MAGAbomber and Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting: Mossad Connections?

by Vivian Lee

November 2, 2018

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The van supposedly belonging to “MAGAbomber” Cesar Altieri Sayoc. Image: Daily Mail.
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Image: @GeorgWebb.

Internet researchers report that the van belonging to “Cesar Sayoc” – whose name is actually Cesar Altieri – was parked not far from the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in south Florida for more than a year.

The rabbi of the Aventura TJC synagogue is Jonathan Berkun, who, perhaps not coincidentally, grew up in Pittsburgh and attended the Tree of Life Synagogue. He had his bar mitzvah at the Pittsburgh synagogue, and his sisters were married there. Not only that. His father, Alvin Berkun, was rabbi of Tree of Life for 23 years and subsequently attended the Shabbat morning service there for the past 12 years. In an article in the Miami Herald, Jonathan Berkun is quoted on the day of the Pittsburgh shooting as follows:

This morning in the middle of Shabbat morning services at ATJC Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, Michael Yavner came (in the middle of my sermon about the recent acts of domestic terrorism whose investigation led straight to Aventura) to tell me what we now know to have been a murderous, hateful, anti-Semitic shooting rampage at Tree of Life.

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Rabbi Jonathan Berkun of ATJC Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. Image: ATJC.

What are the odds, folks?

The investigation that led straight to Aventura involved the accused MAGAbomber, Cesar Altieri, who was said to have been living in his van “outside an aging strip mall in Aventura, Fla., that houses an LA Fitness, a Jewish market, a bakery and a post office.”

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Package “bomb” addressed to James Clapper with return address of “Debbie Wasserman Shultz.” Image: NBC.

One of the addresses associated with Altieri is 1801 North Ocean Beach Avenue in Hollywood, FL, right where the dead body of Beranton Whisenant was found floating near the shore in 2017, and just up the road a piece from Aventura. Whisenant was a U.S. Attorney who may have been investigating visa fraud in a case involving Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Yes, the same “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ” [sic] of the return address on the package “bombs” that were allegedly sent out by Altieri.

Jonathan Berkun’s father, Alvin Berkun, is rabbi emeritus of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and a past president of the Rabbinical Assembly, a former Navy chaplain, and an active police chaplain. He also has long-standing ties to the U.S. government and is shown in a C-SPAN clip from 1993 leading a prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Alvin Berkun was scheduled to be at the Tree of Life services on Saturday morning, October 27, the morning of the alleged shooting, but his wife was not feeling well and asked him to stay home – fortuitously. According to Jonathan Berkun in a blog post of October 29, his mother was not only “not feeling well” but in a nearby hospital with an infection, and he went straight there to see her when he arrived in Pittsburgh on Sunday. He and his father then left to take part in a community prayer vigil held in response to the shooting. As Jonathan notes:

Here’s one truth: Elderly Jews tend to come early to synagogue on Shabbat, and for some reason, many of them prefer to sit in the back. Maybe it’s so they can sleep through the rabbi’s sermon unnoticed, or maybe because it’s a shorter walk to the bathroom. That back row is where my father sits early every Shabbat at the Tree of life Congregation. But the shooter also came early, and today, every single person who sits with my father in synagogue is dead. I have no doubt that had my mother not been ill, I would have flown home not to comfort my father, but to bury him.

Wait – I thought that Jews come late to Saturday services. Oh, I’m sorry, that was another former rabbi of Tree of Life who said that: Chuck Diamond. Anyway, whatever.

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Image: Getty Images.

Alvin Berkun was one of several rabbis who visited convicted Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard in federal prison, which suggests that he was working for his release as an intermediary for Israel. According to Berkun, Pollard’s sentence was much harsher than those of other spies who have given U.S. secrets to foreign states. “I can’t help but think there’s an element of prejudice,” he said, indicating that, in his opinion, Pollard has been “singled-out.” The group of rabbis had special access to Pollard and were even allowed to hug him. “I found the visit to be very moving,” Berkun said.

Pollard was imprisoned on espionage charges beginning in 1985, in solitary confinement for the first seven years of his incarceration. The leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements were “engaged in vigorous advocacy for years, passing resolutions, issuing public statements, advocating Pollard’s clemency to four presidential administrations and to Congress and working with the large number of their member rabbis across the nation who have regularly preached and written on the unfairness and inequities of Pollard’s sentence,” which they considered “grossly disproportionate.”

Pollard had sold to Israel numerous U.S. state secrets, including the NSA’s ten-volume manual on how the U.S. gathers its signal intelligence, and he revealed the names of thousands of people who had cooperated with U.S. intelligence. Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that Pollard had worked exclusively for Israel, but Pollard himself admitted selling his services to other parties. After a long campaign by Israel for his release, with legions of supporters from Netanyahu and Shimon Peres to Henry Kissinger and Alan Dershowitz, Pollard was finally granted parole and released in 2015 under Barack Obama. Although considered a traitor in the United States, Pollard is regarded a hero by many in Israel.

These connections are outlined in a short video, “MAGA Bomber and Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting False Flags” by “impartjewish,” which makes one wonder if Alvin and Jonathan Berkun are tied to Israeli intelligence. Jonathan Berkun worked with the FBI on a sting in 2016 involving the (fake) bombing of his own synagogue: James Gonzalo Medina was arrested while carrying a non-explosive device toward the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. “The synagogue’s leaders sought to reassure congregants and, even as news spread through south Florida, they said their facilities were open…for a normal day.”

Rabbi Jonathan Berkun and the center’s executive director, Elliot B. Karp, said they were assured by security officials that “the synagogue and school were never at risk at any time” and were told no other credible threats had been found.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz was apparently in on the scam and spoke out about the 2016 arrest, which occurred during the final days of Passover.

“This attempted attack is a harsh reminder that there are many in our community who are motivated by bigotry and violence,” she said in a statement. “As a community and a nation we must work together to confront this kind of hatred.”

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Press conference on October 27, 2018, with Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Jonathan Berkun. Image: ABC.

Jonathan Berkun has been photographed frequently with Wasserman Schultz, and they both spoke out at a press conference on the day of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting – against “the rise of anti-Semitic acts in South Florida and across the U.S.”

One is left to wonder whether the MAGAbomber hoax and the alleged Tree of Life shooting were carried out by Israeli intelligence with the help of members of the U.S. Jewish community.


Vivian Lee is the nom de plume of a tenured professor at an east coast university.

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15 thoughts on “MAGAbomber and Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting: Mossad Connections?”

  1. These staged shootings and synthetic terror are designed to gradually get us to accept disarmament as they take away more freedom each day. Isn’t everybody trying to trace the evil destroying the US as a sovereign and free country? Is it the Masons? Is it the Zionists? Is it the Jesuits? unelected Deep State? Is it the Black Pope? Is Satan himself pushing the levers and pulling strings? I am going for all of the above. Right now I see the greatest enemy to the US is regionalization. People should be in an uproar over their local and state authority being torn down more by the day. If you look at regional gov’t pacts’ websites they make it sound rosey what they are doing. They are cooperating, isn’t that nice? Casually looking at what they doing, not much is alarming. Until you go to one of their meetings. It’s engineering consent using the Delphi Technique developed by the Rand Corporation. The meetings are designed to deflect opposition by giving the appearance of seeking the Public’s input. You will get 3 minutes to talk. If you go over, they will turn off your mic and have the police escort you outside. They already have the plan to remake the way you live. It’s often foreign born people pushing this agenda at these meetings: Limit rural land use using regional gov’t regulations to the point farming, ranching and timbering can’t make a living and the land drops in value to the point people wholesale abandon the idea of living off the land. The plan is spelled out in Agenda 21… outlaw rural life and burn out large swaths of suburbia like Santa Rosa, California. What is allowed to go back there is high density high rises with progressively smaller apartments and more land is taken by Eminent Domain for light rail transport and hardly any parking. They are spending a trillion dollars on doing this in the Bay Area through an outfit called ABAG … Association of Bay Area Governments…. an unelected bureaucracy with some elected officials joined at the hip with what they call stake holders. But the stake holders don’t include you or your family. Right now as we speak this process is chugging along so slowly no one notices. And yet it’s very far advanced. Wait until you look at the regions California is sliced into already… these 47 regions always go across county lines and some over state lines. Can you see how dangerous this is? It’s out in the open not a theory. Check out how it’s done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1akJb-dpF4

        1. Correct – this post does not argue that. It points the finger at certain elements in the hierarchy of the targeted organization as well as its larger sponsors. The same can be said for the other hoax events, including the Charleston church shooting, the Sutherland Springs church shooting, the Parkland school shooting, the Las Vegas concert shooting, the Pulse nightclub shooting, the Sandy Hook school shooting, the Boston marathon bombing, and the rest. In addition, elements in law enforcement, EMTs, hospitals, and the news media are also complicit. Elements – not everyone. This is true of the events in Europe as well.

      1. I know that what you say is true & understand why some commenters in all due respect, tend to constrain their observation of this phenomenon. But I propose to the administrator that not every single American citizen goes to war when AMERICA goes to war. Same difference with all due respect.

  2. Wow, incredible work–and so intriguing, even tied to Jonathan Pollard! Looks like an airtight case.

    And it makes me sick. We need to examine everything Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has done in her entire career and get her out of high office. Remember the primaries that she rigged for Hillary, which should’ve gone to Bernie? She has to be an Israeli agent herself.

  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard Quote:
    “After completing high school, Pollard attended Stanford University, where he completed a degree in political science in 1976.[10]While there, he is remembered by several of his acquaintances as having boasted that he was a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, claiming to have worked for Mossad, to have attained the rank of colonel in the Israel Defense Forces (even sending himself a telegram addressed to “Colonel Pollard”), and to have killed an Arab while on guard duty at a kibbutz. He also claimed that his father was a CIA operative, and to have fled Czechoslovakia as a child during the Prague Spring in 1968 when his father’s CIA role there was discovered. None of these claims were true.[21][22][23][24] Later, Pollard enrolled in several graduate schools, but never completed a post-graduate degree.[10]”

    Early career[edit]
    “In 1979, after leaving graduate school, Pollard began applying for intelligence service jobs, first at the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) and then the U.S. Navy. Pollard was turned down for the CIA job after taking a polygraph test in which he admitted to prolific illegal drug usage between 1974 and 1978.[28] He fared better with the Navy and on 19 September 1979, he was hired by the Navy Field Operational Intelligence Office (NFOIO), an office of the Naval Intelligence Command (NIC). As an intelligence specialist, he was to work on Soviet issues at the Navy Ocean Surveillance Information Center (NOSIC), a department of NFOIO. A background check was required to receive the necessary security clearances, but no polygraph test. In addition to a ‘Top Secret’ clearance, a more stringent ‘Sensitive Compartmented Information’ (SCI) clearance was required. The Navy asked for, but was denied information from the CIA regarding Pollard, including the results of their pre-employment polygraph test revealing Pollard’s excessive drug use.[28] Pollard was given temporary non-SCI security clearances pending completion of his background check, which was normal for new hires at the time. He was assigned to temporary duty at another NIC Department, the Naval Intelligence Support Center (NISC) Surface Ships Division, where he could work on tasks that did not require SCI clearance. NOSIC’s current operations center and the NISC were co-located in Suitland, Maryland.
    Two months after Pollard was hired, the technical director of NOSIC, Richard Haver, requested that he be terminated.[28] Pollard had offered to start a back-channel operation with the South African intelligence service and lied about his father’s involvement with the CIA.[28] Instead of terminating Pollard, Haver’s boss reassigned him to a Navy human intelligence (HUMINT) operation, Task Force168 (TF-168). This office was within Naval Intelligence Command (NIC), the headquarters for Navy intelligence operations (located in a separate building, but still within the Suitland Federal Center complex.) This may have been due to Pollard’s having a friend from graduate school in the South African intelligence service.[28] It was later discovered that Pollard had lied repeatedly during the vetting process for this position: he denied illegal drug use, claimed his father had been a CIA operative, misrepresented his language abilities and his educational achievements, and claimed to have applied for a commission as officer in the Naval Reserve.[28] A month later Pollard received his SCI clearances and was transferred from NISC to TF-168.
    While transferring to his new job at TF-168, Pollard again initiated a meeting with someone far up the chain of command, this time with Admiral Sumner Shapiro, Commander, Naval Intelligence Command (CNIC), about an idea he had for TF-168 and South Africa. (The TF-168 group had passed on his ideas.) After the meeting, Shapiro immediately ordered that Pollard’s security clearances be revoked and that he be reassigned to a non-sensitive position. According to The Washington Post, Shapiro dismissed Pollard as a “kook”, saying later, “I wish the hell I’d fired him.”[29]”
    Because of the job transfer, Shapiro’s order to remove Pollard’s security clearances slipped through the cracks. However, Shapiro’s office followed up with a request to TF-168 that Pollard be investigated by the CIA. The CIA found Pollard to be a risk and recommended that he not be used in any intelligence collection operation. A subsequent polygraph test was inconclusive, although it did prompt Pollard to admit to making false statements to his superiors, prior drug use, and having unauthorized contacts with representatives of foreign governments.[30] The special agent administering the test felt that Pollard, who at times “began shouting and shaking and making gagging sounds as if he were going to vomit”, was feigning illness to invalidate the test. He recommended against Pollard’s being granted access to highly classified information.[30] Pollard was also required to be evaluated by a psychiatrist.[30]
    Pollard’s clearance was reduced to Secret.[30] He subsequently filed a grievance and threatened lawsuits to recover his SCI clearance. While awaiting his grievance to be addressed, he worked on less sensitive material and began receiving excellent performance reviews.[31] In 1982, after the psychiatrist concluded Pollard had no mental illness, Pollard’s clearance was upgraded to SCI. In October 1984, after some re-organization of the Navy’s intelligence departments, Pollard applied for and was accepted into a position as an analyst for the Naval Intelligence Command.[citation needed]
    If one can believe the above quote from Wikipedia, it is amazing how our government operates a secret security operation with any success at all. Many many red flags were obvious about the hiring of Pollard who should never have been hired for any position in government period. He fell through the cracks of bureaucracy. That he was hired at all for any job was totally disgraceful. Look at the whores in Congress today many of whom are dual citizens of Israel! Every one of them should be arrested and charged with treason by our “Injustice” Department of lying lawyers. The Pollard case happened before Israel had completed its take over of our government. Look at how Israel Lover Liar Trump goes over there and kisses asses in public. This country is a shameful disgrace today. They end of America may have already come and gone but most of the dupes in the population would not know the difference. Bush, Cheney and the four star generals had to be in on the con. Israel did 9-11-01 but none of the lying lawyers in the “Injustice” Department have lifted a finger to bring charges and prosecutions. This country is gone people. It is under Israeli control now!
    https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9-11/Israel_did_it
    Quote:
    • “Larry Silverstein – is a Jewish American businessman from New York. Silverstein obtained a 99 year lease on the entire world trade center complex on 24 July, 2001. [3] The towers were in fact close to worthless, being filled with asbestos, [4] yet Silverstein “felt a compelling urge to own them”. Silverstein had breakfast in “Windows on the World” restaurant (located in North Tower 107th Floor) every morning. [5] but broke this routine on the morning of 11 September 2001. Silverstein’s two children, who also worked in the WTC, were also absent from work that day. Larry Silverstein was paid a little over $4.5 Billion in insurance money as a result of the destruction of the WTC complex. [6] Silverstein was on personal friendship terms with Zionist media-magnate Rupert Murdoch, former Israeli president Ariel Sharon, as well as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Silverstein was such good friends with Netanyahu that, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz he would speak with him on the phone every sunday. [7]
    • Video – Where was Larry Silverstein on 9/11?”

    Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

  4. Possibly related to this article…

    Al-Jazeera documentary on ‘The Lobby,’ the one you are not supposed to see:

    “It shows that Israel’s semi-covert black-ops government agency, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, is operating this effort in collusion with an extensive network of US-based organizations.”

    Here’s the link for the first 2 parts of the film:
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/watch-film-israel-lobby-didnt-want-you-see/25876

    Excerpt:

    To get unprecedented access to the Israel lobby’s inner workings, undercover reporter “Tony” posed as a pro-Israel volunteer in Washington.

    The resulting film exposes the efforts of Israel and its lobbyists to spy on, smear and intimidate US citizens who support Palestinian human rights, especially BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

    It shows that Israel’s semi-covert black-ops government agency, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, is operating this effort in collusion with an extensive network of US-based organizations.

    These include the Israel on Campus Coalition, The Israel Project and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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