First of all, to give you abit of background on how this anti-Park51 campaign began, I would encourage you to read this piece by the Salon. It goes into the origins of this campaign and gives you a good timeline of the events. This post however, isnt about that. We will look at the money trail and the people who are funding this campaign.
The main funder of anti-Park51 organizer Robert Spencer (and Pamela Geller) and his hate site JihadWatch ( AtlasShrugs ) are husband and wife duo Aubrey and Joyce Chernick, the same couple are ardent supporters of Zionist causes and major funders of pro-Israel groups across the country.
From an excellent Politico article that looks at major funders of anti-Park51 campaign:
"A onetime trustee of the hawkish Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Aubrey Chernick led the effort to pull together $3.5 million in venture capital to start Pajamas Media, a conservative blog network thatmade its name partly with hawkish pro-Israel commentary and of late has kept up a steady stream of anti-mosque postings, including one rebutting attacks by CAIR against Spencer — who Pajamas CEO Roger Simon called “one of the ideological point men in the global war on terror.”"
As you might know, both Washington Institute for Near East Policy think tank and the website Pajamas Media contain a good deal of articles of, should I say, Fred flavor - the notion that it is 5 minutes to midnight and Iran is getting the bomb and we must "airtight sanction"/use military option.
Anyway, back to the Politico article. It goes on to list a few of the Zionist organizations and pro-occupation front organizations that Aubrey and Joyce Chernick have funded over the years:
The Chernicks are also major funders of Jewish groups including: The American Jewish Congress, The Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, and The Anti-Defamation League. Almost all of them have lobbied the congress for tougher actions on Iran, including cutting off gasoline supplies to Iran (an act of war).
Lauren Rozen goes into more depth as far as the contributions and think tanks such as the Hudson Institute, Defense of Democracies, Central Fund of Israel, etc. (via. Richard Silverstein), including some well-known anti-Muslim, anti-Iran and Islamophobic initiatives (in bold below).
Laura Rozen has discovered that Chernick’s charity-giving is done through the Fairbrook Foundation ($66-million in assets). According to its 2008 IRS 990 report, among the far-right pro-Israel groups he’s funding are:
This begs the question, should we be concerned? Are we going to be called anti-semites (or in the cases of Laura Rozen, Richard Silverstein etc, self-hating Jews) for the simple act of following the money trail?
What is revealing about this investigation is that many of the same anti-Park51 campaigners also hold extreme positions on Iran. While on the surface, you might think that these organizations or activists should not concern you as a non-muslim/ex-muslim Iranian, you would be wrong. Many of these people advocate a military strike and/or "airtight sanctions" on Iran.
This article is taken (and modified as appropriate) with permission from LoonWatch.
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Very Sad and True Bartby Escape on Wed Sep 15, 2010 08:49 PM PDT
After reading your list I am convinced Muslims perfected their creation of 'Islamophobia' on themselves first.
To 'Escape'by Raoul1955 on Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:07 PM PDT
Muslims are the hate mongers that 'Mola Nasredeen' is referring to.
1) Muslims are intolerant [hence hateful] of non-muslims,
2) Muslims are hateful of homosexuals: Saudis and Iranians kill homosexuals.
3) Muslims are hateful of those who think freely and criticize what they see as wrong; Iranians issued a fatwa for killing Salman Rushdie. That made Iranians the first nation in the modern history to issue killing order for a 'fiction' writer.
4) Muslims are hateful of anyone promoting his/her own religion to muslims: Saudis and Iranians officially kill all those non-muslims who apostatize muslims.
5) Muslims are hateful of apostates: Saudis and Iranians officially KILL apostates.
5) Muslims are hateful of those promoting individual liberties: Saudis and Iranians officially kill anyone who is critical of their leaders or the lifestyle imposed on the people;
6) Muslims are hateful of women who wish to exercise free will and live however they wish. They kill their women in an act that they refer to as 'honor killing.' Saudis and Iranians officially execute women who use their bodies as they wish.
I don't really have more time to write. As I would say: No rational being would subscribe to the cult of islam.
And if there was not a wordby Escape on Wed Sep 15, 2010 03:25 AM PDT
And if there was not a word called ‘Islamophobia’ before, well, hatemongers have created one now.
Islam created Islamophobia.
Here's the begining of Islamophobia in America.
In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was driven into the US Embassy compound in Beirut When it explodes, it kills 63 people.
Six short months later in 1983 a large truck heavily laden down with over 25 00 pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of the US Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut and 241 US servicemen are killed.
Two months later in December 1983, another truck loaded with explosives is driven into the US Embassy in Kuwait
The following year, in September 1984, another van was driven into the gate of the US Embassy in Beirut
April 1985 a bomb explodes in a restaurant frequented by US soldiers in Madrid
August 1985 a Volkswagen loaded with explosives is driven into the main gate of the US Air Force Base at Rheine-Main, 22 are killed
Fifty-nine days later in 1985 a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro is hijacked and we watched as an American in a wheelchair is singled out of the passenger list and executed.
The terrorists then shift their tactics to bombing civilian airliners when they bomb TWA Flight 840 in April of 1986that killed 4 and the most tragic bombing, Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie , Scotland in 1988, killing 259.
The terrorists decide to bring the fight to America . In January 1993, two CIA agents are shot and killed as they enter CIA headquarters in Langley , Virginia
The following month, February
1993 , a group of terrorists are arrested after a rented van packed with explosives is driven into the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City . Six people are killed and over 1000 are injured.
November 1995 a car bomb explodes at a US military complex in Riyadh Saudi Arabia killing seven service men and women.
A few months later in June of
1996, another truck bomb explodes only 35 yards from the US military compound in Dhahran , Saudi Arabia . It destroys the Khobar Towers , a US Air Force barracks, killing 19 and injuring over 500.
They move to coordinate their attacks in a simultaneous attack on two US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania . These attacks were planned with precision. They kill 224.
The USS Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling on 12 October
2000 , when a small craft pulled along side the ship and exploded killing 17 US Navy Sailors.
Nice recipe for Islamophobia.
Too bad American's aren't as stupid and racist as your perception of them,which is just a excuse for Islamist radicals.
Moosir, excellent expose,by Mola Nasredeen on Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:55 AM PDT
You wrote: “While on the surface, you might think that these organizations or activists should not concern you as a non-muslim/ex-muslim Iranian, you would be wrong. Many of these people advocate a military strike and/or "airtight sanctions" on Iran.”
My friend demonizing muslims in America is damaging our young Iranian Americans psychologically, they are looked down upon and demonized by their classmates. As for adult Iranian Americans, we face discrimination at work place. This has to stop. Here on Iranian dotcom we are under constant attack for being born a muslim. Zionist bloggers and their groupies here are demonizing Islam 24/7.
Thanks for the blog.
PS: And if there was not a word called ‘Islamophobia’ before, well, hatemongers have created one now.
Nonsensical Titleby Raoul1955 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 04:39 AM PDT
Phobia is a clinical term used by psychiatrists describing a mental disorder. There is no such a term as 'islamophobia.' Also, there is no such a nonsensical expression as an 'organized phobia.'
If we apply your logic to using clinical terms, we can then label muslims as:
Do some reading before expressing your hatred for people.
brigette gabrielle is the worst of themsheby Anonymous8 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 04:03 AM PDT
She has so much hatred for any kind of muslim, not just radicl.Thank you for this important subject.