U.S. Jewish Lawyer to Hamas Goes on anti-Israel Twitter Tirade

Stanley Cohen, who also represented Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, to be sentenced Tuesday for tax offenses.

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Stanley Cohen addresses the media outside Manhattan Federal Court in New York, March 26, 2014.
Stanley Cohen addresses the media outside Manhattan Federal Court in New York, March 26, 2014.Credit: Reuters

Stanley Cohen, the Jewish American lawyer who has defended Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and members of Hamas, published a series of anti-Israel tweets in recent days, ahead of his sentencing for tax offenses in the United States.

According to NBC News, Cohen, 63, flew to Kuwait last week where he took to Twitter to rant about Zionists and Israel, Palestine, drones, moderate Arabs, Elton John and hipsters drinking pumpkin spice lattes in Brooklyn, among other subjects.

"So what are we now to call those Israelis tired of genocide and going back home- to Europe. Self hating realists," he wrote in one tweet.

"Palestine for Palestinians, every one else apply for a terrorist visa," he wrote in another, adding later that, oops, he meant "tourist visa."

Cohen also had some choice words for U.S. President Barack Obama without mentioning him by name.

"Bridge for sale for those waiting for I Have a Drone to build his legacy on anything other than death and destruction," he tweeted. Cohen has referred to Obama as "I Have a Drone" in multiple tweets, and describes himself as such: "Attorney. Activist. Freedom Fighter. 'Certified Selfloathing' Jew. AntiZionist. Prolific. Beard Aficionado. New Yorker. Unfortunately Tenacious Yankees Fan."

In April, Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court in Syracuse, New York, to obstructing and impeding the Internal Revenue Service. He will be sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison, according to reports.

Prosecutors said he failed to file tax returns between 2005 and 2010, and routinely accepted cash from clients, storing it in a safe deposit box at a bank. NBC reported that prosecutors believe he failed to report more than $3 million in income.

The tax case is expected to cost Cohen his law license, which he received in 1984.

“Am I someone who would intentionally, willfully sell government secrets or engage in activity with the intent to hurt America or American citizens? Absolutely not,” Cohen told NBC News. “But I am someone who will, just willy-nilly, accept the party line whether it comes out of the White House, the Congress, or nice, safe majoritarian values? No. And if that makes me a traitor, then well f--- it, I’m a traitor.”

Cohen represented Suleiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and a former spokesman for Al-Qaida, who was found guilty in Manhattan federal court of conspiring to kill Americans.

Cohen also represented officials from Hamas, members of an upstate New York Native American tribe accused of smuggling $700 million worth of cigarettes and liquor into Canada, and Mohamed Alessa, a Jordanian citizen living in New Jersey who was convicted in 2011 of plotting to join an armed Islamic group in Somalia to wage holy war against non-Muslims.

“Hamas represents the kind of commitment and integrity that is so important to me — the leadership in particular, is comprised largely of physicians, engineers, academics, and political scientists,” Cohen told NBC. “So they’re a people that not only do I share a common bond with in terms of their struggle, but they’re folks who I just love hanging out with.”

He can be seen hanging out with late Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, whom Israel assassinated, in a photo on his Twitter profile.

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