Did Palestine take down Abramoff?

In a sense, yes. That’s precisely what happened. Abramoff money funded illegal settlements in Israel with sniper rifles, etc. to use against Palestinians. The FBI noticed this, and wondered what else Black Jack was up to.

Juan Cole explains

Abramoff’s dense network of illicit finances and phony charities might end some political careers in the United States. But the investigation into his activities by the FBI also shed light on the ways in which rightwing American Jews have often been involved in funding what are essentially terrorist activities by armed land thieves in Palestinian territory.

Indeed, it was this terror funding of Israeli far right militiamen that tripped Abramoff up, since the FBI discovered that he had misled Indian tribes into giving money to the Jabotinskyites (militant Zionists) and then began wondering if he had defrauded the tribes in other ways.

Jack Abramoff – military supplier to terrorists

More than $140,000 of the money Abramoff “took” (stole) from Indian tribes in the United States was given to radical right-wing Israeli settlers in the West Bank to fund their private war against the Palestinians.Quoting from Newsweek

“Among the expenditures: purchases of camouflage suits, sniper scopes, night-vision binoculars, a thermal imager and other material described in foundation records as “security” equipment.

Abramoff, a legendary lobbyist particularly close to DeLay, is also a fierce supporter of Israel—”a super-Zionist,” one associate says. That may explain why Abramoff’s paramilitary gear ended up in the town of Beitar Illit, a sprawling ultra-Orthodox outpost whose residents have occasionally tangled with their Palestinian neighbors.”

The word “outpost” gives the game away. “Outpost” means that even under Israeli standards where other “settlements” are perfectly legitimate (they aren’t), these particular settlements were illegal and conducting an illegal land grab, and harassing, terrorizing, and probably killing Palestinians with their Abramoff-provided sniper scopes.

Just imagine how much trouble Abramoff would be in if he sent $140,000 to Arab terrorists?

Indeed, he’d probably be in Gitmo instead of still walking around free.

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