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Questions about Olmert's 9/11 Visit to NYC

June 15, 2011

In an effort to learn more about Ehud Olmert's secret visit to New York City on the eve of 9/11, I sent the following question to Shaul and Meir Levy of Wings beachwear company after trying to reach them through their New York City-based real estate company, the Wings Group.  The Levy brothers, Israeli immigrants of Syrian ancestry, have become extremely wealthy selling beach towels, sun lotions, and beachwear.  I was trying to get answers from Shaul and Meir Levy about their meeting with Ehud Olmert in New York City on September 10, 2001.  Although the meeting was reported in a 2004 article about the Betar football club in the Jerusalem Post there has been no discussion of Olmert's 9/11 visit elsewhere.  The Levys are evidently not interested in answering my questions.

Shaul Levy (here with his wife Elaine) has made millions from his chain of beachwear and souvenir shops in the Carolinas, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, and California.  Levy gave $2 million to create a Chabad Lubavitch center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  He and his brother were co-owners of the right-wing anti-Arab Betar football club of Jerusalem, which is supposedly the reason they met with Ehud Olmert in New York City on the eve of 9/11.  If that is really all their meeting was about why has it been kept secret?

The Levy brothers, Syrian Jewish immigrants from Israel, came to the United States in 1967.  They oddly named their beachwear chain after the "wings" emblem given to Israeli pilots in the air force.  Their beach stores in Florida are usually staffed by young Israeli men fresh out of the military.  How much sense does that make?  The Wings company has a documented history of allowing the Israeli men running their warehouses to sexually abuse female employees.  Such boorish behavior is actually quite typical in Israeli military operations.  Is the Wings network providing logistical services for the Mossad?

The Levy brothers' retail stores are usually stand along operations with large warehouse spaces in the rear.  This does not make a lot of sense.  Is there an off-the-books backdoor business that has enabled the Levys to become millionaires in a competitive market in which most merchants barely break even?  Every other store in Florida sells beach paraphernalia, including the corner drug store.  How is it possible for the Levys to have done so well with so much competition?  Are they running more than beachwear through their network of stores?  Where does all the money come from?

The Levy brothers have grown their Wings business into plazas...

turning small stores like this one (in the Brompton in 1990) at 200 E 86th Street in New York City (a beach store in Manhattan?)...

into large commercial properties.

The Wings Group is based at 666 Broadway in this building in which they own the majority of the floors, according to their website.  The 666 building is also home to Ariel Levy's Avenue Real Estate.

Some of the Wings Group properties are clearly engaged in logistics, like the Levys' Palmetto Center in Myrtle Beach...

like this unmarked warehouse building at their Airport Industrial Park at Myrtle Beach airport in South Carolina...

or this Miami warehouse next to the Opa-Locka airport in Miami...

or this row of warehouse type buildings at 170-180 Jacobs Lane near the Myrtle Beach airport...

and next to this huge warehouse run by the Israeli Rafi Moshe in Socastee, South Carolina.  Why would an Israeli come to America to run a warehouse in South Carolina? 

The warehouse is actually the home of the Israeli-run Strand Imports at 550 George Bishop Parkway - 1 mile from the Myrtle Beach International Airport.  Why are the Levy's invested in warehouse properties near airports on the East Coast?  Is the Levy network involved in drug smuggling?  Is the Wings operation the real reason Israeli "art students" were snooping around DEA offices prior to 9/11?  If you run a large drug smuggling operation you need a multi-state logistics network and inside information from law enforcement agencies to protect the operation.  See the DEA report "Suspicious Activities Involving Israeli Art Students at DEA Facilities"

The Wings group is also developing residential real estate projects in Costa Rica, along the coast - but of course...

and in Jaffa, the old Palestinian port city near Tel Aviv...

and, of course, in Jerusalem - the Israeli occupied capital city of Palestine.  The Levys are very much involved in Israel, especially with the ruling extreme right-wing Betar/Likud faction of Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon, Menachem Begin, and Benjamin Netanyahu.  So why did the Levy brothers meet with Ehud Olmert, the Likudnik mayor of Jerusalem, in New York City on the eve of 9/11, and why has this visit been kept secret by the U.S. media and political class?

I called the Wings Group and asked to speak with Shaul or Meir.  I was told by a receptionist named Andrea that I should send my questions by email.  After two days, I have not received any response so I am posting the email that I sent as an open letter:

Question for Shaul and Meir Levy about Betar and Olmert
Monday, June 13, 2011 7:52 AM
From: "Christopher Bollyn"
reception at wingsgroup dot com
CC: ariel dot levy at wingsgroup dot com

Shaul and Meir Levy,
I am a journalist working on an article about Ehud Olmert and the Betar football club.  These questions are for the purpose of this article.
The Jerusalem Post reported that you were formerly co-owners of the Betar football club:
"Three years ago, Betar was sold to a four-man consortium (US businessmen Meir and Shaul Levy, local businessman Meir Finegel, and Jerusalem real estate agent Sasson Shem Tov, who pulled out a few weeks ago), following a meeting in New York with then-mayor Ehud Olmert on September 10, 2001. There were no other potential buyers."

Source:   "A fallen empire," by Daniel Ben-Tal, Jerusalem Post, July 23, 2004
I assume Meir Finegel is actually Meir Panigel?  How long were you owners of the Betar club?  What was the purpose of the meeting in New York with Ehud Olmert on September 10, 2001?  Where did this meeting take place?  Did Mr. Olmert remain in New York until September 11, 2001?
Thank you for your consideration of my request,
Christopher Bollyn

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