Scientology in Israel: All Holy Hell Breaking Loose?

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Things have been a little quiet stateside for Scientology watchers (where's that next part of the Leiby saga, Marty?), but over in Israel, all hell has broken loose.

For the last couple of weeks, we've been writing about what happens in the U.S. if Scientology considers you an enemy: you get surveilled, your trash is sifted for clues about you, and "eyes only" documents record your every move.

In Israel, apparently, you just get blown to Kingdom Come.

Over the last few days, Israeli news organizations like Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post have been laying out the bizarre details involving a man named Gur Finkelstein, who has been working as an attorney for Scientology in Tel Aviv.

This is from Sunday's Haaretz:

Attorney Gur Finkelstein, who represents the Scientology Center in Israel, was detained several weeks ago for allegedly hiring [a] gang to supply him with weapons and assist him in his own endeavors...A string of high-profile crimes have been attributed to Finkelstein, include attempts to burn down the Scientology Center, and also the assault and plot to assassinate the director of Tel Aviv's planning and construction department, Shoteh Hovel.

Scientology's lawyer hiring thugs to burn down Scientology's own Tel Aviv center? Say what?

Well, apparently, Scientology expanded the center, but ran into problems with Shoteh Hovel, who planned then to demolish either the expansion or the center itself (that part isn't clear from what we read). What is clear is that Finkelstein didn't appreciate Hovel's meddling. From yesterday's Jerusalem Post:

Finkelstein allegedly had a financial interest in preventing the building from being demolished, and was behind the May 9 attempt to detonate a car bomb under Hovel's car in Bat Yam. Hovel escaped from the incident unharmed, but the vehicle was damaged. In a subsequent assassination attempt, three men dressed as police officers stopped Hovel in his car and tried to attack him with an electric shocker. That attack failed, too, and the attackers fled. Hovel was lightly wounded. Finkelstein eventually concluded that it would be most profitable for him to arrange for the building to be rebuilt elsewhere, police suspect, as he received a commission from contractors behind the construction. He therefore repeatedly ordered the Jaffa suspects to damage the building, police allege. In one attempt, a truck carrying 300 liters of fuel and a gas canister was allegedly used in a failed bid to bomb the building. In a second attempt, a suspect allegedly entered the building, poured gasoline inside, and set fire to the place. That arson attempt failed. The suspects had allegedly planned for that attack to be blamed on Jewish religious organizations that are opposed to the presence of Scientology in Israel.

HOLY XENU'S GHOST! Imagine how much more effective David Miscavige's OSA covert operations crew would be in the U.S. if it just had the balls of this Finkelstein dude!

I mean, he runs into some pushback from a government official regarding some Scientology past-lives-palace, so he hires some thugs to blow the guy up, electro-shock him, bomb the building, set fire to it, and then make it all look like some OTHER wacky right-wing religious group was behind it all!

Somebody get a treatment on this to Harvey Weinstein RIGHT NOW.

Naturally, Scientology has fallen back on its favorite Operation-Snow-White-era strategy, saying that Finkelstein might have worked for them but wasn't a Scientologist and was operating on his own, etc. These lone wolves are such a problem for Scientology, it seems.


tortega@villagevoice.com | @VoiceTonyO

Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga -- Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story -- How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection -- A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Robert Cipriano Case -- A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum -- The 'Crash' Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape -- 'Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle'
The Aaron Saxton Accusation -- Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation -- Scientology's former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross -- Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked -- Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back -- Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack -- The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated -- The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation -- Investigating a reporter's divorce to shut him up

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xenu the rulah
xenu the rulah

ban the cultr of$cientology  get them off israel 

Frank N. Stein (!)
Frank N. Stein (!)

Add this to the criminal terrorist Scientology lawyer in  Israel:

Louis Farraakhan is using Scientology to promote Black "superiority", to spew hatred and cast out Caucasians from society.   Another example of dangerous abuse and how an ideology can be warped for evil...so maybe David Miscavige will be Fair Game to Black suremicists and his Frankenstein will crush him? Whackos!

Here, Louis Farrakhan talks Scientology to Kill the white people and take back the world.   I quote:By   Louis Farrakhan May 1, 2011 :

"In my study of “Sociopaths,” I learned that these are persons manifesting anti-social behavior or character traits. I said to some of those in Scientology that were sharing their knowledge with me: “You know, we have been living under White people for at least 4,000 years since they emerged from the hillsides and caves of Europe. I am looking at the Caucasian personality as that of a ‘sociopath.

"I say, dear Caucasian people, that if you were, by nature, “social beings,” you would have manifested the qualities that produce harmony in societal relationships. But you have manifested a personality disorder that is against the laws of a genuine society."

The Caucasian may have developed some semblance of a society for their people, but what they've developed for the benefit of their people never applied to us. Master Fard Muhammad said to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad: “Cast the rotten apple out quick!”—He didn't say try to coddle somebody that's rotten! "

See with your own eyes---->http://www.finalcall.com/artma...

Chuckbeatty77
Chuckbeatty77

It's a recurring sub plot, Hubbard writes exiting dare do all pulp stories, invites others to make u their own past-lives narratives, the followers get carried away, and not just the followers, the whole intelligence branch of Scientology gets carried away.   Obvious conclusion, DON'T let pulp fiction writers turn into religion starters!   Especially organization making it up as they go along "experts" like a Hubbard.   The followers today have no way to deal with Hubbard's iron clad rules that preclude dismantling his "Office of Special Affairs"!   In addition to getting this treatment to a Hollywood producer, get some Hollywood producer writer types to come up with a script to send in some young moles to go steer this Scientology science fiction cult to sanity.   The members in the movement are tied to the Hubbard rules  and can't get themselves out by themselves.    More celebrities need to go join and rescue Scientology from the Hubbard story line. 

David Brooks
David Brooks

Given David Miscaviage's documented history of personal violence and given David Miscaviage's extreme control over every aspect of the Church of Scientology, one has to consider the likely fact that Miscaviage himself is behind these murderous and insane plots in Isreal.  I believe the Mossad is well prepared to deal with the likes of Miscaviage.   How many enemies will Miscaviage collect before he is inexorably brought to justice?

Emily
Emily

 Unfortunately, Miscavige will never be brought to true justice.  As much as I'd love to raise a glass in cheers to his first prison ass rape, like most bullies, deep down he's just a big fat sissy.  He'll kill himself before he goes to jail.  At least there will be the solace of knowing his one redeeming service to the human race was taking his own life.

Frank N. Stein
Frank N. Stein

 More on the Israel insanity:   "The operation, dubbed "Violet Wreath," has been said to unearth a plot "stunning in its scope, sophistication and far-reaching ramifications," police sources said Tuesday."

http://failedmessiah.typepad.c...

David Qeet
David Qeet

Actually, I got that wrong, I'm standing in for a member of the office of special affairs.  They're the guys that spy on people, dig through their trash and ifniltrate governments.  Anyway, so Scientology really helps people.  The principle of Scientology is to SURVIVE.  Rex Fowler survived a suicide attempt because he was upstat.  Upstat means you make Scientology lots of money, which makes the world safer from drugs and crime (except terrorism, child sexual abuse and kidnapping).

David Qeet
David Qeet

Hi, my name is David, and I will be standing in for Louanne today.  Anyway, let's get started.  You should focus on anything except Scientology, like let's say the Catholic Church.  Also it really helps people.  Just look at how Tom Cruise's career is expanding and expanding.

David Qeet
David Qeet

This is what happens when you take a 1950s religion and put it in the middle east.  Scientology is way in over it's head.

BLiP
BLiP

Scientology - go to an Org near you and help participate in creating a world society free of criminals and insanity entirely based on the writings of L Ron Hubbard - a criminal paranoid schizophrenic - which first appeared in a science fiction magazine. Yep, makes perfect sense to me.

choocho
choocho

 Scientology is playing the victim, there's been a fire at a Scientology "church" in Melbourne,Australia and Clearwater, Florida in the past week. Strange coincidence and if it Scientology it's some major footbullet in the works, guaranteed. 

Tim Meadows
Tim Meadows

Trying to murder opponents and pin your murder on the Jews is the work of the devil himself.  Hard to believe this was not personally planned by Miscaviage, as measured by his personal history of ultra violence.

sarahinzurich
sarahinzurich

I don't know - in this story it seems we're dealing with the bad and the badder. There is plenty of evidence that Mr. Finkelstein is a nasty person, regardless of his association with Scientology. But then again - I'm sure that Scientology hired him to "handle" their stuff precisely for that reason.

Frank N. Stein
Frank N. Stein

 You know it.   There is no way Scientology does not  keep very close tabs on people who work for them!! Look ay what they spend to get info and spy on less important people.

PlasticBiddy
PlasticBiddy

Israel is the one country that won't put up Scientology's crap.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Very true about Israel/Mossad & scientology, but Australia has been making a nice showing in the war to stop the abusiveness and criminality of the scientology cult. 

More recently, Germany has been taking a close look at the malfeasance and corruption and France has let it be known that scientology is not welcome as a 'religion.'

Now that the outrage is international, it won't be long before the cult dies out and goes away.

Guest
Guest

Unfortunately, the militant atheists make it a point-of-pride to equate scientologists with methodists, confusing the issue.

David Brooks
David Brooks

 "militant atheists"???  "methodists"???  LUL WUT??  Is this the first COS related article you have come across?

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

What? Who are the militant atheists? Why do they matter?

Many a moonbat believe scientology to be a religion. Unfortunate? Unfortunate that they are that stupid, but never mind, they're moonbats. All that matters is that a criminal cult known as scientology, and its leaders, become extinct.

ken f.
ken f.

I hope people like Paulette Cooper are vindicated --- what Scientology Inc does behind its mask of Help is the ultimate betrayal to human decency. They cannot be allowed to act with impunity. This latest immoral stunt could have had global implications that would have harmed all of us! Think about it. Think. About. It.    And you know this is not looking good for the Simon Wiesenthal Center championing  Tom Cruise either.

Spotlight
Spotlight

"Black propaganda" is the term of the Office of Special Affairs Scientology division that destroys reputation or public belief in  persons, companies or nations.

Scientology Corporation POLICY:   The technique seeks to bring a reputation so lowthat the person, company or nation is denied any rights whatever by "general agreement." It is then possible to destroy the person, company or nation with a minor attack if the black propaganda itself has not already accomplished this.

ken f.
ken f.

"Police surveillance discovered that the man who ordered the "hit"on the Scientology center was none other than the Scientologists'very own legal representative in Israel and worldwide, Attorney GurFinkelstein, who stood to benefited from the future reconstructionwork, due to a close connection with the building contractors"       http://www.ynetnews.com/articl...

HOw much more does the world need to see? A disaster was averted. Scientology Office of Special Affairs if evil. Pure evil. The ramifications of this involve global securty...do you realize they were nothing short of starting a war? Compromising the lives of innocent children and people? This is a global crime by Scientology Corporation. OUTRAGE!!!

AKWells
AKWells

ScientologyHelp is a Facade for the Following Operations like this.  THank you to all standing up to help expose what is as definite a real Scientology Style operation as the Black Hand is mafia.    Learn to recognize it, wake up world.

The full spread of intel/invest tools the Corporation of

Scientology deploys at this time:

   * Overt Data Collection (ODC):  Google, newspaper articles,

public record searches, etc. Also going through trash and hiring

Private Investigators to collect info on targets

   * Covert Data Collection (CDC): Hacking phones for records,

internet accounts, illegal surveillance, illegal wire tapping, etc.

   * Harassment, PIs, disconnection, spreading rumours, slanderous

internet sites, etc.

   * Confessional and ethics folder culling for names and things

with which to harass.

   * Covert Harassment, confidential reports to government agencies

such as IRS, etc.

   * Plants to gain intelligence and direction either to use in

legal, PR or psychological harassment.

    Internet trolls or trouble makers.

   * Libel and Interference with Economic Advantage (trying to get

people fired)

Frank N. Stein
Frank N. Stein

So since the cult is denying Finkelstein is a "member" and he tried to blow up a Scientology building, does this mean they will go after him s an SP with Fair Game? (instead of the good people they try to ruin and harass?)

Frank N. Stein
Frank N. Stein

 oh and PS with all the Scientology cult interrogation and surveillance techniques they really think we are so dumb to think they had no idea what their hired attorney Finklestein was up to?

TerrorWatch
TerrorWatch

 This smacks of the Scientology Brand Office of Special Affairs Slime Job.  What an outrageous travesty.

Fredric L. Rice
Fredric L. Rice

Typical Scientology crime syndicate. They have not changed one bit since the time Hubbard was committing his racketeering, terrorism, and treason in the United States.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Inside the cult, they said OPERATION SNOW WHITE, the largest infiltration of a U.S. government agency in history, was about some "stolen copy paper." Most of the zombies believed that or just didn't want to know what it was about, because it would implicate Hubbard. When Hubbard's wife Mary Sue took the blame, she became as estranged from the cult, as if she were a hired lawyer.

So with Finkelstein, even if he were hired by Miscavige personally, wouldn't matter, he was operating under wog ethics, not for the greater good.

Frank N. Stein
Frank N. Stein

 The name of this caper is "Operation Violet Wreath."  Seriously.  Somebody got his crayon box again googoo gaagaa EVIL!!

sarahinzurich
sarahinzurich

Did Louanne take the day off today? It's been like an hour since the article was published, and she is still not here to give us some delicious L.Ron Hubbard quotes.  

choocho
choocho

 She's posting as "Nonconformist" on the Conaway article. 

choocho
choocho

 Shocked by the failure of her super-obvious sock-puppets to fool the wogs, despite her Scientology super-powers, Louanne is probably sucking down a few drinks and driving the wrong way down the expressway. 

Katie
Katie

You bad. :P 

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

This doesn't surprise me overmuch. After all, in 2008 a guy named Jesse Remmer was arrested in the Netherlands. Head of Scientology's Criminon front group there, he was financing his Bridge by being a hit man. As he rationalized it, Scientology style, "What's a hundred people when you're saving millions?"

Guest
Guest

 It will be interesting to see from whom this scientology lawyer was receiving his instructions

Fredric L. Rice
Fredric L. Rice

 You can bet that crime boss Kendrick Moxon was involved, as was probably Scientology and Gambino crime boss Eliot Abelson.

sarahinzurich
sarahinzurich

Truly crazy stuff, but then again nothing surprises me about Scientology.  

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Scientology and Scientologists are sincere. All too often they are seen as a threat by some because they challenge their misconceptions.

Jenna Taylor
Jenna Taylor

I know, right? I mean, a billion years of servitude is no big when you ascend a higher plane of existence. And keeping tabs on the critics? Just for their safety, really! And we really do give the foreign children assigned to the Sea Org plenty of exercise by swabbing the poop deck and cleaning the parrot cages.

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