Dancing Israelis on 9/11
On September 11, 2001 five Israelis are arrested after being seen cheering and apparently dancing as the World Trade Center burned. Supposedly employed by Urban Moving Systems, the Israelis are caught with multiple passports and a lot of cash. Two of them are later revealed to be Mossad operatives. As witness reports track the activity of the Israelis, it emerges that they were seen at Liberty Park at the time of the first impact, suggesting a foreknowledge of what was to come. The Israelis are interrogated, and then eventually sent back to Israel. The owner of the moving company used as a cover by the Mossad agents abandons his business and flees to Israel.
Shortly after the attacks a woman in New Jersey takes her binoculars and looks toward the World Trade Center. In the parking lot of her apartment she notices three men kneeling on a white van apparently filming the burning Towers. Later they took pictures and film of themselves with the burning building the background. To her amazement the men seemed happy over the terrorist incident. She noted the license plate of the van and called the police.
The plate number was traced to a company called Urban Moving. Later that afternoon the van was spotted near Giant Stadium on a service road off of Route 3. Five men ages 22 thru 27 were arrested at gunpoint and taken into custody by the police. One of the men had 4,700 in cash hidden in his sock and another had to two foreign passports. All five of the men identified themselves as Israeli citizens. The five were later identified as Sivan Kurzberg his brother Paul Kurzberg, Yaron Shmuel, Oded Ellner and Omer Marmari.
The FBI took over the case and moved it from their Criminal Division to the Foreign Counterintelligence Section, which is responsible for monitoring spies. The Israelis were held for over two months at times in solitary confinement for 40 days. As many as seven lie detector testes were given to some of those arrested.
It was determined by the FBI and reported in the nation Jewish newspaper The Forward two of those arrested were working for Israeli intelligence.