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World Trade Center’s Infamous 91st-Floor Israeli ‘Art Student’ Project

Israeli ‘art student’ project on the 91st floor of WTC Tower 1. photo: New York Times

In the period leading up to 9/11, a group of Israelis (non-U.S. citizens) managed to secure “temporary construction” passes to perform work on the 91st floor of Larry “pull it” Silverstein’s leased WTC 1. These passes gave them access to the entire WTC complex. The pretense was an art project called the “B-Thing” and the group is called Gelatin.

After securing their passes, Gelatin proceeded to remove the heavy WTC windows of an office space on the 91st floor and reportedly constructed a prefab balcony outside of the building. Then they stretched “putty” around the windows and filmed it by helicopter as a stunt. On Aug. 18, 2001 The New York Times even felt strangely compelled to cover this story and considered it newsworthy, or a backstory. On the right is the photo of the balcony as shown in the newspaper article.


This may sound innocent enough for the dumb dumbs except for the fact that photos — taken from the artists’ book called the “B-Thing” AND used in the Times’ article — from inside the 91st floor camp out revealed boxes stacked to the ceiling with the letters and numbering “BB 18” on the side. BB 18 is the model number for a fuse-holder accessory, as described:

Features/benefits of this product: “Purpose is to save space and workload in a complicated wiring situation. Decreases wiring terminations, small footprint reduces space requirements, reduces assembly time, prevents accidental finger exposure, quick and safe method of changing fuse holder configurations, allows for future expansion, improves troubleshooting, eliminates power distribution block.”

Also take note that the ceiling tiles have been totally removed and expose the steel girders. The following little gem, and perhaps a calling card, was included in the ops’ egotistical, self-absorbed and freakish book.


The impact points of the “planes” were at the 93-98 floors. Below, cartoon physics of an aircraft imprint created by its flimsy aluminum wings that could not penetrate steel exterior columns.

Wiley Coyote cartoon physics. You are being insulted by criminals.

Buried and apparently long forgotten is this 2002 Daily Mail story about the U.S. arresting and deporting 200 Israelis, some of whom posed as “art students,” for spying and espionage activities in the lead up to 9/11. In addition, here is the DEA’s report on Israeli activities in the U.S. just prior to 9/11. So much for the nonsensical theory that Muslims in Afghan caves pulled off this crime of the century.

A new book, “Methodical Illusion,” explores the details.

Additionally, we have yet another “coincidence.” The building was powered down over a weekend prior to 9/11.

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  • bob saffron

    Hmm, this article seems to cast doubt on the planes story. This is a terrible aspersion to cast on the memory of larger-than-life 9/11 hero Mark Bingham. ☺He gave his life so that gay men could play rugby with dignity. They hate us for our freedom!

  • bob saffron

    This genuine witness makes me believe that was some sort of plane activity in the area (some eyewitnesses recount seeing a Cessna-like plane, many recall none whatsoever) .

  • bob saffron

    I remember reading Ketcham’s article in Counterpunch which dealt with the roving “art students” and their expulsion – purportedly for visa irregularities, ha ha. The operation was so gross and clumsy I assumed it was only cover, something to give substance to the Mohamed Atta story.

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