Israeli Anthrax Developer Resigns
the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils—Exodus 9:11
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IIBR and Weapons
One of the IIBR's strongest fields is the development of nerve toxins. On 4 October 1992, El Al Flight 1862, a Boeing 747 cargo plane crashed into the Groeneveen and Klein-Kruitberg flats in the Bijlmermeer neighborhood of Amsterdam. Many people died and were injured. The cargo included over 280 kilograms of depleted uranium, used for certain types of missiles, and 190 liters of dimethyl methylphosphonate, which is used in the synthesis of Sarin nerve gas. The owner of the latter was the IIB. The IDF possesses weapons containing Sarin.
On September 25, 1997, Khaled Mashal, a prominent leader of the Hamas, was the target of an assassination attempt carried out by the Israeli Mossad under orders of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who on this occasion became a proven bio-terrorist. Two Mossad agents carrying Canadian passports entered Jordan and injected Mashal with an unknown nerve toxin. A few days later, Netanyahu surrendered to international pressure and provided the antidote. Toxin and antidote were developed at the IIB.
Shafferman has a different field of expertise: anthrax. How can a physical chemist become an expert of a biological weapon? The point is simple, the infection with anthrax is not a biological problem. The disease is caused by bacillus anthracis, a bacteria that can form dormant endospores capable of surviving in harsh conditions for centuries. The problem in its transformation into a weapon belongs to a field known as "surface treatment;" physical chemistry is the relevant discipline. The terrorist-scientist's task is to make the weapon safe enough to be transported while assuring its proper dispersion and activity. In other words, the 2001 anthrax attacks on the USA were unlikely to have been prepared by terrorists. A government was behind them.
IIBR is an unusual institution. It is under the direct jurisdiction of the Prime Minister's Office and under the close watch of the Director of Security of the Defense Establishment (DSDE, known as Malmab in Hebrew) in the Ministry of Defense. It is classified "Top Secret." Thus, it is the target of espionage efforts. Former IIBR Deputy Director Abraham Marcus (Marek) Klingberg was detained in 1983 for spying for the Soviet Union; interestingly, before that he passed lie detector tests. Yet, he got medals from Mother Russia. Shafferman has a similar history, although he is not defined as a "spy."
In 2007, an investigation against him was opened by the DSDE. In his academic roles, Shafferman reached universities in the USA and Canada. He created contacts with two companies related to anthrax research, PharmAthene and Nexia Biotechnologies. He became scientific consultant of both companies. Shafferman is not loved by the IIBR workers, who refer to him as the "Dictator-Director." In August 2012, he named Adi Keren, head of the IIBR workers union, "Goebbels," after the Nazi propaganda Minister and caused mayhem. This was the public peak of an ongoing conflict. His workers had complained anonymously about Shafferman's secret consultancy job with the North-American companies. The companies even gave Shafferman options on their shares. The DSDE defined Shafferman's actions as having "contradicting interests." In other words, Shafferman benefitted by unofficially selling the IIBR secrets. In 2005, Canadian Nexia sold one of its divisions to American PharmAthene, and formally mentioned Shafferman as part of its scientific board. He couldn't deny it.
This was far more sensitive than the Klingberg Affair. This time, the IIBR Director was involved in the transfer of bio-terror technologies that Israel is not supposed to have or to work on. The DSDE gave him a slow death-kiss. The IIBR workers union publicly protested against him (see picture above); this is unthinkable unless they knew that the DSDE wouldn’t oppose. Moreover, he was limited in his capability to solve the inner problems. By reducing the institution's budget, the State ensured he wouldn’t solve the apparent labor conflict. On April 4, he resigned. The State of Israel won't renounce to Bio-Terrorist Weapons of Mass Destruction; there are by far more solid proofs of Israel possessing WMD than there were against Iraq. Will the USA attack Israel as it did Iraq?
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