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‘Not Your Grandfather’s Mob’

U.S. diplomats were concerned about Israeli crime’s potency

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The scene of mob boss Yaacov Alperon’s 2008 assassination in Tel Aviv.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

WikiLeaks, a.k.a. the gift that keeps on giving, treats us to this 2009 dispatch from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv immortally entitled, “Israel: A Promised Land for Organized Crime?” As indeed it is, if you recall Douglas Century’s Tablet Magazine series from two years ago, published only a few months after this cable, and laying out in long, stark detail exactly how out of hand things have gotten in the Israeli underworld.

While the cable devotes much time to that as well, its prime concern is the potential for Israeli crime to seep into the United States. Since it was sent, Israel’s Abergil brothers, who are accused of working with the San Fernando Valley’s Vineland Boyz to smuggle hundreds of thousands of ecstasy pills into the United States (occasionally via stuffed toy tigers), were extradited here. One brother copped a plea, admitting to extortion, and returned to Israel only last week; the other, whose alleged crimes include the murder of an Israeli drug dealer in Los Angeles, remains locked up stateside. One wonders if the cable, sent only a few months before the Abergils’ arrest in Israel, may have played any role in that affair (the brothers are mentioned). If journalism is the first draft of history, does that make WikiLeaks history’s director’s cut?

Israel: A Promised Land for Organized Crime? [WikiLeaks]
Alleged TA Crime Figure Meir Abergil Returns Home [JPost]
Related: Holy Land Gangland [Tablet Magazine]
Earlier: Israeli Brothers to Face Federal Music

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Bill Pearlman says:

These guys aren’t running numbers in Brownsville 1932. They are a bunch of scumbags who should be hunted down.

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‘Not Your Grandfather’s Mob’

U.S. diplomats were concerned about Israeli crime’s potency

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