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Fear Inc. - Explore The $57 Million Network Fueling Islamophobia In The United States

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A small group of foundations and wealthy donors serve as the lifeblood of the Islamophobia network in the United States. They provide critical funding to a clutch of right wing think tanks and misinformation experts who peddle hate and fear of Muslims.


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Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 11:01 am
Sadly, this doesn't surprise me one bit!!! The truth is that America has always defined itself by who it hates, be it Native Americans, the British, Russia, Korea, Vietnam and now Islam. When
Russia and communism collapsed it was soon apparent that it was a toss up between China or the middle East that was next. China became too important a trade ally and Sadam Hussain became too much of a threat to American oil interests...end of story...they have a new enemy! Only now it has escalated to the religion of Islam, rather than the ideology of !!!a country!!! Sadly the Jihadists have played straight in to USA hands and now made a large part of the world, including my own Great Britain, fear what is essentially a tolerant and peaceful religion!!! How many decades is it going to take to sort out this 'war' ???

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 11:38 am
Hmmm. . . a very sleek and sophisticated set-up.

Curious and interesting how, no matter what the "cause," money is always available.

Justin Vale (13)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 11:41 am
not gonna do them any good now. islamophobia created isis. and it will not destroy it's child. islamophobia is just a breastfeeding mother feeding it's child isis. all that these idiots are doing is just plain old nurturing parenting activities when it comes to what they are actually accomplishing. isis, thanks to the islamophobics and the zionist is beyond the tipping point. it's a frame of mind now. not even nukes can help us against the vengeance of islam and allah.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 2:56 pm
How sad! Respect each other!

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 3:01 pm
Thank you Dandelion

Simple and clear ....

Not really surprising - when one looks carefully at who is behind ....
And note well the sites indicated, & who use these sites all too often on C2NN ...

Freya H (345)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 3:15 pm
This is why peaceful Muslims who condemn terror need to come out and demonstrate! Probably the reason they get ignored - while the corporate-controlled media harp on the atrocities of the lunatic fringe - is because their masters are heavily invested in the Military-Industrial Complex, which of course benefits from war. By using violence, we are playing right into the hands of Islamic State and other terrorist organizations, because they can use the resulting carnage as bloody shirts to wave and stir up more hatred for us, as well as attract recruits. They have figured out how to manipulate us like puppets.

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 3:17 pm
See also Who are the millionaires behind the Islamophobic industry in America? An article based on the same data

fahad Al fahad (140)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 3:44 pm
the war against Islam start since 2003 not against ISIS as the Islamophobia network in USA want to show the USA Community !! and God now its fire Where up to !!!!

Eleonora O (37)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 3:47 pm

Dear Dandelion - thank you for putting up the link to this interactive map of the funders of the "Islamophobic Industry" as well as the "Institutes" dedicated to produce incitement material, their "echo chambers" as well as their supporters in media and politics. I was about to put up the link to an article with further links to this interactive map when I saw your post.

I hope you wont mind if I put in a few articles and links which I had prepared?

As can be seen by way of example in Think Islamists Are the Only Religious Terrorists? "our" Care2 has been thoroughly infiltrated by some foot soldiers of the "echo chamber" too. Many of us have continuously objected to the twisted material posted on Care2 from known hate sites like e.g. "Gatestone Institute", "Jihad Watch", "Clarion Project" as well as "Middle East Forum" and "MEMRI". We've countered the twists and turns of these "honorable" Institutes with facts by going to the original sources they quote in their articles ... just to find out that almost nothing is the way these Institutes portray it to be.

To make matters worse the HIB (Hate and Incitement Brigade) here on Care2 has the audacity to ever so often insert "Muslim" in newspaper articles to make it even more ... attractive.

All the more a reason to keep voicing our opposition to such brainwashing of Care2 members. Let's try to keep this website clean ... or at least as clean as possible.

Thanks a lot - I'd send you a whole Milky Way of stars if only I could!

Eleonora O (37)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 3:49 pm

Fear, Inc. 2.0 - The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America

At its core, the United States is a nation built on a few fundamental values. The values of freedom of religion and basic civil liberties are enshrined in the Bill of Rights and have been upheld time and time again by the U.S. Congress and courts. A basic respect for the rights of minority groups throughout the country—whether these minorities are ethnic, religious, political, geographic, or social—are inherent in the founding principles of the United States. All Americans—progressives and conservatives alike—share these core values that have formed the backbone of an inclusive, multidimensional society for nearly 250 years.

But the journey toward a more perfect union has not always been smooth. During World War II, for instance, Japanese Americans were unjustly interned because they were seen as “others.” In 1960, many opposed the election of President John F. Kennedy because they erroneously believed that his Catholic faith meant that his first loyalty would be to the Pope rather than the Constitution—and that if the two ever came in conflict, he would take orders from the Pope.

More recently, American Muslims in the United States have been targeted, profiled, or seen as suspect because of their faith.

In 2011, the Center for American Progress published “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” in order to identify and expose the organizations, scholars, pundits, and activists comprising a tightly linked network that spread misinformation and hateful propaganda about American Muslims and Islam. The report found that seven charitable foundations spent $42.6 million between 2001 and 2009 to support the spread of anti-Muslim rhetoric. The efforts of a small cadre of funders and misinformation experts were amplified by an echo chamber of the religious right, conservative media, grassroots organizations, and politicians who sought to introduce a fringe perspective on American Muslims into the public discourse.

In the three years since “Fear, Inc.” shined a light on the Islamophobia network and exposed the network’s key members, a number of them have been marginalized by the mainstream media and politicians. For example, the American Conservative Union publically reprimanded misinformation expert Frank Gaffney and made it clear that he is no longer welcome at their annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Conservative politicians from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney have pushed back against the “sinister accusations” of the Islamophobia network. And the anti-Muslim caucus in Congress took a huge hit by losing some of its loudest members, such as Reps. Allen West (R-FL) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

Unfortunately, in both the United States and abroad, some have seized on CAP’s 2011 report as evidence to support their own negative perceptions about the United States, claiming that the United States is indeed hostile to Muslims and Islam. To be clear, the Islamophobia network that CAP identified in 2011 is not indicative of mainstream American views. In fact, the views of anti-Muslim actors stand in stark contrast to the values of most Americans. The findings of the 2011 report, as well as this report, should not be misconstrued as a sign of widespread public antipathy toward the Muslim community in the United States, although concerns remain about the rise of anti-Muslim attitudes in the United States during the past few years. Instead, these two reports reveal how a well-funded, well-organized fringe movement can push discriminatory policies against a segment of American society by intentionally spreading lies while taking advantage of moments of public anxiety and fear. We are seeing this dynamic play out yet again in the aftermath of the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, as former elected officials and certain media commentators have used the terror attack as an opportunity to call for increased profiling of the American Muslim community.

Although the first report succeeded in identifying and marginalizing many members of the Islamophobia network, a number of these misinformation experts are still able to disproportionately influence public policy in America. From hate-group leader David Yerushalmi’s impact on anti-Sharia legislation across the country to Islamophobe William Gawthrop’s influence on the FBI’s training manuals, it is clear that the well-funded and well-connected individuals within the Islamophobia network still have the ability to promote bad public policies that ultimately affect all Americans.

Islamophobia in the United States takes many shapes and forms. It takes the form of a general climate of fear and anger toward American Muslims, as seen in the “civilization jihad” narrative, the religious right’s rhetoric, and the biased media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing. It comes out in cynical political efforts to capitalize on this climate of fear, as seen in state-level anti-Sharia bills introduced across the country and in far-right politicians’ grandstanding. And perhaps most dangerously, it manifests itself in institutional policies that view American Muslims as a threat, as seen in the FBI training manuals that profile Islam as a religion of violence.

But while the Islamophobia network has launched a variety of attacks on the American Muslim community during the past several years, the general public has also been more vigilant, and both progressives and conservatives have effectively rejected many of these anti-Muslim efforts. The public pushback—from New York City to Lansing, Michigan, and from Boston to Birmingham, Alabama—has been crucial in keeping the Islamophobia network where it belongs—on the fringes of American society. And while anti-Muslim groups continue their efforts incessantly, there has been a rise in religious and interfaith groups pushing back against Islamophobia.

Although the American public largely dismisses such prejudiced views, the Islamophobia network’s efforts to target American Muslim communities remain significant and continue to erode America’s core values of religious pluralism, civil rights, and social inclusion. The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, offers the Islamophobia network a new opportunity to leverage unrelated geopolitical events in order to create a caricature of Islam, foment public anxiety, and push discriminatory policies against American Muslims. The Islamophobia network’s new effort to equate mainstream American Muslims with the perverted brand of Islam promoted by ISIS is a reminder of the ongoing vigilance needed to push back against the anti-Muslim fringe.

This report examines several key elements of the Islamophobia network, including:

 The civilization jihad narrative and theories of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. government
 The Islamophobia network’s influence among the religious right and faith groups combating anti-Muslim sentiment
 The impact of the Islamophobia network on law-enforcement training
 The response to the Boston Marathon bombing and the narrative of Islamic extremism
 Politically motivated Islamophobia and pushback by mainstream conservatives

The first “Fear, Inc.” report sought to expose elements of the Islamophobia network by giving the mainstream public the information it needed to refute the claims and distortions made by the network’s misinformation experts. This report identifies the Islamophobia network’s ongoing efforts to promote policies that violate and contradict core American values and interests. The defense of these core values remains ongoing. As this report demonstrates, it only takes one individual with disproportionate influence to negatively affect the treatment of an entire group of American citizens.

Matthew Duss is the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. Yasmine Taeb is an attorney specializing in national security. Ken Gude is a Senior Fellow with the National Security Team at American Progress. Ken Sofer is the Associate Director for National Security and International Policy at American Progress.


Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 3:50 pm
Noted. Many thanks for posting this info, Dandelion. And, thanks to Evelyn for the additional article. We have a media that's complicit in this unfortunately. Lately, I feel like we've gone backwards to the days when if you're against war you're labeled "unpatriotic." I hope there are an abundance of voices that will speak out loudly, though. I'm afraid the Sunday morning news shows are already beating the drums for war. And, they're back to fear-mongering. I quit watching them all years ago out of complete disgust.

Eleonora O (37)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 3:50 pm
The Sugar Mama of Anti-Muslim Hate

Philanthropist Nina Rosenwald has used her millions to cement the alliance between the pro-Israel lobby and the Islamophobic fringe.
Max Blumenthal in “The Nation” July 2-9, 2012

In late April, Geert Wilders arrived in New York City to tell his quixotic tale to a rapt American audience. The far-right Dutch Party of Freedom leader—perhaps the world’s most prominent anti-Muslim populist—was poised to release Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me, a memoir just out from Regnery, the right-wing US publishing house, in which he recounts his courageous efforts to stop the “Islamicization” of Europe. On his US tour, Wilders proudly portrayed himself as a man on the run—a round-the-clock security detail guarding him against radical Muslims whose violent passions he had supposedly inflamed by his truth-telling—and as a man on the rise: the exodus of his party from the governing coalition had forced new elections in the Netherlands, throwing the country’s ossified establishment into chaos.

Upon Wilders’s arrival in New York, a little-known think tank called the Gatestone Institute rolled out the red carpet for him. On April 30, before a select crowd that according to Gatestone’s website had paid $10,000 a head, he held forth on the persecution he had endured during his recent trial for incitement to hatred and discrimination. “This charade that happened in the Netherlands for the last few years could not have happened in your great country,” Wilders said in his speech. Then he cut to the heart of his appeal: “Islam is primarily a dangerous ideology rather than a religion. This is the truth. This violent ideology wants to impose Islamic Sharia law on the whole world, including us—the Kafirs, the non-Muslims…. Islam is the largest threat to freedom which the world is currently facing.”

Some Dutch liberals have branded him a demagogue who summons the ghosts of Europe’s dark past, but Wilders counters the accusation by assiduously cultivating Jewish support. He quotes Zionist forefather Theodor Herzl and boasts of his more than forty trips to Israel, where he once toiled on a rural kibbutz. Wilders, in fact, has made a special friend of right-wing Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. In Wilders’s world, the Jewish state represents Fort Apache on the frontiers of the war against the barbarians threatening Western civilization. “Mothers in the West can sleep safely because Israeli mothers at night worry about their sons in the army,” he told the Gatestone Institute. “Their fight is our fight. We should support it.”

At the April event, Wilders’s seamless fusion of anti-Muslim bombast and pro-Israel cant was gratefully received by the Gatestone Institute’s founder and director, Nina Rosenwald, whom he acknowledged at the top of his jeremiad as another of his good friends. An heiress to the Sears Roebuck fortune, Rosenwald spreads her millions through the William Rosenwald Family Fund, a nonprofit foundation named for her father, a famed Jewish philanthropist who created the United Jewish Appeal in 1939. His daughter’s focus is more explicitly political. According to a report by the Center for American Progress titled “Fear Inc.,” Rosenwald and her sister Elizabeth Varet, who also directs the family foundation, have donated more than $2.8 million since 2000 to “organizations that fan the flames of Islamophobia.”

Besides funding a Who’s Who of anti-Muslim outfits, Rosenwald has served on the board of AIPAC, the central arm of America’s Israel lobby, and holds leadership roles in a host of mainstream pro-Israel organizations. As groups like AIPAC lead the charge for a US military strike on the Islamic Republic of Iran, threatening to turn apocalyptic visions of civilizational warfare into catastrophic reality, Rosenwald’s wealth has fueled a rapidly emerging alliance between the pro-Israel mainstream and the Islamophobic fringe. (In 2003 alone the Rosenwald Family Fund donated well over half of its $1.6 million in total contributions to pro-Israel and Islamophobic organizations.) This alliance serves to sanitize and legitimize professional anti-Muslim bigots like Wilders, allowing their ideas to mingle easily with those of neoconservative foreign policy heavyweights intent on promoting the appearance of a convergence between US and Israeli interests by invoking the specter of a common “Islamofascist” enemy. With Gatestone—which publicizes the writings of figures ranging from pro-Israel super-lawyer Alan Dershowitz to “counter-jihad” propagandist Robert Spencer, and boasts Harold Rhode, a neoconservative former Pentagon official credited, as a senior fellow, with helping to try to push the Bush administration to invade Iraq—Rosenwald has attempted to shift the alliance into overdrive.

Conspiracies, Witch Hunts and “Moderate Muslims”
Over the past decade, Rosenwald’s generosity has helped sustain the pet projects of “Islamofascism Awareness Week” organizer and Stalinist apostate David Horowitz. Her largesse has also supported former Lebanese Maronite TV anchor Brigitte Gabriel, who told an evangelical audience in 2006 that Muslims “have no souls—they are dead set on killing and destruction.” The Center for Security Policy (CSP), a Washington-based think tank directed by neoconservative former Pentagon official Frank Gaffney, has also thrived as a result of Rosenwald’s beneficence. The $437,000 in donations Gaffney reaped from the Rosenwald family enabled him to churn out conspiratorial pamphlets like his 2010 “Shariah: The Threat to America,” in which he warned that American Muslims were engaged in a “stealth jihad” to place the country under the control of Sharia, or Islamic law. At the Conservative Political Action Conference the following year, Gaffney sent his cadres to distribute fliers accusing top Republican anti-tax activists Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan of organizing a secret campaign dedicated to “the replacement of our constitutional republic…with a theocratic Islamic caliphate governing according to Shari’ah.” (David Steinmann, president of the Fund, sits on the board of Gaffney’s CSP.) Norquist is married to an Arab-American, and Khan, a former Republican Party official, is a fellow for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement. The American Conservative Union investigated Gaffney’s charges and declared them “reprehensible.”

Rosenwald has also used her money to support a seemingly sober set of self-proclaimed “dissident” Muslims who have seized the post-9/11 media spotlight to defend pro-Israel positions, Western military intervention in the Arab world and police spying on Muslim Americans. These beneficiaries include Irshad Manji, an openly gay Canadian TV personality and self-described “Muslim refusenik” who argued in her 2005 book, The Trouble With Islam Today, that “desert Arabs” and “Arab cultural imperialists” were imposing an anti-democratic, sexist and endemically anti-Semitic mindset on the rest of the world’s Muslims. In 2007 Rosenwald provided $10,000 in seed money for Manji’s new nonprofit, Project Ijtihad, which she founded to “help build the world’s most inclusive network of reform-minded Muslims and non-Muslim allies.”

Two years later Rosenwald pumped $10,000 into a similar but markedly more aggressive venture called the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. The group was founded by Zuhdi Jasser, an Arizona physician hailed by Glenn Beck as “the one Muslim we were all searching for after 9/11.” Despite his lack of academic or theological credentials, Jasser provided expert testimony last year before the Congressional hearing on Muslim American radicalization conducted by Representative Peter King of New York, widely criticized as a witch hunt. In early March, after the Associated Press exposed a secret NYPD unit monitoring Muslims throughout New York City and far beyond, Jasser issued a press release declaring, “We thank God every day for the NYPD.” That same day, he surfaced at a pro-NYPD rally in New York with King by his side. Then, only days later, over vehement objections from a coalition of Muslim groups, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell installed Jasser as a member of the Commission on International Religious Freedom.

But no single anti-Muslim activist has benefited more from his relationship with Rosenwald than Middle East Forum founder Daniel Pipes, bankrolled to the tune of $2.3 million over the past ten years by the Rosenwald family’s philanthropies. Pipes thanked Rosenwald for “[taking] on a leadership role when the [Middle East] Forum was yet fledgling, helping us through some tough spots.” A former scholar at the Rosenwald-backed pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), Pipes has made a career of advocating aggressive US and Israeli military action in the Middle East, including the razing of entire Palestinian villages. Expressing his solidarity with Wilders, Pipes echoed the Dutch politician’s racial views on Muslim immigrants, describing them as “brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and not exactly maintaining Germanic standards of hygiene.”

Pipes occupies a central position at the nexus of the pro-Israel lobby and the Islamophophic fringe. In 2001 he neatly encapsulated the zero-sum mentality that defines his view of the alliance, declaring, “I worry very much, from the Jewish point of view, that the presence, and increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims, because they are so much led by an Islamist leadership, that this will present true dangers to American Jews.”

To his shame, Pipes earned eighteen citations in the manifesto of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, the self-proclaimed “counter-jihadist” standing trial for the murder of seventy-seven people, mostly teenagers. Drawing heavily on sources like Pipes to justify his actions, Breivik said he carried out the slaughter to punish Europe for succumbing to “Islamicization” and multiculturalism. Ranking just behind Pipes in Breivik’s thought was the Middle East Monitoring and Research Institute (MEMRI), with sixteen citations from the right-wing terrorist. Founded by a former Israeli intelligence officer to monitor and selectively disseminate Arabic-language media, MEMRI has become a key source for organizations in the Islamophobic network. MEMRI provided much of the translated material in the anti-Muslim Clarion Fund’s mass-distributed propaganda film Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West. The Clarion Fund and MEMRI have received handsome donations from the Rosenwald family.

“We can give Nina Rosenwald the benefit of the doubt and say that in the past she didn’t know the poisonous ideological agenda of her beneficiaries,” Wajahat Ali, principal author of the “Fear Inc.” report, told me. “But at this point, she has no excuse for ignoring their extreme activities. So the question is why she continues to support them.”

Birth of a Benefactor
Who is this benefactor of Islamophobia? According to those familiar with Rosenwald, she is anything but a sophisticated Machiavellian operator—“a babe in the woods,” as one of her longtime acquaintances described her to me. (Rosenwald did not respond to interview requests sent to the Gatestone Institute and her personal e-mail.) According to another acquaintance, Rosenwald has a penchant for launching into anti-Arab anti-Palestinian tirades at public forums, leaping up like “a jack in the box” to denounce the evildoers. Despite her zealotry, Rosenwald maintains a reputation as a Manhattan socialite who travels in some of New York City’s most elite financial and political circles. Her wealthy friends gather for salons at upscale restaurants and in the living room of her Upper West Side apartment to meet major league political personalities, including former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, neoconservative former UN Ambassador John Bolton (an associate of the Gatestone Institute) and the late right-wing media provocateur Andrew Breitbart.

Rosenwald counts among her closest friends Norman Podhoretz, the octogenarian neoconservative activist and former Commentary magazine editor who argues that Jewish Democrats are heretics betraying their religious duty to support the Jewish state. Rosenwald, according to one friend, is also close to Podhoretz’s daughter, Ruthie Blum, a right-wing columnist who lives in the illegal West Bank settlement of Har Adar and writes a column for Israel Hayom, a newspaper published by far-right billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a chief financial supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benajamin Netanyahu. Father and daughter echo the line of Likudnik Greater Israel ideology and anti-Muslim fanaticism, with Podhoretz urging the Western world to wage “World War IV” (the title of his post-9/11 polemic) against what he and Blum call “Islamofascism.” Blum has called for an Israeli war against Iran on the grounds that “Iran is soon to have atomic bombs with which it will attempt to impose Shariah law on the rest of the world—after wiping out the Jewish state.” Rosenwald has sustained Commentary (now edited by Podhoretz’s son John) with regular donations of up to $15,000—a modest but important sum for a right-wing Israel-centric magazine with an increasingly minuscule readership.

Through her affiliation with the Washington-based Hudson Institute, where Norman Podhoretz is an adjunct fellow, Rosenwald established a branch of the think tank in New York City. Operating under the Hudson banner, Rosenwald brought Wilders to town in 2008 to warn against the Muslim plot to “rule the world by the sword.” Wilders’s tirade during that visit against the prophet Muhammad, whom he described as “a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile,” was strident even by the standards of the hawkish Hudson Institute. By 2011, well before Wilders’s return visit this year, Rosenwald separated Hudson New York City from Hudson’s national branch, changing her organization’s name to the Gatestone Institute. Today, Rosenwald maintains a seat on Hudson’s board of directors.

Nina Rosenwald’s influence is based on the fortune her grandfather Julius earned at the turn of the century as co-owner of Sears, Roebuck & Company. Julius Rosenwald, renowned for his liberal philanthropy, used his fortune to nurture the careers of African-American leaders from Booker T. Washington to W.E.B. Du Bois and writers Langston Hughes and Claude McKay. Like many Reform Jews of his time, Rosenwald kept a cautious distance from Zionism, which organizations like the American Jewish Committee treated as a potential threat to Jewish assimilation in America.

Julius’s son, William, continued the philanthropic tradition his father inaugurated. With rabbis Abba Hillel Silver and Jonah Wise, two early leaders of the American Zionist movement, William Rosenwald helped form the United Jewish Appeal for Refugees and Overseas Needs to “fortify the Jews of all countries against anti-Semitic onslaughts.” Rosenwald’s efforts to resettle imperiled European Jews vaulted him into a lifetime of leadership of major Jewish organizations. In the aftermath of the 1967 war, when Israel began its illegal military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights, Rosenwald, like most Jewish institutional leaders, intensified his commitment to the cause of Zionism.

Following their father, Nina Rosenwald and her siblings became active in the pro-Israel community. While her sister Elizabeth has assumed a lower profile, there is hardly a single major pro-Israel organization that does not provide Rosenwald with a seat on its board of directors. Thanks to her financial generosity, Rosenwald sits on the board of influential neoconservative groups from WINEP and AIPAC as well as Hudson. She is the vice president of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, which has provided training to thousands of American law enforcement and military officials from Israeli intelligence and police officers.

While entrenched in the pro-Israel establishment in the United States, Rosenwald has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars into some of the Jewish state’s more unpleasant—and legally dubious—ventures. The Rosenwald Family Fund has provided at least $100,000, for example, to the Golan Fund, an initiative of the Israel Land Fund that aims to increase the “Jewish presence” in Israel’s Galilee region and the occupied Golan Heights by “obtain[ing] more of that [Arab] land for agricultural use,” according to its website. Extending its influence across the Green Line, the Rosenwald Family Fund has also provided financial support to the College of Judea (now Ariel University Center of Samaria) in the Israeli mega-settlement of Ariel; the Beit El yeshiva, a religious nationalist school situated in a West Bank settlement that instructs students to disobey government orders to abandon illegal settlement outposts; and to the Central Fund for Israel, a New York City–based nonprofit that serves as a major funding artery between American-based donors and the hardcore settlements of the West Bank.

According to Henry Siegman, a former executive director of the American Jewish Congress who serves as president of the US/Middle East Project, the Rosenwald family’s rightward trajectory reflects a generational shift within the Jewish American establishment. “The trend is not something that just emerged recently,” Siegman told me. “Over the last few decades, the Jewish Federations and AIPAC have played a significant role in shaping this reactionary move by advancing the notion that we should support any government in Israel and any policy that the government espouses. The Jewish organizations that opposed this line and took the opposite position were punished financially by the wealthy donors AIPAC was able to put together.”

As Islamophobia consumes broad sectors of America’s pro-Israel community, leading Israel advocacy groups are dispatching anti-Muslim speakers to college campuses across the country. Chief among them is StandWithUs, an organization that Danny Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, says his government uses to “amplify our power.” In May StandWithUs sent Rosenwald beneficiary Jasser to appear beside a cast of neoconservative activists at a University of California, San Diego, event dedicated to condemning established human rights groups. Earlier in the year, StandWithUs dispatched Nonie Darwish, an ex-Muslim convert to evangelical Christianity who calls Islam “a poison to our society,” to speak at the University of New Mexico.

According to Siegman, the Jewish establishment’s loyalty to an Israeli government drifting irrevocably toward the far shores of the right has taken a terrible toll. “Islamophobia has gained many followers in the Jewish establishment and at this point has infected American Jewish life,” he commented. “The neocons are to a large extent responsible for that. And they did this at the price of alienating the younger generation, which is falling away.”

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Nina Rosenwald served as chair of the Middle East Media Research Institute's board of directors. Rosenwald's bio at the Hudson Institute lists several apparently false and out-of-date affiliations, among them a MEMRI chairmanship that never happened. We regret the error.

Eleonora O (37)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 4:10 pm

Fahad - you have to go back to 1990 when Prof. emeritus Bernard Lewis (former British intelligence officer, Foreign Office staffer, and Princeton University professor) coined the phrase "Clash of Civilizations" (Atlantic Monthly 1990 and in Foreign Affairs 1992) which was worked into a book by late Samuel Huntington in 1997.

If you're interested to read more about Bernard Lewis - he is connected with the "Who is Who" of the neoconservatives as well as the Fear Inc.


SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 4:19 pm
Noted and shared

Walter F (128)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 4:39 pm
Thanks Dandelion an interesting read.We are living in interesting times.

Carol R (11)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 5:04 pm
Thank-you Dandelion for posting this!

And Eleonora, I'd send you another star or 2 or3 but I just sent you one for your comment on Think Islamists Are The Only Terrorists... with this link.

Leanne B (46)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 5:06 pm
Thank you Dandelion. Hate spreaders with money are the big threat to us all everywhere!

S J (124)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 8:29 pm
thanks Dandelion

Laurie H (818)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 9:08 pm
SO APPRECIATED , Dearest Sheryl!!!! Respect & concern for fellow human beings needs to take hold---I agree Birgit~~~

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 12:41 am
Well - there is some very interesting reading here! I've saved the articles Eleonora has added - again, should be a cascade of stars for you, Eleonora!

I think some people, who use the sites flagged in these articles, are not going to be very happy! They'll be screaming "ANTI-SEMITISM" as they read (IF they read carefully - which is a moot point) because, as usual, they confuse criticism with racism when it is directed towards pro-Zionism and manipulation of the media against Muslims ....

Uri Avnery wrote "In theory, Arab anti-Semitism is an oxymoron, since Arabs are Semites. Indeed, Arabs may be more Semitic then Jews, because Jews have mingled for many centuries with Gentiles." (Anti-What?)

Incidentally - mention early of Sheldon Adelson reminds me of another Avnery article, posted a couple of weeks ago: The Casino Republic - WHO IS the Ruler of Israel?

Athena F (131)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 12:44 am
thank you

Melanie LeBel (87)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 1:28 am

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 2:08 am
Thanks for sharing Sheryl and to Eleonora's comment.

fahad Al fahad (140)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 5:28 am
Thank you my dear Eleonora for the valuable information I will read about the neoconservatives !! even I know their plans with diabolical

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 5:32 am
What a load of baloney!!

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 5:56 am
Thanks Sheryl. Just think of what this world would be like if we respected each other, celebrated our differences and didn't live in fear of what we don't understand.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 6:31 am
I thank all those who noted and commented on this offering....also for Evelyn and Eleonora for the extra links. I do believe it's important to learn how and why the flames of hate get started and are fanned. Hate groups are indeed dangerous, they place all of us in harms way, creating conditions that didn't have to exist. We do not solve or in fact stop or cure anything with hate; only through love and understanding can we begin to pull things back and to turn the ugliness around. If bombs and hate solved anything we should all be living in very peaceful Countries the world over.

Peter Blattner (86)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 2:31 pm
Disgusting and humans Disparaging...

Eleonora O (37)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 4:04 pm

Dandelion and Winn - you're both right and I fully agree. Problem is that way one can't make profit, it doesn't secure more land and aquifers, it doesn't secure oil, natural gas and all other raw material which is so vital to maintain our "life style". Therefore, they MUST pit us people against each other in order for us to hate and fight each other while they divide the world in a way that suits their ulterior motives and interests.

Here is another result of Fear Inc. petition


. (0)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 4:45 pm
Saudi Arabia is the financier behind the Wahabbi sharia organization. It does so to avoid the threat posed by the Wahab sect to the "kingdom". Why then should it go after IS or ISIL? Perhaps they think they can avoid them but if IS or ISIL gets a foot in the door of the kingdom it's game over for the house of Fahd. It's time that the huge Saudi military machine started fighting its own battles. America no longer needs to be there in mass numbers.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 5:17 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.

Catrin Schuetz-Kroehler (47)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 5:36 pm
It is always easier to hate on people instead of being tolerant and understanding. If we would just stop going by preconceived notions and respect each other .

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday February 26, 2015, 7:17 am
Thank you Michael we've been too long in league with the devil.....I certainly signed the petition you left Eleonora. He is another mouthpiece fueling this hate, a former Hindu now placating the religious right to further his career at the expense of many.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday February 26, 2015, 7:19 am
meant to include, the Christian Fundamentalist religious right.....

Lady Suki (446)
Thursday February 26, 2015, 3:43 pm
Thanks for posting.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday February 26, 2015, 4:07 pm
Came back and signed the petition Eleonora posted---many thanks!

Shirley S (187)
Thursday February 26, 2015, 10:02 pm
This comes down to the basic ideology of "love thy neighbour".

Past Member (0)
Friday February 27, 2015, 5:50 am
Thanks for this article.

Frances Darcy (92)
Friday February 27, 2015, 7:58 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 28, 2015, 5:53 am
Thanks for posting Dandelion. So many great comments by everyone. I think a previous commentator hit the nail on the head. After the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war, the U.S. military/industrial complex needed to find a new enemy to feed its war machine and keep the profits rolling in. The events of 9/11 gave it the perfect scapegoat, and we've been falling for the propaganda ever since. Or some of us have been, because it's an all-too-human character flaw to let our fears rule us, and so we can be easily manipulated that way. Articles like this need to be spread around so that people can see just how they're being used to further the ambitions and greed of the war-mongers who work for the "defense industry". I't all about money--wealth for the few and death and destruction for the many. We need to refuse to be foled into being their pawns. I too have noticed the ant-muslim clique here on Care2NN who take every opportunity to publish something portraying Islam in the worst possible light, and the followers who are happy to join in the hate-fest there. When I was in school, we were required to read the 'Ox Bow Incident', which was about the injustices that can take place when "mob mentality' is allowed to rule individuals thinking,leading them to commit acts they would not normally consider.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 5:47 pm
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Liliana Garcia (204)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 7:03 pm
I agree with most posts here and think Linda Rust said it quite well. USA was always about social exclusion and religious intolerance not the other way around. Stating that hate groups are doing something new is not knowing that nation's history at all. See Howard Zinn's book " A people's history of the United States" and learn about its true roots. Rampage, genocide, slavery, support for right wing dictators, invasions, corporate power, public debt and war to ease the debt so that the upper crust stays on top forever and ever, a fascist underlay into its government structures, thus CIA murders, FBI murders. NSA treachery and PACS and eminent domain from SCOTUS while the executive protects the murderous MONSANTO. So the bells don't toll for bygone times before 9/11, instead they toll for the terrible mistake of ignoring history!

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 7:40 pm
Aho Liliana.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 2, 2015, 3:41 am
As per usual, nobody's given a plausible reason for this latest of the *BigConspiracies*.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday March 2, 2015, 2:01 pm
Well documented piece, look it over......don't let the facts get in your way. As they say, follow the money.

Peter Blattner (86)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 1:57 pm
Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and any more... basically everything that only small and "nothing substantial people" to the good and the bad hike along very often on a very fine line

Jae A (316)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 4:04 pm
S&N'd.... others have covered the topic as to anything I'd have to add, so my thanks to all those who did so and to Dandelion for posting this interesting/informative article .

Sheryl G (359)
Friday March 6, 2015, 6:19 am
As they say follow the money.....see who kisses the butt of Adelson. Seems to be a lot of butt kissing these days.

Gina Caracci (219)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 10:51 am
its all about money, power and greed
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