Ik noemde de gerenommeerde Amerikaanse journalist David S. Broder een ‘sayanim’ in reactie op zijn column waarin hij Obama adviseert een oorlog met Iran te beginnen teneinde de economie uit het slop te halen en zijn herverkiezing als president veilig te stellen.
Een sayanim (Hebreeuws voor ‘helpers’) is (volgens Victor Ostrovsky, een voormalig geheim agent van de Mossad) een Jood die buiten Israël woonachtig is en op vrijwillige basis ondersteuning verleent aan de Mossad.
Mike Bing reageerde attent met:
Als je dan toch al een vreemde taal gebruikt om de schijn van deskundigheid te wekken, doe het dan goed: één sayan, meerdere sayanim. De oorsprong van van Wanings uitleg is buitengewoon verhelderend over zijn motieven.
Het grappige is dat de link naar de Google zoekpagina vele correcte verwijzingen geeft zoals:
"Les sayanim (hébreu: סייענים, singulier: sayan, de l’hébreu aide, assistant"
"Sayanim (singular sayan) are shielded from conventional legal culpability by…"
Van Waning doet gewoon wat voor de hand ligt: hij pakt de eerste de beste link – die van een Nederlandstalige Wikipedia pagina
De gelijkwaardige internationale Wikipedia lemma werd na ampel overleg verwijderd om de volgende redenen:
"Delete as per nom. The article is a conspiracy-theory with anti-Semitic overtones. The main source cited is Gordon Thomas, a notable anti-Israel conspriacy theorist."..
Sindsdien zijn Mike Bing en ik verwikkeld in een discussie over de begrippen ‘sayan’ en meervoud daarvan ‘sayanim’.
Ik deed enig bronnenonderzoek (zie onderaan) en Mike Bing reageert daarop met:
Toch wel grappig dat een term ("sayan") die sinds de eerste intifada werd uitgevonden om Palestijnse informanten aan te duiden, nu omgebogen wordt om de schijn van een geheim wereldomvattend leger van super-Joden te wekken en de mythe van de onbetrouwbare Jood weer nieuw leven in te blazen waardoor nu plotseling door heer van Waning en zijn kameraden iedere Jood(en iedere persoon met mogelijk een druppeltje Joods bloed) als verdachte aangemerkt wordt..
Daarom hier de vraag: bestaan er Joodse Sayanim en wat houdt dit begrip in?
Even googlen op de Nederlandstalige sayan-israel leverde al veel artikelen op die de sterke indruk wekken dat het verwijderen van het oorspronkelijk engelstalige Wikipedia artikel niet terecht is geweest.
Sarkozy’s bad week
As if his marital challenges were not enough cause for concern, "Sarco the Sayan" has suddenly emerged as the most infamous accolade of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The influential French daily Le Figaro last week revealed that the French leader once worked for — and perhaps still does, it hinted — Israeli intelligence as a sayan (Hebrew for helper), one of the thousands of Jewish citizens of countries other than Israel who cooperate with the katsas (Mossad case-officers).
A letter dispatched to French police officials late last winter — long before the presidential election but somehow kept secret — revealed that Sarkozy was recruited as an Israeli spy. The French police is currently investigating documents concerning Sarkozy’s alleged espionage activities on behalf of Mossad, which Le Figaro claims dated as far back as 1983. According to the author of the message, in 1978, Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin ordered the infiltration of the French ruling Gaullist Party, Union pour un Mouvement Populaire. Originally targeted were Patrick Balkany, Patrick Devedjian and Pierre Lellouche. In 1983, they recruited the "young and promising" Sarkozy, the "fourth man".
Ex-Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky describes how sayanim function in By Way Of Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer. They are usually reached through relatives in Israel. An Israeli with a relative in France, for instance, might be asked to draft a letter saying the person bearing the letter represents an organisation whose main goal is to help save Jewish people in the Diaspora. Could the French relative help in any way? They perform many different roles. A car sayan, for example, running a rental car agency, could help the Mossad rent a car without having to complete the usual documentation. An apartment sayan would find accommodation without raising suspicions, a bank sayan could fund someone in the middle of the night if needs be, a doctor sayan would treat a bullet wound without reporting it to the police.
And, a political sayan ? It’s rather obvious what this could mean. The sayanim are a pool of people at the ready who will keep quiet about their actions out of loyalty to "the cause", a non-risk recruitment system that draws from the millions of Jewish people outside Israel.
Such talk sends chills down spines, especially Arab and Muslim ones. Indeed, the revelation did not go unnoticed in Arab capitals or come as much of a surprise. Paris can be a sunny place for shady people. When it comes to intelligence gathering on behalf of Israel, a question mark is immediately raised on the moral calibre of the person in question. But, how does this scandal influence France’s foreign and domestic politics?..
Mossad’s licence to kill
…Mossad is one of the world’s smallest intelligence services. But it has a back-up system no other outfit can match. The system is known as sayanim, a derivative of the Hebrew word lesayeah, meaning to help.
There are tens of thousands of these "helpers". Each has been carefully recruited, sometimes by katsas, Mossad’s field agents. Others have been asked to become helpers by other members of the secret group.
Created by Meir Amit, the role of the sayanim is a striking example of the cohesiveness of the world Jewish community. In practical terms, a sayan who runs a car rental agency will provide a kidon with a vehicle on a no-questions basis. An estate agent sayan will provide a building for surveillance. A bank manager sayan will provide funds at any time of day or night, and a sayan doctor provides medical assistance.
Any of these helpers could have been involved in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Mossad has recently expanded its network of sayanim into Arab countries…
Mossad’s Little Helpers
..The use of forged European passports by Mossad agents entering Dubai to assassinate al-Mabhouh has kicked up a diplomatic storm in recent days. The EU issued a strong condemnation of the stolen IDs, indirectly criticizing Israel. Israeli ambassadors in Britain, Ireland, France, Australia and Germany have been called in to discuss the issue, and Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has been given an earful by many of his counterparts. But were the Israeli dual nationals whose foreign passports were allegedly forged unaware that their identities were stolen by the Mossad? Or were they acting as sayanim, the Hebrew word for helpers, whom the Mossad relies on across the globe to provide shelter, money, and logistical support… in this case identity. A sayan, singular for sayanim, must be 100% Jewish, and in many cases a dual national…
Israel in America: Obama’s dance of death
What are we to make of the latest changes in Obama’s entourage, ponders Eric Walberg
Obama has just lost his close friend and chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who is making the unusual transition from national to municipal politics.He is also losing his closest adviser David Axelrod (pragmatist Emanuel described their difference as prose versus poetry) and his mentor and director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers.
Why are Obama’s three closest advisers — all Jewish — leaving? There is no pat answer. Axelrod is no friend of Summers, having suggested in an email the latter would be more comfortable in the “cafeteria at Goldman Sachs”. He claims he is homesick. Obama’s Keynesianism probably finally got to Summers, who prefers tax cuts. Emanuel, a former congressman, a talented ballet dancer, son of an Irgun terrorist, and an Israeli soldier during the first Gulf war against Iraq, leads us to the real answer.
As a very, very strong Zionist (dual citizen? sayan?), he is Israel’s canary in the White House. Israel boycotted Obama’s UN speech at the Millennium Goals Summit in September, and has subjected Obama to dose after dose of humiliating treatment, the latest when Netanyahu asked for the pardon of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard (serving a life sentence) in exchange for a temporary halt in settlement expansion. Netanyahu defiantly visited Pollard in jail in 2002 and he is celebrated as a hero in yearly commemorations in Israel. There seems to be an eerie replay of 1991, the last time the White House seriously tried to stop the settlements. The Israel lobby abandoned Bush then and destroyed him in the 1992 elections.
The writing is on the wall: Obama is a one-term president. That is if he is even allowed to finish his first term. Obama was never popular in Israel. When he tried to add Israeli critic Chas Freeman to his team as chair of the National Intelligence Council in 2009 AIPAC blew a fuse. Now there are even threats against his life as a result of his stance on settlements and his reluctance to attack Iran. Loud protests in front of Netanyahu’s residence witness crowds burning effigies of Obama “the new Pharaoh”, “the descendant of slaves” who must be put in his place…
Lockerbie plane bombing
What if they are innocent?
…Without contradicting Aviv, Thomas and others believe the tagging and smuggling aboard of the lethal suitcase can most easily be ascribed to a sayan or mabuah working for Mossad, which had a motive for eliminating certain passengers. (A sayan is a Jew who puts loyalty to Israel above loyalty to his own country and does services, usually unpaid, for Mossad; according to Thomas, the most famous sayan working in the UK was Robert Maxwell. A mabuah is a Gentile who fulfils the same role.)..
…By way of deception: The making and unmaking of a Mossad Officer is a book written by Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy about Ostrovsky’s career as a katsa in the Israeli Mossad.
This book is a true story about the Mossad as seen by Victor Ostrovsky. The first part describes his experiences with the organization. It starts when Victor is first approached by the Mossad during his service in the Israeli Defense Forces and is subjected to numerous tests, including psychological ones. While at first rejecting an offer to be trained as a recruit for the assassin’s squad, Ostrovsky eventually accepts an offer to become a katsa and joins a class of Mossad candidates going through tradecraft training. After successfully completing the training Ostrovsky begins working as a katsa (case officer).
Throughout the book, Ostrovsky reveals details of the internal workings of the Mossad itself. Ostrovsky claims that Mossad has access to Jewish helpers all around the world called sayanim (sg. sayan). Their services can be requested on short notice and no questions are asked. Because of this, Mossad only needs 30-40 active case officers at any given time. He also explains the different departments functions and how liaisons are conducted with foreign intelligence agencies.
As he progresses as a katsa, Ostrovsky experiences growing disillusionment with the organization and its leaders, and begins to question its motives. This culminates in his retirement from the Mossad after being scapegoated for a failed attempt at capturing top PLO officials…
..Experts with handles Professional in a field outside of espionage/intelligence who is taken on missions to identify documentation or equipment in their area of expertise.
With handles Metaphor for a parcel.
Tsafririm (Hbw, = morning breeze) Organizes Jewish communities outside Israel and helps to set up frames.
Frames (Misgarot) Jewish self-protection units set up all over the world.
Sayan (pl., Sayanim) Volunteer Jewish helpers outside Israel who collaborate with Mossad, e.g. the London station has 2,000 sayanim on its books.
Tuganim (Hbw, = French fries) Mossad code name for the Hamburg special anti-terrorist police unit who were Mossad-trained…