Arms to Iran were on a ship co-owned by Israeli Government. Comp


FACT 1: The ship stopped at Hamburg with weapons bound for Iran was owned by the Zim shipping company.

FACT 2: The Zim Shipping Company broke its lease to move out of the World Trade Center before the attacks. Like Odigo, Zim apparently received an early warning. Indeed there seems to have been an epidemic of broken leases in the weeks leading up to 9-11.

FACT 3: Zim moved out of the World Trade Center just ONE WEEK before the attack. (see bottom of linked page)

FACT 4: Zim Shipping Company is jointly owned by the government of Israel and Israel Corporation.

FACT 5: Zim Shipping Company has been a central player in Israel's history.

The suggestion that the government of Israel had no knowledge of the weapons about the cargo ship stopped on the war to Iran is ludicrous. Would arms smugglers operating without Israel's knowledge choose a ship co-owned by the government of Israel itself, operated by a company cozy with that same government, a company that somehow knew to get out of the WTC just in time to avoid the attacks of 9-11?


Israel Delivers Arms To 'Axis Of Evil'

Ship Impounded In Hamburg

By Dmitry Litvinovich



Our times are getting more and more astounding. White is mixed with black; good is covered with evil; instead of a floor, there is a ceiling. What is this all about? It is all about the same thing: Mideast contradictions and its key gambler: Israel.
Israel has repeatedly accused such Arab countries as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and others of supporting terrorist groups. Israelís allegations were fair, and it is easy to understand this indignation. But what would you say if you found out that the Jews have also sinned? The smuggling of arms to the countries of the ìaxis of evilî has become very well-organized in Israel.
Customs officials of the Hamburg port confirmed the detention of an Israeli vessel that was carrying smuggled goods to Iran. News agencies reported that the freight belonged to a private firm in Israel. The Israel Defense Department said that the ship was carrying spare parts for army vehicles. The department also informed that there was permission given and that Thailand was registered in the documents of the firm as the point of destination.
The name of the ship, the owner of the freight, and the point of destination are not known exactly. Official information is contrary to that of media outlets. German authorities stated that the freight was meant for Iran. An Israeli TV company reported that the ship is called Zim Antwerp I; it was also added that the vessel had not arrived in Hamburg yet. The German division of the AP news agency reported that German authorities did not allow the ship to unload in Hamburg.
German electronic media reported that the Hamburg police have stated that they do not have any information on the subject. On the other hand, the shipping service of Hamburg confirmed that there was a ship called Zim Antwerp I anchored in the containing area of the port. It was added that the ship belonged to an Israeli shipping company, although it was traveling under Panamaís flag.
A fact is a stubborn thing to deal with, so, a little bit later, German officials confirmed the impounding of military equipment in Hamburg. This was reported by Hamburg customs official Gerhard Schulte.




Who Knew?

Israeli Company Mum About WTC Pullout


WTC investigators should follow the money trail.
It could provide critical information about the Sept. 11 terror attacks.


Exclusive to American Free Press

By Christopher Bollyn

While an Israeli real estate magnate from Australia insured his 99-year lease on the retail space of the World Trade Center against terrorism, one of Israel’s biggest companies pulled out of the north tower just days before Sept. 11.

AFP has learned from a reliable source in the shipping industry that Zim American Israeli Shipping Co., Inc. broke the lease when it vacated the rented offices on the 16th and 17th floors of the north tower of the World Trade Center shortly before the Sept. 11 disaster.

According to the source, Zim’s WTC office space had been leased until the end of the year and the company lost $50,000 when it suddenly pulled out in the beginning of September.

The parent company, Zim Israel Naviga tion Co., is nearly half-owned by the state of Israel, the other half held by Israel Corp. Zim is one of the world’s largest container shipping companies, operating an international network of shipping lines.

AFP repeatedly contacted Zim American Israeli Ship ping Co., Inc. at its new American headquarters in Norfolk, Va., to inquire about the company’s pulling out of its WTC lease early.

AFP was told that the only person who could discuss the matter was the company president, Shaul Cohen-Mintz, who was said to be unavailable until Dec. 4.

AFP also contacted the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the original owner of the World Trade Center, and was told to contact Silverstein Properties, owner of the World Trade Center since July 24.

Silverstein passes all media related questions to the public relations company of Howard J. Rubenstein, which also represents the state of Israel.

Steve Solomon of Rubenstein told AFP that the company “had no information on the leases” and advised AFP to contact the tenant directly.

Calls to Ezra Bentob of Zim’s legal department were not returned.

An Israeli businessman from Australia, Frank Lowy, had recently acquired the 99-year lease for the 425,000 square foot retail portion of World Trade Center before the WTC attacks of Sept. 11, reported The Jerusalem Post on Sept. 12.

Lowy is chairman and founder of Westfield Holdings, and the manager of Westfield America Trust, which has a 57 percent stake in Westfield America Inc. In April 2001, Westfield America agreed to pay $400 million for the lease on the complex though only $133 million was paid; the rest was to be made in ground lease payments.

Lowy is the second wealthiest man in Australia and was recently ranked as the 209th wealthiest man in the world by Forbes magazine. Westfield is the fourth-largest shopping mall owner, with operations in Austral ia, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Westfield was insured against terrorist attacks and its earnings will not be materially affected.

In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange the retail chain said that “investment in the retail component of the World Trade Center is fully insured for both capital and loss of income,” adding “the insurance coverage includes acts of terrorism.”


Zim American Israeli Shipping South 16-17 shipping 40   All employees are safe. Operations have been consolidated in Norfolk, Va. Company moved most of its operations out of WTC one week before attack.


ZIM is owned  by the Israel Corporation to the extent of 48.9% and by the Israel Government to the extent of 48.6% and the balance of the shares are held by other small investors.



A Brief History

Zim was incorporated in 1945 by the Jewish Agency, which held 44% of the shares, the Israel Labour Foundation (Histadrut) - 45%, and the Israel Maritime League - 11%. Several share realignments have since taken place. 

In 1947 the first Zim ship was purchased, in partnership with the London based "Harris & Dixon" company. The m/v "Kedah", a 'gallant ship' of long history, was refitted and renamed "Kedmah" - Hebrew for "Eastward". The main task of the early years was the carriage of hundreds of thousands of refugees and immigrants to Israel. The company acquired mainly old passenger vessels for this purpose -among them "Negbah", "Artza" and "Galila", and at the same time provided a vital cargo line to Israel during the War of Independence.

In 1953 Zim began an era of expansion that would establish its global presence. In the framework of the German-Israeli reparation program Zim purchased 36 modern vessels and thus was able to dramatically develop its fleet and scope of activity. In the fifties and early sixties the company's most prominent activity was passenger liners. Zim offered service throughout the Mediterranean, to and from the United States and to the Caribbean during the winter. 

By the late sixties, as air travel grew and passenger lines were no longer profitable, Zim's management made the painful but necessary decision to phase out and discontinue its activities in the passengers shipping sector. 

During the same period, Zim expanded its cargo lines and began operating specialized ships such as bulk carriers, refrigerated ships and tankers. Another important field of activity was the operation of tanker carrying oil from Iran to Israel, and petroleum products from Israel to Europe. 

In the early seventies Zim played a pioneering role in the technological revolution of the shipping industry. ZIM Container Service - ZCS - was established, and the Company ordered and built 6 ships, the first generation of large specialized container ships, as well as shore equipment and containers. ZIM was among the first to herald the new era of door-to-door service, in addition to the traditional port-to-port service. 

During the early eighties Zim faced a grave crisis, but eventually achieved a remarkable turnaround. 1985 marked the start of a new era for a leaner, more flexible and more profitable Zim. The Company embarked on a new building plan, ordering state-of the-art container ships. 15 vessel with a carrying capacity of 3,029 and 3,429 TEU's. 

Over the years ZIM has in effect become Israel's national carrier and by far the most dominant force in Israeli shipping. ZIM is numbered among the largest container shipping companies in the world. The company has successfully developed its local and international operations, introducing new routes and additional services in container, general and bulk cargo. In recent years the Company's management decided upon a strategic change of policy, redefining the company's targets and objectives. ZIM today is an integrated international transportation system, combining a variety of transport-related activities and providing a wide range of services to its clients.