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Inside Israel’s Vast Network of Animal Spies

Your guide to the sharks, vultures and pigeons that just may be working for the Mossad

The Middle East has long been fertile ground for a good conspiracy theory—whether it’s Jews and the Sept. 11 attacks, the CIA and Arab Spring, or the alliance of Western businessmen, journalists and politicians that supposedly helped oust Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi last year.

But it’s not just humans that are surreptitiously helping to bring down governments. There’s apparently also a whole sub-world of animal spies that are working to destabilize Mideast regimes. In one case, a very suspicious stork was turned over to local police in Egypt. In another, a shark that was attacking swimmers was briefly linked to a Mossad plot.

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Even puppets sometimes need to answer for their actions. Abla Fahita, an Egyptian muppet-type character, was forced to go on national television recently to deny that her appearance in a phone commercial was actually a coded message to the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

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As with all good conspiracy theories, there’s just enough historical precedent to resonate with believers. American and British forces used homing pigeons during World War II to carry messages, and the CIA reportedly trained dolphins, ravens and even cats for use in surveillance and weapons detection with varying degrees of success during the Cold War. Israel, too, has tried to cultivate some four-legged allies: Its security service was said to have trained gerbils for use in airport security, believing their keen sense of smell could help detect a rise in adrenalin. Problem was they couldn’t distinguish between a nervous flyer and a potential bomber.

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The gerbils, in fact, may have been the inspiration for G-Force, a 2009 Disney film about “an elite team of animal spies.” The comedy was largely dismissed by critics. “The plot is pretty ridiculous,” wrote one.

Here are some of the most recent cases involving suspected Israeli animal spies.

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When: August 2013

The Animal: Stork

The Case: “Death on the Nile”

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Egyptian authorities “arrested” the bird after a device was found attached to its leg. A fisherman in the Nile River southeast of Cairo first detained the suspicious stork and handed it over to the local police. The device turned out to be a wildlife tracker used by French scientists to trace the stork’s migrating patterns.

While cleared of spying, things did not end well for the stork. It was reportedly caught and eaten shortly after being released into a conservation area in southern Egypt.

A Kestrel (Falco Tinnunculus)  waits to be freed in the Great Hungarian Plain at Hortobagy, 200 km (124 miles) east of Budapest, August 11, 2011. The Kestrel, which had been injured, was rescued and marked with an identification ring before it was returned to nature, ornithologists said. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (HUNGARY - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT) - RTR2PU6B
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When: July 2013

The Animal: Falcon Kestrel

The Case: “Day of the Falcon”

Turkish police seized a small Falcon Kestrel who had an Israeli tag attached to its foot. Medical personnel at Firat University in eastern Turkey identified the bird as an “Israeli Spy” in their registration documents.

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The bird was forced to undergo a battery of tests, including X-ray scans, which found that it wasn’t carrying any surveillance equipment. (It was,however, found to be carrying a grudge. Jews do that.)

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When: January 2013

The Animal: Carrier pigeon

The Case: “Bird on a Wire”

A few months before the Stork incident, a carrier pigeon was captured north of Cairo after a message was found attached to one of its feet and a microfilm to the other. The microfilm supposedly carried the message “Islam Egypt.”

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Egypt’s Criminal Investigation Department took the lead in the investigation, had the microfilm developed and determined that the bird was not a spy. Or was it? The mystery of the microfilm was never explained.

 

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When: December 2010

The Animal: Vulture

The Case: “Agent R65″

A griffon vulture, caught by a hunter in rural Saudi Arabia, was turned over to security forces after it was found to be wearing a suspicious GPS device and a “Tel Aviv University” leg tag with the ID code R65. Rumors quickly spread, and were picked up by several Saudi newspapers, that the bird was an agent dispatched by Mossad.

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The real explanation was a little more mundane. The griffon is in danger of extinction in the mountains of Israel and is the subject of a reintroduction project. As part of that project, vultures are tagged to keep track of the population.

(A similar case was reported in Sudan in December 2012. Authorities accused a vulture of being an Israeli spy. An Israeli ecologist explained the bird was part of a group of about a 100 tagged by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and fitted with a GPS system that could take distance and altitude readings.)

A fisherman holds the shark which was identified by an Egyptian diver as the shark which attacked four tourists in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh December 2, 2010. The killer shark was caught off the resort a day after it mauled the tourists on Wednesday, Egypt's Environment Ministry quoted to RIA Novosti. RIA Novosti also reported that the Egyptian diver, who rescued one of the tourists, identified the shark by recognizing the predator's damaged fin. Authorities will investigate further to confirm that this particular shark was responsible for the attacks. REUTERS/Stringer (EGYPT - Tags: ANIMALS SPORT DIVING DISASTER TRAVEL IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTXVB6Y
A fisherman holds the shark which was identified by an Egyptian diver as the shark which attacked four tourists in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Dec. 2, 2010.
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When: December 2010

The Animal: Shark

The Case: “Jaws” (or as more than one blogger dubbed it, “Jews”)

A series of rare shark attacks in the Egyptian beach resort of Sharm el-Sheikh prompted accusations that the sharks were part of a Mossad plot—sent into Egyptian waters to scare off visitors and disrupt tourism. Reports claimed a remote controlled GPS tracking device was attached to the shark and was being used to control it.

“What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark (in the sea) to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question, but it needs time to confirm,” a local government official was quoted as saying.

Others pointed out that it would be difficult for the Mossad shark to distinguish its Arab target from a friendly Jew, aside from the fact that the Jew would probably not be a good swimmer and would most likely be accompanied by his mother who would be yelling at him to swim closer to shore.

In any event, the shark in question was eventually caught and dismissed as a spy threat.

 

 

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  • Arabs usually stay out of swimming and Jews were champions in the Olympic games. Israeli team is the best from morocco to Afghanistan, Turkey to Yemen.

  • Mossad were up to their necks in the 9/11 attacks. They have even admitted the fact publicly. It was the Israeli Government who authorized five of their agents to videotape the attacks on 9/11. These five men (Dominic Suter, Sivan Kurzberg and others) knew the EXACT nature of the attacks before they happened: the date, the time, and the exact location, to the point they were pointing their videocameras at the World Trade Center and reportedly had captured BOTH plane impacts on tape. When arrested and searched by FBI agents shortly after the South Tower impact, the men were found to possess maps of Manhattan with the WTC ringed in Sharpie pen, $4300  in cash stuffed in a sock, forged passports, while explosives-sniffing dogs went “berserk”.Once safely back in Israel, they admitted in an Israeli TV chat show that had been sent by their bosses to “document the event”. In this case, it is clear that these people were “accessory before the fact”, at the very least, to an act of international terorism and mass murder, yet they warned nobody.It was Benjamin Netanyahu who said on 9/11: “This event is very good for Israel”. Fox News initially reported this (Carl Cameron) in the days after the attacks…. then they were ordered by Bush Administration officials to “cease and desist” and all related material was wiped from Fox News’ archives. A US government officials were reported to have said: “Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information.”Israeli involvement in 9/11 is no conspiracy theory i it is conspiracy FACT. Imagine if these 5 guys had been Palestinians? Or Muslim? Oh my.

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    • Very funny. Do you have any other symptoms?

    • BLOGGULATOR, You sound lunatic guy !

  • Mossad were up to their necks in the 9/11 attacks. They have even admitted the fact publicly.  It was the Israeli Government who authorized five of their agents to videotape the attacks on 9/11. These five men (Dominic Suter, Sivan Kurzberg and others) knew the EXACT nature of the attacks before they happened: the date, the time, and the exact location, to the point they were pointing their videocameras at the World Trade Center and reportedly had captured BOTH plane impacts on tape. When arrested and searched by FBI agents shortly after the South Tower impact, the men were found to possess maps of Manhattan with the WTC ringed in Sharpie pen, $4300  in cash stuffed in a sock, forged passports, while explosives-sniffing dogs went “berserk”. Once safely back in Israel, they admitted in an Israeli TV chat show that had been sent by their bosses to “document the event”. In this case, it is clear that these people were “accessory before the fact”, at the very least, to an act of international terorism and mass murder, yet they warned nobody. It was Netanyahu who said on 9/11: “this event is very good for Israel”. Fox News initially reported this (Carl Cameron) in the days after the attacks…. then they were ordered by Bush Administration officials to “cease and desist” and all related material was wiped from Fox News’ archives. A US government officials were reported to have said: “Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information.” Israeli involvement in 9/11 is no conspiracy theory i it is conspiracy FACT. Imagine if these 5 guys had been Palestinians? Or Muslim? Oh my.

  • I don’t want to live on this planet anymore

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    • Did you already suicide bomb youself?

  • Wtf. What an insipid and disgustingly racist article. I’ll never look at this website again.

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    • “Disgustingly racist”? Where are you getting that from? 

    • How on Earth is the article racist?  It only exposes the paranoid bigotry of Isreals critics and the lack of rational thinking from the Muslim world 

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    • Truly a strange response to the article. Is there anything that cannot be attributed to racism? Only a racist would project racism into something so inocuous.

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  • It’s really sad how far this article perpetuates anti-Semitic stereotypes at a weak attempt at humor. The graphic with the griffon wearing a yarmulke is really distasteful.

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    • This article isn’t anti-semetic. The only thing it’s perpetuating is just how stupid Israel’s enemies can be.Besides – one of the authors is Rachael Levy. I couldn’t think of a more Jewish name if I tried.

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      • I’m sure that its her nickname. They want to lie to their readers.

  • Great article.  The sub-test about the education level of some countries and cultures is hilarious.

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