From a Reader who Wishes to Remain Anonymous –
December 26, 2005
Michael Chertoff, our head of Homeland Security has a name that literally
means "of the devil" in Russian. Seldom has real life been more Dickensian.
He also has a cousin who wrote the infamous "Popular Mechanics" 9/11
cover story that attempted to debunk all the 9/11 revisionist theories that
run counter to the official consensus reality mythos.
Very interestingly, this cousin pretended not to know if Michael Chertoff was
his uncle, but the author's mother, contacted on the phone, said, "Why,
of course Michael is his uncle!"
"Benjamin Chertoff, a cousin of the new Dept. of Homeland Security Chief
AFP's Christopher Bollyn, who dug up the information, also alleges that Ben
Chertoff's mother was a Mossad agent.
While there is, as yet, no evidence of any working relationship between the
two, it is certainly noteworthy that the cousin of the current Homeland Security
Chief, who, in his previous incarnation as head of the Justice Department's
criminal division was instrumental in the release of obvious Israeli spies before
and after 9/11, happens to be behind a high-profile attempt
to debunk 9/11 conspiracy theories."
Michael Chertoff also reportedly holds dual U.S. / Isreaeli citizenship:
"The omission of Chertoff's mother's Zionist past suggests that there
is an effort by the media to conceal his ties to Israel and his status as a
"de jure" Israeli national, by birth.
Under Israeli law, a child born to an Israeli citizen, including children born
outside of Israel as first generation out of Israel, is considered an Israeli
citizen. The child remains an Israeli national until he or she formally renounces
their Israeli nationality.
Chertoff was born on November 28, 1953 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to the New
York-born Rabbi Gershon Baruch Chertoff and Livia Eisen, the first hostess for
El Al, Israel's state-owned airlines, founded in 1948.
Son of a Rabbi
"The son of a rabbi," The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, reported
on February 16, "Chertoff was born in Elizabeth, graduated from Harvard
University in 1975, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1978."
The Star-Ledger, Chertoff's hometown newspaper, however, seems to have omitted
mentioning his mother to avoid discussing that Livia [Eisen] Chertoff lived
and worked in Israel and was apparently an Israeli national.
The Star-Ledger is well aware of Livia's Israeli roots. Six years ago, in her
obituary of December 21, 1998, the paper reported her role in the founding of
Israel. "She [Livia Chertoff] was the first airline hostess for El Al airlines
and participated in Operation Magic Carpet, the famous airlift of Yemenite Jews
to Israel," it reported.
Even in 1998, however, The Star-Ledger was vague about Livia's nationality.
"Born in Poland, Mrs. Chertoff lived in Palestine and Elizabeth before
moving to Florida several years ago," it wrote.
Israel's citizenship law of 1952 says: "Any Jew who immigrated to Israel
before July 14, 1952, was granted citizenship after declaring a desire to reside
permanently in Israel." As El Al's first hostess, Livia probably held Israeli
Furthermore, a "child born on or after July 14, 1952," is an Israeli
citizen if "at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Israel, regardless
of the child's country of birth."
Secretary Chertoff was evasive when American Free Press asked about his mother's
nationality, which if Israeli, would make him an Israeli national.
A "national" is defined as a citizen of a particular nation, while
formal citizenship status confers specific rights, duties, and privileges on
Asked about the status of Chertoff's mother's nationality, DHS spokesman Brian
Roehrkasse provided an evasive answer: "He does not hold, nor has he ever
held, dual citizenship."
"While his mother did reside in Israel, he [Chertoff] does not believe
she ever held Israeli citizenship," Roehrkasse said. She resided there
during the British mandate period (prior to the creation of the state of Israel),
later lived in the UK, and he believes she may have held British citizenship
at the time she worked for El Al."
Livia reportedly participated in Operation Magic Carpet, the top-secret airlift
of some 45,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel from June 1949 to September 1950. Livia's
connection with El Al and the secret airlift operations run by Israeli intelligence,
indicate she was involved with Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad.
Operation Magic Carpet was so secret it wasn't even revealed to the press until
months after the last of the 380 flights from Yemen had arrived in Israel in
Chertoff's children have attended Jewish private schools, and his wife, Meryl
Justin, was a co-chair of the regional Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) civil
Chertoff is secretive about his childhood, perhaps to avoid discussing the
intense Talmudic and Zionist upbringing he received in a family in which all
the men were rabbis and scholars of the Talmud. "My childhood was ... average
... Nothing stands out. It all kind of blends into the murky past," he
told The Star Ledger in March 2001. Pressed for more details, Chertoff "reclined
in his chair" and said, "I'll take the Fifth."
Michael's father, Gershon, was the first child of Paul Chertoff from Russia,
and Esther Barish, from "Roumania," according to the 1930 U.S. Census.
Gershon graduated as a teacher of the Talmud at age 20, in May 1935.
In 1930, the immigrant couple lived in a $90 rented apartment in Brooklyn and
had three children, Gershon, Naomi, and Mordecai. Imbued in the Talmud, the
Chertoff children became ardent Zionists. Chertoff's father, Gershon, was a
rabbi and teacher of the Talmud, as was his uncle Mordecai. Their father, Paul,
was a "teacher" of the Talmud at the Jewish Institute (yeshiva) in
New York. When the elder Chertoff died in 1966, he was described as an "Ex-professor
of Talmud" in the New York Times.
Naomi also studied the Talmud and was serving her fourth term as national president
of the Young Women's Zionist Organization of America when she married in 1946.
Naomi had attended Hebrew University in Palestine before Israel became a state
on May 16, 1948. While there are published reports of Chertoff family weddings
in New York and London there are no reports in the New York press about the
marriage of Chertoff's mother and father.
Because Livia came from Israel and worked for the state owned airlines, it
seems probable they were married in Israel.
Given his mother's role in the founding of the Israeli state and the intense
Zionist character of his family, it seems likely that Chertoff spent time in
Israel as a child. "My religious and spiritual beliefs are pretty much what I want them to
be," he said. Given his background, this suggests he is a Talmudic Jew.
The Talmud is the body of rabbinical law that most American and Israeli Jews
follow. The Talmud, however, re-interprets and negates much of the Torah and
contains some anti-Christian sentiments. [For a better understanding of the
anti-Christian aspects of the Talmud, read Israel Shahak's "Jewish History,
Jewish Religion: The Weight of 3,000 Years"]
Unlike other Bush nominees, there was no opposition in the Senate to Chertoff
heading DHS. The Senate voted 98-0 to approve Chertoff on February 15. Chertoff,
51, took the oath of office that night in "a private ceremony at the White
DHS has a $32 billion budget, 180,000 employees, and jurisdiction over immigration,
customs and transportation security, the Coast Guard, the Secret Service and
the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The question of Chertoff's dual-nationality doesn't seem to have concerned
a single U.S. senator."