September 6, 2011, - 4:02 pm

Let Him Rot: “Israeli Spy” Shamai Leibowitz Hated Israel, America; Loves Islamic Terrorists

By Debbie Schlussel

For years I’ve known about Shamai Leibowitz, the FBI Hebrew linguist and former Israeli, who pleaded guilty for disclosing classified info and allegedly “spied for Israel,” which actually isn’t the case.  He spied ON Israel.  And AGAINST Israel.  FOR America.  And he disclosed the information in order to hurt both Israel AND America.  That’s why it’s so ironic that the left and the anti-Semites are gushing that this is evidence about how Jews are loyal to Israel and can’t be trusted.  Just the contrary.  It’s evidence that far-left Jews who shill for Muslims are as trustworthy as Muslims.  As in, they cannot be trusted at all.

FBI “Israeli” Spy Shamai Leibowitz Represented Arafat’s Terrorist Buddy Marwan Barghouti

Leibowitz is and always has been one of the most anti-Israel Jews and activists on the planet.  In Israel, he was essentially doing Bin Laden’s and HAMAS’ legal work.  And I was shocked when I learned he’d been hired by the FBI to be a Hebrew linguist.  I knew this could only mean one thing:  he was spying against Israel, NOT betraying America for Israel.

As a kid, when it was the Jewish Sabbath and my father wanted to teach me the Bible, we would read books by Nechama Leibowitz, a terrific Israeli Torah scholar.  Her “Iyunim” or “Eyunim” were analyses she wrote and compiled on the Torah, in response to questions people sent her.  She was the sister of the respected famous Rabbi Yishayahu Leibowitz, and she was a proud pro-Israel Israeli Jew.  But, as I got older, my dad warned me about her great-nephew (the rabbi’s grandson), Shamai Leibowitz, whom we both considered the scum of the earth–an uber-kapo if there ever was one.

Shamai Leibowitz, though an Israeli, hated Israel with a passion and was a big figure in the circles of self-hating Israeli Jews who aided and abetted Islamic terrorists.  Leibowitz was the attorney for Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian terrorist leader who planned homicide bombings that murdered plenty of Israelis (and a good buddy and henchmen of Yasser Arafat).  Leibowitz represented others of his ilk, too.  And Leibowitz worked for the New Israel Fund, or as those of us in the know call it, “the NO Israel Fund.”  NIF is so anti-Israel that NIF Israeli official, Hedva Radovanitz, told the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv that “the disappearance of a Jewish State would not be a tragedy,” according to a cable in the latest Wikileaks document release.  Leibowitz and his pan-terrorist activities were very well known.  Given that, it’s moronic–and sinister, that the Famous But Incompetent would hire him for anything, especially this.  They knew he hated Israel and used it. But, hey, the FBI is known to be anti-Israel.

And so, when I learned that learned that the “Israeli citizen”  and FBI linguist who “leaked confidential information about Israel” was Leibowitz, I knew the information could only be stuff he leaked because he wanted it to harm Israel.  And that’s exactly what we have here.  This is not a case of “dual loyalty” of American Jews to Israel, as many would love to paint it.  It’s a case of the real danger to America:  uber-loyalty to Islamo-pandering, Jew-hatred, and anti-Israel destructiveness.

One more thing:  a lot of readers wrote me that they were upset that the U.S. spied on the Israeli Embassy in Washington, which is what Leibowitz was paid to do (he translated the transcripts from the secret taps of the Embassy).  I’m not surprised this is going on.  I always expected that we are tapping the Israelis and spying on them.  And Israel is probably tapping and spying on the only U.S. Embassy in the world not in the respective nation’s capital (the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel).

The thing is:  the U.S. shouldn’t be spying on Israel because Israel is our ally.  We should be spying on the communists, the Muslims, and the crazy dictatorships.  Israel isn’t a threat to America.  It’s a best friend.  Think of how much money we wasted spying on Israel that could have gone to legitimate national security purposes.  Israel has a good reason for spying on America:  America doesn’t trust Israel and doesn’t share information it’s supposed to pursuant to treaties and agreements.  Among the information Israel sought and got from spy Jonathan Pollard was important information on Iran, which America was supposed to give Israel.

If anyone takes out Iran’s nukes, it’ll be the same country we condemned for taking out Iraq’s nukes:  Israel.

And there are a few parties who don’t want that to happen, apparently:  Muslims, Barack Obama’s FBI . . . and Shamai Leibowitz.

The rest of us want the nuclear madmen ayatollahs defanged and castrated from destroying not just Israel, but perhaps the Western world.

The only sad thing here is that Jonathan Pollard, who spied for Israel, rots for life in prison while those who spied for America’s enemies, including China and Russia, do less time.  And that Shamai Leibowitz, who disclosed confidential information and broke the law to HURT Israel AND America, will also get far less time.

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22 Responses

What is really pathetic about the American left is that, based on the comments in the NYT, they think this moron and the blogger are Israeli agents!!!!! The left and especially the anti-semitic left (which is all of them practically), are obtuse and don’t let facts get in the way of their Jew-hatred.

Private Eye on September 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Unless I’m mistaken, Nechama Leibowitz was Yeshayahu’s *sister*, not daughter. I actually met Nechama one Shabbat afternoon in 1971, tagging along with one of her students to visit her in her modest apartment behind the old bus station in Jerusalem. We sat in her living room, walls lined with books and papers, as that remarkable woman, in her soft-spoken way, regaled us with “stories”, including her experience teaching Tanach (Bible) to senior IDF officers.

It is remarkable, but hardly surprising, that one of the few Jews hired to work as a translator for the FBI, is tasked with Hebrew translations – not Arabic or Farsi or Turkish. (Muslims handle most of that.) Nor does it surprise that Liebowitz would leak those translations to anti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein who in turn spun them in a way most critical of Israel.

Debbie, you left out the “best part” of NIF’s Radovanitz’ comments revealed in Wikileaks – her prediction that in 100 years the Jews would be a *minority* in Israel, but that would be “no big deal” because the country would be “democratic”. So she argues that Israel under a Jewish majority is not democratic, but under an Arab majority it would be! The Israeli left is truly delusional.

R: You are right. That was a typo. Fixed. As you’ll note, I knew the correct fact, since I called Shamai, the “grand-nephew.” Great points about the FBI and translators, the No Israel Fund biotch, and that cretin Richard Silverstein. Spot on–all of it! Thanks. DS

Raymond in DC on September 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Israel’s leftists are anti-Semites. They cheer lead the mass murder of Jews, endorse call for Israel’s destruction, want Jews driven out of the homes for no other reason than they are Jews and they want to advance Islam b/c they view it as the latest progressive fad. It should be noted Larry Derfner, late of the Jerusalem Post, is one of them. A leftist in Israel sooner or later becomes an anti-Zionist and an anti-Semite. There is no longer a Zionist Left in Israel to speak of today. Not since the original Lebanon War. All these people know exactly what they’re doing – and if Israel, G-d forbid, is ever destroyed, its because they got it their way. We don’t need more Shamai Leibowitzes in this world, that’s for sure.

    NormanF on September 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

Leibowitz seemed to be more concerned about the welfare of Iran than the continued survival of Israel.

Worry01 on September 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I expect Spy V. Spy. Yes, I think we should be spying on Israel–there are Left Wing scum in the Israeli government in places whose activities bear watching. Butthe Islamophilia of the State Department and the Famous But Incompetent are well known, and I have no problems with Israel protecting itself.

On a different matter, Pollard knew the risks and he got caught. The public disgrace probably outweighed the other.

Speaking of shooting oneself in one’s foot—Iftach Spector, much more than Jonathan Pollard, has fed antisemites their greatest weapon in the US—the clown led the attack on the USS Liberty. Then he refused to attack Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. Flying ace he may have been, but Israel and the Jewish people would have been better off if he had never been born.

Occam's Tool on September 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm


this is why you should never write a blog in anger

the press has missed many salient points in this case

how did leibowitz ever get the security clearance to work for the fbi?

did dickie really find leibowitz, or was leibowitz referred to him?

did dickie really ever actually see any of the docs

did dickie admit to a criminal offense?

why is the nyt taking the word of an anti israel, jew hating, america hating blogger, who has been known to lie in order to garner press?

why did the judge in the case never see the evidence against liebowitz?

would be nice if a real investigative reporter got on this and exposed what is going on

btw, dickie is connected to the entire mondweiss crowd, mj rosenberg, etc….would love to know if their filthy hands had a part of this fiasco

walt kovacs on September 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Mondoweiss is run by a pair of Jewish Israel haters. I think anti-Semitism is more respectable if Jews promote it. After all, its kosher to hate Jews if you’re Jewish yourself! Israel is not a perfect country and some of its own people hate Jews enough to make them homeless – by and large though, its the one country in the Middle East that doesn’t hate America and get Americans killed. Which is why all the attacks on Israel from know nothings here are reprehensible and should be considered beyond the pale by all decent people!

    NormanF on September 7, 2011 at 12:34 am

“dickie is connected to the entire mondweiss crowd,”

Speaking of Mondoweiss, about a month ago one of the columnist on that anti-semitic and anti-Israel blog attacked Debbie (and Pamella Gellar) about the Norway shooting, took DS’s words out of context and played “gotcha” with DS and PG! Mondoweiss claimed that Debbie said that “the 2011 Norway attacks deserved to die because they criticized Israel’s policies.” BS and a complete LIE! Truth is is that Debbie NEVER said that the victims of the Norway shootings deserved to die, she was only making a reference of that youth group (AUF) who had ties to “Fatah”, an islamic terrorist group who doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist. And BTW, she condemned what the shooter of Utoya did to those young people, she didn’t praise that wingnut for his evil act. So Mondoweiss, Wikipedia (they to played gotcha with DS on the Norway shooting), etc. own Ms. Schlussel an apology for misquoting her and taking her words out of context, but then again, I am not holding my breath for an apology from those propagandist and DS isn’t expecting an apology from those far-left propagandist either!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on September 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm


    Don’t mention her name – I got grief for it personally from Debbie. We had a disagreement about allying with enemies (or is that frenemies?) to stop a greater evil. Its her blog and whatever you and I think, let’s respect her wishes. If she hasn’t written to you about it already, she’ll bring it your attention.

    NormanF on September 7, 2011 at 12:18 am

Because he was a Jew who hated his own people the FBI was happy to employ him, because they don’t like Jews either.

Because he was a Jew he was actually sentenced to prison. If he was a Arab like Nadia Nadim Prouty he would never have seen in the inside of a cell.

King David on September 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm

King David,

I think the Famous But Incompetent hired Leibowitz precisely because they knew he was anti-Israel and a pan-Islamist apologist. This is the same agency that wouldn’t hire loyal Jewish Arabic speakers to help translate Arabic documents. They have a way of doing things exactly they way the way they want to come out – to the detriment of America’s national security. Its a shame really they spent gazillions spying on Israel at a time when we have far greater security threats facing us on the horizon. As for Richard Silverstein, its been noted in the pro-Israel blogosphere that he may have received confidential documents, that he later destroyed.

Given these revelations we’ve just seen, I don’t expect the book to be thrown at the Israel haters. Leibowitz is not going to the receive the kind of justice he should. That’s my prediction.

NormanF on September 7, 2011 at 12:24 am

Unlike Debbie, I wasn’t shocked by this. When you go to a brothel, you meet whores. The running joke is when you go to the FBI, you expect to meet people whose inside job is to help America’s enemies. As a counter-intelligence agency, they’ve done a lousy job of protecting the country from varied enemy agents operating on our shores and surprise – the foxes are guarding the federal security establishment’s henhouse!

NormanF on September 7, 2011 at 12:29 am

Shamai Leibowitz, though an Israeli, hated Israel with a passion and was a big figure in the circles of self-hating Israeli Jews who aided and abetted Islamic terrorists.

If they ever get their wish and Israel is, G-d forbid, destroyed, where do they plan to live?

Miranda Rose Smith on September 7, 2011 at 2:44 am

I read about this in the New York Times. I figured that Leibowitz had to be quite the bad-guy since his actions allowed the New York Times to expound on their anti-Israel narrative.

There is NO Santa Claus on September 7, 2011 at 7:38 am

Shammai Leibowitz used to live in my community…very strange guy. Seemed like a nice guy, but when I read some his blog postings, his views on Israel were really disturbing. I remember I saw him after he had been convicted and was awaiting sentencing and he looked like a guy without a care in the world…makes me think he is not so much an ideolog but rather someone with a personality disorder. I feel for his wife and kids – they probably suffered greatly for his stupid ideology….especially his wife who always looked miserable.

For his anti-Israel/U.S. antics, he deserves to spend significant time in the hoosegow.

Andrew on September 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

Hi Debbie,

As your friendly neighborhood Gentile; who could fit on the end of a pin, what he knows about Israel, The Jewish Community and related things — I have serious question.

Why in the world would *anyone* who is Jewish, want to hate Israel? I am dead serious. I mean, does not this moron know what you all have been through?

Just wondering. 🙂


P.S. Excellent piece on 9/11 and the White Wash. I linked in.

Pat in Michigan on September 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I suspect that Shamai Leibowitz vents his hatred of Israel as a reaction to the Israel government’s rejection of his august father’s adamant demand to vacate all of the West Bank. BTW… Professor Leibovitch had also advocated civil war here in Israel if that was the price needed to pay to withdraw from the WB. Make no mistake – Professor Leibovitch would have applauded his son. He passed away a bitter, frustrated, angry man feeling no different about Israel than his son presently does.

Arn on September 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

@Debbie Schlussel
Is this the Yishayahu Leibowitz you’re referring to?

“His remarks accusing Israeli soldiers of a “Judeo-Nazi” mentality provoked a public outcry amongst Israelis.”

“Religious nationalism is to religion what National Socialism is to socialism”

Doesn’t sound like a zionist to me.

Dutch Renitent on September 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm

“DS:The only sad thing here is that Jonathan Pollard, who spied for Israel, rots for life in prison while those who spied for America’s enemies, including China and Russia, do less time.”

I’m getting sick of some conservatives putting Pollard on a pedestal. Pollard was shopping around to sell info to the highest bidder. Pakistan was on his list. And some think that info he sold was responsible for the murder of several Soviet citizens secretly working for the US.


Libby101 on September 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm


I’m sick of people saying and/or repeating lies about Jonathan Pollard like what you wrote here.

Here are the facts on the Jonathan Pollard case:

See especially numbers 11-14.

JeffE on September 8, 2011 at 11:47 pm

One more thing, Libby 101,


“The only sad thing here is that Jonathan Pollard, who spied for Israel, rots for life in prison while those who spied for America’s enemies, including China and Russia, do less time.”

Debbie is spot on. This is what she is referring to:

JeffE on September 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm

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