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Profile: Zim-American Israeli Shipping Co.


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April 2, 2001      US confrontation with Iran

       Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (R) announces that Zim-American Israeli Shipping Co. will be relocating its US headquarters from the 16th floor of the World Trade Center in New York City to Norfolk, Virginia [Tenantwise, 10/03]“With this move, Zim-American Israeli Shipping Co., one of the world's largest international shipping organizations, has recognized the value of Virginia's central location and dynamic workforce,” says Governor Gilmore. [Virginia Office of the Governor, 4/2/2001]
People and organizations involved: Zim-American Israeli Shipping Co.

September 4, 2001: Israeli Company Moves Out of WTC      Complete 911 Timeline

       The Zim-American Israeli Shipping Co. moves their North American headquarters from the 16th floor of the WTC to Norfolk, Virginia, one week before the 9/11 attacks. The Israeli government owns 49 percent of the company. [Virginian-Pilot, 9/4/01] Zim announced the move and its date six months earlier. [Virginian-Pilot, 4/3/01] More than 200 workers had just been moved out; about ten are still in the building making final moving arrangements on 9/11, but escape. [Journal of Commerce, 10/18/01; Jerusalem Post, 9/13/01] The move leaves only one Israeli company, ClearForest, with 18 employees, in the WTC on 9/11. The four or five employees in the building at the time manage to escape. [Jerusalem Post, 9/13/01] One year later, a Zim ship is impounded while attempting to ship Israeli military equipment to Iran; it is speculated that this is done with the knowledge of Israel. [Agence France-Presse, 8/29/02 (B)]
People and organizations involved: ClearForest, World Trade Center, Zim-American Israeli Shipping Co.

August 28, 2002      US confrontation with Iran

       German authorities seize a boat in the port of Hamburg containing a shipment of rubber parts—allegedly bound for Iran—that could be used to make tracks for tanks and US-made M-113 armored personnel carriers. The seized boat, the Zim Anvers, is owned by the Zim-American Israeli Shipping Company. An Israeli company, PAD, headed by Avihai Weinstein, 34, had been issued a German export license for the shipment. The license specifies Thailand as its final destination, but according to German customs, the shipment is really destined for Iran. According to the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, it was to be transferred in Hamburg to an Iranian cargo ship headed to the southern Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. Weinstein claims he had no knowledge of the shipment's actual destination. Raphael Eitan, an adviser on terrorism for several Israeli governments between 1978 and 1985, tells public radio the next day that it would have been impossible for Weinstein “not to know what the final destination of the shipment was.” “In this type of affair, there is no innocent contract. He knew the shipment was headed to Iran,” he says. Tehran denies any involvement with the boat. [Agence France Presse, 8/29/2002]
People and organizations involved: Zim-American Israeli Shipping Co.

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