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Bitzur is a Mossad unit focused on the security of Jews around the world, and their immigration from Arab states.[1]

Bitzur was founded in the 1950s.[2]

According to Ronen Bergman, Bitzur evacuated some 40,000 Jews from Iran in 1979-81.[3]

According to Michael Ross, Bitzur was at one time, "headed by "Michel," a psychologist who had immigrated from France". This would have been in the latter part of Ross's career, which lasted from 1989 to 2001.[4]

According to Yossi Melman and Dan Raviv, Bitzur became more active after 9/11 to respond to a wave of anti-semitic attacks around the world:

Bitzur operatives were assigned to perform their traditional task of helping to organize self-defense for Jewish communities around the globe. This time, however, the task was almost always performed in conjunction with local police forces.[5]

External resources


  1. Yossi Melman, Israeli spymaster and Mossad founding father David Kimche dies at 82, Haaretz, 9 March 2010.
  2. Danny Ben-Moshe, Zohar Segev, Israel, the Diaspora, and Jewish Identity, Susses Academic Press, 2007, p.59.
  3. Ronen Bergman, The Secret War with Iran: The 30-Year Clandestine Struggle Against the World's Most Dangerous Terrorist Power, Simon & Schuster, 2008, p.36.
  4. Yossi Melman, A bestseller, by way of deception?, Haaretz, 16 April 2007.
  5. Yossi Melman and Dan Raviv, Mossad Tries To Avoid Entangling Iran Jews, Jewish Daily Forward, 22 July 2012.