GINOSAR CLAIMS FIRST AMERICAN VICTIM - THE MURDER OF
WAYNE OWENS by Barry Chamish
Here is why Rep. Wayne Owens was murdered in Tel Aviv. He is the latest victim of Shimon Peres' decades old murderama. Let us begin with some
background from the Washington Post before we sort out the murder:
Friday, December 20, 2002; Page B07
"Wayne Owens, 65, a Utah Democrat who had represented
Salt Lake City in the House of Representatives for
eight years and who was a founder of Washington's
Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation,
was found dead Dec. 18 on a beach in Tel Aviv.
A State Department spokesman said that the cause of
death was unknown but that there were no signs of foul
His death came at the end of a congressional
delegation visit with leaders of Syria, Egypt, Qatar,
Oman, Saudi Arabia and Israel and representatives of
the Palestinian Authority.
On the House's Foreign Affairs and Permanent Select
Intelligence committees, Rep. Owens was an advocate of
improved Middle East relations. Since leaving Congress
in 1993, he had served as president of the Middle East
He co-founded the center with Slim Fast Foods Chairman
S. Daniel Abraham in 1989 and worked with Middle East
leaders to promote peace through economic development.
He was present at the September 1993 White House peace
summit at which then-Israeli President Yitzhak Rabin
and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat shook hands.
His interest in international relations sprung chiefly
from his work on the Foreign Affairs Committee. In
1989, he held a controversial meeting in Tunisia with
Arafat, during which he raised congressional concern
about Palestinian-sponsored terrorism. Still, the
visit raised the ire of some Israeli activists."
Now let's introduce the characters:
Yossi Ginosar - Deputy head of the General Security Services until 1987 when he was forced to retire after two serious perjury scandals.
Nonetheless, he was appointed special emissary to the PLO by Prime Ministers Rabin, Peres, and Barak. In early December 2002, the newspaper Maariv
exposed Ginosar's embezzlement scam with Arafat and Arafat's paymaster Muhamed Rashid. The scandal was destined to lead to the kickbacks and payoffs
that reached the pockets of Peres, Barak and Pres. Bill Clinton, but it has been effectively covered up by the Israeli media. Member of the board of
the Shimon Peres Center For Peace.
Hani Masri - Partner of Owens and Daniel Abraham. With the help of Clinton and Owens, he swindled the American people of $60 million, supposedly
aimed at increasing economic activities in the PA, but which has subsequently disappeared.
West Bank / Gaza & Jordan Fund
Capital Investment Management Corporation Canceled
West Bank/Gaza and Jordan at least 60% in West
Bank/Gaza 60 Equity investments in basic service and
Contact Information for West Bank / Gaza & Jordan Fund
Organization Title Name Address Telephone Fax
International Capital Advisors Scott Stupay 6862 Elm
Street, Suite 720 McLean, VA 22101 703-847-0870
Here is a transcript of the founding of the fund:
Needless to say, Masri sits on the board of the Peres Center For Peace.
Daniel Abraham - Leading donor to the Peres Peace Center. Most prolific moneyman behind the Oslo "peace" process. Member of the board of the
Peres Center For Peace.
Stephen P. Cohen - American professor, leading American Jewish advocate of Oslo process. A steady contributor to the editorial pages of such
august journals as the New York Times. Was exposed by Maariv two weeks before Owens' murder as a partner in the Ginosar/Arafat embezzlement scandals.
Ginosar's partner Ozrad Lev, who spilled the beans to Maariv, claimed Cohen had large stakes in phoney companies founded to launder the $350 million
Arafat stole from his people, which Ginosar and Lev deposited for him in a Swiss bank. He is now under investigation by Israel Police for his part in
the Ginosar scandal. Go to Owens own website and look at his "Business Development Organization" file.
What do you know, Owens' business organization was set up by Stephen P. Cohen and Daniel Abraham! Member of the board of the Peres Center For Peace.
Here is what Peres has to say about Cohen and Abraham on Owns' site:
"In all likelihood, much of what Dan Abraham and Wayne
Owens have done, working through the Center, to help
Israel normalize relations with her neighbors will
never be fully appreciated. I began counseling with
them regularly ten years ago and we have become close
friends as a result. Then, as now, they constantly
asked questions, tested ideas, and carefully passed
along messages between the region's leaders. Now the
Center must expand in order to undertake new projects
that could lead to significant diplomatic and economic
benefits to the Middle East. The potential here is
- Shimon Peres
Now for more damning information from the website. The comments in brackets are not mine, but those of my brilliant correspondent David Miller:
"The Center for Middle East Peace and Economic
Cooperation was established in 1989 by Slim Fast Foods
Chairman S. Daniel Abraham and Utah Congressman Wayne
Owens. A World War II combat veteran, Mr. Abraham had
experienced the horrors of war and committed himself
to the prevention of future conflicts. When he met
Congressman Owens, who served on the House Foreign
Affairs and Select Intelligence Committees, the two
men recognized that they shared a determination to
achieve a peaceful resolution to the Arab-Israeli
"In 1990, they recruited Dr. Stephen Cohen to join the
Center and bring his experience in unofficial
diplomacy and conflict resolution to the organization.
Ms. Sara Ehrman, long time peace activist and former
Senior Political Advisor at the Democratic National
Committee, became Senior Advisor at the Center in
"Since its founding, the Center’s officers have
traveled extensively and regularly throughout the
Middle East. We have also sponsored numerous fact
finding missions to the region for Members of
Congress, government officials, and private citizens
to meet with Middle East leaders. Visiting Israel and
more than 20 Arab countries, the Center has enabled
American decision makers to witness first hand the
challenges facing leaders who seek peace in the
"During these visits, the Center was able to open
unprecedented [read, "illegal"] channels of
communication as it formed close relationships [read
"payoffs"] with the leadership of all parties involved
in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Through the discussions
with Middle Eastern leaders, it became apparent that
there is a role for the private sector to play in
promoting and protecting the Middle East peace
[Raking in millions of dollars in business deals]
"Each year, the Center sponsors a Consultation on the
New Middle East. The Consultations bring groups of
business leaders and policy makers together for
private, off the record meetings [so no one will know
about the illegal business dealings and payoffs] which
seek to create an environment that encourages the
prospects for peace in the Middle East. The Center
also conducts an annual Retrospective on the Peace
Processa public forum where leading policy makers
from the Middle East and United States exchange fresh
ideas on the peace process.
"Over the past eight years, the Center for Middle East
Peace and Economic Cooperation has sponsored numerous
activities aimed at bringing policy makers and
influential leaders in the private sector together to
foster the atmosphere necessary for the promotion and
protection of Middle East peace [by bribing them and
then holding them hostage to blackmail in the future].
"As a result of these efforts, the Center has become an
address for leaders seeking a dialogue among
government officials and the private sector."
Now here is how Owens most likely died:
Barely a fortnight before, Rep. Owens learned the Ginosar scandal broke in Israel. He was either terrified or furious. It's a tossup. If he was
terrified, it was because it wouldn't be long before his direct ties to Stephen Cohen would implicate him deeply in the scandals. If he was furious,
it was because he finally learned how badly he had been scammed by Peres, Abraham, Masri and Cohen.
Either way, he threatened to blow the whistle on the Peres Peace Center. He was poisoned at dinner and dead on a beach by 9 PM. Rep. Owens is now
another notch on Peres' gunbelt.
NOW THE GREEK ORTHODOX FALLOUT FROM GINOSAR
Following quickly upon the Ginosar scandal, came PM Sharon's appointment of a terror-advocating priest, Irineos 1 as head of the Greek Orthodox
church in Israel. Now who would believe that this mistaken judgement call by Sharon could possibly be associated in any way with the use of Yossi
Ginosar as interlocutor for the $350 million intended for the Treasury of the PA that Yasir Arafat stole from his people?
But it is, it is. The route is somewhat precarious, so let us save me the effort of summarizing the Irineos/Sharon background by directly quoting
More Scoops On The Israeli-Greek Near-Tragedy
Arutz-7 continues to reveal more of what went on behind the scenes in the decision not to appoint Arafat-ally Irineos I as head of the Greek Orthodox
Church in Israel. It will be recalled that Prime Minister Sharon was in favor of the appointment, but backed down at the end of last week in the face
of strong opposition from some of his ministers.
Evidence of Irineos' anti-Semitism was provided by a letter he wrote Arafat on July 17, 2001, stating, “You [Arafat] are aware of the sentiments of
disgust and disrespect that all the Holy Sepulchre fathers are feeling for the descendants of the crucifiers of our Lord... actual crucifiers of your
people, Sionists [sic] Jewish conquerors of the Holy Land of Palestine.” Irineos' letter asks Arafat for his support, promising that if he is
elected head of the church, "rest assured, Mr. President, that the rights of our most beloved Palestinian people on the Holy City of Jerusalem will
find the most 'hot' supporter."
Arutz-7's Shimon Cohen has now learned that Irineos tried unsuccessfully to pull off an underhanded trick that would have gained him legitimacy in
the eyes of the Israeli Cabinet. Atty. Gilad Sher - who served as bureau chief to Prime Minister Ehud Barak - conducted a correspondence on Irineos'
behalf with Justice Minister Meir Sheetrit regarding a deal between the Greek Orthodox Church and the State of Israel. The deal would involve the
granting of a 150-year lease to Israel for Church-owned lands on which stand properties such as the Knesset, the government complex, and the
residences of the President and the Prime Minister. Irineos then sent Sher a letter of approval for the idea - but did not include his official stamp
and signature. Also "overlooked" was the fact that the Greek Orthodox Church cannot make any real estate deals without the signatures of all 18
members of its highest religious authority, known as the Synod.
Irineos' plan apparently was to present the deal to the Synod only after it was approved by the Israeli government; the Synod would likely not have
approved it, but Irineos would thus present himself as a "moderate" and a "friend of Israel." When Attorney-General Elyakim Rubenstein learned of
the ruse, he sent a letter to Justice Minister Sheetrit saying that the procedure he and Atty. Sher had begun was illegal, because of the Synod
requirement of 18. The trick to "purify" Irineos was thus nipped in the bud.
To begin this tale, we must return to the late '90s when Ehud Barak was prime minister.
The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA), Dec 31, 2000 pA4.
There are still behind-the-scenes efforts to keep the flagging negotiations
alive. Barak's chief of staff, Gilead Sher, has been meeting with the
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. The Palestinian parliamentary speaker,
Ahmed Korei, who has been an outspoken critic of the Clinton proposals, is
said to be ready to meet with U.S. officials in Washington and has reportedly
been secretly meeting with a frequent go-between for Barak, Yossi Ginossar, a
The Independent (London, England), July 21, 2000 p13
Other members of the Israeli PR team reveal the khaki tinge of Mr Barak's
circle: they include the former chief of the Israel Defence Force's northern
command, Major-General Yossi Peled and Amram Mitzna, the mayor of Haifa, the
IDF's former head of central command.
We note that the same Gilead Sher, who along with Yossi Ginosar and Amram Mitzna were members of Barak's intimate "peace" team, was the
chosen emissary to trick Sharon into approving Irineos' appointment as Greek Orthodox church head. Now what interest did Sher have in promoting
Irineos? Or more to the point, who was he representing? As the following connections reveal, Sher was upholding the standing of one of the
embezzlement partners of Arafat/Peres Inc.
Another time saver:
For a transcript of Maariv's historic expose of the Ginosar fraud, visit:
Let us recall that Yossi Ginosar and Hani Masri are both members of the board of directors of the Shimon Peres Center For Peace. Let us recall
still that Daniel Abraham and Prof. Stephen F. Cohen are also members of that illustrious monument to money laundering. Let us further recall that the
former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens was also a member of the board of Peres' Peace Center and ran his own peace center in Washington. His business
organizers were Daniel Abraham and Stephen Cohen. And a very close associate of Owens, Cohen and Abraham was Hani Masri. Working hand in hand with his
peace partners, Masri managed to get the American government to cough up $60 million to promote business projects in Arafat-land. The funds were
handled by the Capital Investment Management Corporation of Maclean, Virginia.
Now look at the Greek Orthodox Connection to this Clinton-era scam:
Immediately before his appointment to Qatar Ambassador,
Patrick Nickolas Theros served as Deputy Coordinator for
Counterterrorism, responsible for the coordination of
all U.S. Government counterterrorism activities
outside the United States.
In September 1999 the Greek Orthodox Patriarch
of Jerusalem, Diodoros I, appointed Ambassador Theros
as his representative in the United States.
Upon retiring from the Foreign Service in December
1998, Ambassador Theros assumed position as Director
for International Projects of Capital Investment
Management Corporation, a McLean, Virginia investment
Now isn't this a sweet coincidence? Theros, merely second in charge of American counter-terrorism
operations, retires and soonafter becomes director of Capital Investment Management Corporation, which bilked the US government of $60 million by way
of Owens, Peres, Arafat, and Ginosar partner, Hani Masri. And who appointed him their personal representative in America; why the Greek Orthodox
Patriarch of Jerusalem.
Yes, it's true. The Greek Orthodox Church was all tied up in the Ginosar scandal and indirectly, so far, in the subsequent murder of Wayne
We now return to 1997 when Stuart Eisenstadt and William Daley inaugurate the Masri initiative:
November 17, 1997
Doha -- Secretary of Commerce William Daley said
November 17 that the signing of a protocol for a new
$60 million equity fund that will invest in the Gaza,
West Bank and Jordan, backed by the Overseas Private
Investment Corporation (OPIC), "demonstrates the
commitment of the United States to furthering the
cause of peace in the region (and) will also directly
lead to expanded commercial cooperation between
American firms throughout the West Bank, Gaza and
It is now with great pleasure and honor that I will
introduce the United States Secretary of Commerce, the
Honorable William Daley, who will then be followed by
Undersecretary of State Mr. Stuart Eizenstat and Mr.
Hani Masri, Chairman of the Capital Investment
Management Corporation, who will each make a few
comments about this event today...
Last but assuredly not least, I especially want to
commend Mr. Hani Masri, the chairman of Capital
Management Investment Corporation. Mr. Masri is the
kind of fund manager who will get results for this
fund because of his own expertise and because he cares
for the people of the region. As a Palestinian
American, he has a particular interest in seeing that
the Palestinian people experience what they have not
experienced so far: The fruits of peace, so long
overdue. As you can see today, Mr. Masri has already
made this fund into a going concern.
This is a perfect example of what has been a
centerpiece of this Administration's international
economic policy, mainly private-public partnerships.
OPIC has provided a two-for-one match for the generous
investment which Mr. Masri has made. Mr. Masri, thank
you for your contribution and for the participation, I
know, of a partner from Qatar. We are very proud to be
here with you.
But all the great hopes turned to ash, when one Bernard Bucheit blew the whistle on this
great experiment in Middle East bunco artistry.
Finally, as noted, Count X of the SAV charges
Representative Traficant with engaging in a continuing
pattern and practice of official misconduct, through
which he misused his office for personal gain, and
which comprised the following instances of conduct, or
any combination thereof: the instances of conduct
alleged in each of Counts I, II, III, IV, V, and VII
of the SAV, separately and inclusive; and/or the
course of conduct in which Representative Traficant
agreed to and did perform official acts on behalf of
Bernard "Pete" Bucheit, for which Bucheit and
companies he controlled agreed to and did provide
Representative Traficant with things of value. On
behalf of Bucheit, Representative Traficant intervened
with United States government authorities with respect
to a contract dispute between Bucheit’s company and
Prince Mishaal of Saudi Arabia, and/or with respect to
an investment in the Gaza Strip.
And this interesting excerpt from the link above:
The first American-owned company to invest in Gaza has
been awarded a $15 million judgement against the Cairo
Amman Bank for misappropriating a US government loan.
United States district judge Kathleen McDonald
O'Malley ruled in August that the bank's "pattern of
racketeering activity" had caused the failure of
Bucheit International, Ltd's precast concrete plant in
Gaza. The Cairo Amman bank is one of three banks
permitted to do business in Gaza and frequently
handles donor funds. "Our family has decided that the
Palestinians don't deserve our money and time as long
as a 'racketeering Enterprise' exists in Gaza," says
company owner B.J. Bucheit, Jr. in a response to
questions. Bucheit has appealed to Congress to hold
out on funding designated for the implementation of
"Wye 2" as long as corruption has not been cleaned up.
"The real losers, as usual, are the people of
Palestine," he wrote. -Published 29/9/99 (c)Palestine
And there it is, wrapped up in one package. The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem appoints Theros its American representative while Theros is
the head of the corporation running the Masri scam. Hence, weren't Masri, Peres, Arafat, Ginosar, Owens and The Greek Orthodox Church of Israel all
tied up together in the scheme to bilk the US government of $60 million? And wasn't Gilead Sher pushing for a pro-Arafat Greek Orthodox church head
at the behest of this ungodly cabal of "peace" crooks?
It appears that the timing of Irineos 1's attempted takeover of the Greek Orthodox Church in Israel so quickly after the exposure of the Ginosar
scandal was not all that coincidental.