Friday, March 6, 2015

Who is Rita Katz, al Baghdadi, ISIS P.R. representative?


The real Baghdadi terrorist, Rita Gabbay-Katz

It's imperative that we look at the background of this Baghdadi woman Rita Katz who has been leading the U.S. intelligence and news establishment around by the nose in a perpetual Purim spiel with strategically timed releases of strategically produced terror videos, the most recent videos alleged to depict the work of an ISIS led by an al Baghdadi. Rita Gubbay Katz and her SITE organization releases ISIS terror videos "before ISIS is able to."

Internet researchers to date have been satisfied to dismiss Katz as a wacky, lying 'Jew' and to criticize her appearance. This is not helpful. We need to know why this particular 'wacky Jew' is given the platform and extreme latitude to advance the particular agenda that she has.

Some background information on Rita Katz was given in an interview for Hadassah Magazine, since scrubbed from the internet, but which can still be found at archive.org HERE. Here we find that Rita Katz was born Rita Gabbay in Basra, Iraq to the wealthiest families from Iraq:

Her mother’s family had been one of the wealthiest in Iraq for generations. [Rita Katz' mother] Salima lived with her 10 brothers and sisters and 30 half siblings in a large mansion in Basra (her father had married four times). When Salima turned 18, she married her next-door neighbor, who was “young, rich and respected.” ("Profile: Rita Katz," Rahel Musleah, Hadassah Magazine, November 2003 Vol. 85 No.3)

In an interview for National Review (also scrubbed but still accessible at archive.org) Rita Katz said of her background:
"I grew up in a rich family, surrounded by love and by servants who took care of all my needs. We lived in a huge mansion and went to a private school." ("The Terrorist Hunter Speaks," Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, June 26, 2003)
Rita Katz' Sephardic surname by birth, Gabbay (also spelled Gubbay, Gabay, Gabbai, etc.) is a title which means "rabbis' warden and tax collector."

From the Encyclopedia Judaica:

GABBAI (Heb. ַּג ַּבאי, ַּג ַּבי ), lay communal official. Derived from the Hebrew gavah (ָּג ָבה – to exact payment)…

GABBAI, family with many branches in *Baghdad and India. Noteworthy members include ISAAC BEN DAVID BEN YESHU’AH (d. 1773), known as Sheikh Isḥ āq Pasha because he ruled with the firmness of a pasha from 1745 to 1773 as nasi of the Jewish community and as *ṣarrāf bāshī (“chief banker”) for the governor of Baghdad. On the other hand, his contemporaries praised his good deeds, especially his efforts to encourage R.ẒedakahḤusin who was very active in propagating the study of the Torah among Iraqi Jewry. He died together with his three sons in the plague of 1773.

EZEKIEL BEN JOSEPH NISSIM MENAHEM GABBAI (d. 1826), also known as Baghdadli, was a prominent banker in Baghdad. With his assistance, Talʿat Effendi succeeded, in 1811, in suppressing the rebellion of Suleiman Pasha, the governor of Baghdad. Gabbai was called to Istanbul, where he became a favorite of Khālid Effendi, the secretary to the Sultan. He was introduced to the court of the sultan and appointed ṣarrāf bāshī. In this position he revealed exceptional talents and wielded tremendous unofficial influence; many honors were bestowed upon him, and he succeeded in displacing the Armenian faction from the court. He exploited his position for the benefit of his coreligionists and family in the leadership of the Baghdad community. The nasi Sasson ibn Ṣāliḥ was replaced by his brother Ezra who held the position from 1817 until 1824. When the Armenian faction regained its influence, Ezekiel was exiled, and both brothers were later executed as a result of libels against them [what "libels?" That they 'were exploiting their position for the benefit of their coreligionists and family in the leadership of the Baghdadi community,' perhaps? Also, it should be noted that this was prior to (and one strong motive for) the Judeomasonic Armenian genocide. Evidently, the Armenians could compete very well with 'the Jewish genius'. This is intolerable to Judaism].

EZEKIEL GABBAI (1825–1898), a grandson of Ezekiel b. Joseph, was he first Jew to hold office in the Ottoman Ministry of Education. He was also an active member of the Istanbul community. In 1860, he founded a Ladino [Zionist] newspaper, El Zhurnal lzraelit, in which he fought for reforms within the Jewish community. He also summarized the laws of the Ottoman State in regard to the Jews. His son ISAAC published until 1930 the [Zionist] newspaper El Telegrafo, which followed a similar policy to that of his father. 
EZEKIEL BEN JOSHUA GABBAI (1824–1896), the disciple and nephew of R. Abdallah *Somekh of Baghdad, traveled in 1842 to India, where he became wealthy. He was accustomed to set aside ma’aser (“a tenth”) of his income for [Judaic] charities in India, Iraq, and Ereẓ Israel. He extended his business to China in 1843, becoming one of the first Baghdadis to trade there. In 1853, he married ʿAzīza (d. 1897), the daughter of Sir Albert (Abdallah) *Sassoon. The traveler Jacob *Saphir wrote of him in 1860 that he was a distinguished scholar, sharp-witted and shrewd, cultured and industrious. His five sons and five daughters included Flora (Farḥa), the wife of Sir Solomon *Sassoon, David, president of the Jewish community in Shanghai, and one son who became a judge in Bombay. 
EZEKIEL BEN ṣ Lḥ GABBAI (1812–1887) traveled in 1842 from Baghdad to India, where he was “gabbai (“treasurer”) of the Four Lands” (Jeru- salem, Hebron, Tiberias, and Safed) for 40 years. Under his direction, large sums were collected for Ereẓ Israel. In 1870, the traveler Solomon *Reinmann (Masot Shelomo, 182) stated that Ezekiel possessed a fortune amounting to several million francs. He later lost most of his wealth and became the manager for David Sassoon and Company in Calcutta.

AARON (d. 1888) and Elijah (d. 1892), sons of Shalom Gabbai, were born in Baghdad. In 1840, they journeyed to Calcutta and amassed a fortune in the opium trade between India and China. Outstanding philanthropists, they contributed generously to [Judaic] charitable causes in India, Iraq, and Ereẓ Israel. Elijah lived in China for a time and later returned to Calcutta, where he became a member of the municipal council and an agent for David Sassoon and Company
RAPHAEL BEN AARON GABBAI (d. 1923) was also born in Baghdad and later settled in Calcutta. Another noted philanthropist, he left a bequest of £100,000 to be distributed among charitable institutions in Ereẓ Israel, Baghdad, Calcutta, and London.

SASSON BEN EZEKIEL MORDECAI GABBAI, “gabbai of the Four Lands” in Bombay during the 19th century, raised considerable funds for charities in Ereẓ Israel.

JOSHUA BEN SIMEON GABBAI (1828–1898) settled in Calcutta in 1851, where he was a communal worker and gabbai of the Maghen David Synagogue.

The Gabbays in Istanbul were Zionist agitators via their media ownership:




Late Ottoman Palestine: The Period of Young Turk Rule, edited by Yuval Ben-Bassat, Eyal Ginio

Also worth noting, the Ashkenazic surname Katz is a shortened form of Katzenelnbogen which is the root 'royal' Khazar bloodline to those who believe in such things. All Ashkenazic hasidic Rebbes are descendants of the Katzenelnbogen dynasty from which such figures as the Rothschilds, Schneersons, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Vatican II subvert Rabbi Abraham Heschel, Benjamin Milikowski 'Netanyahu,' Hollywood mogul, Israeli spy and weapons dealer Arnon Milchan and a number of other figures of disproportionate world influence reportedly descend (see: The Unbroken Chain, by Neil Rosenstein).

According to Rita Gabbay-Katz' quotation above, she's a descendant of the wealthiest Baghdadi families for generations. This is interesting because according to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the patriarch of the wealthiest of Baghdadi families, David Sassoon's mother was an Amam Gabbai:

Sassoon family (per. c.1830–1961), by unknown photographer [David Sassoon (seated), with his sons (left to right), Elias David, Sir Abdullah David, and Sassoon David Sassoon]

Sassoon family (per. c.1830–1961), merchants, came to commercial prominence with David Sassoon (1792–1864), a Jewish merchant. Born in Baghdad in October 1792, the son of Sason ben Saleh (1750–1830) and Amam Gabbai, David belonged to a Sephardic family that, though originating in Spain, had prospered in Mesopotamia, and was active in both financial and religious affairs. David's father held the position of state treasurer to the governor of Baghdad for nearly forty years. The office carried with it automatic leadership of the Jewish community as well as tremendous commercial power… 
The eldest son, Sir Abdullah David Sassoon, first baronet (1818–1896), was born in Baghdad; he was known later, particularly after his father's death, as Albert. His younger brother, Elias David Sassoon (1820–1880), was born in Baghdad in 1820. (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)

Typical of Judaic tradition there was continued intermarriage:

The earlier generations of Sassoons married among the Jewish elite of Baghdad, in many cases their cousins and grandnieces. For a period there were marriages with the European Jewish upper class, at least two Rothschilds, English Raphaels and Franklins, and later a large number of marriages with nonJews as well. ("Who are the Sassoons?")

Sir Albert's younger brother, Elias David Sassoon, married Leah Gubbay (d. 1878) in 1840 and they had five sons and two daughters, one of whom, Hannah, married the financier Sir Sassoon Jacob David, first baronet. (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)

From Gad G. Gilbar, 1992. Changing Patterns of Economic Ties: The Syrian and Iraqi Provinces in the 18th and 19th Centuries:


The wealthy Judaic Baghdadi families were heavily intermarried (Gabbay, Sassoon, Ezra, Khedoury, Eskell, et al) and once they had ingratiated themselves with the British Empire, began to intermarry with the Ashkenazic Rothschild, Gunzburg banking families and others as well as British aristocracy further consolidating power and internationalizing and their reach.

One should take care at this point to not imagine these to be 'secular, atheistic international Jews'. The Sassoons set up synagogues everywhere their opium trafficking exploits brought them and had in-house rabbis in their places of business who, by talmudic pilpul, set their minds at ease with conquering entire nations through, at that time, the most addictive substance known to man. The Sassoons financed the building of Chabad synagogues in Palestine as early as the mid 1800's.

The Sassoon and Gabbay families were partners with the British Empire in opium selling endeavors in China and quickly gained peerage in exchange for their wealth and international connections in Mesopotamia, Persia and India, command of languages and as informers. These are key assets to the traditional 'intelligence community' which British intelligence was eager to incorporate.

As pointed out previously, the Sassoons and British Empire were such committed partners that the British military was at the disposal of the Sassoons in crushing Chinese opposition to Sassoon opium trafficking in China. So it would seem that the Baghdadi 'Jew' Rita Gabbay-Katz is drawing from a long Baghdadi family tradition of luring empires into calamitous Judaism-serving destruction of Goy nations. This is not someone who can or should be dismissed as just a 'wacky Jew' and in light of this background the 'intelligence community' and media's promotion of her transparent fraud can be well understood. With this background we can trace the trajectory of this rotten agenda from its root to its intended destination.

Rita Gabbay-Katz' father Faud Gabbay a wealthy 'forwarding agent' in Basra was reportedly hung by Baathists as an accused Zionist agent, which we have seen was the case for a large number of Baghdadi Gabbay family members. Rita Gabbay-Katz, herself a fanatical Zionist agent, flatly denies this. Information on Faud Gabbay is lacking, however the activity of another Gabbay family member in Basra shipping, Joseph Elias Gabbay, is very well documented. He was a representative of "The Mesopotamian Zionist Society." From the Encyclopedia Judaica:

In early 1921, a group within the Jewish Literary Society founded a separate Zionist society, “Al-Jamʿiyya al- Sahyuniyya li-Bilād al-Rāfidayn” (“The Mesopotamian Zionist Society") under the presidency of Aaron Sassoon b. Eliahu *Nahum, who was also known as “ha-Moreh” (the teacher). The society received a permit from the government. Ha-Moreh was very active together with his deputy, the lawyer Joseph Elias Gabbai, and others.

The Encyclopedia Judaica article goes on to state that cooler heads among the Judaic elite in Iraq had much anxiety due to "the unrestrained behavior of the Zionists" at this time.

I will quote extensively from a biography written by Joseph Elias Gabbay's son Edmund Gabbay (for those not patient enough to read the entire quote, the most notable point is that Joseph Elias Gabbay was a legal aid to the Zionist satrap forcefully installed by Churchill as the King of Iraq, Faisal I):

In the autumn of 1912 Joseph took the challenge to set up in private [law] practice in Basra, spelt also Busra, the Bassorah of the Arabian Nights, the third most important town in Mesopotamia at the time with a population of over half a million. Basra lies near the western bank of the Shatt-el-Arab and the actual port of Basra lies about 75 miles from the Persian Gulf. The town is connected with Baghdad by a railway running from along the Euphrates and by the Tigris as only stretches of the Euphrates are fit for navigation.

The town came into its own as the port of communication between Mesopotamia and the Indian Continent. The port of Basra served a good third of the ocean-going steamers proceeding up to Shatt-el Arab.

Law practice in this town covered a wide range of mercantile and property law and Joseph succeeded to establish a lucrative commercial practice, representing several English companies and shipping agents trading with Baghdad …

World War I

The outbreak of the First World War was largely brought about by the rivalry over the Ottoman project for the construction of an ambitious rail line from Berlin to Baghdad. That project was the central political issue of contention between Britain and the Ottoman Government in Turkey.

The Berlin Baghdad railway project, via Istanbul was seen by the Imperial Powers as a short cut to the Indian continent. The Ottoman Government in Turkey had planned to construct a rail line from Istanbul to Baghdad as early as 1888. In 1902, the Ottoman government granted a German company rights to lay railway lines between Berlin and Baghdad: see The Times, March 6th 1911,5b; Baghdad Railway Company rights - Berlin correspondent's comments; and The Times, November 26th 1915, 7f - Railways: New project's particulars. However, financial matters and technical problem of tunneling the Taurus mountains by burrowing subterranean passage proved a slow process and made progress slow. By 1918,the line had reached Nussaybin, few hundreds miles short of Baghdad, but not to reach Basra.

Britain regarded the project of the Berlin Baghdad railway line to reach Basra as a threat to establish control on the shores of the Persian Gulf. The British Foreign Secretary at the time, Lord Landsdowne made the view of Britain clear:

"England would consider it an unfriendly act for any power to establish itself on the shores of the Persian Gulf."

On November 5th 1917, Britain declared war on Turkey. In the initial stages of the war, the scale of operations by the combined Anglo-Indian contingent was on modest lines. Britain attacked Turkish positions around the southern part of Basra to safeguard the Anglo-Persian Oil Company across Shatt el Arab waterways. An Indian brigade of the 6th Division had been dispatched and landed at the island of Fao, at the mouth of the Gulf. {Ostensibly, the] object at the outset was to protect the Anglo-Persian oil installations, to occupy the greater part of the Basra Vilayet and secure possession of Shattel-Arab and the districts near the head of the Persian Gulf…

The campaign for the conquest of Mesopotamia took four and a half months after the Turkish flotilla of river vessels had been decimated earlier. There was a four to one British superiority of force over the Turkish Forces … the military occupation of Mesopotamia ended with its conquest, a country crudely carved out of the map of the Ottoman Empire. It was obvious that the lofty mountains to the north and east of Mosul were a military barrier in any further advance to contiguous countries …

Britain's s success in the Mesopotamia Campaign was a morale boost, A mandate over Mesopotamia was entrusted to Great Britain after the discussions of the San Remo Peace Conference in April 1920: The Times, 26th April 1920,8c; see "The Mesopotamian Mandate: Framework of Civil Administration" The Times, May 2rd, 1920, 17a; Britain's policy was discussed in Parliament - Comments by Correspondent: The Times, June 26th 1920,16f. Britain occupied and ruled Mesopotamia between 1918 and 1932 under its mandate from the League of Nations.

A new country of Iraq emerged out of the extensive Mesopotamian campaign which redrew the map of the Ottoman Empire for the Middle East. At the end of 1920, Britain discussed a National Government for Iraq and sent Sir Percy Cox from London to hasten the process. In June 1921, Emir Feisal made his entry into the City of Basra amidst addresses of welcome: The Times, 30th June 1921,9b.

Emir Feisal el Hussain was the third son of Hussain thin Ali, Emir and Grand Sharif of Mecca ruled Hedjaz from 1916 to 1924. Feisal was born at Taif on May 20th 1885 and died in Berne on 8th September 1933. He was raised among tribesmen of his clan until the age of seven when he was educated privately in Istanbul until 16 years of age. He returned to the Hedjaz, appointed deputy for Jiddah in 1913 and became involved with the Pan Arab movement.

The biographical notes of the Colonial Office described the Emir Feisal:

"... will be remembered as the leader of the Sherifian Army which co-operated brilliantly with Lord Allenby in the conquest of Palestine and Syria. Later Feisal was at the head of the Arab Government established at Damascus, he also attended the Peace Conference as the representative of his father, Disagreement with the French followed and Feisal was compelled to quit Syria [July 1920]. He came to Palestine and subsequently spent some months in London. Meanwhile, a provisional Arab Government had been set-up in Mesopotamia by the British and influential Arabs in that country invited Feisal to become a candidate for the throne." cf. The Times, 23rd August 1921, 8g.

Feisal was elected King after he had received 96% of the votes cast in a plebiscite; cf."Emir Feisal": I. Creator of the Arab Army: A Modern Saladin" The Times, August 7th 1920, 8a; II. The Sykes-Picot Treaty: Impatient Arabs", The Times, August 11th 1920; and "The Emir Feisal's Fall: Concession lead to rebellion", The Times, August 21, 1920, 9a.

A Provisional Council of State passed a resolution for the establishment of the Government of Iraq: The Times, 21st June 1921, 3c.

Protests were voiced against the terms of the Mandate for Mesopotamia and Palestine: The Times, 9th February 1921, 9b. The proposed establishment of an Arab Government in Mesopotamia Special Correspondent in Middle East and messages: The Times, 2nd February 1921, lOa, 16, 10e.

The Times of Mesopotamia first appeared and noticed with official appointments published: The Times, 5th September 1921 7g; Comments by Correspondent of the Times in Basra: The Times, 9th September 1921,8c. A Monarchy had been established in August 1921 as a British protectorate and Feisal was crowned King of Iraq: The Times, 6th October 1921.

The first General Election was declared in 1922 and Sir Percy Cox withdrew his opposition to it: The Times, 4th October 1922.

Constitution for the Government of Iraq was negotiated and signed in 1925 by the founding fathers of Iraq, leading to full Independence in 1932, when the country was divided into 18 governesses, three of which constitute the Kurdish autonomous Region of limited self government with the Court of Cassation as the highest court of the country.

Post-Ottoman Era

The story of Mesopotamia ends with the crude carve-up of the Mesopotamian lands in 1920 captured from the Ottomans, vast region of plural society composed of Kurds, Armenians in the north-west, Shiates and Arabs of the Marshes in the south-east with majority of Sunni Arabs in the centre, the heartland. Several countries bordered it, Turkey on the north, Syria and Trans-Jordan on the southwest, the Kingdom of Arabia and Kuweit on the south and Persia on the east. It extended over 865 miles [1,402 km] north to South and 775 miles [1,256 km] from west to its widest point.

Long-term rule of the country did not appeal to Britain whose interest was in oil; and the process of handing over rule to an established national government began in earnest immediately after Britain was entrusted with its mandate by the League of Nations.

The Emir Abdulla, the second son of the King of Hedjaz was first proclaimed King by the British Government: The Times 16th March 1920.

On June 28th 1920, the Emir Abdulla was invited by Mesopotamian Notables to become King. This was unknown to the Emir and the information had been reported and covered by the Press. Amongst the Mesopotamian notables who extended an invitation to the Emir were representatives of all walks of life in Baghdad, and the names of notable lawyers from Baghdad were: Naji Swaidi and Tawfique Swaidi, colleagues and partners with Joseph in Private Law Practice: The Times,28th June 1920.

Lord Curzon spoke on the Friday in the House of Commons on the invitation extended to the Emir Abdulla: The Times, 25th June 1920.

At the end of 1920, Sir Percy Cox arrived from London to expedite the formation of a new National Government of Irak. The selection of the Emir Abdulla had been sounded and discussed in Parliament: The Times, 4th October 1920, lOe,20.

However, Winston Churchill, the Colonial Secretary announced in July 1921 that influential Arabs in Mesopotamia invited Emir Feisal, third son of the King of Hedjaz, to be a candidate for the throne and that he had been informed that he was at liberty to go to Mesopotamia, and if chosen as their ruler by the people would receive the support of the British Government. The Emir reached Basra on 24th June 1921 and has received the support of all Arab notables of Irak; and a resolution passed by the Provisional Council of State confirmed that Feisal should be chosen.

On the 22nd August 1921,it was announced by the Colonial Office that Emir Feisal will be crowned King of Iraq at Baghdad on the 23rd August 1921, and that the British garrison in Irak shall be reduced: The Times, 23rd August 1921,8g; cf. "The Throne of Irak": The Times,28th December 1921,3a; "Feisal King of Irak - Accession Ceremony" (Photo): The Times, 6th October 1921, 9b.

Feisal was crowned King in the courtyard of the Qushla, the Great Ottoman Barracks adjoining the Serai, the Eastern Mansion (a quadrangular inn with great inner court where caravans were put up) which became the home of the various Ministries of the Administration of Iraq. The High Commissioner, Sir Percy Cox was present at the ceremony of inauguration. A residence was secured for His Majesty, in the fashionable part of the City near the source of the river stream and along the road to Maudlum.

Six Sheikhs of Senussi, however, were to challenge King Feisal: The Times,9th June 1922,19c. Later on, a revolt broke out against an imposed Monarch and reluctantly, Churchill had to condone the use of force … Churchill sponsored Feisal as a King of Iraq …

Between 1921 until his premature death in 1927, Joseph [Gabbay] served as one of the three Aide-de-Camp and counsel to [Zionist, British satrap] King Feisal I, and was a frequent visitor to the Royal Palace. On Moslem Holidays, he often attended with one of his children. It is recalled that on arrival the British guards at the Royal Palace immediately mounted a guard of honor and presented arms. On any public Royal occasion, Joseph was seated near the Royal- Box. His Majesty did extend invitation to Lulu, Joseph’s wife, but she was not keen to attend as it was the custom at the time for women at the time to be seen and but not heard.

Joseph [Gabbay] was elected a member of the first Parliament of Iraq on March 27th 1921, as a Deputy for Baghdad Jewish Community.

On the Opening Day of this Parliament the gallery of the Assembly was crowded by numbers of the principal Iraqi and British officials, and Sir Henry Dobbs, the British High Commissioner was present. Of the 83 Deputies who took their seats, 10 were tribal sheikhs…

A New Treaty was signed in January 1926 and passed by the House of Deputies: The Times, January 20th,1926,11c; cf. Attitude of the Opposition (idem). The new treaty signaled full Independence; the founding fathers for the movement for independent Iraq with the assistance of Britain saw the light for good national government. An Honorary Knighthood, Hon . K. C . M. G was bestowed on His Majesty, King Feisal: The Times, January 1st 1927,5c;30th May 1927,18...

At the close of the First World War, the Congress of Zionists at Odessa passed a resolution urging the inclusion of the question of the cessation of rights over Palestine at the Peace Conference:: The Times,4th April 1917,5e; and Mr. Balfour discussed the Zionist movement with the President of the Canadian Zionists Federation: The Times, 30th May 1917,5e.

The British Government made known her scheme for Palestine when Lord Balfour (then, Mr. Arthur Balfour), the Foreign Secretary, made the historic declaration on November 2nd 1917 for the establishment of a National Home for the Jewish people, and that the British Government will use its best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of that object, it being understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by the Jews in any other country, Mr. King, Labor Member of Parliament for Somerset North, asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the House of Commons whether the desire of the British Government to see established a Jewish Zionist "nationality" in Palestine had been communicated to the Allied Powers. Mr. Balfour replied that no official communication had been made to the Allies on the subject; but H.M. Government believed that the declaration referred to would meet with approval and that H.M. Government hoped that the establishment in Palestine of a National Home for the Jewish people will result from the present war: The Times, November 20th 1917, 10b. In fact, the declaration was endorsed by the principal Allied Powers and embodied in the Treaty of Sevres, and the mandate over Palestine was entrusted to Britain.

The event of the Balfour Declaration was marked a month later by a visit of Lord Rothschild at the London Opera House: The Times,3rd December 1917, 2c; and on the occupation of Jerusalem by General Allenby, he visited No 1O Downing Street in Whitehall to congratulate Lloyd George on the special occasion following the capture of the Gaza region and the advance along the coastline and the Turkish Army in retreat: The Times, l5th December 191;also cf. The Times, November lOth,1917,17e and November 14th 1917,5con General Allenby review of operations.

After the Balfour declaration the Zionist organization sent a commission to act as a link between the British authorities and the Jewish population as a constituent part of the Zionist Executive. Hebrew was recognized with English and Arabic as the third official language. Sir A. Wilson made a Statement in the House for a proposed Baghdad to Haifa rail line: The Times, 20th February 1922,9c.

A Zionist Society of Mesopotamia was formed in Baghdad on March 5th 1921 with the permission of the High Commissioner for Mesopotamia, Sir Percy Cox. It was presided over by Aharon Sasson, ("Hamoreh", Heb. for the Teacher), and Joseph Elias (Eliyahu) Gabbay, Vice-President: Yehudei Babel, Second Edition, 1979 at pp.243-244 - giving a profile of Joseph and his devotion to the Zionist cause; see also The Story of the Exile: History of the Jews of Iraq, TelAviv,1982 at p.35;Leaders of the Zionist Organization in Baghdad, 1921, at p.36 (photo).

In its first two years, the membership of the Society exceeded the thousand mark and spread its activities to all Iraq and Kurdistan. Links were forged with the World Zionist Organization in London and delegates attended the 13th Zionist Congress. A Charitable Trust for Keren Hayesod was endowed: see pp.43-45 on the efforts and influence of Joseph [Gabbay] to secure a valid charitable trust on the land of Yeheskel Gourgie Shem-Tov in Basra. In 1922, Joseph served also as Chairman of the Hebrew Literary Society after the death of Judge Yitshak Eini.

Arab protests were raised over the terms of Mandate for Mesopotamia and Palestine and Feisal returned to Hedjaz to consult his father, King Hussain: The Times,9th February 1921 9b; 26th March 1921,8g; 31st March 1921, 7g. Winston Churchill received a Moslem deputation at Jerusalem to reply to a request for repudiation of the Balfour Declaration: The Times 2nd April 1921,7d; cf. "Some Truths About Palestine: Our Increasing Unpopularity - Arab and Zionist Conflict:" The Times, 3rd April 1922, 13f ...


The Balfour Declaration and its reaffirmation in January 1923 opened the door of hope for settlement of Jews in Palestine and increased the volume of Zionist activities of the Mesopotamian Society. The Society was administered by a Secretary, Joshua Battat, Secretary, and Menashie Shammai, Accountant, and approved local agents were appointed to look after local interests: see CZA File No. 697, 1922 [5682 in the Hebrew Calendar]. Its range of activities was enlarged and included, the founding of a free fee private Jewish school, arranging for the immigration of Russian Jews who had found refuge in Iraq between 1924-1928; encouraging the purchase of land in Palestine, the study of Hebrew and its contemporary literature; distribution of the "Shekel" of the Zionist and Mizrahi organizations; collection of donations for the Jewish National Fund, and the establishment of agricultural settlement for Iraqi Jews in Palestine and the Khadoorie school of agriculture: cf. The Central Zionist Archives (CZA), File No. 2470 - Report of the Mesopotamian Zionist Society for the years 1922-1926 [5683-5685].

In 1922, the Committee for Keren Hayesod was formed in Baghdad by Dr Ariel BenZion, the emissary for Keren Hayesod. A special inauguration ceremony took place at "Meir Eliyahu" synagogue in the presence of the leaders of the community and the Chief Rabbi. The Committee consisted of the best and most influential persons in Baghdad. Dr BenZion was introduced to King Feisal and the Naquib of Baghdad: CZA, File No.239 Dr Ben-Zion's letter dated July 7th 1922 - 27th Sivan 5682. At the time, Keren Hayesod was canvassed as a Jewish English registered company whose objects were set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association to raise funds for the relief of Jews...

The devotion of Joseph to the ideal of Zionism reached its climax at the end of March 1925 with the realization of an official visit to Jerusalem for the day of opening of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was invited as one of the guest delegates at the inauguration day of the Hebrew University, representing Iraq's Jewish Community.

A huge amphitheater was prepared behind the University buildings overlooking the valley of Jordan, capable of seating the 2,000 guests expected on the opening of the University. The Arab Executive had urged all Arabs to prepare for an effective proclaimed general strike for the day, April 1st 1925, when Lord Balfour was to open the Hebrew University: The Times,12th February 1925, lle; llth March 1925,17e,18 and 13b.

The Opening Inauguration Ceremony took place on April lst,1925 on Mount Scopus just to the north-east of Jerusalem and the Holy City was full of official guests who included some most distinguished representatives of the European and American Universities. Hotel accommodation was taxed to the limit by a large number of tourists, increasing the congestion in the City; but the town was perfectly quiet: The Times,31st March 1925.

Lord and Lady Allenby travelled in a special saloon car as far as Ludda (Lod) from where they motored to Government House where a reception was held and all the guests were invited to meet Lord Balfour before he opened the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The scene of the amphitheater on Mount Scopus during the address by Lord Balfour at the inauguration of the Hebrew University was awe inspiring. Seated at the table of the ceremony were Sir Herbert Samuel in academic robes as the High Commissioner for Palestine, Lord Allenby in silk hat, the two Grand Rabbis in their robes and, leaders of the Zionist Movement: The Times, 9th April 1925, 14 (photo).

After the Opening Ceremony, Lord Balfour visited various settlements on the plain of Esdraelon including Balfouria, a place of which he gave his eponym.

During his stay in Jerusalem, Joseph [Gabbay] purchased land in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv and was so enchanted with the Holy Land that he made it his dream to settle in the Promised Land.

Joseph contracted the building of a house in Tel-Aviv at 100 Derech Petah Tikwa and returned home with a tome on the Laws of Palestine… (The Time and Life of Dr Joseph Elias Gabbay, by [son] Edmond Gabbay)
Other noteworthy Gabbays include Meir ben Ezekiel ibn Gabbai: b. 1480 pioneer of Kabbalah, precursor to Moshe Cordovero and Isaac Luria. Theurgic conception of man-God, theorized that Golem could be literally created.

And there was the Dr. Albert Gabbai who wrote the report for the British Medical Journal on the mass poisoning at Pont St. Esprit, France alleging Ergot fungus as the cause. There are many who for good reason believe that episode was part of the CIA's MK Ultra experiments on the public.

Also see:

Sotloff 'beheading' video released by Rita Katz' (SITE) fake intelligence outfit

Counterfeit Israel's 'Islamic' terrorist beheadings, just what the rabbis ordered

Chabad, London Judaic Bankers and Opium dealers, Freemasonry and Zionism

Schneerson, Brit-ish Empire, NILI notes

3 comments:

Alan Aversa said...

For what it's worth: I know of a French scientific publisher called ÉDITIONS JACQUES GABAY.

JMR said...

Thank you for all your research into the history and connections of these people. It is good to have something solid and historically factual in order to understand current events and the powers manipulating them.

hereisjorgebergoglio said...

Excellent post. Fills out some of the research we have been working on from the Netanyahu & Heschel sides.