act shed light on how the British embassy in Havana and senior Foreign Office staff in London desperately sought to make sense of the unfolding events.

Though most are heavily redacted on grounds of national security and international relations, they show how staff pored over press reports, official statements and other communications to understand a situation that one overnight update from August 2017 said was being presented by the media as “a bizarre cold war-style confrontation”.

The update, copied to Anthony Stokes, the British ambassador to Cuba, noted that the press “broadly buy the veracity” of a Cuban statement that declared it had no involvement in the affair, and were now asking: “If it wasn’t the Cubans who did it, who did?”

On the same day the update was sent, a brief for Alan Duncan, then minister of state for Europe and the Americas, described the continued “fallout from the apparent sonic attacks”. In response to the then US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, declaring he might close the embassy in Havana, Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, called Tillerson directly to state he had no knowledge of the source and express his determination to protect diplomats.

Two months later a diplomatic telegram sent from Havana to London, marked as sensitive, described the expulsion of nearly all Cuban diplomats from the US and the withdrawal of roughly two-thirds of US diplomats from Havana.

“Both the US and the Cuban embassies will now be neutered, just two years after reopening,” the telegram pointed out. The same telegram described Rodriguez as “combative in tone and delivery” during a press conference held within hours of the US announcement to expel the Cuban diplomats, and said he stopped “just short of accusing the US of making it all up”.

Further correspondence between British officials in London and Cuba suggests they had no fresh insight into what happened to the diplomats. Over a number of months they shared media reports that the strange sounds were caused by crickets, and that the wave of illness might be psychosomatic and triggered by the stressful conditions under which the diplomats operated.

The FCO released the emails and telegrams, spanning from June 2016 to June 2018, after the Information Commissioner’s Office said the department may be held in contempt of court if it failed to comply with the Guardian’s request. Some of the documents were completely blacked out.

More than two years after the diplomats fell ill, doctors are still no clearer about what happened. Two US medical studies that assessed some of thse affected found they had concussion-like symptoms and possible brain abnormalities, but independent medical specialists have criticised both studies. In a recent report that has not yet been peer-reviewed, Canadian scientists suggest excessive fumigation with pesticides to keep mosquitoes under control may be to blame.

Mitchell Valdés-Sosa, the director of the Cuban Centre for Neurosciences, who was part of a Cuban investigation into the incidents, said that without more data it was difficult to draw any firm conclusions.

“But I am very sure what did not happen,” he said. “There is absolutely no evidence for a mysterious weapon causing a new syndrome characterised by brain damage and much less inner ear damage.

“Some diplomats may be ill due to natural causes, and we have not yet tested the idea of insecticides causing intoxication in some cases, but the results of what has been published tells us that there is no homogenous set of symptoms or lab findings.

“And whatever has been found overlaps very much with several frequent medical conditions. The only common factor in most cases is a government telling employees they were attacked, and a media barrage that has largely reinforced this idea.”


How Israel Tried to ‘Kill’ Iran’s Nuclear Program (Think Assassinations)

“If Iran wants to restart it’s nuclear programme… Israel restarts it’s assassination programme”

Tried to ‘Kill’ Iran’s Nuclear Program (Think Assassinations)

October 17, 2019  Topic: SecurityRegion: Middle EastBlog Brand: The BuzzTags: IranIsraelIDFNukeNuclearAssassination


by Sebastien Roblin

Key point: Israel is known for doing what it thinks it needs to do to remain secure against any threat.

Approaching eight o’clock on the morning of January 12, 2010 Professor Massoud Alimohammadi walked to his car parked next to his house in North Tehran, passing a small motorbike on the side of the road. The fifty-one-year-old elementary particle physicist was a leading Iranian theorist on quantum-field states, and known to his friends as a political moderate.

As the professor’s open his car door, the person who had been observing him pressed a button on a remote control. The bike suddenly exploded with such force that all the windows on Masoud’s four-story apartment building were shattered. Massoud was killed instantly, and two nearby bystanders injured. The triggerman, ostensibly a man named Arash Kerhadkish, strolled over to a car waiting nearby and was driven away.

Initially, some speculated that Iranian hardliners sanctioned the killing of a reformist professor. However, anonymous Iranian and Western intelligence sources eventually told a different story: the professor was an important figure in a nuclear-research program run by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Nine months later, on the morning of November 29, a quantum physicist named Majid Shahriari was driving through Tehran with his wife, Dr. Bejhat Ghasemi, in the passenger seat when several motorbikes road up beside him near Artesh Boulevard. While one rider hemmed in Shahriari’s car, another rider (believed to be Arash Kerhadkish), attached a package of C4 explosive to the door beside Shahriari, then drove back and triggered a detonator. The explosion killed Shahriari, injured his wife and colleague, and even knocked over one of the motorbike-mounted hitmen, wounding the hitman.

At nearly the same time, another motorbike assassin rammed the car of Sharhiari’s colleague, Professor Fereydoon Abassi, a prominent leader of Iran’s nuclear-research program as he awaited Sharhiari for an appointment at Shahid Beheshti University. He and his wife jumped out of the car just before the bike exploded, seriously injuring Abassi in the face and the hand.

Eight months later on July 23, 2011, Darioush Rezaeinejad and his wife drove to pick up their daughter Armita up from kindergarten. At 4 p.m., the thirty-five-year-old postgrad in electrical engineering deposited his wife and child on the curb and was returning to his vehicle to park the car when two bearded motorcyclists pulled up next him and opened fire with nine-millimeter pistols. Rezaeinejad was shot five times in the arm, neck and chest. His wife, Shoreh Pirani, attempted to pursue the attackers, but they shot her too. The engineer died shortly after being hospitalized at Resalat Hospital. Shoreh recovered, and later told an interviewer that her five-year-old daughter continued to draw pictures of the moment of her father’s death.

Darioush’s wife would also state in a later interview that the engineer had been a member of the Iranian nuclear program and had received anonymous threats prior to his death. Tehran blamed the United States and Israel for the killing. The United States denied the charge, while Israeli government social-media accounts suggestively expressed that it did not condemn the killings, whoever might have perpetrated them.

Six months later on January 11, 2012—nearly the anniversary of Alimohammadi’s killing—Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, an expert on uranium enrichment, was the next to fall victim while driving to work through Eastern Tehran in his Peugeot 405. Deputy director of the Natanz facility, he had been photographed with Mohamed Ahmadinejad, who was president at the time. Supposedly, he was tailed by multiple assassins, including the ubiquitous Kerhadkish. One of those assassins attached a magnetic mine to Roshan’s car, which detonated and killed him, but spared the life of his wife, who was sitting beside him.

Iranian counter-intelligence operatives in the Ministry Of Intelligence and Surveillance apparently were at work, however. In 2011, reportedly thanks to a tip from a third country, MOIS picked up a twenty-four-year old aspiring kick-boxer named Majid Jamali Fashi, who claimed to have dropped of the explosive motorbike that killed Alimohammadi. Fashi confessed on public television to receiving training and a payment of $120,000 from Mossad (Institute), the Israeli spy agency connected to dozens of assassinations over the years, including German rocket scientists, Olympic terrorist plotters, and the Canadian Gerald Bull, developer of the of the Iraqi Project Babylon “super gun.”

In May 2012, Fashi was hung—and Tehran announced it had captured eight male and six female Iranian nationals involved in the killings. Iranian media subsequently aired a half-hour documentary dramatizing their confessions. The nationals were reportedly drawn from sympathizers or members of the MEK (Mujahedin of Iran), a violent opposition group to the government Tehran. In this account, the agents had received forty-five days of training in Israel, and then operated in multi-cell teams that had meticulously spied on their victims to determine their routines and then executed the hits based on instructions from Israeli handlers.

Iranian security forces are infamous for using torture, sexual assault, and threats to relatives and to compel false public confessions of guilt. However, anonymous sources in Israeli intelligence and American diplomatic circles conveyed to media that Israel really was behind the assassination campaign that Fashi at least had given a generally true confession, and that Israel really was training MEK members to serve as operatives in Iran.

In 2014, a journalist revealed that Washington had pressured Israel to cease the assassinations, which had threatened to derail attempts to negotiate a nuclear agreement with Tehran. Earlier, president Bush was reportedly angered to learn that Israelis posing as CIA agents had recruit Iranian nationals in Pakistan for its sabotage and assassination campaign in Iran.

Of course, both public Iranian and anonymous Israeli accounts may be calculated and less than reliable. It seems possible, for example, that the Iranian nationals implicated in the assassination may have been working besides un-apprehended Israeli operatives from Kidon (Hebrew for “Tip of the Spear”) an elite assassination unit within Mossad. According to some accounts, the attacks may also have stopped because additional killings would have posed too great a risk, and remaining targets were too well guarded.

There are also a few ambiguous cases to consider. Earlier on January 15, 2007, Iranian scientist Ardeshir Hosseinpour died mysteriously in Isfahan due to a “gas poisoning” incident. The journals Stratfor and Haaretz claimed Hosseinpour’s death was the work of Mossad, while the Iranian government and sources in Mossad denied involvement. Years later, Hosseinpour’s sister claimed instead that the professor had been killed by the Revolutionary Guard for refusing to work with the nuclear program. In 2015, Iranian security claimed it had foiled another Mossad hit. Israeli sources don’t appear to have stepped forth to corroborate either claim.

In 2018, an article by Ronen Bergman in Politico sketched out the longer history of the Israeli assassination campaign, identifying it as the “fifth prong” of a four-part strategy devised in 2003 by Tamir Pardo, then serving as deputy head of Mossad under Meir Dagan. The concept was to pressure Iran into abandoning its nuclear program using economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, support for Iranian minorities and opposition groups, and interdiction of key nuclear technologies. Though the wider campaign involved close cooperation with the U.S., which famously collaborated to develop the Stuxnet computer virus responsible for destroying hundreds of Iranian centrifuges, Israel alone was involved in plotting assassinations, which the CIA claims it was unwilling to become involved in and preferred not to be aware of. (Bergman also gives an alternate versions of Rezaeinejad’s killing, claiming he was tailed by a lone motorcyclist, and shot while approaching the fortified Imam Ali facility.)

Bergman alleges that the campaign was effective in terrorizing Iranian scientists into avoiding or disassociating with Tehran’s nuclear program, and caused Iran to institute expensive and highly time-consuming security measures to protect its scientists and attempt to root out traitors and bugs. In his account, Dagan saw the assassinations as potentially heading off a push by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu to directly attack Iranian nuclear sites from the air, a course of action he saw as disastrous.

The Mossad campaign did, however, cause the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to plot a series of retaliatory terrorist attacks across the world using its Unit 400 cover operations branch. Hastily and ineptly planned, all but one of the roughly twenty Iranian plots failed, often in spectacular fashion. The campaign’s only “success” was the killing of five Israeli tourists and a local driver on July 18, 2012, in a suicide bombing executed by Hezbollah at the Burgas airport in Bulgaria.

The Mossad assassination campaign did not continue after 2012, though both U.S. and Israeli intelligence sources allege it was effective in slowing the progress of the Iranian nuclear program. While assassination was disavowed by U.S. diplomatic and intelligence officials, some politicians have voiced their support for the scientist killings. After all, the reasoning goes, such targeted assassinations kill far fewer bystanders than would missiles launched in a wider military conflict.

However, it’s hard to deny that the campaign used tactics that would be labelled “terrorism” or “murder” in the West were they waged against Israeli or American scientists engaged in weapons research. It seems assassinations are condemned or praised not according to the methods used but depending on who is performing them. It remains to be seen whether the U.S. withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal, which can already be linked to an escalating proxy war in Syria, may also see a resumption of the shadowy covert war between Israel and Iran.