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    Wave of Islamophobia Sweeping U.S. Is Repeat of Anti-Japanese Hysteria After Pearl Harbor

    By SKEETER SANDERS

    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
    – George Santayana

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    As controversy continues to build over the planned construction of an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks away from New York’s Ground Zero, there has been a dramatic spike in incidents of anti-Muslim bigotry in recent weeks, indicative of a wave of Islamophobia that is sweeping across the United States.

    Opposition to new mosques isn’t limited to New York. There have been demonstrations and acts of violence against existing and proposed Muslim houses of worship from coast to coast — including a suspected arson fire Friday night at the site of a new Islamic center in suburban Nashville.

    A spokesman for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department said that the blaze, which destroyed construction equipment at the future site of the Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been ruled as arson. Gasoline was poured over the equipment and ignited.

    The Sheriff’s Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — as well as the FBI — are jointly investigating the fire as a possible hate crime, according to Andy Anderson, special agent for the BATF.

    MUSLIM TAXI DRIVER IN NEW YORK ATTACKED

    Acts of violence against individual Muslims have also risen sharply — the most notorious such incident so far being an attack on a Muslim taxi driver last Tuesday night in New York. The driver, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was slashed by his knife-wielding passenger after he acknowledged being a Muslim.

    Police arrested Michael Enright, 21, who had just returned from filming U.S. Marines serving in Afghanistan and charged him with felony attempted murder motivated by religious bias in the attack on 43-year-old taxi driver Ahmed Sharif. Police said Sharif was slashed across the face, arm and hand.

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg condemned the attack, telling reporters at a hurriedly-called City Hall news conference that it was "clearly motivated by anti-Muslim bias. . .This attack runs counter to everything that New Yorkers believe, no matter what God we pray to."

    ANTI-MUSLIM PASSIONS RAGING ACROSS THE COUNTRY

    Much of the anti-Muslim passion is being fanned by conservative politicians and hard-line right-wing Christian evangelicals who consider Islam an "evil" religion and an "enemy of the Judeo-Christian way of life."

    Long before the controversy over the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" escalated into a major headline-grabbing battle over the right of Muslims in America to freedom of worship under the First Amendment, there has been a steady uptick in anti-Muslim sentiment across the country:

    # Several Christian ministers in Sheboygan, Wisconsin led a noisy protest in May against a proposal to build a local mosque in a former health food store purchased by a Muslim doctor.

    # Members of the right-wing Tea Party movement in late July insultingly brought dogs — much beloved by Westerners but considered unclean animals by Muslims — to picket Friday prayers at a mosque in Temecula, California, whose leaders want to build a new house of worship on a vacant lot nearby.

    # Also in late July, trustees of a Roman Catholic church in the New York City borough of Staten Island rejected a proposal to sell a former convent owned by the parish to a Muslim group that wanted to convert it into a mosque, after word of the proposed sale was made public, sparking loud anti-Muslim protests by local residents.

    # Muslim leaders in Bridgeport, Connecticut asked for police protection on August 6 after members of a right-wing Christian-supremacist group staged an angry protest outside a local mosque during Friday prayers, shouting hateful anti-Muslim invectives at the worshippers, and accusing their children of being "murderers" as they left the mosque. The protesters were members of the Texas-based Operation Save America — an offshoot of anti-abortion extremist Randall Terry’s Operation Rescue.

    # And just last Tuesday, a zoning board in Mayfield, Kentucky reversed its decision to allow a group of Muslim refugees to use a local building as a mosque. The owner of a flower shop located next door to the building, a self-described evangelical Christian, said it might have been different if the building was to be used as a Baptist church.

    AN EERIE ECHO OF AN UGLY CHAPTER IN U.S. HISTORY RIGHT AFTER PEARL HARBOR

    It truly is unfortunate that there are fewer and fewer Americans of the GI Generation still living, for lost with their passing is the collective memory of one of the ugliest chapters of American history — one that the current wave of Islamophobia threatens to repeat.

    That chapter is the even more virulent wave of bigotry against Japanese-Americans that swept the country in the months following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor — bigotry so intense and widespread that it ultimately resulted in tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans forcibly removed by the federal government from their homes and businesses and sent to internment camps located in remote area across the western U.S.

    The discrimination and hostility that German-Americans experienced during World War I was nothing compared to what Japanese-Americans would endure after Pearl Harbor. The Germans were white and European; the Japanese were neither. What happened to Japanese-Americans during World War II was — most historians today agree — one of the most blatantly racist episodes in the nation’s history.

    And it was directed by none other than the man considered America’s greatest president of the 20th Century — Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    That the treatment of Japanese-Americans was motivated by anti-Asian racism was made clear by the uncovering of FBI documents from that era. From 1939 to 1941, the FBI compiled what the bureau called the Custodial Detention Index on U.S. citizens, "enemy" aliens and foreign nationals which might be dangerous. Interestingly, the so-called "enemy races" identified in the FBI’s files specifically excluded those of German and Italian descent.

    ANTI-JAPANESE SENTIMENT RAN HIGHEST IN CALIFORNIA, HAWAII

    Japan’s rapid military conquest of much of Asia made their war machine appear to some Americans frighteningly unstoppable. Civilian and military officials had concerns about the loyalty of Japanese-Americans and considered them to be a security risk.

    Upon examination of historical record, however, it became clear that these concerns often grew more out of anti-Asian racial hatred than any actual security risk, particularly since no such alarm was raised about German-Americans and Italian-Americans.

    Nonetheless, American attitudes toward the Japanese and Japanese-Americans in World War II stood in stark contrast to their attitudes toward Americans of German and Italian ancestry — even when compared to the prejudice toward German-Americans during World War I. Then-President Woodrow Wilson never issued an executive order for the detention of Americans of German or Austro-Hungarian ancestry during that war.

    FDR ORDERS INTERNMENT OF UP TO 120,000 JAPANESE-AMERICANS

    Thus, on February 20, 1942, Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, ordering the forcible relocation of approximately 112,000 to 120,000 ethnic Japanese — 62 percent of whom were U.S. citizens — from their homes to hastily-constructed "war relocation camps" located primarily in remote regions, far from the country’s major urban centers.
    Roosevelt’s order authorized U.S. military commanders to designate "military areas" at their discretion, "from which any or all persons may be excluded." These "exclusion zones," unlike the "alien enemy" roundups, were applicable to anyone that an authorized military commander might choose, whether citizen or non-citizen.

    Eventually such areas would include both the east and west coasts, and about a third of the country’s interior — and were applied almost exclusively to all of those of Japanese ancestry, although there were many instances of Chinese-Americans also getting caught up in the internment. Indeed, the internments in California brought back memories of violent attacks on Chinese nationals and Chinese-Americans by white mobs in San Francisco in the late 1800s.

    INTERNMENT PROVED IMPRACTICAL IN HAWAII

    The internment order proved, however, to be impractical to enforce in Hawaii — despite the fact that Japanese-Americans there were closer to essential military facilities than most of their compatriots on the U.S. mainland. This was because Japanese-Americans were over a third of Hawaii’s population — and were too vital to the islands’ economy.
    Instead, the whole of Hawaii — which, although a U.S. territory, was not yet the nation’s 50th state — was placed under martial law. The Army imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the entire population of Hawaii except those on official business and compiled intelligence dossiers on nearly half a million Hawaiians.

    Today, Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that has a majority-Asian population. Slightly more than 50 percent of Hawaii’s residents today are of Japanese ancestry — including U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye — a highly-decorated World War II veteran — and U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono.

    In 1988, Congress passed and President Ronald Reagan signed legislation which apologized for the internment on behalf of the U.S. government. The legislation stated that government actions were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership." Over $1.6 billion in reparations were later disbursed by the U.S.

    government to Japanese-Americans who had either suffered internment or were heirs of those who had suffered internment.

    WILL HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF WITH AMERICA’S 1.3 MILLION MUSLIMS?

    With the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II all but faded from the collective American memory, there is a real danger that this dark chapter of American history, as the Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana warns in his famous aphorism quoted at the beginning of this column, could be repeated — this time against America’s estimated 1.3 million Muslims.

    The open hatred that the 9/11 attacks have generated against Muslims ignores the fact that, of the more than 3,500 people who were slaughtered at the hands of the 19 al-Qaida terrorists, there were dozens of victims who were themselves Muslims — including Salman Hamdani, a 23-year-old New York City police cadet who was also a part-time ambulance driver and a medical student; and Mohammed Jawarta, who worked for MAS, a private security firm.

    Let’s not forget that among the nation’s 1.3 million Muslims include a significant number of celebrities, including three-time heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali; basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; the reigning Miss USA, Rima Fakiah — even though she has herself come out against the proposed Cordoba House Islamic Center; actor/comedian Dave Chappelle; Aasif Mandvi, of the faux-news comedy "Daily Show;" and composer A. R. Rahman, a frequent visitor to the U.S. from India who’s best known for scoring the music of the Golden Globe and Oscar-winning film, "Slumdog Millionaire."

    WAVE OF ISLAMOPHOBIA A DANGEROUS PRECURSOR TO OUTRIGHT FASCISM

    The strong, passionate feelings expressed by the loved ones of the more than 3,500 people murdered by the 9/11 terrorists are something that has to be taken seriously. But the voices of the relatives of the 9/11 victims have, unfortunately, been joined by an ugly chorus of anti-Muslim bigots and extremely arrogant WASP evangelicals who believe that all non-Christian people of faith are condemned to go to hell for praying to a "false god."

    That this chorus is disregarding the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion to ALL Americans — including the nation’s Muslims — is an obscene affront to the very foundations upon which this country was built — and to which I, as a member of a faith minority myself (I’m a Wiccan) — must raise my voice in protest.

    It is also a dangerous descent into an ideology that this country sent up to 12 million of its bravest to fight against in World War II.

    That ideology is fascism — the belief that one race or one religion or one ethnicity or one nationality is superior to all others and/or that all others are evil. What some Americans are saying about Muslims today is little different from what Hitler and his Nazis said about Jews in Germany more than 70 years ago.

    Even Japanese-American survivors of the World War II-era internment see dangerous parallels between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, with some survivors warning within days of the 9/11 attacks that what happened to them could happen to American Muslims.

    Santayana is right. Those who cannot remember the past truly are condemned to repeat it.

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    Islamophobia–Israel’s Most Cherished Weapon of Mass Destruction Destined to Destroy The West If Not Stopped


    By crescentandcross - 30, Aug 2010





    Yes, it certainly paints a frightening picture for sure. The inhabitants of the most powerful countries in the world–militarily and economically speaking–transformed into sub-humanoids, bled completely dry of all the characteristics distinguishing them as members of a higher, more intelligent species and who now roam the earth in search of healthy, uninfected people so they can eat them…


    No, I am not talking about the storyline from the movie I Am Legend starring Will Smith (a screen shot of which is featured above) where mankind has been decimated by a genetically-engineered virus that has mutated what’s left of human beings into irrational, incoherent, savages devoid of reason and morals…

    Rather, what we’re referring to here is that OTHER man-made virus epidemically sweeping through the West and America like wildfire that has mutated entire swaths of otherwise normal humans into irrational, incoherent, savages who are devoid of reason and morals.

    As frightening as this sounds, (and believe me, it should scare the b-Jesus out of everyone) the fact is this is not some Hollywood fantasy like the blockbuster movie Independence Day, where the world stands at the brink of complete annihilation and is saved LITERALLY AT THE LAST FREAKING SECOND by a nice, nerdy Jewish boy with a Messiah complex named David.


    No, in this case, the Krippen Virus–as it was called in I Am Legend– threatening destruction of all life on earth is today known as Islamophobia, and along with its attending “war to end all wars”, stands the very good likelihood of turning an otherwise Garden of Eden into Paradise lost.

    And despite the fact all this is not some silver screen fantasy, this is not to say however that Hollywood–no, let’s re-phrase that–JEWISH CONTROL of both Hollywood and the mainstream media in the US–has not played the lead role in this action drama by cultivating and propagating this epidemic, because it most certainly has. Indeed, if there is a Dr. Alice Krippen (the scientist credited with creating the virus that destroyed the entire human race in I Am Legend) in all this, it is those bespecled, white-coated Jewish interests working in PR laboratories in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, New York and D.C. controlling what we see, hear, read and think.


    Those who doubt such an epidemic exists simply have not been paying attention as of late. Now, thanks to bullhorns and blowhards both in the mainstream AND alternative media, it–the virus–is everywhere, in our air, water, under our fingernails and even in our toothpaste. Whether it is propagandists and Zionist assets from the mainstream-media such as Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney, et al or whether it is those in the patriot/alternative media such as Devvy Kidd, Frosty Wooldridge and others (who foolishly think that by spewing lies about Islam they will endear themselves to Jewish interests and avoid the menacing glare of powerful Zionist groups such as the ADL and SPLC) it is monsoon season as far as anti-Islamic hysteria goes, and with no change of weather in sight for the foreseeable future.

    As if the two wars the West is fighting for these Jewish interests weren’t bad enough (and we could certainly characterize 2 million dead innocent civilians and an economy on life support as “bad enough” wouldn’t you agree?) now an already uncomfortably-hot situation has been ratcheted up–not just a few degrees, but indeed enough to flash-fry an 80-lb turkey in about ten seconds. What used to be sporadic incidents such as severed pigs’ heads being left at the front doors of Muslim homes in America or bricks being thrown through the windows of Islamic centers and mosques has now graduated to throat slashings, as recently took place this last week in NYC.

    Imagine for a moment if you will fellow earthlings…A father of 4 small children, (no doubt quite hungry, given the fact it is Ramadan and he is fasting) doing his job, following all the laws as laid down by his city, county, state and federal governments, when all the sudden some piece of white trash gets into his car, asks him if he is a Muslim and slashes his throat in some attempted form of weird, Kosher-approved ritual slaughter, as our Muslim father of 4 pleads with his would-be murderer, saying “Please don’t kill me. I’m a very hard worker. I work very hard”.


    AND WE ARE TOLD IT IS ISLAM THAT IS VIOLENT AND BACKWARDS AND THAT THE MUSLIMS COULD LEARN A THING OR TWO FROM THE ENLIGHTENED “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN WEST”???

    Let us not either make the mistake of thinking the subsequent criminality and violence springing up on a daily basis now by these Gawd-fearin’/Red-bluddid ‘mericans against Muslims is not the result of the tsunami of lying, anti-Islamic rhetoric being organized by Jewish interests and propagated through both the mainstream and alternative media. The two are as inextricably linked with each other as cross burnings and the Klan and anyone who says different is a liar, a fool or both. This epidemic of Islamophobia (just like the Krippen Virus in I Am Legend) is every bit as much an Israeli operation in psychological warfare as are all the other infamous false-flag terrorist operations cooked up in Mossad headquarters in Herzilya, including but not limited to the Lavon Affair, Israel’s attack on the USS LIBERTY, the dead Kennedys, the 1983 attack on the US Marine barracks in Lebanon, the planned assassination of George Herbert Walker Bush in 1990 and, last but not least, 9/11.

    But, as bad as it is, ladies and gentlemen, it actually gets much, much worse when you understand the ‘logic’ of those who have brought this thing about, and something that those in the West who are beating their breasts the hardest against Islam should take into consideration before proceeding an inch further.


    In the first case, what we must recognize is that all this hysteria is a preparatory step to something going BOOM! in America that will then be blamed on Iran (and others) in justifying going deeper into war at a time the US doesn’t have the resources to buy the tissue paper necessary to blow her nose. The aforementioned agents out there whipping up this fever in America against Islam–Geller, Spencer, Gaffney et al, should be seen for exactly what they are–saboteurs who are planting time-bombs that will result in massive loss of life in America and beyond. The Jewish interests overseeing all this are waiting for the right moment when America’s body temperature reaches a certain point that makes the next false flag attack believable, and as soon as that takes place, we will see something take place that will make 9/11 look tame by comparison.

    Secondly, what we have to keep in mind is that the destruction of Islam is not the primary objective here. Like a guy asking a girl out for dinner, it is just a precursor to the main event he hopes will be taking place later. It–the Zionist-engineered clash of civilizations between the Islamic and Christian worlds–is merely a stepping stone to something else, something rooted in deep, never-forgotten vendettas and accounting matters that require settling.


    The first thing to keep in mind when understanding where these Jewish interests are going with all this Armageddon business is that they do not have a 2,000 year old grudge with Islam. In fact (the 20th century being the exception) Jews chart their “Golden Age” and the period of their greatest prosperity under Muslim rule in places like Spain and Baghdad.

    The West however is another matter altogether. As far as Jewry is concerned, there are old scores to be settled, most notably a particular landmark event taking place in 70 A.D., something they don’t consider to be just a minor accounting matter, but rather one requiring the proverbial pound of flesh.

    Everything taking place today viz a viz Israel and the Jewish people is about turning back the clock and undoing history. While the rest of the world has moved forward, they are a people who have remained frozen in time, back when a jealous, vindictive God supposedly promised them the world and everything with it. As such, they are holding on to a lottery ticket they say has all the winning numbers on it, even though it is for a lottery that does not exist, and they are out to collect every cent of what they say is theirs.

    Now, how did it come to be that they lost out in this lottery? It all goes back to their country being destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Romans, forcing them to scatter and flee and to live as “guests” in gentile nations for 2,000 years where they suffered rejection and, as we are not allowed to forget, “anti-Semitism” and “persecution“.


    And who are the Romans today? Why, wouldn’t ya know, WE ARE–the West, meaning Europe and America. “The sins of the father“…–remember that old line from the Old Testament, where the children pay the price for the evil deeds of the parents generation after generation? As they–the Jews–see it, our great, great grandfathers destroyed their country, reduced these self-perceived kings and princes to beggars and gypsies and robbed them of their lottery winnings and now WE, the great great-grandchildren, must pay the price, first by destroying Israel’s existential threats, and then secondly by going down in flames economically, socially and politically as a result of fighting these wars against over a billion people.

    Don’t believe it? Well then, ask yourself–which countries are fighting this war against a billion Muslims? The Chinese? No. The Russians? No. The Indians? No.

    It is America, England, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Australia, etc, all countries who today are the great, great grandkids of yesterday’s Romans who destroyed Jerusalem.


    And this, friends, Romans, countrymen, is the reason the West today finds herself infected with the Zionist version of the Krippen Virus, the only antidote to which is the truth and the courage to speak it throughout that great leper colony known as Western civilization.

    Let us hope there is enough serum to go around before the madmen who have spread this weapon of mass destruction drag mankind past that point of no return as described in one horror story known as the Apocalypse, for if not, as we were told, “no flesh will survive”.

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    Islamophobia, European-Style

    Gary Younge - September 23, 2010

    Say what you like about George W. Bush; he respected the Muslims he murdered. Even as he wiped them out and tortured them, he professed his respect for their religion. "The Muslim faith is based upon peace and love and compassion," he said. "The exact opposite of the teachings of the Al Qaeda organization." The problem wasn't that he hated Muslims; it was that, through invasion and occupation, he sought to love them to death.



    There was no reason to disbelieve these claims. Iraq, in particular, was never a war against Islam. It was primarily a war for oil; Muslims just got in the way. The driving logic behind it had no more to do with religion than slavery had to do with skin pigmentation. When it came to marketing the war, not only was disdain of Islam not necessary; it was actively unhelpful. With the war branded as an act of liberation, there was little to be gained by wantonly disparaging the faith of the very people it was now your task to subdue. And so long as the United States was bombing Muslims abroad, there was no need to bash them at home.

    Needless to say, this official sensitivity bore little relation to how Muslims were treated by the state. Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, broad sweeps of people from predominantly Muslim countries resulted in the "preventive detention" of 1,200, mostly men; voluntary interviews of 19,000; and a program of special registration for more than 82,000. Not a single terrorism conviction emerged from any of this.

    Nor did Bush's tactful words do anything to quell popular Islamophobic attitudes. In 2006, long before the brouhaha over Park51, the so-called "Ground Zero mosque," a Pew survey showed that Muslims were viewed less favorably in the United States than in Russia, Britain or France, while a Gallup poll revealed that 39 percent of Americans supported requiring Muslims in the country, including US citizens, to carry special identification. By the time Obama ran for president, "Muslim" was a slur—an accusation about his faith he felt compelled to deny.

    But while these views were prevalent, they did not gain electoral expression or widespread political currency. There was no rush to reprint cartoons of Muhammad or hold vexed national discussions about what Muslim women should or should not wear. Though Islamophobia may have been rife, Islam itself did not appear to provide a rich vein to tap. There were, it seems, precious few votes in it.


    That paradox is now unraveling. The fallout over right-wing attacks against Park51, as well as those against several other mosques across the country, suggests that a sizable section of the right believes there is capital to be gained from scapegoating Muslims. From now on, the Koran burnings, mosque torchings and hate crimes directed at Muslims can no longer be understood simply as isolated incidents of bigotry. They will draw their strength and legitimacy from within the establishment and their encouragement from the mainstream media: not acts of individual calumny but insidious calculation.

    Just as earlier waves of Islamophobia cannot be understood outside the context of 9/11 and the "war on terror," so this current strain is consistent with two related trends at home and abroad.

    First, it marks the rise of xenophobic and racist forces within the Republican Party, for whom the election of a black Democratic president with an uncommon name and an African father has produced a perfect storm for divisive, deranged rhetoric. As such, this most recent outburst of Islamophobia marks a plot development in the narrative of the Nixon strategy, which used the dog whistle of racially charged rhetoric to realign the South toward the GOP. Now no dog whistle is needed. The racism is not veiled but naked, the delivery not subtle but brutal. With the Minutemen, the birthers, the Tea Partyers and Fox News on common ground, it was only a matter of time before they turned their pitchforks on Muslims. For while they did not invent Islamophobia, they were well positioned to exploit it. Twenty-eight percent of Americans believe Muslims should not be eligible to sit on the Supreme Court, while fully one-third believe Muslims should be barred from running for president.



    Second, the moment also brings the American hard right into line with its European counterparts, which bodes ill for American political culture as a whole. The past decade has seen an alarming rise in anti-immigrant and Islamophobic parties gaining political representation in Europe. In the Netherlands in June the party of Geert Wilders, who calls Muslims "goat f*ck*rs" and wants to ban the Koran, almost tripled its representation, becoming the third-largest party. In "liberal" Sweden in September the hard-right Sweden Democrats entered Parliament for the first time, with 5.7 percent of the vote. With extremist parties regularly getting more than 10 percent, and in some cases sitting in government, European fascism has returned as a mainstream ideology.

    These movements start off on the fringes, but like arsenic in the water supply, their policies and rhetoric have a tendency to infect the broader discourse. The result, where Muslims are concerned, has been a moral panic. Switzerland voted in a national referendum to ban the construction of minarets—there are just four in the whole country. Belgium has passed a law banning the burqa, a garment estimated to be worn there by a couple of hundred women at most. In Italy a woman was fined 500 euros for wearing a veil on her way to a mosque.


    That the American right, so contemptuous of Europeans on almost every level, should follow them on this front is, to say the least, disheartening. Polls show that despite living in the very country whose foreign policy, in Iraq and the Middle East as a whole, had done so much to enrage the Islamic world, Muslims felt more at home here than in European countries that opposed the Iraq War. That paradox, too, is unfortunately set to unravel.




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    Islamophobia: America's New Fear Industry

    An article from Phi Kappa Phi society; the oldest, largest and most selective of all discipline honor society in the USA.

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    Anti-Muslim crusaders make millions spreading fear

    By Bob Smietana • THE TENNESSEAN • October 24, 2010

    Steven Emerson has 3,390,000 reasons to fear Muslims.

    That's how many dollars Emerson's for-profit company — Washington-scriiptd SAE Productions — collected in 2008 for researching alleged ties between American Muslims and overseas terrorism. The payment came from the Investigative Project on Terrorism Foundation, a nonprofit charity Emerson also founded, which solicits money by telling donors they're in imminent danger from Muslims.

    Emerson is a leading member of a multimillion-dollar industry of self-proclaimed experts who spread hate toward Muslims in books and movies, on websites and through speaking appearances.

    Leaders of the so-called "anti-jihad" movement portray themselves as patriots, defending America against radical Islam. And they've found an eager audience in ultra-conservative Christians and mosque opponents in Middle Tennessee. One national consultant testified in an ongoing lawsuit aimed at stopping a new Murfreesboro mosque.

    He claims that extremists control 80 percent of mosques in the United States. In August, he claimed to have uncovered 13 hours of audiotapes proving that Feisal Rauf, the imam behind the proposed mosque near ground zero, is a radical extremist.

    "I don't think he'll survive the disclosure of these tapes," he told talk show host Bill Bennett.

    Rauf is still in place as a project leader, even though tape excerpts have been online for weeks.

    Emerson foormed a Middle Tennessee connection last summer, when his organization uncovered pictures on a Murfreesboro mosque board member's MySpace page. His company said the pictures proved connections to Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist organization, but mosque leaders said they checked with the Department of Homeland Security and found the concerns were groundless.

    In his 45-minute speech, he outlined a kind of 10 commandments of evil — no music, no art, no rights for women — taken from his book Sharia Law for Non-Muslims. The speech was free, but his books, penned under the name "Bill Warner," were for sale in the back and ranged from about $9 to $20.

    When he was done, the 80 or so mosque opponents gave him a standing ovation and then began buying French's books to hand out to their friends.

    Frank Gaffney, head of the Washington, D.C.-scriiptd nonprofit Center for Security Policy, earned a $288,300 salary from his charity in 2008. Gaffney was a key witness in recent hearings in the Rutherford County lawsuit filed by mosque opponents. He said he paid his own way.

    On the stand, the Reagan-era deputy assistant defense secretary accused local mosque leaders of having ties to terrorism, using ties to Middle Eastern universities and politics as evidence. His main source of infoormation was his own report on Shariah law as a threat to America, one he wrote with other self-proclaimed experts.

    In 2002 and 2003, despite lacking nonprofit status, Emerson received a total of $600,000 in grants from the Smith Richardson Foundation, a conservative public-policy shaper scriiptd in Connecticut. The foundation declined to comment on the grants but said it gives money only to tax-exempt charitable groups.

    Giving money to a for-profit is extremely rare for foundations, said Peter Bird, president of the Nashville-scriiptd Frist Foundation. It can happen only when the foundation keeps meticulous records on how the money was spent by the group that received it.

    "It almost never happens," he said.

    Locker, a foormer USA TODAY national security editor now working for SAE Productions, said his organization does not discuss funding.

    "It really undermines the trust in nonprofits," he said. "This is really off the grid."

    The Frist Foundation's Bird said the discrepancy between the Investigative Project's application to the IRS and its practices is troubling.

    "It looks like they told the government one thing and did another," he said.

    But Rebecca Bynum, editor of the New English Review, a Nashville-scriiptd online magazine that's critical of Islam, said she has no problem with Emerson's big take. Her nonprofit took in $30,000 in 2008 and has no paid employees.

    Wheeler said the term applies only to Shia Muslims, the smaller of the two majors sects of Islam, during times of persecution.

    "It's an escape clause," he said. "You are not required to tell the truth about your religion if someone is going to kill you. It's not to be understood as lying."

    Middle Tennessee's Muslims are Sunnis, the larger sect. They find the constant barrage of mistruths about their faith baffling.

    "What does Shariah law have to do with America? Why are they talking about it?" asked Abdiaziz Barre, who immigrated to Nashville from Somalia 17 years ago. He said he has heard claims that Muslims endorse slavery and terrorism.

    "The reason America exists is to partner with Israel, to protect Israel," said the Rev. Darrel Whaley, pastor of Kingdom Ministries Worship Center and head of a Protestant ministers group opposed to the mosque in Murfreesboro.

    Laurie Cardoza-Moore, who led opposition to a failed mosque in Brentwood, also is Christian Zionist. Her nonprofit, the Franklin-scriiptd Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, exists to drum up support of Israel among Christians.

    With those stances out there, it's unlikely broad-scriiptd, interfaith cooperation is possible, said Rabbi Rami Shapiro, an adjunct religion professor at Middle Tennessee State University.

    At an interfaith event at the university this month, he downplayed fears that Muslims would try to impose their religious laws on the United States.


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    New Report Identifies Organizational Nexus of Islamophobia

    by Jim Lobe - August 27, 2011


    A small group of inter-connected foundations, think tanks, pundits, and bloggers is behind the 10-year-old campaign to promote fear of Islam and Muslims in the U.S., according to a major investigative report released here Friday by the Center for American Progress (CAP).

    The 130-page report, "Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America," identifies seven foundations that have quietly provided a total of more than 42 million dollars to key individuals and organizations that have spearheaded the nationwide effort between 2001 and 2009.

    They include funders that have long been associated with the extreme right in the U.S., as well as several Jewish family foundations that have supported right-wing and settler groups in Israel.

    The network also includes what the report calls "misinformation experts" – including:

    Frank Gaffney
    of the Center for Security Policy (CSP),
    Daniel Pipes
    of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum (MEF),
    Steven Emerson
    of the Investigative Project on Terrorism,
    David Yerushalmi
    of the Society of Americans for National Existence, and
    Robert Spencer
    of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) –

    who are often tapped by television news networks and right-wing radio talk shows to comment on Islam and the threat it allegedly poses to U.S. national security.

    "Together, this core group of deeply intertwined individuals and organizations manufacture and exaggerate threats of ‘creeping Sharia’, Islamic domination of the West, and purported obligatory calls to violence against all non-Muslims by the Quran," according to the report whose main author, Wajahat Ali, described the group as "the central nervous system of the Islamophobia network."

    "This small band of radical ideologues has fought to define Sharia as a ‘totalitarian ideology’ and legal-political-military doctrine committed to destroying Western civilization," the report said. "But a scholar of Islam and Muslim tradition would not recognize their definition of Sharia, let alone a lay practicing Muslim."

    Nonetheless, the group’s messages receive wide dissemination by what the report calls an "Islamophobia echo chamber" consisting of leaders of the Christian Right, such as Franklin Graham and Pat Robertson, and some Republican politicians, such as presidential candidates Representative Michele Bachmann and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.

    Other key disseminators include media figures, especially prominent hosts on the Fox News Channel and columnists in the Washington Times the National Review; as well as grassroots groups, such as ACT! For America, local "Tea Party" movements, and the American Family Association, which are behind current efforts by Republican-dominated state legislatures to ban Sharia in their jurisdictions.

    The report also cited the Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI), a press-monitoring agency created here in 1998 by former officers in the Israel Defense Force that translates selected items from Middle Eastern print and broadcast media, as a key part of the broader network, providing it with material to bolster its claims regarding the threat posed by Islam. MEMRI, which has just been awarded a State Department contract to monitor anti-Semitism in the Arab media, has often been accused of selectively spotlighting media voices that show anti-western bias and promote extremism.

    Judging by recent polls, the network has proved remarkably successful, according to the report which cited a 2010 Washington Post poll that showed that 49 percent of U.S. citizens held an unfavorable view of Islam, an increase of ten percent from 2002.

    The same network also succeeded in inciting a national controversy around the proposed construction of an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan – the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" – which, according to Gaffney and others, was intended celebrate the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and "to be a permanent, in-our-face beachhead for Sharia, a platform for inspiring the triumphalist ambitions of the faithful."

    "It’s remarkable what a small number of people have achieved with a small group of committed and generous donors," said Eli Clifton, a co-author of the report and a national-security reporter at CAP, a think tank which is close to the administration of President Barack Obama, who has himself been a prime target of the Islamophobic network.

    The report, which was funded by the financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute (OSI), comes at a particularly sensitive moment – just two weeks before the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and less than a month after the murders of 76 people in Norway by Anders Breivik whose Internet manifesto not only echoed themes propagated by the key U.S. Islamophobic ideologues, but also quoted directly from their writings in dozens of passages.

    Indeed, Spencer’s blog, Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, another group identified by the report as part of the Islamophobic network, was cited 162 times, while Pipes and the MEF receive 16 mentions, and Gaffney’s CSP another eight.

    According to the report, Jihad Watch has been supported via the Horowitz Center primarily by the Fairbrook Foundation, which is run by Aubry and Joyce Chernik. Between 2004 and 2009, Fairbrook provided nearly 1.5 million dollars to Islamophobic groups, including Act! For America, CSP, the Investigative Project, and MEF.

    The Cherniks also supported the far-right Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and Aish Hatorah, a far-right Israeli group behind the U.S.-based Clarion Fund, which produced the video, Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West that was, in turn, heavily promoted by the Islamophobic groups featured in the report. Breivik praised it in his manifesto.

    Some 28 million DVD copies of the Obsession film were distributed to households in key swing states on the eve of the 2008 presidential elections in an apparent effort to sway voters against Obama. Some 17 million dollars in funding for their distribution was provided by a Chicago industrialist, Barry Seid, according to a Salon.com report published last year, and was channeled through Virginia-based Donors Capital Fund, which includes several prominent right-wing and neoconservative figures on its board.

    Donors to the Fund have also contributed 400,000 dollars to the Investigative Project and 2.3 million dollars to the MEF between 2001 and 2009, according to the report.

    Other major donors to Islamophobic groups include several foundations controlled by Richard Mellon Scaife; including 2.9 million dollars to CSP and 3.4 million dollars to Horowitz’ Freedom Center. The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, which has often coordinated its political philanthropy with Scaife’s foundations, provided some 300,000 dollars to MEF, 815,000 dollars to CSP and 3.4 million dollars to the Freedom Center. In addition to more traditional charitable activities, both Scaife and Bradley have long been major supporters of far-right and neoconservative causes.

    Other major donors included the Newton D. and Rochelle F. Becker foundations, the Russell Berrie Foundation, and the Anchorage Charitable Foundation and William Rosenwald Family Fund, according to the report.

    In its mission statement, the Russell Berrie Foundation cited as one of its principal goals "fostering the spirit of religious understanding and pluralism".

    "The intellectual nexus of the network is well understood," said Faiz Shakir, CAP’s vice president. "We know it’s driven primarily by hatred against Muslims; what we don’t know is what are the motivations of the funders. We don’t know to what extent they are aware of what is being funded," he said.

    Horowitz denounced the report in a statement issued on its website, calling it a "typical fascistic attempt to silence critics and scare donors from supporting their efforts to inform the American public about the threats we face from the Islamic jihad."

    Efforts to obtain comments from MEF and CSP were not successful.



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    The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America - http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/08/islamophobia.html

    Download this report (pdf) - http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/08/pdf/islamophobia.pdf


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    Funders of Islamophobia in US named


    Aug 28, 2011


    Shocking new report reveals that seven foundations and wealthy donors have been behind the 10-year campaign to spread Islamophobia in the US.

    The 130 page report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) released on Friday, identified foundations that have provided more than USD 42 million to key individuals and organizations that have spearheaded the nationwide effort between 2001 and 2009.

    "Sometimes the money flowing from these foundations and their donors is clearly designed to promote Islamophobia, but more often the support provided is for general purpose use, which is the think tanks and grassroots organizations then put to use on their primary purpose -- spreading their messages of hate and fear as far and wide as they can," the report says.

    Among the funders are organizations that have long been associated with the extreme right in the US, as well as several Jewish family foundations that have supported settler groups in Israel.

    Donors Capital Fund, Richard Melton Scaife foundations, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Newton D. & Rochelle F. Becker foundations and charitable trust, Russell Berrie Foundation, Anchorage Charitable Fund and William Rosenwald Family Fund, Fairbrook Foundation, are among the organizations funding anti Islam experts who promote Islamophobia.

    These experts are - among others - Frank Gaffney at the Center for Security Policy, David Yerushalmi at the Society of Americans for National Existence, Daniel Pipes at Middle East Forum, Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch and Stop Islamization of America, Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, These people spread the information through conservative organizations, politicians and news channels like Fox, the report says.

    The Donor Capital Fund was the single biggest contributor paying USD 18 million, to the Clarion Fund during the 2008 election which distributed 30 million anti-Muslim DVDs through local newspapers.


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    It's no coincidence or media bias that they report all the lies about Islam and Muslims; it is a deliberate and planned effort by the enemies of Islam to attack Islam and the Muslims!

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    US Empire foments Islamophobia

    Sep 1, 2011




    Fear, Inc; The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America, an in-depth investigation

    An investigation conducted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, has revealed that a small networked group of misinformation experts are guiding the rising wave of Islamophobia in the US through effective use of advocates, media partners, and grassroots organizing.

    Due to the efforts of this network, Islam is now the most negatively viewed religion in America.

    According to a poll conducted jointly by ABC News/Washington Post in 2010, only 37 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Islam which is the lowest favorability rating since 2001.

    A 2010 Time magazine poll showed that 28 percent of Americans do not believe Muslims should be eligible to sit on the US Supreme Court and nearly one third of the country thinks followers of Islam should be barred from running for president.

    On July 22, a 32-year-old, white, blond-haired and blue-eyed Norwegian man named Anders Breivik planted a bomb in an Oslo government building that killed eight people. A few hours after the explosion, he shot and killed 68 people, mostly teenagers, at a Labor Party youth camp on Norway's Utoya Island.

    During his trial, Breivik told the court that violence was “necessary” to save Europe from Marxism and “Muslimization.”

    Breivik presented the court with a 1,500-page manifesto, in which he advocated “brutal and breathtaking operations which will result in casualties” to fight the alleged “ongoing Islamic Colonization of Europe.”

    Breivik's manifesto contains numerous footnotes and citations to the aforementioned group of misinformation experts, quoting them as experts on Islam's “war against the West.”

    This is a small example of the group's influence in shaping the national and international political debate. Their names are heralded within communities that are actively organizing against Islam and targeting Muslims in the United States and other countries.


    Leading Figures


    Five major figures, who lead five key think tanks, are orchestrating the majority of misinformation about Islam and Muslims in America today. This small network produces talking points and messages relied upon and repeated by every segment of this interconnected network of money, grassroots leaders, media talking heads, and elected officials.

    · Frank Gaffney at the Center for Security Policy
    · David Yerushalmi at the Society of Americans for National Existence
    · Daniel Pipes at the Middle East Forum
    · Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch and Stop Islamization of America
    · Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism

    This group of radical ideologues has fought to define Sharia as a “totalitarian ideology” and “legal-political-military doctrine” committed to destroying Western civilization.

    Frank Gaffney
    is one of the lead engineers of the “anti-Sharia” movement sweeping the nation. His think tank released the 2010 report “Shariah: The Threat to America,” which reframed Sharia, or Islamic religious law followed by any practicing Muslim, as a “totalitarian ideology” and “legal-political-military doctrine.”

    Gaffney also founded the Center for Security Policy in 1988, which, among other anti-Islam activities, launched a campaign against mosques to introduce them as “Trojan horses” used by Muslims to promote “sedition” in the US.

    The controversy in 2010 surrounding the Park51 community center in lower Manhattan reveals how these experts perpetuate the notion that mosques are no longer houses of worship but “Trojan horses” harboring and disseminating radical Islamic theology.

    On June 30, 2010, Gaffney wrote, “The Ground Zero mosque is designed to be a permanent, in-our-face beachhead for Shariah, a platform for inspiring the triumphalist ambitions of the faithful.

    The CSP then created and funded stop911mosque.com; the official website of the Coalition to Honor Ground Zero and a who's who of radical right-wing leaders, organizations, and notable anti-Muslim advocates

    These allies working through stop911mosque.com were responsible for manufacturing the 2010 hysteria around the construction of the Park51 community center.

    Gaffney is also promoting a conspiracy theory that Muslim American civil liberties organizations are proxies for the Muslim Brotherhood and pave the way for radical Islam.

    According to Gaffney “it is now public knowledge that nearly every major Muslim organization in the United States is actually controlled by the MB [Muslim Brotherhood] or a derivative organization. Consequently, most of the Muslim-American groups of any prominence in America are now known to be, as a matter of fact, hostile to the United States and its Constitution.”

    David Yerushalmi
    founded of the Society of Americans for National Existence which first proposed legislation in 2007 to make adherence to Sharia “a felony punishable by 20 years in prison.

    Yerushalmi is the general counsel for the Center for Security Policy and the co-author of CSP's “Shariah: The Threat to America” report.

    He also serves as legal counsel for the anti-Muslim group Stop Islamization of America, led by Robert Spencer, and Pamela Geller who writes an influential blog named Atlas Shrugs.

    Yerushalmi also serves as general counsel for Stop the Madrassa: A Community Coalition, a New York City-based anti-Muslim right-wing grassroots organization that in 2007 attacked a New York City secular public school as a religious madrassa and Islamist front simply for teaching Arabic and the Arab culture.

    Stop Islamization of America was recently listed as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    Yerushalmi's most useful contribution to the Islamophobia network was writing the model “anti-Sharia” legislation introduced in more than a dozen states, which introduced Islamic religious law as a totalitarian threat infiltrating America.

    Yerushalmi's obsession with Sharia law dates back to 2007 when his organization, the Society of Americans for National Existence, created the “Mapping Shari'a in America: Knowing the Enemy” campaign to determine what type of Sharia was practiced in every single mosque and advocated by Muslim American religious institutions.

    In the same year, Yerushalmi began developing the template for the current anti-Sharia legislation movement American Laws for American Courts at the behest of the American Public Policy Alliance.

    The American Public Policy Alliance is a right-wing group that claims “one of the greatest threats to American values and liberties today” comes from “foreign laws and foreign legal doctrines,” including “Islamic Shari'ah law.”

    In 2011, Yerushalmi turned his attention to raising the threat of Sharia in American mosques to strengthen the legislative efforts of the Islamophobia network at the state level.

    In June he released “Shari'a and Violence in American Mosques,” which speciously claims that more than 80 percent of US mosques feature texts that promote or support violence.

    Daniel Pipes
    founded the Middle East Forum in 1990 which publishes the Middle East Quarterly and sponsors Campus Watch, Islamist Watch, the Legal Project, and the Washington Project.

    Anders Breivik cited Pipes and the Middle East Forum 18 times in his manifesto.

    In 2002, Pipes launched Campus Watch to monitor professors and academics that deviate from Pipes' political ideologies.

    In 2006, he established Islamist Watch, which “combats the ideas and institutions of lawful Islamism in the United States and throughout the West.

    His Islamophobia took a further turn when in 2008 he recommended increased racial profiling of Muslims and Arabs to cope with this impending exaggerated threat.

    Pipes also writes on his site, www.danielpipes.org, where he echoes the Islamophobia network's alarmist rhetoric about the creeping Sharia threat posed by radical Islam.

    Pipes is also willing to use his alarmist rhetoric when it serves the purpose of promoting Islamophobia. In 2008, for example, Pipes admitted to misleading the public by using the word “madrassa” referring to a New York City public school to “get attention.”

    Because the “Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition” wanted to shut down a secular New York City public school that taught Arabic and Arab culture. He told The New York Times that using the word “madrassa,” which could mean a secular school or religious Islamic school in Arabic, was “a bit of stretch.”

    Pipes was critical of the school based upon his odd and bigoted belief that “Arabic instruction is inevitably laden with Pan-Arabist and Islamist language.”

    Pipes posted an article on his website contending that “Arabized students show decidedly greater support for the Islamist movement and greater mistrust of the West” to justify his unsavory actions.

    Robert Spencer
    , a prolific blogger, author, and commentator, is the co-founder of Stop Islamization of America and director of Jihad Watch.

    Jihad Watch is a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Jihad Watch's primary purpose is to “track the attempts of radical Islam to subvert Western culture.”

    Robert Spencer and his blog were cited 162 times in the nearly 1,500-page manifesto of Anders Breivik.

    Spencer has written 10 books, including the New York Times bestseller The Truth About Muhammad. Daniel Pipes praised Stealth Jihad as “a pioneering survey of the 'stealth jihad' whose ambition and subtlety threaten the continuity of Western civilization.

    His next book, Did Muhammad Exist?, is scheduled to be published by ISI Books in spring 2012.

    Steven Emerson
    , founded and runs the Investigative Project on Terrorism which is dedicated to exposing the dangers of Islamist infiltration in America gleaned through investigative journalism.

    The Investigative Project on Terrorism claims to be “one of the world's largest storehouses of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups.”

    Emerson frames Islam as an inherently violent and antagonistic religion. “The level of vitriol against Jews and Christianity within contemporary Islam, unfortunately, is something that we are not totally cognizant of, or that we don't want to accept,” says Emerson. Emerson was twice cited in Anders Breivik's manifesto.


    The Validators


    The right-wing media and anti-Muslim politicians often turn to a select group of individuals who claim inside knowledge about the realities of radical Islam to support the extreme views of Islamophobia misinformation experts such as Gaffney, Yerushalmi, Spencer, Pipes, and Emerson.

    Most of these individuals are neither experts nor Muslim, but rather of Middle Eastern descent. Nonetheless, they help validate and authenticate manufactured myths about Muslims and Islam, contributing to the small echo chamber of men and women committed to promoting Islamophobia in the United States. Some of the prominent validators are:

    Zuhdi Jasser
    has emerged as the Muslim validator for Islamophobia propaganda.

    Jasser, a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and the president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy in Phoenix, has been an adviser on Islamic affairs to the US Embassy in the Netherlands.

    He, however, not only lacks any policy or academic expertise but also promotes conspiratorial claims that America is infiltrated by radical Muslims.

    “America is at war with theocratic Muslim despots who seek the imposition of sharia and don't believe in the equality of all before the law, blind to faith. They detest the association of religious freedom with liberty,” he says.

    Jasser also dangerously and incorrectly labels mainstream Muslim American organizations as subversive, disloyal proponents of a radical-Islam takeover. He claims their “patriotism involves taking the American flag and adding a little crescent-and, of course, turning America into an Islamic state.”

    Jasser also appears frequently in fear-mongering documentaries portraying Islam and Muslims as potential threats. He appears in Newt Gingrich's 2010 documentary “America At Risk: The War With No Name,” warning of the impending threat of radical Islam and enforcement of Sharia in America.

    Along with Frank Gaffney and Daniel Pipes, Jasser sits on the advisory board for the anti-Muslim organization Clarion Fund, which releases inflammatory documentaries warning of radical Islam.

    Walid Shoebat
    boasts of himself as an expert on Muslim terrorism and is a self-described “former Islamic terrorist,” even though there is hardly any credible evidence to support his sensational tale of “Palestinian 'terrorist' turned Zionist,” as the The Jerusalem Post phrased it.

    Shoebat was cited more than 15 times in Norway terrorist Anders Breivik's manifesto.

    He is also one of the many prominent “experts” from the Islamophobia industry featured in the Clarion Fund's anti-Muslim documentary film “Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West.”

    According to “Top Secret America,” a two-year investigation by The Washington Post exposing America's intelligence apparatus post-9/11, Shoebat is still being paid for his “expertise,” despite being labeled as one of the “self-described experts.

    Although the FBI and others in the intelligence community consider his extremist views as inaccurate and harmful, and whose training of law enforcement officers and published views about Islam are considered “inaccurate and counterproductive” by government terrorism experts.

    Walid Phares


    A former militiaman and foreign affairs spokesman for the Christian Lebanese Front, which was responsible for the Sabra and Shatila massacres of Muslims during the September 1982 Lebanese Civil War.

    Walid Phares is currently a senior fellow and the director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C.

    He also acts as an “expert” lecturer on “Islamist Jihadism” for the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies.

    Nonie Darwish


    An Egyptian raised in the Gaza Strip who immigrated to the United States in 1976 and in 2009 started the group Former Muslims United.

    Darwish is also affiliated with the group Arabs for Israel, which describes itself as “an organization of Arabs and Muslims who respect and support the State of Israel and welcome a peaceful and diverse Middle East.

    Darwish's famously predicted that Islam “will destroy itself because it's not a true religion.” She validates this view through her own books, Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror, and Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.

    On April 8, 2011, she appeared alongside Frank Gaffney to testify on the sub-issue of the “culture of Jihad” at the New York Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs hearing titled “Reviewing our Preparedness: An Examination of New York's Public Protection Ten Years after September 11,” led by Sen. Greg Ball.

    In her testimony, Darwish said “the education of Arab children is to make killing of certain groups of people not only good, it's holy.

    Nonie Darwish and Walid Phares are both members of the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, which “posits radical Islam as a new global ideological menace on the order of the old communist threat from the Soviet Union.”


    Funding


    These organizations and individuals are sustained by funding from a group of key foundations, which have a deep understanding of how to influence US politics by promoting highly alarming threats to its national security.

    These conservative and philanthropic foundations and wealthy donors have poured USD 42.6 million into the Islamophobia network in the US between 2001 and 2009.

    · Donors Capital Fund
    · Richard Mellon Scaife foundations
    · Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
    · Newton D. & Rochelle F. Becker foundations and charitable trust
    · Russell Berrie Foundation
    · Anchorage Charitable Fund and William Rosenwald Family Fund
    · Fairbrook Foundation

    Richard Mellon Scaife foundations comprises of the Sarah Scaife, the Carthage, and the Allegheny.

    Between 2001 and 2009, Richard Mellon Scaife's foundations contributed $7,875,000 to Islamophobic groups. Among the recipients were the Center for Security Policy ($2,900,000), the Counterterrorism & Security Education and Research Foundation ($1,575,000), and the David Horowitz Freedom Center ($3,400,000).

    Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
    provided $5,370,000 in funding to the Islamophobia network from 2001 to 2009. These funds went to the Middle East Forum ($305,000), the Center for Security Policy ($815,000), and the David Horowitz Freedom Center ($4,250,000).

    Newton D. & Rochelle F. Becker Foundation, Newton and Rochelle Becker Family Foundation
    , and Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust contributed $1,136,000 to Islamophobic organizations between 2001 and 2009.

    Russell Berrie Foundation
    which funds a large number of mainstream Jewish and Israeli charities, provided anti-Islam groups with $3,109,016 between 2001 and 2009.

    The contribution of Anchorage Charitable Fund and William Rosenwald Family Fund to islamophobic groups between 2001 to 2008 amounts to $2,818,229.

    The William Rosenwald Family Fund also contributed to the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, which is headed by Zuhdi Jasser.

    The Fairbrook Foundation donated $1,498,450 to Islamophobic organizations, including ACT! For America, receiving $125,000; the Center for Security Policy ($66,700); the David Horowitz Freedom Center ($618,500); the Investigative Project on Terrorism, ($25,000); Jihad Watch ($253,250); and the Middle East Forum ($410,000).


    The Grassroots Organizations And The Religious Right


    If not for the grassroots organizations and validators, however, the efforts of the misinformation experts and their think tanks and all that funding would not have been so successful.

    These “muscles” of Islamophobic network promote anti-Muslim hate on the society level.

    These dedicated grassroots organizers have built lists and established local citizens groups they later rely on to turn out at rallies, make phone calls, testify on behalf of legislation, and donate money.

    These grassroots organizations include religious-right groups such as the American Family Association and the Eagle Forum, and anti-Muslim organizations such as Stop Islamization of America, which increasingly lead massive public information campaigns with myths and misinformation about Islam and Muslims.

    State-based, local, and Tea Party organizations, including the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, the North Orange County (California) Conservative Coalition, the Patriot Action Network, and the First Coast Tea Party in Florida are another examples of the muscles of Islamophobia network.

    ACT! for America
    , one of the largest grassroots group dedicated to targeting Muslims, was founded by Brigitte Gabriel in 2007 as a citizen action network to “inform, educate, and mobilize Americans regarding the multiple threats of radical Islam.

    ACT! pursues a multipronged strategy for building its activist base. The organization hosts a series of meetings to bring interested activists together and train them with best practices.

    But ACT!'s less visible but perhaps more important effort is its focus on local seminars. The group conducts roving training meetings, called “Citizen in Action training conferences,” for its grassroots members to learn the best way to communicate persuasive anti-Muslim messages, root out “suspicious activity in your community,” and “expose political correctness in your local media.”

    Training meetings have occurred in Columbia, South Carolina; Bakersfield, Texas; Delray Beach, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and other locations since 2009.

    ACT!'s most successful effort to date is the 2009 launch of its Stop Sharia Now project to increase public awareness of the manufactured threat of creeping Sharia into America. Since then, ACT! introduced David Yerushalmi's “anti-Sharia” bill to elected officials in several states.

    Stop Islamization of America
    was founded by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer to fight radical Islam.

    According to the Anti-Defamation League, however, the SOIA “promotes a conspiratorial anti-Muslim agenda under the guise of fighting radical Islam. The group seeks to rouse public fears by consistently vilifying the Islamic faith and asserting the existence of an Islamic conspiracy to destroy 'American' values.”

    In the summer of 2010, SIOA led protests against the Park51 community center in New York City, which Geller and the industry deliberately mislabeled the “Ground Zero Mosque.”

    In February 2011, SIOA released the film “The Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of the 911 Attacks,” which chronicles the protest movements against the “mosque” and features Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and radical conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart.


    The Religious Right


    The religious right's relationship with the Islamophobia network grows increasingly tighter.

    Well established groups, among them the American Family Association and Eagle Forum, have broadened organizing efforts from traditional social values hot button issues such as gay marriage and abortion to include spreading conspiracy theories about Muslims.

    Here we will introduce four prominent leaders on the religious right.

    John Hagee
    is the founder of Christians United for Israel, the CEO of Global Evangelism Television and the also founder of a mega-church called Cornerstone.

    Hagee perpetuates several myths about Islam and American Muslims:

    · “America is at war with radical Islam…. Jihad has come to America. If we lose the war to Islamic fascism, it will change the world as we know it.”

    · “They are trained from the breast of their mother to hate us. Radical Islam is a doctrine of death. It is their desire, it is their hope, it is their ambition, it is their highest honor to die in a war against infidels. And you are 'infidels' and there is nothing you can do to accommodate them. That's what makes them so dangerous.”

    · “Radical sects, which include about 200 million Islamics, believe they have a command from God to kill Christians and Jews.”

    Pat Robertson
    is the founder of Christian Broadcasting Network. He also established the American Center for Law and Justice which filed a lawsuit to block the construction of the Park51 community center in New York City.

    Ralph Reed
    founded the Faith and Freedom Coalition. In its recent annual conference, the Faith and Freedom Coalition featured CSP's Frank Gaffney, who gave a talk on “Defeating Terrorism and Jihad.”

    At the conference, Gaffney suggested, “It is certainly possible we'd have a Muslim flag flying over the White House,” and hoped FFC would “take up the fight against shari'ah.”

    Franklin Graham
    is an American Christian evangelist and the President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization.

    Franklin Graham called Islam “a very evil and wicked religion” in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington.

    Graham says the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the Obama administration and is shaping US foreign policy.

    On April 22, 2010, the Pentagon rescinded his invitation to speak at the National Day of Prayer event in response to his anti-Islam, fear-mongering comments.

    American Family Association, Eagle Forum, and Tennessee Freedom Coalition joined forces with ACT! for American and Center for Security Policy to push anti-Muslim issues.

    Across the country, many grassroots conservative organizations have championed causes pushed by the Islamophobia network.

    These groups harness paranoia and hate spread in society by a multitude of other actors in the anti-Muslim sphere.

    They couldn't exist, however, without a propaganda machine that provides constant ammunition for these captains of hate to spur networks of activists into action alongside willing media enablers.


    The Right-Wing Media Enablers Of Anti-Islam Propaganda


    The think tank misinformation experts and grassroots and religious-right organizations boast a symbiotic relationship with a loosely aligned, ideologically-akin group of blogs, magazines, radio stations, newspapers, and television news shows to spread their anti-Islam messages and myths.

    These right-wing media outlets play a major role in pushing out a playlist of nonexistent Sharia threats, Islamic takeovers of the world, extremist Muslim infiltration into society and government, and more.

    Chief among the media partners are the Fox News empire, the influential conservative magazine National Review and its website, a host of right-wing radio hosts, The Washington Times newspaper and website, and the Christian Broadcasting Network and website.


    The Websites


    A network of right-wing websites and blogs are the primary movers of anti-Muslim messages and myths.

    The two most influential are:

    1. David Horowitz Freedom Center websites and online magazines, including FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, NewsReal Blog, and its various conferences
    2. Pamela Geller's Atlas Shrugs blog

    The David Horowitz Freedom Center, founded in 1988 by Horowitz, is a well-funded key player in amplifying the alleged threats of Muslim extremism. It was among anti-Muslim US players which Norway terrorist Anders Breivik cited in his manifesto.

    Horowitz Center has two online magazines, FrontPage Magazine and Jihad Watch, directed by Robert Spencer through which the ideas of fellow anti-Muslim bigots such as Frank Gaffney, Daniel Pipes and Robert Spencer are amplified.

    For instance, they used FrontPage Magazine to promote their Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition, which aimed to shut down a New York City public school simply because it taught Arabic language and culture.

    Pamela Geller uses her blog, Atlas Shrugs, to promote a slew of conspiratorial claims. They include: President Obama is a Muslim; Arabic is not just a language but actually a spearhead for anti-Americanism; radical Islam has infiltrated our government, which is being run by Islamic supremacists; and Muslims are engaged in stealth cultural jihad by wearing their head scarves at Disneyland.

    Anders Breivik cited Geller 12 times in his manifesto. Although Geller defended herself against any connection, she then condemned the Norwegian Labour Party summer youth camp, whose children had been attacked by Breivik.

    Geller called the camp part of an anti-Israel “indoctrination training center.”

    She further claimed that the children and young people who were killed by Breivik would have grown up to become “leaders of the party responsible for flooding Norway with Muslims who refuse to assimilate, who commit major violence against Norwegian natives including violent gang rapes, with impunity, and who live on the dole.”


    Hate Radio


    Anti-Muslim websites cooperate with popular radio talk-show hosts who repeat and amplify the alarmist threats and conspiracy theories promoted by the blogs and their supporters.

    The Rush Limbaugh Show, carried by more than 600 radio stations nationwide, is the most popular radio talk show in America and is broadcast to more than 15 million listeners a week.

    Limbaugh joins Pamela Geller and others as a vociferous critic of the Park51 community center in New York City.

    During the protests last summer, he charged that the community center was a “recruiting tool for foreign extremists.”

    The Sean Hannity Show
    as the nation's second most popular talk show has nearly 14 million listeners every week, and repeats the same talking points and conspiracy theories that can be heard on Limbaugh, Fox News, and other places.

    The Savage Nation
    . More than 350 radio stations broadcast his show to nearly 9 million weekly listeners. Savage is known for his angry diatribes against minorities, including Muslims.

    On April 17, 2006, for example, he told listeners that Americans should “kill 100 million” Muslims. In October 2007 he suggested that American Muslims be deported.

    The Glenn Beck Program
    is broadcast by more than 400 stations and syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks.

    Beck conjures fears equating Muslims with terrorists and brings religion into the mix. Last December, he speculated on his show about the number of American Muslims who might be terrorists, saying: “Let's say it's half a percent of the U.S. population. That's being generous. What's that number? What is the number of Islamic terrorists, 1 percent? I think it's closer to 10 percent.”


    The Right-Wing Mainstream News Enablers of Islamophobia

    Fox News
    has one of the biggest and most influential megaphones in TV news, and uses this megaphone to amplify anti-Muslim alarmist threats and conspiracy theories on a regular basis.

    Virtually all the leading Islamophobia players have made recurring appearances on popular Fox News programs, and repeat the same threats they warned about on radio shows and in blogs, newspapers, online magazines, and more.

    Their staple threats include: Muslims imposing Sharia in America, Muslims establishing a global caliphate, Muslims engaging in homegrown jihad, and Muslims infiltrating President Obama's administration to promote dangerous Islamist agendas.

    According to a poll conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, there is a strong correlation between holding erroneous views about Muslims and Islam and watching Fox News.

    · Americans who most trust Fox News are more likely to believe that Muslims want to establish Sharia law, have not done enough to oppose extremism, and believe investigating Muslim extremism is a good idea.
    · Nearly twice as many Republicans as Democrats believe that Muslims want to establish Sharia law in America, 31 percent to 15 percent. One third of white evangelical Christians believe this compared to 20 percent of white protestants and 22 percent of white Catholics.

    The Christian Broadcasting Network


    CBN, founded by Pat Robertson in 1961, has less national influence than Fox News, but great influence among conservative religious viewers.

    On his “700 Club” TV show, Robertson compared Muslims to Nazis and called Islam “a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination.”

    National Review


    National Review is a biweekly magazine, founded in 1955, which publishes Andrew McCarthy, the author of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. It also publishes pieces by Daniel Pipes.

    The Washington Times

    Despite its small readership, The Washington Times wields a considerable influence in the national media because many of the views it raises and voices it carries are picked up by media outlets with powerful megaphones, like Fox News and talk-radio shows, helping spread anti-Muslim messages into the larger public sphere

    The Washington Times, for example, helped promote a flawed study about US mosques written by David Yerushalmi. The newspaper's editorial page added to attacks against Park51 in August of 2010. And columnists from The Washington Times have contributed to the myth that President Obama is a Muslim.

    The Clarion Fund


    It was founded by Canadian-Israeli film producer and Rabbi Raphael Shore. The organization contributed to the production and dissemination of the inflammatory anti-Muslim movie, “Obsession: Radical Islam's War on the West.”

    The film “reveals an 'insider's view' of the hatred the Radicals are teaching, their incitement of global jihad, and their goal of world domination.” The film was also cited in Breivik's manifesto.

    The Clarion Fund also produced a documentary, “The Third Jihad,” narrated by Zudhi Jasser which was briefly used to train NYPD officers on counterterrorism.

    The Political Players


    The success of the Islamophobia network in tarring Islam and all Muslims with calculated misinformation would not be possible without the individuals and their organizations mentioned earlier.

    Messages can spread far and wide because of the small but effective groups of funders and think tanks, right-wing grassroots and religious groups, and their right-wing media enablers on cable TV, radio, and the Internet.

    But the ability of this tightly knit network to drench the public with misinformation is greatly enhanced by elected officials at the state and national level-politicians who push these myths as “facts” and then craft political fundraising campaigns and get out-the-vote strategies based on debunked information about Muslims and Islam.

    For example Rep. Peter King (R-NY) held congressional hearings this spring on the alleged threat of Muslim extremism in the United States, parroting the debunked claim that 80 percent of mosques in America are radical.

    Rep. King is a hero to many anti-Muslim bigots. In 2010 he received the annual American for National Security Patriot Award from Brigitte Gabriel's activist group, ACT! for America. Accepting the award, Rep. King expressed gratitude for the group's support, saying, “We are engaged in a brutal war with a brutal enemy, the enemy of Islamic terrorism.”

    Across the country, anti-Muslim grassroots groups and individuals promote elected officials like King. This select group of officials, in turn, relies on a familiar handful of “experts”-and employs three basic strategies that harness the power of the political pulpit to shift public opinion:

    · Elected officials and political leaders promote anti-Muslim messages through legislative actions, legislative oversight hearings, and electoral debates. Many of these efforts make the news.
    · They launch fundraising appeals and campaign commercials based on the misconceptions and myths about Islam.
    · They appear on like-minded media outlets and at conferences to repeat their talking points and argue their case.

    Key players, men and women who are misdirecting the public debate about Islam in Congress and in State Houses across the country, are:

    · Rep. Peter King (Republican-NY)
    · Rep. Sue Myrick (Republican -NC)
    · Rep. Paul Broun (Republican -GA)
    · Rep. Allen West (Republican -FL)
    · Rep. Renee Ellmers (Republican -NC)
    · Rep. Michele Bachmann (Republican -MN)

    Rep. Peter King


    The chairman of the Select Committee on Homeland Security in the House of Representatives who has become known for casting suspicion on entire Muslim American communities.

    In a 2007 interview with Politico he said, “There are too many mosques in this country. There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam. We should be looking at them more carefully and finding out how we can infiltrate them.”

    In March, he held congressional hearings titled “Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response.”

    During the hearing he relied on Steven Emerson for many of his outlandish claims. Using Emerson as his source, Rep. King insisted that “80 to 85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists. I'll stand by that number of 85 percent. This is an enemy living amongst us.”

    One of the most influential witnesses at Rep. King's hearings was Zuhdi Jasser, the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, who was introduced earlier in the report.

    The claim that 80 percent of mosques in American are radicalized was debunked during the King hearings. Anti-Muslim bigots, however, continued to pump life into it. For instance, David Yerushalmi released a study on June 17 that repeated the claim.

    The study was published by Middle East Forum Quarterly, a journal on Middle Eastern affairs founded by Daniel Pipes and released through his think tank, the Middle East Forum.

    Rep. Sue Myrick


    In January 2007, Rep. Myrick claimed to be concerned that President George W. Bush and other officials were not taking the threat of “Islamofacism infiltration” seriously enough-and so she founded the Anti-Terrorism Caucus.

    Today, she is a leading opponent of Muslims and Islam on the Hill, and now chairs the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence.

    In April she held her own hearings on the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood and their influence and ties with Muslim American organizations.

    Rep. Myrick even launched a YouTube video series to warn the American public of Muslim extremists among us who “are now in positions in our government.

    Rep. Paul Broun


    A fourth-term representative from Georgia's 10th congressional district, he joined Rep. Myrick and other colleagues at a press conference in 2009 to amplify the claim of Muslim Mafia that interns from the Council on American-Islamic Relations were “running influence operations or planting spies in key national security-related” congressional offices.”

    Rep. Allen West


    In the spring of 2004, then US Army Lieutenant Colonel West retired after being given administrative punishment and fined $5,000 for performing a mock execution on an Iraqi detainee.

    In his campaign for Congress, candidate West declared “Islam” the enemy and claimed it is not a religion but a “totalitarian theocratic political ideology.”

    In fact, Rep. West has recommended that Congress focus on the “infiltration of the shari'ah practice into all of our operating systems in our country as well as across Western civilization.”

    In a briefing called “Homegrown Jihad in the USA: Culminating of the Muslim Brotherhood's 50-year History of Infiltrating America” in July, West he promised to reveal a list containing thousands of names of individuals and organizations of Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers and members.

    Despite his promises, Rep. West did not unveil the list at the briefing.

    Rep. Renee Ellmers


    In her electoral campaign, Ellmers made an issue of the “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York which was stridently anti-Muslim.

    Rep. Michele Bachmann


    Bachmann is the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus and one of the radical right's most consistent anti-Muslim voices.

    Recently, she conflated Sharia with terrorism in responding to Osama bin Laden's death, writing “may this be the beginning of the end of Sharia-compliant terrorism.”

    Her biased views of Muslims and Islam should not be surprising, considering the company she keeps. For instance, she gave the 2010 keynote address at David Horowitz's Restoration Weekend, an annual, elite conference in Palm Beach, Florida. Other participants included Frank Gaffney, Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, and Pamela Geller.


    The influence of Islamophobic Members of Congress


    Twenty-three states have considered bills banning Sharia, though only a few have passed. Raising fears about Sharia helps whip up public fear about national security issues. Anti-Sharia initiatives could be a way to mobilize anti-Muslim sentiment and increase conservative voter turnout.

    There were similar efforts in 2004 with anti-same sex marriage ballot initiatives that aimed to increase voter turnout among the religious right.

    In 2012, however, anti-gay ballot initiatives and rhetoric are less effective in driving the conservative base to open its wallets and get to the polls.

    David Yerushalmi, the drafter of the model legislation, is transparent about his aims being public attitude not legal substance.

    In an interview with The New York Times, he said, speaking of the anti-Sharia legislation, “If this thing passed in every state without any friction, it would have not served its purpose.... The purpose was heuristic-to get people asking this question, 'What is Shariah?'”

    The point is to create a distracting, fear-based political atmosphere in which conservatives are brave patriots and strong on defense, while liberals are weak and politically correct. Using such a frame has helped conservatives win.


    Conclusion


    As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the Islamophobia network will be working overtime. The anniversary could be manipulated to ratchet up the nonexistent threat of Sharia and warn of apocalyptic dangers stemming from Muslims living in America.

    Since 9/11, authorities have identified 161 Muslim American terrorist suspects and perpetrators, according to a 2011 study by University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill sociologist Charles Kurzman.

    That's a lot, yet the study, “Muslim-American Terrorism Since 9/11: An Accounting,” concludes that “out of the thousands of acts of violence that occur in the United States each year, an efficient system of government prosecution and media coverage brings Muslim-American terrorism suspects to national attention, creating the impression-perhaps unintentionally-that Muslim-American terrorism is more prevalent than it really is.”

    These cases enable the Islamophobia network to peddle their myths and misconceptions about Islam. Their rhetoric and actions are deeply unfortunate because they threaten to isolate and alienate a growing portion of the American population.

    Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad) till you follow their religion... (Al-Baqarah 2:120)

    They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse.
    (Quran 3:118)

    ...they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.
    (Quran 8:30)

    Verily, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to hinder (men) from the Path of Allah, and so will they continue to spend it; but in the end it will become an anguish for them. Then they will be overcome. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto Hell.
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    The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle

    By Robert Steinback - Illustration by Bri Hermanson– Summer 2011

    The apparent recent surge in popular anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States has been driven by a surprisingly small and, for the most part, closely knit cadre of activists. Their influence extends far beyond their limited numbers, in part because of an amenable legion of right-wing media personalities — and lately, politicians like U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who held controversial hearings into the radicalization of American Muslims this March —who are eager to promote them as impartial experts or grassroots leaders. Yet a close look at their rhetoric reveals how doggedly this group works to provoke and guide populist anger over what is seen as the threat posed by the 0.6% of Americans who are Muslim — an agenda that goes beyond reasonable concern about terrorism into the realm of demonization.

    Of the 10 people profiled below, all but Bill French, Terry Jones and Debbie Schlussel regularly interact with others on the list. Most were selected for profiling primarily because of their association with activist organizations. People who only run websites or do commentary were omitted, with two exceptions: Schlussel, because she has influence as a frequent television talk-show guest, and John Joseph Jay, because he is on the board of Pamela Geller's Stop Islamization of America group. Three other activists, Steve Emerson, Daniel Pipes and Frank Gaffney, have interacted with many of the core group as well and also have offended many Muslims, but they are somewhat more moderate in their views of Muslims than those who are profiled below.



    BILL FRENCH





    ORGANIZATION
    Heads the for-profit Center for the Study of Political Islam in Nashville.

    CREDENTIALS
    Former Tennessee State University physics professor; author of Sharia Law for Non-Muslims (2010; under the pen name Bill Warner).

    SUMMARY

    French has no formal training or background in law, Islam or Shariah law — which in any case is not an established legal code, as the book title implies, but a fluid concept subject to a wide range of interpretations and applications. He garnered attention recently by leading the opposition to a proposed mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

    IN HIS OWN WORDS

    "The two driving forces of our civilization are the Golden Rule and critical thought. … There is no Golden Rule in Islam. ... There is not really even a Ten Commandments."
    —Quoted in The [Blount County, Tenn.] Daily Times, March 4, 2011
    "This offends Allah. You offend Allah."
    — Quoted in The Tennesseean, Oct. 24, 2010, speaking to opponents of the Murfreesboro mosque while pointing to an American flag


    BRIGITTE GABRIEL




    ORGANIZATIONS

    Founder and head of ACT! for America and American Council for Truth.

    CREDENTIALS

    Author of Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America (2006) and They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (2008). Co-producer and co-host of weekly ACT! for America television show.

    SUMMARY

    Gabriel views Islam in absolute terms as a monolithic threat to the United States, Israel and the West. She is prone to sweeping generalizations and exaggerations as she describes a grand, sophisticated Muslim conspiracy bent on world domination. Of the people profiled here, she alone has focused on building a grassroots organization, claiming 155,000 members and 500 chapters around the country. Questions persist about the accuracy of her autobiographical account of being a victim of Muslim militancy in Lebanon.

    IN HER OWN WORDS

    "America has been infiltrated on all levels by radicals who wish to harm America. They have infiltrated us at the C.I.A., at the F.B.I., at the Pentagon, at the State Department."
    — Quoted in The New York Times, March 7, 2011

    "The difference, my friends, between Israel and the Arabic world is quite simply the difference between civilization and barbarism. It's the difference between good and evil and this is what we're witnessing in the Arab and Islamic world. I am angry. They have no soul! They are dead set on killing and destruction."
    — From a speech delivered to the Rev. John Hagee's Christians United for Israel Convention, July 2007

    "Tens of thousands of Islamic militants now reside in America, operating in sleeper cells, attending our colleges and universities, even infiltrating our government. They are here — today. Many have been here for years. Waiting. Preparing."
    — ACT! for America website, undated


    P. DAVID GAUBATZ




    ORGANIZATION
    Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE).

    CREDENTIALS

    Co-author of Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America (2009). As director of operations for SANE's Mapping Shariah project (see David Yerushalmi, below), a privately operated effort to infiltrate American mosques in an attempt to expose radical elements, Gaubatz was paid $148,898, according to Sheila Musaji of The American Muslim website.

    SUMMARY

    A civilian agent who worked in the Middle East for the U.S. Air Forces Office of Special Investigations, Gaubatz made it a personal project — and the theme of his book — to prove the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is linked to international terrorism. In October 2009, four members of Congress led by Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) held an embarrassing press conference claiming the book revealed a Muslim plot to infiltrate government. Their hardest "evidence" was a document showing that CAIR had encouraged young Muslims to become Capitol interns — much like many other Washington, D.C., interest groups.

    IN HIS OWN WORDS

    "As an ideology [Islam] is a terminal disease that once spread is hard to destroy. Once the ideology (cancer) takes hold it is like trying to remove millions of cancerous cells in one's body. Not impossible to remove, but very, very unlikely."
    — Essay on the Northeast Intelligence Network website, June 10, 2008

    "[T]he political ideology of winning over the West and the world for an Islamic Caliphate is NOT specific to some extremist group of Muslims. This is mainstream Islam and Shari'a. … The goal remains the same: all of the non-Islamic world, and indeed all of the Islamic world, must submit to Shari'a. A Muslim who refuses to do so will be killed. … A non-Muslim, assuming he is not a pagan (typically a Christian or Jew) might be given the opportunity to live in a subservient status in an Islamic society and pay a special head tax to prove his submission. But this option is left to the Caliph or ruler at the time."
    — Essay carried by the Assyrian International News Agency, Feb. 13, 2008

    PAMELA GELLER





    ORGANIZATIONS
    Executive director and co-founder (with Robert Spencer; see below) of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), an umbrella group encompassing SIOA. Both are listed as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Runs the Atlas Shrugs blog.

    CREDENTIALS

    Self-styled expert on Islam with no formal training in the field. Co-produced with Spencer the film "The Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks," which was first screened at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference. Co-author with Spencer of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America (2010).

    SUMMARY

    Geller has seized the role of the anti-Muslim movement's most visible and influential figurehead. Her strengths are panache and vivid rhetorical flourishes — not to mention stunts like posing for an anti-Muslim video in a bikini — but she also can be coarse in her broad-brush denunciations of Islam. Geller does not pretend to be learned in Islamic studies, leaving the argumentative heavy lifting to SIOA partner Spencer. She is prone to publicizing preposterous claims, such as President Obama being the "love child" of Malcolm X, and once suggested that recent U.S. Supreme Court appointee Elena Kagen, who is Jewish, supports Nazi ideology. Geller has mingled with European racists and fascists, spoken favorably of South African racists and defended Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic. She is a self-avowed Zionist who is sharply critical of Jewish liberals.

    IN HER OWN WORDS

    "Islam is not a race. This is an ideology. This is an extreme ideology, the most radical and extreme ideology on the face of the earth."
    — On Fox Business' "Follow the Money," March 10, 2011
    "No, no, they can't. … I don't think that many westernized Muslims know when they pray five times a day that they're cursing Christians and Jews five times a day. … I believe in the idea of a moderate Muslim. I do not believe in the idea of a moderate Islam. I think a moderate Muslim is a secular Muslim."
    — Quoted in The New York Times, responding to a question as to whether devout practicing Muslims can be political moderates, Oct. 8, 2010

    "In the war between the civilized man and the savage, you side with the civilized man. … If you don't lay down and die for Islamic supremacism, then you're a racist anti-Muslim Islamophobic bigot. That's what we're really talking about."
    — Quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 8, 2010


    DAVID HOROWITZ





    ORGANIZATION
    Front Page Magazine (online), published by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

    CREDENTIALS

    Organized "Islamofascism Awareness Week" which brought prominent anti-Muslim activists to college campuses in 2007. Author of several books including Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left (2004), which claims that American leftists support Islamic terrorists.

    SUMMARY

    Horowitz, who spent his young years as a Marxist, has in recent years become a furious far-right antagonist of liberals and leftists. He also provides some funding support for other anti-Muslim ventures, including, according to the blog SpencerWatch.com, paying Spencer $132,537 to run the JihadWatch website. Horowitz sees no philosophical gradations; if you're not in total agreement with his view of Islam, you're in favor of Muslim hegemony. He believes the Muslim Brotherhood and "Islamofascists" control most American Muslim organizations, especially Muslim student groups on college campuses.

    IN HIS OWN WORDS

    "I spent 25 years in the American Left, whose agendas are definitely to destroy this country. The American left wanted us to lose the Cold War with the Soviets and it wants us to lose the war on terror. So I don't make any apologies for that."
    — On the "Riz Khan" Show, Al Jazeera, Aug. 21, 2008

    "Some polls estimate that 10 percent of Muslims support Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. An al-Jazeera poll put the number at 50 percent. In other words, somewhere between 150 million and 750 million Muslims support a holy war against Christians, Jews, and other Muslims who don't happen to be true believers in the Quran according to
    bin Laden."
    — In the Columbia Spectator, Oct. 15, 2007

    "There are 150 Muslim Student Associations on American campuses. The Muslim Student Associations were created by Hamas and funded by Saudi Arabia. … [The associations] are Wahhabi Islamicists, and they basically support our enemies."
    — On Fox News' "Neil Cavuto Show," Aug. 15, 2006


    JOHN JOSEPH JAY




    ORGANIZATION
    summer patriot, winter soldier (a website; Jay doesn't use capital letters in his website's name or in his writings). Board member, SIOA. Listed as one of the founders of American Freedom Defense Initiative, SIOA's umbrella group (see also Pam Geller, above).

    CREDENTIALS

    Jay worked for 25 years as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C. Geller's Atlas Shrugs blog describes him as a constitutional scholar. In addition to his anti-Muslim commentary, Jay blogs prolifically on the right to bear arms.

    SUMMARY
    Jay is remarkable for his unreconstructed hatred of all Muslims. He believes attacks by Muslim terrorists justify any violence directed at any Muslim, adding that, as he sees it, the Koran itself justifies such blind retaliation.

    IN HIS OWN WORDS

    "every person in islam, from man to woman to child may be our executioner. … there are no innocents in islam. … there is no innocence in islam. all of islam is at war with us, and … all of islam is/are combatant[s.] … islam has established without intellectual doubt that there are no innocent muslims, that the myth of the ‘moderate muslim' is precisely that, and that muslims are no more entitled to exemption or protection from retaliation that [sic] any of the other ‘non-innocent' combatants in the world. … there are no innocent muslims. islam is subject to killing on grounds of political expediency on the same basis as islam kills its victims, and islam cannot ethically and morally claim otherwise."
    — From his website, July 14, 2010

    "in short, dear muslims, g_d in his infinite wisdom saw in advance this struggle between men and religions to win his favor, and the only thing that is foreordained, is that the strong and the resolute shall win his favor, and so far, it has been amply demonstrated that he has chosen the jews as his people, and favored christianity with science, technology, culture and military power. to islam, he has given the hind and dry tit, and the sewers and the deserts of the world in which to inhabit, and in which to fester."
    — From his website, June 27, 2010


    TERRY JONES




    ORGANIZATION
    Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, Fla. Listed by the SPLC as a hate group.

    CREDENTIALS

    Pastor of Dove World; instigator of "International Burn a Koran Day," which was slated for Sept. 11, 2010, but canceled after worldwide protests and calls from senior officials of the Obama Administration. On March 20, however, Jones did burn a Koran, leading to several days of rampages in early April by religious rioters in Afghanistan, including the storming of a United Nations compound, that resulted in the deaths of at least 20 people. Jones showed no remorse over the deaths, which included at least seven foreigners. Author of Islam is of the Devil (2010). Jones has admitted never having read the Koran. He has no academic or theological degree; his "doctorate" is honorary.

    SUMMARY

    A true fanatical extremist who seems to be driven mostly by the need for self-promotion and publicity. Operates entirely outside of the core circle of anti-Muslim activists. Jones is also virulently anti-gay.

    IN HIS OWN WORDS

    "Here's your opportunity, all you so-called peaceful Moslems [Jones' pronunciation]. … We are accusing the Koran of murder, rape, deception, being responsible for terrorist activities all around the world. … Present to us your defense attorney who is going to defend the Koran. Let us really see. We challenge you: do it. Let us not talk. Let us have some action and proof. … The Koran, if found guilty, can be burned … Or the Koran will be drowned. Or the Koran will be shredded into little bitty pieces … or the Koran will face a firing squad."
    — From an undated video on the Dove World Outreach website announcing "International Judge the Koran Day"

    "The world is facing a great danger, which, if it is not stopped, will sooner or later be a threat to freedom in all nations and specifically to the United States. This danger is the growing religion of Islam."
    — From the introduction to Islam is of the Devil, 2010


    DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL




    ORGANIZATION

    Columnist; eponymous website.

    CREDENTIALS

    The granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Schlussel is a Detroit-based attorney and MBA. Frequent guest on conservative talk shows.

    SUMMARY

    Uncompromising, viciously anti-Muslim commentator who dismisses ostensible allies if they are willing to believe in the concept of moderate Islam. She has even berated Hollywood for its failure to depict Muslims as sufficiently villainous. She has referred to Muslims as "animals." Her intense animosity toward Muslims appears rooted in strong pro-Israel sentiments.

    IN HER OWN WORDS

    "So sad, too bad, Lara. No one told her to go there. She knew the risks. And she should have known what Islam is all about. Now she knows. Or so we'd hope. … How fitting that Lara Logan was ‘liberated' by Muslims in Liberation Square while she was gushing over the other part of the ‘liberation.' Hope you're enjoying the revolution, Lara! Alhamdillullah (praise allah) [sic]."
    — From her website, following the gang sexual assault on CBS Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan in Cairo, Feb. 15, 2011

    "[T]he fact is that the majority of Muslims support terrorism. The vast majority. Not just a few hijackers and a few suicide bombers. But the MAJORITY. This isn't me saying it. It's Muslims saying it. And not just in poll after poll of Muslims around the world including in America. Go to the streets of ‘moderate Muslim' Dearbornistan [Dearborn, Mich.] and see how many Muslims dare condemn Hezbollah and HAMAS. It's like playing "Where's Waldo?"
    — From her website, Oct. 8, 2008


    ROBERT SPENCER





    ORGANIZATION
    Runs the Jihad Watch website, a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Co-founder with Pamela Geller (see above) of Stop Islamization of America and the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

    CREDENTIALS

    Spencer has a master's degree in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Co-produced with Geller the film "The Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks" (2011). Author of numerous books including The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion (2007) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (2005).

    SUMMARY

    Spencer is entirely self-taught in the study of modern Islam and the Koran. Critics have accused him of doggedly taking the Koran literally — Spencer considers it innately extremist and violent — while ignoring its nonviolent passages and the vast interpretive tradition that has modified Koranic teachings over the centuries. Spencer believes that moderate Muslims exist, but to prove it, they'd have to fully denounce the portions of the Koran he finds objectionable. Spencer has been known to fraternize with European racists and neo-fascists, though he says such contacts were merely incidental. Benazir Bhutto, the late prime minister of Pakistan, accused Spencer of "falsely constructing a divide between Islam and West" in her 2008 book, Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West. Spencer, she wrote, presented a "skewed, one-sided, and inflammatory story that only helps to sow the seed of civilizational conflict."

    IN HIS OWN WORDS

    "Osama [bin Laden]'s use of these and other [Koranic] passages in his messages is consistent … with traditional understanding of the Quran. When modern-day Jews and Christians read their Bibles, they simply don't interpret the passages cited as exhorting them to violent actions against unbelievers. This is due to the influence of centuries of interpretative traditions that have moved them away from literalism regarding these passages. But in Islam, there is no comparable interpretative tradition."
    — From The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), 2005

    "Where is moderate Islam? How can moderate Muslims refute the radical exegesis of the Qur'an and Sunnah? If an exposition of moderate Islam does not address or answer radical exegeses, is it really of any value to quash Islamic extremism? If the answer lies in a simple rejection of Qur'anic literalism, how can non-literalists make that rejection stick, and keep their children from being recruited by jihadists by means of literalism? Of course, as I have pointed out many times, traditional Islam itself is not moderate or peaceful. It is the only major world religion with a developed doctrine and tradition of warfare against unbelievers."
    — Jihad Watch, Jan. 14, 2006


    DAVID YERUSHALMI




    ORGANIZATION
    President of the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE); principal of Stop the Madrassa.

    CREDENTIALS

    General counsel for the Center for Security Policy (see Frank J. Gaffney Jr., above); also, an attorney representing SIOA. Yerushalmi drafted a proposed law filed this year in the Tennessee legislature that would subject anyone who advocates or adheres to Shariah customs to up to 15 years in prison; he drafted a similar bill in Georgia in 2008.

    SUMMARY

    Yerushalmi equates Shariah with Islamic radicalism so totally that he advocates criminalizing virtually any personal practice compliant with Shariah. In his view, only a Muslim who fully breaks with the customs of Shariah can be considered socially tolerable. He waxes bloodthirsty when describing his preferred response to the supposed global threat of Shariah law, speaking casually of killing and destroying. Ideally, he would outlaw Islam and deport Muslims and other "non-Western, non-Christian" people to protect the United States' "national character." An ultra-orthodox Jew, he is deeply hostile toward liberal Jews. He derides U.S.-style democracy because it allows more than just an elite, privileged few to vote.

    IN HIS OWN WORDS

    "On the so-called Global War on Terrorism, GWOT, we have been quite clear along with a few other resolute souls. This should be a WAR AGAINST ISLAM and all Muslim faithful. … At a practical level, this means that Shari'a and Islamic law are immediately outlawed. Any Muslim in America who adopts historical and traditional Shari'a will be subject to deportation. Mosques which adhere to Islamic law will be shut down permanently. No self-described or practicing Muslim, irrespective of his or her declarations to the contrary, will be allowed to immigrate to this country."
    — A 2007 commentary entitled "War Manifesto — The War Against Islam," as reported by The American Muslim

    "The more carefully reviewed evidence, however, suggests that because jihadism is in fact traditional Islam modernized to war against the ideological threat posed by the West against Islam proper, there is no way to keep faithful Muslims out of the war. If this is true, any Muslim who sticks his neck out of the mosque to yell some obscenity at the West should be considered an enemy combatant and killed or captured and held for the duration of the war. If you kill enough of them consistently enough, those disinclined to fight in the first place will find a way to reform their religion."
    — Review of Mary Habeck's book Knowing the Enemy on the American Thinker website, Sept. 9. 2006

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    Why the Banksters Hate Islam

    By Tony Cartalucci

    Of course, all aspects of the Old World are slated for elimination, as ancient values, be they of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or even regional secular traditions, all pose a direct threat to the Anglo-American unipolar world government. Their world government is one of interdependence between the nation-states, who in turn are enslaved by servile dependence on “global institutions,” most notably those involving a world-wide monetary system. Any tradition or value system that promotes independence, sovereignty, knowledge, and self-reliance represents a brick wall standing in the way of the corroding effects of the globalist agenda.

    Eastern traditions and Islam in particular, however, have proven themselves most resilient. Islamic communities from the Middle East to Southeast Asia still exist, their local markets still thrive even in the presence of nearby Western consumerist troughs like Tesco of England. As technology progresses, these communities augment their commerce to compete fiercer yet with the Ponzi-scheme economy of the West. Throughout Asia along side these traditional, tightly knit Islamic communities, coexist Asian black-markets or the “underground economy.” Together these form the closest model of real “free market” economics you can find. These are markets that not only progress at break-neck speed, but the amount of competition and the informed consumer base demanded by this otherwise unregulated economic activity, do the best job of “distributing” wealth and commodities at the lowest price possible.

    While common sense drives the Asian black-markets, the Islamic communities are driven by something much deeper, derived from the Qu’ran. A particular lecturer on the Islamic world verses the international monetary system encapsulates these precepts best in a YouTube video series titled “ Islam & the International Monetary System.” If you are able to move past superficial details, ideological differences, and labels, and focus on the underlining message of Imran Hosein, Muslim or not, you will walk away enlightened. You will not only be enlightened as to why the globalists fear and despise the Old World, and Islam in particular, but you will understand the possible solution to subverting the globalists’ depraved system with one that is as applicable for the American patriot as much as it is the for the Indonesian Muslim.

    Imran Hosein’s ultimate solution to the problem of international monetary predation is the construction of Islamic villages that are self-reliant and maintain their monetary sovereignty through using sound money locally based on Islamic law. These could just as easily be “Liberty Villages” in the United States where farmers and tradesmen come together and conduct commerce with sound money with intrinsic value.

    It has been said many times before, independence is freedom, freedom is independence. It appears that the message of Ron Paul and genuine Libertarians is more than just an American message, it is a universal message, shared not just by secular or Christian Westerners, but also described in the texts of Islam of which there are over a billion adherents worldwide.

    It would be highly beneficial for those who seek true freedom and the undermining of the global world order, to exhibit mutual respect for their secular, Christian, Judeo, and Islamic brothers and sisters, and meet each other in the middle on these fundamental issues of sovereignty, because if there is anything the globalists fear and detest more than Old World tradition and faith, it is the prospect of all Old World traditions and faiths meeting together and joining battle against the globcratic elite.

    Below is the first of 11 videos. The entire playlist can be found here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6iFFs0l3fs&playnext=1&list=PL0819CE057E54DBCB)

    The video series is in English, but begins with a presumably Arabic introduction.


    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=13924

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    Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

    By Chris Hedges

    News personalities, politicians, self-appointed experts on the Muslim world, and law enforcement and intelligence officials, as well as the Christian right, have successfully demonized Muslims in the United States since the attacks of 2001. It is acceptable to say things openly about Muslims that could never be said about any other ethnic group. And as the economy continues to unravel, as we face the possibility of revenge attacks by Islamic extremists, perhaps on American soil, the plight of Muslims is beginning to mirror that of targeted ethnic minority groups on the eve of the war in the former Yugoslavia, or Jews in the dying days of the Weimar Republic.

    The major candidates for the Republican nomination for the presidency, including Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, along with television personalities such as Bill Maher, routinely employ hate talk against Muslims as a way to attract votes or viewers. Right-wing radio and cable news, including Christian radio and television, along with websites such as Jihad Watch and FrontPage, spew toxic filth about Muslims over the airwaves and the Internet. But perhaps most ominously—as pointed out in “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace,” a report by Political Research Associates—a cadre of right-wing institutions that peddle themselves as counterterrorism specialists and experts on the Muslim world has been indoctrinating thousands of police, intelligence and military personnel in nationwide seminars. These seminars, run by organizations such as Security Solutions International, The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, and International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association, embrace gross and distorted stereotypes and propagate wild conspiracy theories. And much of this indoctrination within the law enforcement community is funded under two grant programs for training—the State Homeland Security Program and Urban Areas Security Initiative—which made $1.67 billion available to states in 2010. The seminars preach that Islam is a terrorist religion, that an Islamic “fifth column” or “stealth jihad” is subverting the United States from within, that mainstream American Muslims have ties to terrorist groups, that Muslims use litigation, free speech and other legal means (something the trainers have nicknamed “Lawfare”) to advance the subversive Muslim agenda and that the goal of Muslims in the United States is to replace the Constitution with Islamic or Shariah law.

    “You would not expect a Democratic administration to fund right-wing groups,” Thom Cincotta, a civil liberties attorney and the author of the Political Research Associates report, told me, “and yet we continue to have hard-right, Islamophobic speakers and companies being paid taxpayer dollars to promote racist doctrines that undermine U.S. national security policy concerning Islam and the Muslim world. Policy expert after policy expert point out that framing our counterterrorism efforts as a war against Islam is a recipe for building increased resentment among Muslims, as well as a potent recruiting tool for those who would like to carry out violent attacks against us. This kind of demonizing breaks down communication between law enforcement agents and Muslim communities, which have proven to be strong allies in the rare instances of domestic extremism. Not only does it threaten to erode basic civil liberties, it threatens freedom of expression and freedom of worship.”

    The effects of this campaign of racial hatred are being felt throughout the Muslim community. Those with Muslim names are routinely harassed at airports, and many who wear traditional Muslim dress report mounting cases of verbal and sometimes physical abuse. Muslim children endure taunts in schools. Muslims complain of intrusive surveillance, unconstitutional profiling and frequent mistreatment by law enforcement. The practice of Islam, especially in its traditional forms, is now viewed by many as a sign of criminal intent. And with the rise of the surveillance and security state—we now have 854,000 people working in our domestic security apparatus and 800,000 more employed as police and emergency personnel—national law is being turned into an instrument of overt repression against a religious minority.

    Those making war on Islam are ignorant of the practices and beliefs of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims. The Muslim community is not a monolith. It is composed of numerous ethnic, national, cultural and racial groups that often have little in common and in some cases are antagonistic. Of the some 6 million Muslims in the United States, only 5 to 10 percent define themselves as religious. And those groups that express political versions of Islam—the Jamaat al-Islamiyya out of South Asia and the Salafis—are a tiny and marginalized minority.

    There is now an industry of well-funded hatemongers producing seminars, courses and books on Islam. Walid Shoebat, one of the stars of the circuit, gives a presentation titled “The Jihad Mindset and How to Defeat It: Why We Want to Kill You.” Shoebat, who bills himself as a reformed terrorist and who speaks to law enforcement officials around the country, tells his listeners that mainstream Muslim organizations such as the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations are terrorist fronts and that Islamists are by nature violent extremists and pedophiles. Shoebat, like most of the other “reformed” Muslims trotted out to speak at these events, has embraced fundamentalist Christianity. He denounces Islam as the religion of the Antichrist. Shoebat is scheduled to be one of the featured speakers Wednesday at the 2nd Annual South Dakota Homeland Security Conference in Rapid City, sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

    The poison of this rhetoric was on display a few days ago when a trustee of City University of New York blocked the playwright Tony Kushner, who is Jewish, from receiving an honorary doctorate because of Kushner’s criticism of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. The trustee, Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld, labeling Kushner “an extremist,” told The New York Times that the Palestinians “who worship death for their children are not human.”

    The portrayal of Muslims as mortal enemies serves the interests of the expanding security state and the war industry, which consume half of all federal discretionary spending. The “Muslim threat” propagates the culture of fear and ensures our political passivity. The attacks on American Muslim leadership and Islamic charities are “Swiftboating,” in reference to the right-wing smearing of John Kerry’s war record when the senator was running for president in 2004. Create doubt in people’s minds about the allegiances of Muslim leaders and you effectively undermine the entire community. These caricatures of Muslims as evil terrorists become effective tools in justifying the ongoing occupations and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the proxy wars in Yemen and Pakistan, and the suspension of basic civil liberties at home. Israel, as well as its supporters in the United States, routinely employs the same racist cant to excuse Israeli war crimes and deny the legitimate rights of Palestinians.

    Nazi portrayals of Jews bear a disturbing resemblance to modern portrayals of Muslims. The goal that some of these demagogues have, especially in a time of economic collapse, is to divert widespread rage toward Muslims, just as the leadership of Serbia diverted rage toward Muslims and Croats when that nation’s economy collapsed.

    People are scared. They are losing their jobs. Their mortgages have gone into foreclosure. They are angry. Demagogues always arise in these situations to use and direct anger. The Muslim community is just an easy target.”



    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/...tred_20110509/

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    Film highlights Islamophobia in post-9/11 era

    Maegan Kae Sunaz - April 23, 2014

    The 9/11 terrorist attacks have left an indelible mark on the United States, resulting in discrimination against the Muslim population in specific. A recent film explored the ways that Muslims have suffered as a result of Islamophobia, or prejudice against Muslims, in the post-9/11 era.

    The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers presented a film screening of “The Test of Freedom” as well as a discussion with its director, Khaliff Watkins, yesterday at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus to shed light on the pervasive anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.

    Watkins said the movie raises questions concerning who “belongs” in this culture and what it means to be unquestionably American.

    He said he had three reasons for creating the film. The first was his desire to expose how certain media and politics provide a misconstrued and biased image of Muslims.

    The second was his duty as a Muslim-American to tell his story and the personal stories of his peers. He also wanted to send a message of hope to youth.

    He continues to bring awareness to this topic by visiting various organizations, film festivals and universities.

    The film details the rise of Islamophobia and the forms of individual and collective action that counter this mindset.

    According to the website of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, FBI statistics reported anti-Islamic incidents were the second least reported hate crimes prior to 9/11, but following 9/11, they became the second highest reported among religion-bias incidents.

    The movie cites a study from the Center for American Progress called “Fear, Inc.,” which traces the roots of the Islamophobic network in America.

    The study argues foundations and wealthy donors provide direct funding to anti-Islam grassroots groups. Seven of these major organizations provided $42.6 million to Islamophobic think tanks between 2001 and 2009.

    This money funds political, financial and ideological motives as exemplified by American politician Newt Gingrich in July 2010, when he claimed Sharia law, or traditional Islamic law, was a mortal threat to the United States. He went on to claim Sharia has principles and punishments abhorrent to the Western world.

    But according to the study, Sharia, or Muslim religious code, includes practices such as charitable giving, prayer, and honoring one’s parents.

    Shehnaz Abdeljaber, outreach coordinator at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers, said Muslims are overcoming obstacles in this country by reshaping who they are and how people perceive them.

    The film presents the work of Anisa Mehdi, a professor at Seton Hall University who creates documentary films.

    National Geographic contacted Mehdi to have her tell a story that other people were not hearing. Her documentary “Inside Mecca” follows the pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city in the religion of Islam, and people’s journey for absolution.

    Mehdi said the desire to tell people’s stories accurately inspired her to pursue journalism. As an educator, she wanted to challenge the next generation of journalists.

    The film noted a number to call for anyone, Muslim or non-Muslim, to ask questions about the Muslim faith and to untangle misconstrued public opinion.

    Murtala Aliyu, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, came to the event because as a Muslim, he wanted to know more about his religion and how his religion could be perceived.

    “When you tell certain Americans that you are Muslim, their expressions automatically change, even if it isn’t necessarily hostile,” Aliyu said.

    Karina Correa, a School of Arts of Sciences junior, said she liked how the movie depicted that prejudice is universal, and if one group such as Muslims could be targeted, then any other minority group could be easily targeted as well.

    She said education could help solve this problem by helping society see how the world has more complexity than simple black-and-white issues. It conveyed the message that people and problems have multiple dimensions.

    “Even as a Latina I felt included in the conversation,” Correa said. “I am not Muslim, but I’m taking Islamic Law ... and I think it is a beautiful religion.”


    http://www.dailytargum.com/news/univ...7a43b2370.html

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    Enemies of Islam ‘spreading evil and lies through Twitter’

    22 October 2014

    Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh says that the enemies of Islam are using social networking sites such as Twitter to spread lies about the religion and attack Muslims.

    Al-Asheikh, who is also the president of the Council of Senior Scholars, made the remarks during a show on Saudi television.

    The mufti called on Saudis using Twitter to think carefully about what they post.

    He urged tweeters to ensure that their posts serve the interests of the nation, and not undermine the legitimacy of the country’s ruler.

    “Those who speak badly of Islam are without shame, have no faith and don’t fear God.”

    He said those who behave in this manner do not care about anyone.

    He said Twitter has become a site that promotes all kind of “evil and harm. If people use it for their benefit, it would be better, but unfortunately it is being used for trivial things.” He said the Holy Qur’an states:O you who believe, if an evil-doer comes to you with a report, look carefully into it, lest you harm a person out of ignorance, and then be sorry for what you have done.”

    The grand mufti said many people nowadays appear to be addicted to Twitter. The first thing they would talk about is what was published on the social networking site. “They think that whatever is tweeted or written about is reliable information and news, but it is all lies and falsehoods,” he said.

    The grand mufti’s arguments come as a social media agency, The Social Clinic, found earlier this year that there are more than 3 million active Twitter users in Saudi Arabia who generate over 50 million tweets a month. This was greater than the global average.

    In an earlier report, the agency said some Western media outlets use Twitter to observe and monitor Saudi public opinion, attitudes and trends.

    This is not the first time that Al-Asheikh has commented on the use of Twitter. In a sermon last year, he said some tweeters were seeking to spread discord and chaos in the country and inciting people to rise up against the leaders of the nation.


    http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/648281


    Creating Hatred Against Muslims

    This (below) is a post on facebook created by a British person. He/she posted the picture with lies about Islam and Muslims, and then below the lies he/she posted a quote from a Satire (fake) news article. The purpose of this post was to spread hatred of Muslims.


    Below is a screenshot of the above post being spread online by other Islamophobes.






    This picture is from a re-enactment of the Karbala massacre by the Shia. The girls and women chained are supposed to represent the women and the children who were taken as prisoners to the tyrant ruler after the murder of Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them both).

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    Exposing Anti-Islam Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Latest Deception

    One of America's most prominent Islam bashers has a long history of making things up.


    March 26, 2015



    Update: Read Max Blumenthal's overview of the neocon network's mobilization against the facts contained in this article. His response to the National Review's allegations of a "lie" are included.



    While promoting her new book, Heretic, on a March 23 episode of "The Daily Show," Somali-born author and anti-Islam activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali made a staggering claim: “If you look at 70 percent of the violence in the world today, Muslims are responsible,” she told host Jon Stewart.


    Stewart did not demand any evidence and Hirsi Ali provided no citation. However, she made a strikingly similar statement in a March 20 essay previewing her new book for the Wall Street Journal: “According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies,” Hirsi Ali wrote in WSJ’s Saturday Essay, “at least 70% of all the fatalities in armed conflicts around the world last year were in wars involving Muslims.”


    I contacted the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a leading British foreign policy think tank, to inquire about the source of Hirsi Ali’s statistic. According to IISS Media Relations and Communications Officer Kat Slowe, IISS did not explicitly state such a figure in its research.


    “I have spoken to a number of our experts and they cannot identify where this statistic may have come from,” Slowe told me.


    “Their best guess is that the journalist in question [Hirsi Ali] may have access/a subscription to the [IISS] Armed Conflict Database and may have calculated this statistic independently. There are some concerns that it could be misleading as, without Syria (near 200,000 total deaths, and almost half of last year’s global conflict deaths) the figure would look massively different (and of course, this conflict did not have its root in religion),” Slowe added.


    Hirsi Ali’s AHA Foundation did not respond to my request for a citation on the statistic, nor did the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute that employs Hirsi Ali as a resident scholar. My email query to Hirsi Ali’s personal account at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she serves as a fellow, also went unanswered.


    Around 24 hours after my initial query, Hirsi Ali publicly backed off her claim that Muslims are “responsible” for most of the violence in the world. “Depressing that 70% of fatalities in armed conflicts around the world last year were in wars involving Muslims,” she declared on her personal Twitter account.


    Hirsi Ali linked to a survey of casualties in global conflicts by IISS’ Hanna Ucko Neill and Jens Wardenaer which made no reference to Muslims or religiously inspired violence. Apparently Hirsi Ali calculated the statistic on her own by using an IISS report that documented fatalities in conflicts in territories from eastern Ukraine to sub-Saharan Africa to the Middle East to Mexico, where drug gangs fueled widespread killing. The IISS's Slowe noted that year's surge in conflict-related deaths occured thanks to the fighting in Syria, explaining that Hirsi Ali's claim "could be misleading" because "this conflict did not have its root in religion."


    Instead of responding to my question about her statistic, Hirsi Ali’s AHA Foundation forwarded my email query to the Washington Free Beacon, a right-wing publication with its own history of Islamophobic tall tales and hoaxes. In a currently un-bylined article about the query, the Free Beacon accused me of anti-Semitism.


    History of fraud



    Hirsi Ali’s highly suspect statistic is only the latest deception by one of the world’s most prominent opponents of Islam. While other anti-Muslim activists like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller have marginalized themselves on the fringes of the far-right, Hirsi Ali remains a darling of the American mainstream media. In Heretic, a polemic recycling many of her past arguments against Islam, she calls for the emergence of a Muslim Martin Luther — the authoritarian 16th-century zealot who called for burning down the synagogues of Jews, whom he compared to a gangrenous disease. With the book's release, Hirsi Ali has been welcomed with open arms by the BBC, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and a relatively accommodating Jon Stewart. ABC News has even run an excerpt from Heretic, while the New York Times Book Review hosted her for an interview filled with hardball questions about her favorite children’s books.


    Hirsi Ali’s power to persuade lies in her dramatic personal story and the public persona she has constructed. She has marketed herself as a expert native informant who has emerged out of the dark heart of radical Islam and into the light of Western civilization. Her tale is an uplifting, comforting one that tells many Westerners what they want to hear about themselves and their perceived enemies. With anti-Muslim attitudes at their peak across Europe and the US, her sweeping critique of Islam as an endemically violent faith has enormous cachet. The only problem is that like her writings on Islam, much of what she has told the public about herself is questionable.


    In May 2006, the Dutch television program Zembla thoroughly debunked the dramatic story Hirsi Ali had told to advance her career, concluding that Hirsi Ali had sold the Dutch public “a story full of obscurities.”


    Born Ayaan Hirsi Magam, she migrated to the Netherlands in 1992, changed her name to Hirsi Ali, and lied to Dutch authorities about her past. Contrary to the story she told the government, she arrived in the Netherlands not from war-torn Somalia, but from Kenya, where she lived in a secure environment and under the protection of the United Nations, which funded her education at a well-regarded Muslim girls’ school. Though she told immigration authorities and the Dutch public she had fled from civil war in Somalia, she left that country before its war broke out. Indeed, she did not live through a war there or anywhere else. Thanks to her fabrications, Hirsi Ali received political asylum in just five weeks.


    Hirsi Ali told astonished audiences on Dutch talk shows that her supposedly devout family had forced her to marry a draconian Muslim man, that she had not been present at her own wedding, and that her family had threatened to kill her for offending their religious honor. However, Zembla told a drastically different story. Hirsi Ali’s brother, aunt and former husband each testified that she had indeed been present at her wedding. It turned out that Hirsi Ali’s mother had sent her brother to a Christian school, not exactly an indication of Islamic fanaticism.


    “Yeah, I made up the whole thing,” Hirsi Ali admitted on camera to a Zembla reporter who confronted her with her lies. “I said my name was Ayaan Hirsi Ali instead of Ayaan Hirsi Magan. I also said I was born in 1967 while I was actually born in 1969.”
    Hirsi Ali’s claim of honor killing threats also appears to be empty; she remained in touch with her father and aunt after she left her husband. In fact, her husband even came to visit her in the Dutch refugee center where she lived after leaving him. Even though he had paid her way to Europe on the grounds that she would join him in Canada, Hirsi Ali’s husband consented to the divorce she sought. (Watch the full Zembla program on Hirsi Ali.)


    Fabrications that toppled a government



    In 2003, just a decade after gaining political asylum in the Netherlands, Hirsi Ali was elected to the Dutch parliament on the ticket of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. VVD leadership knew that the story Hirsi Ali told on her immigration forms was a gigantic lie — she had told them as much — but covered up the fraud and even advanced it to propel her career.


    “She’s witnessed five civil wars in her youth, and has fled with her family many times. She’s made of iron and steel,” the VVD’s Neelie-Smit Kroes said of Hirsi Ali at the time, reciting claims her party knew were false.


    A year after joining the Dutch parliament, where she said she attempted to ban Islamic schools in the Netherlands, Hirsi Ali teamed up with Dutch director Theo van Gogh to produce a documentary called Submission. The film portrayed violence against women in Muslim communities as a logical result of Islamic belief, relying on actresses to portray abused women and featuring semi-nude, niqab clad women with Quranic verses scrawled across their torsos. Van Gogh, a filmmaker and columnist who had taken to calling Muslims “goat fuckers,” was gunned down and stabbed to death soon after the film’s release by a Dutch Islamist radical. Before fleeing the scene, the killer pinned a note to van Gogh’s body threatening Hirsi Ali with death. Hirsi Ali’s persistence in the face of the episode helped earn her hero status across the West, particularly in post-9/11 America, where Time magazine named her one of its 100 Most Influential People in 2005.


    Zembla’s revelations of Hirsi Ali’s lies in May 2006 interrupted her ascent and threw the Dutch government into chaos. No one was more damaged than her friend and close party ally, Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk. Nicknamed “Iron Rita” for her ruthless anti-migrant crackdowns and her demagogic appeals to xenophobia, Verdonk was shamed by the revelations of Hirsi Ali’s deceptions. When she announced her intention to strip Hirsi Ali of her citizenship, however, she was skewered in parliament and forced to relent.


    Days after Zembla aired its exposé, Hirsi Ali announced her plans to leave parliament and take up a position with the American Enterprise Institute, the Washington-based think tank that housed many of the neoconservatives who helped orchestrate the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In the immediate aftermath of the furor she caused, Verdonk introduced the so-called “Law on Integration,” one of Europe’s harshest anti-immigrant bills. Only one member of the Dutch House of Representatives opposed it. However, the governing coalition soon collapsed because of the scandal Hirsi Ali’s deceptions inspired. With a new coalition seated in February 2007, and without Verdonk and Hirsi Ali in power, the government was able to adopt a more tolerant approach to immigrants.

    Winning a Harvard fellowship, defending Breivik



    Upon her relocation to the US, Hirsi Ali was embraced by a coalition of liberal interventionists, neoconservatives and “New Atheists” like Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Bill Maher. With extended appearances on the Christian Broadcasting Network of Pat Robertson, who blamed homosexuality for the 9/11 attacks, self-proclaimed feminist Hirsi Ali won droves of fans among the Christian right. Despite her views on Islam, which she called a “destructive, nihilistic cult of death,” or perhaps because of them, she received a fellowship from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


    As she rose in prominence among America’s intellectual elite, Hirsi Ali’s history of lying tumbled conveniently down the Orwellian memory hole. In promotional material for her best-selling 2007 memoir, Infidel, Hirsi Ali’s publishers at Simon & Schuster have pushed the discredited claim that “Hirsi Ali survived civil war.” More recently, conservative pundit Peggy Noonan glossed over the reasons behind Hirsi Ali’s flight from the Netherlands, writing, “Ayaan Hirsi Ali got death threats and eventually fled to America.” Few, if any, American outlets have noted that Hirsi Ali left the Netherlands as her public credibility collapsed and her anti-immigrant party fell into crisis.


    With support from across the American ideological spectrum, Hirsi Ali sharpened her rhetoric against Muslims. In a candid 2007 exchange with Reason Magazine, she declared that the religion of Islam had to be “defeated.” “Once it’s defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful,” Hirsi Ali stated. “It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now….There comes a moment when you crush your enemy.”


    Junketed to Berlin in 2012 to receive the Axel Springer Honorary Award from the right-wing German publisher, Hirsi Ali appeared to blame liberal defenders of multiculturalism for the killing spree committed by the Norwegian extremist Anders Breivik, claiming they left Breivik with “no other choice but to use violence. (Breivik cited Hirsi Ali’s work in his 1,500 page manifesto explaining his plans to commit a series of terrorist attacks across Norway.)


    “[T]hat one man who killed 77 people in Norway, because he fears that Europe will be overrun by Islam, may have cited the work of those who speak and write against political Islam in Europe and America – myself among them – but he does not say in his 1500 page manifesto that it was these people who inspired him to kill. He says very clearly that it was the advocates of silence. Because all outlets to express his views were censored, he says, he had no other choice but to use violence.” (Her words were met with an extended standing ovation.)


    When Brandeis University canceled plans to award Hirsi Ali an honorary degree in April 2014, it appeared that her increasingly vitriolic tirades against Islam and its adherents had caught up with her. But then came the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, a seemingly clarifying moment that Hirsi Ali and fellow anti-Islam activists seized on as confirmation of their darkest prophecies. Two months later, she released Heretic.


    Having rebranded herself a brave “reformer” following in the footsteps of the Selma marchers, Hirsi Ali has found her way back into the mainstream limelight. While American media demonstrates an endless appetite for her polemics about Islam, holding her to account remains taboo.


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    Muslim Kids Read Heartbreaking Letters From WWII To Show How History Is Repeating Itself

    Seven decades ago, Japanese-American kids facing similar discrimination were forced from their homes and imprisoned.




    During World War II, a San Diego librarian named Clara Estelle Breed could often be found at the local railroad station, passing out stamped and self-addressed postcards to the Japanese-American children being shipped off to what officials euphemistically called “internment camps.”


    “Write letters to me,” she told the youngsters, whom she’d grown to adore from her work at the San Diego Public Library.


    The children were among some 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry — over half of them children — incarcerated by the U.S. government during World War II.

    The majority were either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, but were nevertheless kept behind barbed wire fences and under the watch of armed guards.


    Throughout the war, the children wrote hundreds of letters to “Miss Breed,” as they called her, describing the daily occurrences of life inside an American concentration camp.

    Now, over 70 years later, a filmmaker has put those letters into the hands of young Muslim American children who, because of their faith, are today the targets of a frighteningly familiar bigotry. In a deeply moving video by Frank Chi called “Letters From Camp,” the children read the letters alongside Japanese-Americans who were incarcerated during World War II.

    “Dear Miss Breed, thank you ever so much for your lovely card,” one child reads aloud. “I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, even though the world is in such turmoil.”


    “Now there is a fence all around this camp,” reads another. “I hope very soon this fence will be torn down.”


    “Of course,” another child reads, “we know that good friends like you would be glad to have us back, but others who do not know us, or understand us, may not be glad to see us.”


    We all know that there are people all over the world who hate certain races and just can’t help it,” reads one of the older Japanese-American survivors.

    In perhaps the most gut-wrenching moment of the video, one elderly survivor tearfully reads, “But I’m sure when this war is over, there will be no racial discrimination, and we won’t have to doubt for a minute the great principles of democracy.”

    Japanese American National Museum
    Louise Ogawa, a child imprisoned in a so-called internment camp during World War II, sent this letter to a San Diego librarian named Clara Breed on Nov. 30, 1942.



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    Page 2 of Louise Ogawa’s 1942 letter to her librarian, Clara Breed.
    The Muslim children, of course, are growing up in a time when the presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party has called for a blanket ban on people of their faith entering the U.S.


    They are growing up in a time when Muslim students are called “terrorist” by their teachers, or are identified in their high school yearbook as “ISIS,” or are scrutinized when their innocent science projects are thought to be a bomb.



    They are growing up in a time when they are bullied for their faith, and when the number of acts of violence, discrimination and harassment targeting Muslims has risen dramatically.


    The Huffington Post
    “In the age of Islamophobia, some Americans are again targeting one group of Americans based on fear,” Chi, the filmmaker behind “Letters From Camp,” told The Huffington Post in an email. Chi’s video will be featured this month among the works of 40 artists at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s culture lab on intersectionality, called “Crosslines.”


    “If you turn on the news, or go on social media, you will hear many angry anti-Muslim voices,” Chi said. “Some calling for banning refugees, some calling for Muslim Americans to be put into camps. There have even been cases when people use the incarceration of Japanese-Americans as justification.


    “It’s important that we bring together the collective experiences of communities who have been targeted in American history,” he continued. “To make sure that 1) we never repeat the mistakes of the past, and 2) support each other through times of hate.”

    Many have seen parallels between the anti-Muslim rhetoric of today and the anti-Japanese rhetoric of the 1940s. In fact, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) — who is featured in “Letters From Camp” and spent the first few years of his life incarcerated with his family at the Amache camp in Colorado — recently told HuffPost that what happened to him and his family “could happen again,” only this time to Muslim Americans.


    It could happen if lawmakers like him aren’t “vigilant” and “don’t recognize the symptoms,” Honda said. “The symptoms for [Japanese-Americans] were racial bigotry, war hysteria and the failure of political leadership.”


    This is why Honda recently introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives which “denounces in the strongest terms the increase of hate speech, intimidation, violence, vandalism, arson, and other hate crimes targeted against mosques, Muslims, or those perceived to be Muslim.”


    And it’s why Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced a resolution in the Senate in February marking the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1942 order to imprison Japanese-Americans during the war.


    Tucked near the end of Hirono’s resolution is a paragraph that reads: “Whereas the terrorist attacks carried out in Paris, France, on November 5, 2015, have led to renewed calls from public officials and figures to register Muslim Americans and bar millions from entering the United States based solely on the religion of those individuals, repeating the mistakes of 1942.”


    (Neither resolution, it should be noted, has gained the support of a single Republican in the House or Senate.)




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    The Amache internment camp, where Rep. Honda spent the first few years of his life.
    Chi said he hoped “as many Americans as possible” will see “Letters From Camp.”


    “For Muslim children, who’re afraid that who they are will get them hurt,” he said. “For Japanese Americans, who want to memorialize the experience of their families. Even for those who are inclined to vilify or hate. I hope this video reminds us that we are all human beings trying to do the best for our families.”


    “Hate is making a comeback in America,” he continued. “It’s more important now than ever that we respond to that hate with love.

    Making ‘Letters from Camp’ was my act of love. I hope it can move others to do the same in their own way.”





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    Meet the American Hedge Fund Billionaire Who Could Start a ‘Holy War’ in the Middle East

    Rising Islamophobia is not merely a spontaneous outgrowth of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    An astonishing assortment of billionaires have channeled their resources into spreading fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims. It’s no coincidence that many of the key players are also fanatical Zionists.

    Pitting “the West” against Islam not only gives Israel broader latitude colonizing what remains of Palestinian land, but also provides a pretext for waging war against Muslim-majority countries that challenge Israel’s hegemony in the region.

    Largely through influential neoconservative political apparatus, wealthy backers of “Greater Israel” have pitted Israel and “the West” against Islam in a political zero sum game. This phenomenon is not confined to a handful of wealthy zealots.

    In fact, Professor Juan Cole has concluded the rabidly pro-Israel/anti-Muslim neoconservatives have, “perhaps half of America’s 400 billionaires on their side.” Even at half that estimate, the number is astonishing. Yet only a few of the key players have been highlighted in the mainstream media.

    Bingo and casino king Irving Moskowitz has briefly made the mainstream news, and has become fairly well known for his contributions to illegal Israeli settlements, questionable archaeological projects, and widespread land purchases in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Moskowitz has also funded noeconservative efforts to promote Islamophobia. He gave $1 million to a Karl Rove-linked super PAC, and:

    Moskowitz also provided $100,000 to the Center for Security Policy, a nonprofit warning of the imminent danger of radical Islam in America. The center’s founder and president is Frank Gaffney, a neoconservative who has publicly questioned whether the president was born in the U.S. and stated that Obama, in his 2008 campaign, was seeking “the Jihadist vote.”
    Another casino billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, is also a staunch supporter of Israel who has garnered some mainstream media coverage. Adelson, who counts “Bibi” Netanyahu among his personal friends, advocates a preemptive nuclear strike against Iran, says the Palestinians don’t exist, and likens the two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict to a game of Russian roulette. Like Moskowitz, Adelson is also deeply involved in right wing politics and a sponsor of both the neoconservatives and “Greater Israel.”

    Joyce and Aubrey Chernick are also key backers of various neoconservative, pro-Israel, and anti-Muslim causes. This couple was a driving force behind the highly successful “Ground Zero mosque” controversy, deliberately manufactured a few years ago. They have continued to use their wealth to fuel the spread of Islamophobia ever since:

    Meet the Chernicks

    Though it was not listed on the public tax reports filed by Horowitz’s Freedom Center, POLITICO has confirmed that the lion’s share of the $920,000 it provided over the past three years to Jihad Watch came from Chernick, whose husband, Aubrey Chernick, has a net worth of $750 million, as a result of his 2004 sale to IBM of a software company he created, and a security consulting firm he now owns.

    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 that made 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.”..

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    Until now, the role of another key billionaire backer has largely escaped the media spotlight. Henry Swieca shares the same nefarious agenda as Moskowitz, Adeslon, and the Chernicks, but with a potentially dangerous Temple Mount twist.

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    Meet the American Hedge Fund Billionaire Who Could Start a ‘Holy War’ in the Middle East
    by Alex Kane, Alternet

    Henry Swieca is a money man. The New York-based billionaire made his fortune by co-founding Highbridge Capital Corp., a hedge fund that boasted clients like the American International Group.

    In 2009, the banking giant JP Morgan Chase, another client of Highbridge, fully took over the flagship hedge fund. Swieca went on to play a role at two more hedge funds: Talpion Fund Management, which he launched, and Clearline Capital, which Swieca joined as a startup investor in February 2013.

    Swieca, whose net worth is $1.2 billion as of September 2013, is well-known as a financial guru.His every move is covered by the financial press. But he’s less known for what his foundation pours money into: right-wing, pro-Israel causes. Along with a host of charitable groups and domestic Jewish centers, the Swieca Family Foundation, which he runs with his Israeli-American wife Estee, has poured tons of cash into pro-Israel groups–including to religious extremist groups that operate in the most sensitive of holy places. Swieca did not return requests for comment on his donations.

    According to tax records reviewed by AlterNet, Swieca, an Orthodox Jew, has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the American Israel Education Foundation, the non-profit offshoot of the powerful lobbying group called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He’s also handed over cash to groups like the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces; the right-wing, anti-Muslim David Horowitz Freedom Center; and the Hebron Fund, a Brooklyn-based organization that funnels American money into illegal Israeli settlements in Hebron, a big city in the West Bank that has the most intense regime of settler violence and enforced segregation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

    But perhaps most alarmingly is Swieca’s funding of the Temple Institute, an organization that promotes the building of the Third Temple on the third most holy site for Muslims. In early December, the Washington Post disclosed that Swieca and his wife funded the Jerusalem-based Temple Institute’s move to “to a large, renovated space in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter, overlooking the Western Wall.” The move put the institute just a short walk away from the place where they hope the Third Temple arises.

    The religious extremists who run the Temple Institute have their sights set on the Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary in English, which is also the Temple Mount for Jews.

    “Our short-term goal is to rekindle the flame of the Holy Temple in the hearts of mankind through education,” the Temple Institute says on their website. “Our long-term goal is to do all in our limited power to bring about the building of the Holy Temple in our time.”

    In the middle of the Noble Sanctuary sits the Dome of the Rock, a shrine whose gold dome is a fixture on the Jerusalem skyline. The Noble Sanctuary is home to the Al Aqsa Mosque, thought to be the place where the Prophet Muhammad was transported to from Mecca and is the third holiest site to Muslims around the world. At the same time, it is a site deeply revered by Jews, since it is the place thought to be where the First and Second Temples stood. The Second Temple was famously destroyed in A.D. 70 by the Romans, who then sent Jews into exile. The Temple Institute says that

    “the Temple Mount has to be cleared of the Dome of the Rock and the mosques which are presently located upon it before the physical rebuilding of the Holy Temple can begin.”

    Both Judaism and Islam have competing claims to the site, making it the most contested piece of real estate on earth. In 2000, a provocative visit by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to the Noble Sanctuary set off clashes that many say sparked the Second Intifada. It continues to be a frequent site of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli authorities.

    Religious extremists on both sides frequently fan the flames of hatred around these holy sites, and any brash move could easily spark sectarian conflict in a combustible region. The Temple Institute, funded by Swieca and other private Jewish philanthropists, is one such Jewish extremist group that many say is acting dangerously. And despite being funded by the Israeli government to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years, the Temple Institute has encouraged Israeli Jews to publicly challenge the prevailing legal arrangements that govern prayer on the Temple site, thoughthe Israeli government seems to be slowly coming around to agreeing with the organization’s goals.

    This month, Israel reportedly asked Jordan, which administers the holy site, to consider allowing some level of Jewish worship, feeding into Palestinian fears that Israel wants to control all of Jerusalem forever instead of ceding the eastern half of it to a Palestinian state. Jordan rejected the request, with the director of the trust that controls the site saying that granting the request would spark “bloodshed.”

    Founded in 1984, the Temple Institute has been hard at work on a number of activities: recreating ritual objects to be used for a Third Temple; hosting conferences on research about the temple; educating the public and Israeli soldiers about its history; and lobbying for changes to the status quo that prohibits Israeli Jews from praying openly on the Noble Sanctuary’s/Temple Mount’s grounds. The organization, founded by a far-right religious zealot named Rabbi Israel Ariel, is also bolstered by the support of evangelical Christians, who provide the organization with much of their income through buying entrance tickets and museum shop items. Christian Zionists fully support the aims of the Temple Institute. They believe that the building of a Third Jewish Temple is a prerequisite to the coming of the Messiah and the apocalypse…

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    It’s not just Trump’s US. Anti-Muslim hate threatens Europe too


    Joe Mulhall

    The Islamophobic ideologues at the heart of the new US administration have allies on this side of the Atlantic. We must all fight the spread of their divisive lies


    While Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration has dominated headlines, it is important to place his anti-Muslim policies in an international context. Far from an anomaly, this is part of a much wider process of mainstreaming anti-Muslim prejudice, which has been present on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond for a decade or more.

    Hope not Hate’s report, published on Wednesday, outlines this worrying trajectory of anti-Muslim prejudice in Britain and Europe. Specifically, it maps the journey of conspiratorial anti-Muslim ideas – so-called “counter-jihadism” – from a marginal and ignored, primarily internet-based political discourse, on to the streets and then into the White House and the parliamentary chambers of Europe.

    The “counter-jihad” movement is a broad alliance of organisations and individuals that believes western civilisation is under attack from Islam. Some elements are more extreme than others but all generally agree that Islam is a supremacist religion, and many see little difference between violent jihadis and ordinary Muslims who live their lives quite peacefully.

    In eastern Europe there has been a worrying adoption of these conspiratorial counter-jihadi ideas by supposedly mainstream politicians. In Slovakia the prime minister, Robert Fico, has called for the “restriction of the freedom of Muslims in Europe”, and last year a law was passed that effectively bans Islam from gaining official status as a religion.

    The Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has become a hero of the anti-Muslim movement because of his Islamophobic and anti-refugee views. Of all the European leaders Orbán has gone the furthest in adopting conspiratorial counter-jihadi rhetoric about a planned invasion by Muslims.


    A key milestone in the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe came in late 2015, when the Czech president, Miloš Zeman, addressed an anti-Islam demonstration that included former English Defence League (EDL) leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (Tommy Robinson) and a contingent of leaders from the anti-Muslim Pegida movement in Germany.

    Meanwhile in western and central Europe there has been a rise in the number and size of explicitly anti-Muslim parties, as populist radical-right parties such as the Alternative für Deutschland, Geert Wilders’ Freedom party and Marine Le Pen’s Front National have brought anti-Muslim prejudice to the forefront of their political agendas in Germany, the Netherlands and France. Elections in these countries later this year will be an important yardstick for measuring how far into the mainstream these policies have moved.


    While we have seen the collapse of street movements such as the EDL in the UK, this has by no means heralded the end of anti-Muslim prejudice. Quite the contrary. Instead we have seen a normalisation of anti-Muslim prejudice in the UK and a rise in anti-Muslim hate crime. A recent report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) criticised rising “racist violence and hate speech” by both the press and politicians in the wake of the Brexit vote.

    Ukip has been a key part of this process of mainstreaming of anti-Muslim ideas, with a raft of leading Ukip figures being openly anti-Muslim and echoing “counter-jihadi” rhetoric. The ECRI criticised former Ukip leader Nigel Farage for claiming there was “public concern about immigration partly because people believe there are some Muslims who want to form a fifth column and kill us.”


    And so, President Trump. For those of us that monitor and research organised anti-Muslim movements, any hope that Trump would renege on his anti-Muslim campaign promises once in office always seemed unlikely. In May last year, Hope not Hate revealed that Trump had attended the launch of a counter-jihadi group called the United West in Miami, Florida in March 2011. He posed for a picture with one of America’s leading anti-Muslim activists, Frank Gaffney, and a European anti-Muslim activist called Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff.

    Gaffney has been an important influence on Trump. The new president relied on discredited research produced by Gaffney’s thinktank, the Centre for Security Policy (CSP), for some of his openly racist comments about Muslims during his presidential campaign. Likewise, Trump’s comments about Muslims creating no-go zones in the US and the UK also appear to have originated with Gaffney.

    Further proof of Trump’s willingness to associate with and be guided by anti-Muslim activists has come with the appointment of his advisers and appointees since winning the election. As shown in a recent report by the Chicago-based Center for New Community, as well as our latest report, the Trump administration is full of people with links to the “nativist” movement who are either part of or have extensive links with America’s organised anti-Muslim movement.

    One example is Trump’s appointment of Walid Phares as an adviser to his foreign policy team. Phares was named in a major Center for American Progress report, Fear Inc, as one of the “validators” that made up an Islamophobia network in America. Importantly Phares sits on the board of advisers of America’s largest anti-Muslim organisation, Act for America. More worryingly an email sent to activists by Act bragged that it now has “a direct line to President-elect Trump through our allies such as … Walid Phares”. Phares is also a former board member of the anti-Muslim propagandist organisation the Clarion Project, and a contributing editor to the anti-Muslim online publication Family Security Matters.

    And then there’s Trump’s national security adviser, Michael T Flynn. Last year he tweeted: “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL” and at a meeting of the Dallas branch of Act for America he said of Islam: ‘It’s like cancer. […] And it’s a like a malignant cancer, though, in this case. It has metastasized.’ Trump’s nominee for director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, also has links to the organised anti-Muslim movement, as do his senior policy adviser Kellyanne Conway, and Katharine Gorka from his Department of Homeland Security landing team.

    So the protesters who marched around the UK this week are absolutely right to be angered by Trump’s draconian executive order. However, it is worth remembering that anti-Muslim prejudice has also entered the mainstream much closer to home, here in Europe. We’re setting up a new unit to look into fake news and the oft-repeated lies and exaggerations from populist movements, which will partly tackle such prejudice. Elsewhere, all of us need to remain vigilant and be prepared to defend the tolerant society that protects us all, including minorities such as the Muslim community.


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    Tariq Fatah: attacks on Islam

    Cleric explains the tactics used by the Islamophobes to attack Islam.

    - picking Muslims and attacking Islam based on that (eg Muslims invaded India so Islam invades and forces religion)
    - Pretending to be Muslims to attack from within Islam
    - Provoking Muslim opponents to say something stupid and use it against Islam
    - Media specifically chooses enemies of Islam to be on shows
    - Media filtering out knowledgeable Muslims from the audience
    - Media editing out correct Islamic response from audience while showing stupid responses
    - Government wanting Muslims to protest in streets rather than taking legal and intellectual actions

    - Muslims need to response intellectually and never be provoked to saying something bad/incorrect
    - Muslims need to question their source and belief in Islam before answering (ie the believe in Quran only and so want a Burqa ban since "burqa" word is not in the Quran)
    - Muslims technologically enabled need to use it open (individual) channels and fight back against Islamophobia


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    How Israel relies on Islamophobia


    In the latest edition of “Axis of Evil” politics Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued to the United Nations on September 29th that “Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas,” and that they are following the path blazed by Iran 35 years ago.



    The Prime Minister in the process exposed the mutual relationship between Zionism and its crutch: Islamophobia.

    What could a national resistance party in Gaza, an international jihadist organization in the northern Levant, and the state of Iran have in common? The Prime Minister would have you believe they all adhere to the same doctrine of militant Islam that is forever at war with the rational, liberal, ever-philanthropic West. Yet, with an accusation as inaccurate as George W. arguing that Iran and Iraq had anything in common other than a border, Netanyahu could only hope that the West heard “Muslim, Muslim, Muslim,” and jumped on its Crusading bandwagon.

    Let’s be clear about the effects of Islamophobia: it dehumanizes. It ensures the lives of Muslims will not be valued equally to those of non-Muslims, especially the white ones. It allows President Obama to state to the New York Times that Israel was “scratched out of rock,” rather than colonized on the ruins of ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages.

    We can thank Bill Maher for showing the world how this is not only a “conservative” problem. If a self-identifying liberal, an ideological beacon of tolerance, such as Maher can proclaim, “(Islamophobia) is not a real thing when we do it” and “it’s the only religion that acts like the mafia”; we officially have a cultural epidemic in the United States.

    Islamophobia has permeated far beyond TV personalities spewing liberal exceptionalism when it comes to racism. In the eloquent words of Laura Durkay, the hit TV show “Homeland” is currently pitching its fourth season using “a blonde, white Red Riding Hood lost in a forest of faceless Muslim wolves.”

    Excusing racist advertising as insignificant because it’s “just a TV show” protects the party not subjected to the discrimination from accusations of racism and bigotry. It promotes a subconscious level of consent that “this is indeed the world we live in,” ensuring the casual nod of approval when the same bigotry finds it’s way onto Boston subways:



    Islamophobia homogenizes the Muslim world into a singular thinking-and-acting body with a nucleus of irrational militant Islam. Any peaceful, “liberalized” outliers remain on the cultural periphery, rather than the core. As a result, we are excused from distinguishing Hamas, ISIS, or Iran from one another because we’ve already predetermined their place in a homogenous body of Islamic-politick. Forget about context; don’t bother with history.

    Israel relies on Western Islamophobic pretenses to further its foreign policy agenda in delegitimizing Palestinian grievance, leaving the occupied state’s colonization unquestioned. It dismisses responsibility for historical crimes committed against Palestinians such as ethnic cleansing, collective punishment, and apartheid because the victims of the crimes are either part of a homogenous group of radicalism or subhuman. If the Palestinians were a Euro-Christian people, we can rest assured the West wouldn’t have stood idly by as Israel dropped chemical weapons on Gaza in 2008 and bulldozed over 28,000 Palestinian homes since 1967.

    Zionism needs the Western sympathizing countries to remain Islamophobic. Despite Netanyahu’s plea that “it’s not Islam. Its militant Islam,” his country continues to benefit from the proliferation of the doctrine. As long as Israel floats in its “sea of red-Arab Muslim terror” (see above), it will remain in perpetual victimhood while simultaneously being a colonial-occupying power in Palestine.

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    Act Against the Anti-Muslim Group ACT for America

    By Manzoor Cheema - June 07, 2017



    The 2016 election and the victory of Donald Trump as the president of the United States has led to a rise in attacks against African-Americans, immigrants, Muslims and other communities. People have been attacked and murdered, their property destroyed and even bystanders who have tried to stop harassment have been brutally assaulted.

    Three men were attacked by white supremacist Jeremy Christian while they were trying to stop a hate attack against two young women, one black and one Muslim, in Portland, Ore. Two of the men who attempted to intervene were stabbed and killed. These incidents are not isolated, and the racist assaults happening in many parts of the country are part of a historic reality of white supremacy in the United States and a rising hostility that is justified by organizations like ACT for America.

    A nationwide anti-Muslim rally is planned Saturday by the largest anti-Muslim organization in the country, ACT for America. The rally is scheduled in 26 cities across the country, including in Raleigh.

    ACT for America has been identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its demonization of Muslims. The rally is set to take place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    ACT for America's founding member, Brigitte Gabriel, was quoted as saying that any practicing Muslim "cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America." ACT for America and other anti-Muslim organizations have spawned an "anti-Shariah movement" across the country by creating a fiction that Muslims want to establish Islamic law in violation of local laws and the Constitution. The North Carolina state legislature passed an anti-Shariah law in 2013. A survey of more than 100 anti-Shariah laws introduced around the country reveals that 80 percent of those laws have been introduced by the same legislators who introduced voter suppression, anti-gay marriage, anti-abortion, anti-immigrant and anti-worker laws. Forces that attack Muslims are also likely to oppress other marginalized communities.

    Structural racism is established through laws and policies that reduce a group of people to second-class human beings, increase inequality and normalize violence against impacted communities. Racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant bigotry and attacks on workers are not solely advanced by fringe groups but ingrained in institutions that allow and re-inforce socioeconomic and political disparities.

    The Muslim ban, heightening surveillance and profiling of Muslims and people of color, detention and deportation of immigrants, the school-to-prison pipeline and the prison-industrial complex as well as other patterns of oppression increasingly impact these marginalized communities. Anti-terrorism language and laws are used to demonize the social-justice movement, including protests against police brutality. Many states across the country have recently introduced laws to punish social-justice protests, labeling them as "economic terrorism." They are also used to create a climate of hostility, fear and division to promote and justify wars and military actions against people from marginalized communities and targeted countries.

    While bigotry and discrimination are employed to breed fear and hatred in the community, we have a choice to build a movement that advances social justice and human rights for all. Any form of discrimination based on one's ethnicity, religion, class, citizenship, gender or sexuality should be challenged through an intersectional movement. This movement has to bring together the voices and experiences of the communities facing structural and institutional racism, economic crisis and displacement.

    We need organized community safety responses led by Muslims, black youth, immigrants and people of color, not unaccountable armed militia groups, as proposed by the Portland GOP chair, that can exploit a moment like this to intimidate and displace people from public spaces. Grassroots people's assemblies are emerging across the country to build sustainable movements that center on leadership by impacted communities, and allow people from all backgrounds to join a broad movement because we are stronger together. Such a broad-based movement will allow us to bring forward a social transformation and eliminate oppression. In the words of Pakistani poet and freedom -ighter, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, "We shall witness the day when enormous mountains of tyranny will blow away like cotton."

    http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/...154973194.html

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    Who are the millionaires behind the Islamophobic industry in America?



    The Chapel Hill murders must be seen as a tipping point and opportunity to examine and confront the forces that are leading Americans to believe the Islamic faith seeks to destroy “American values”





    In an interview on CNN, Suzanne Barakat, the sister of one of the Chapel Hill shooting victims, said the film American Sniper has helped to not only “dehumanise Muslims” but also has created an atmosphere that is akin to an “open season” on Muslim Americans.


    Barakat says it was this climate of anti-Muslim bigotry that led to her brother’s barbaric execution at the hands of avowed anti-theist Craig Stephen Hicks.


    Is Barakat’s claim of an “open season” on Muslim Americans based in reflexive grief or are her words a sombre narrative of what is really happening in America today?


    Sadly, we need only examine violence and intimidation carried out against Muslims in the past week alone to establish a rising trend in anti-Muslim bigotry. On Friday, an arsonist destroyed an Islamic centre in Houston, Texas. An actual fireman posted on Facebook, “Let it burn…block the fire hydrant.” On Tuesday, police arrested a man for making a “bomb threat” at a Muslim centre in Austin, Texas. And a Hindu temple in Bothell, Washington, was mistakenly targeted with anti-Muslim graffiti. All these events in a single week - most of which were largely unreported by the mainstream media.


    The past week is emblematic of the broader trend of escalating anti-Muslim violence. Consider that before 9/11, there were only 40 to 50 anti-Muslim hate crimes per year. In the year 2001, there were nearly 500 hate crimes against Muslims, and since then there has been anywhere from 100 to 150 anti-Muslim hate crimes per year.


    Saladin Ahmed, an Arab-American science fiction writer, summed up the current plight of Muslims in America today when he tweeted, “It's some fucked up **** when you realise you're feeling thankful for 'not looking Arab' and not having an accent.”
    The release of American Sniper has led to an increase in incidences of violence and intimidation carried out against Muslim Americans, according to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). "A majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are result of how Arabs and Muslims are depicted in American Sniper,” said the ADC in a statement. “We have collected hundreds of violent messages targeting Arab and Muslim Americans from movie-goers.”


    If an overtly racist and demeaning film has played a part in the escalation of Muslim harassment in America, it’s only a bit part. The lead actor is a little more conniving and sinister. The lead actor is not only flushed with cash, but is also executing a coordinated and sustained propaganda campaign to dehumanise Muslim Americans as part of a broader strategy to support pro-Zionist goals.


    Since 2001, a group of shadowy groups and individuals have spent millions to disseminate misinformation about Muslims into the mainstream media, body politic and public consciousness. The objective? Provide political cover for both the US’s war on terror, and Israel’s war on Palestinians.


    Yasmine Taeb, co-author of the new report, Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America, said in a recent interview that “since 2001, there has been over $57 million that’s been contributed to this fear-mongering, anti-Muslim, anti-Islam organisations by eight very wealthy donors.”


    According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 37 US-based anti-Islam groups enjoyed a combined revenue of $119 million in the years 2008 to 2011. One of CAIR’s findings is that these groups are “often tightly linked” and that “key players in the network benefited from large salaries as they encouraged the American public to fear Islam.”


    These well-funded and well-organised groups push erroneous and spiteful narratives:


    In Europe, there’s the Eurabian conspiracy theory, which holds there is a secret plot between European and Arab leaders to facilitate mass Muslim immigration, “subjugate Europe, and transform the continent into an Arab colony, Eurabia.” Like the Jewish conspiracy theories in Germany during the 1930s, no evidence is ever offered to support either the plot or the actual likelihood Muslims will come to dominate Europe, demographically. It’s a conspiracy that has been pushed by everyone from the nationalistic English Defence League to Dutch politician Geert Wilder, and is outlined in great detail in Bat Ye’or’s book Eurabia: the Euro-Arabiz Axis.


    In America, it’s the Sharia law conspiracy theory, which holds that “alongside the use of violence is the strategy of stealth jihad, which aims at the infiltration of national institutions and the assertion of Muslim’s demands through the legal system.” It’s a conspiracy pushed by everyone from the Republican Party to Fox News, and is outlined indepth in Mark Steyn’s book American Alone.


    The Sharia law conspiracy theory can easily be dismissed as wildly ridiculous, but it’s a conspiracy that has gained traction nevertheless. A 2011 survey found 30 percent of Americans believed Muslim Americans were seeking to replace the US Constitution with Sharia law.


    So who are these groups and individuals pushing evidently obvious misinformation and gross generalisations for the purpose of manufacturing a climate of fear, suspicion and anger toward American Muslims?


    US neo-conservative activists David Horowitz and Daniel Pipes established Campus Watch in 2002, which identified and monitored university professors who openly supported rights for Palestinians and encouraged students to protest against Israel’s oppressive policy towards its Arab citizens, and those in the West Bank and Gaza. One year later, Horowitz founded DiscoverTheNetworks.org, which identified and assailed groups and individuals “accused of enabling Islamism and undermining American values.” And in 2007, Horowitz organised Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.


    NYU adjunct professor Arun Kundnani notes that by 2008, “a group of well-funded Islamophobic activists had coalesced. Pamela Geller’s blog Atlas Shrugs (named after Ayn Rand’s novel) had come to prominence with the Khalil Gibran International Academy campaign. She worked closely with Robert Spencer, whose Jihad Watch site was run as a subsidiary of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.” Kundnani also notes that the Los Angeles-based millionaire couple Aubrey and Joyce Chernick used their foundation to fund Robert Spencer with “close to a million dollars between 2004 and 2009.”


    It was during this period that ACT! For America was formed. Started by Bridgette Gabriel in 2007, this Islamophobic citizen action network had established more than 570 chapters and 170,000 members before the end of its second year.


    It’s this network of anti-Muslim organisations and individuals that drives not only media distractions, such as the hysteria over the “proposed” mosque at Ground Zero, but has also largely driven the narrative of conservative media, the religious right, New Atheism, and nearly the entire Republican Party. “In America today, the level of public anti-Muslim bigotry is shockingly high. Politicians and pundits, usually on the right, say things about Muslims that they would be immediately fired for saying about Christians or Jews,” writes Peter Beinhart.


    During the 2012 GOP presidential campaign, Herman Cain declared: “There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government.” Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich thundered, “I believe Sharia is a mortal threat to the survival of freedom in the United States and in the world as we know it.” While Peter King (R-NY), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, claimed: “There is an infiltration of the Sharia practise into all of our operating systems in our country, as well as across Western civilisation.”


    There is no evidence anywhere from anyone to support the notion that Muslim Americans desire to implement Sharia law in America. In fact, a 2011 Pew Research Center poll found that perhaps as many as 80 percent of Muslims living in America do not attend mosques and have a secular outlook.


    So where are these conservative politicians and the right-wing media getting their Sharia law talking points from?
    During the 2008 election, and with a Democratic candidate whose middle name is Hussein, 28 million copies of an anti-Muslim propaganda film, Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, was distributed throughout hotly contested electoral battleground states. The film was funded with a $17 million donation from a conservative group that political funding laws allow to keep the names of its donors anonymous, and forewarns of a Muslim plot to takeover America.


    While the film did not prevent candidate Barack Obama from winning the presidency, it was successful insofar as it injected anti-Muslim hysteria into America’s political bloodstream. According to a 2010 Time magazine poll, more than 25 percent of Americans believed the President to be a Muslim.


    Fear and suspicion is the root cause of violence carried out against Muslim Americans. In a 2011 poll, 6 percent of Muslims said they had been victims of a hate crime. Louise Cainkar, author of The Impact of the September 11 attacks on Arab and Muslim Communities in the United States, cites a study in which all those interviewed, college-educated Muslim American women in Chicago, had been “the victims of physical or verbal abuse, or knew someone close to them who had been”.


    If discrimination at the hands of an ever fearful and hateful general population isn’t enough, Muslim Americans are also faced with the fear of reporting the crime carried out against them. Not only do Muslims believe the authorities won’t help, but Muslims are acutely aware that they’re the targets of deportation, surveillance and harassment by law enforcement. “That excessive scrutiny has eroded the trust necessary for victims to report hate crimes,” writes Farhana Khera.


    Taeb says the main goal of Muslim civil rights activists should be to name and shame the funders of anti-Muslim bigotry, which she hopes will “dry up the money”. In an interview with Democracy Now, Taeb says: “If we eliminate the money trail, if we eliminate these millions of dollars that are being donated to these organisations, that essentially their living is now just to promote discriminatory policies against three million Americans.”


    Khera suggests the Justice Department should launch a website modelled on the Education Department’s Stopbulling.gov - dedicated to informing the public on how to identify and report hate crimes. “The site should also provide a one-stop shop for tools and resources for law enforcement, educators, public officials, media and other key stakeholders in reducing hate-motivated violence,” suggests Khera.


    These are some of the things we can do to lessen persecution against Muslims based on their faith. The Chapel Hill murders must be seen as a tipping point - an opportunity to examine and confront the forces that are leading Americans to believe the Islamic faith seeks to destroy “American values.” It was this worldview (“Islam is at war with the West”) that led Anders Breivik to murder 77 students in Norway; it’s probable it led Hicks to murder three Muslims in North Carolina, and it certainly is behind the spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes. So what are we going to do about it?

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns...ica-1487378765


 

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