Pro-Israel extremists have campaigned against an Islamic cultural center before

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Haven’t we seen this movie before? Yes, in Boston, and with nearly the same cast of characters. The fight against the Roxbury Mosque and Cultural Center planned by the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) was framed as a battle against “Muslim extremists” and “terror supporters.” In reality (as court documents showed) the campaign was organized by activists with the far-right pro-Israel David Project and CAMERA, spearheaded by founder Charles Jacobs, who now heads a front group with the Orwellian name “Americans for Peace and Tolerance.” Later, the story was picked up and promoted by the Murdoch-owned Boston Herald and the local Fox TV affiliate. When the ISB eventually sued its attackers for defamation, the defendants were represented by an attorney who was also a leader of New England AIPAC (American-Israel Public Affairs Committee).

nypostfront082310Likewise, the New York Islamic Community Center project in lower Manhattan was uncontroversial until it began to be labeled falsely as “the Ground Zero Mosque” and was vilified by right-wing bloggers with a pro-Israel agenda. Although the media has reported on the way the Right has used anti-Muslim bigotry to stir up racist outrage against the Islamic Center, there has been little notice of the Israel connection. Jihad Watch founder Robert Spencer and Atlas Shrugged blogger Pamela Geller, who led the charge, are active in the same circles as the pro-Israel extremists in Boston. Geller is a regular commentator on the far-right Israeli radio network Arutz Sheva. Together they created a front-group to promote the anti-Muslim crusade called Stop Islamization of America. The campaign of slander against the “Ground Zero Mosque” was first mainstreamed in the Murdoch-owned New York Post and has been trumpeted relentlessly by Fox News, as well as by Neocon operatives like Bill Kristol and Liz Cheney.

Why? Because promoting a “culture-clash” between the “West” and Islam is seen as a way to bolster support for Israel and to sustain a permanent US “War on Terror.”

As early as September 12, 2001 the New York Times reported:

Israeli leaders, who have chafed at occasional American criticism of their measures against Palestinians, said the day’s attacks would awaken the United States to the threat of global terrorism.

Asked tonight what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied, ”It’s very good.” Then he edited himself: ”Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.” He predicted that the attack would ”strengthen the bond between our two peoples, because we’ve experienced terror over so many decades, but the United States has now experienced a massive hemorrhaging of terror.”

In an appearance late tonight, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon repeatedly placed Israel on the same ground as the United States, calling the assault an attack on ”our common values” and declaring, ”I believe together we can defeat these forces of evil.”

When the Roxbury Mosque was under attack in Boston my organization, Dorchester People for Peace, and other progressives took a stand in its defense. DPP sponsored a well-attended public forum on the topic in 2006. Since then, we have worked closely with our local Muslim friends – many of whom are US-born African-Americans with deep ties to our community. Although the current furor is over a proposed Mosque in New York, the issues are much the same. Islamophobia continues to be a racist tool of the war-promoting Right and the most extremist sectors of the Israel Lobby. Anti-war and anti-racist organizations cannot remain indifferent.

Jeff Klein is retired president of a local union at the Mass Water Resources Authority, where he worked for many years as a machinist in the Deer Island facility. He is active these days with Dorchester People for Peace, a local anti-war organization.

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Jeff Klein, is a retired local union president, a long-time Palestine solidarity activist and a board member of Mass Peace Action. He has a blog: http://atmyangle.blogspot.com/

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  1. MRW
    August 23, 2010, 11:00 am

    Since then, we have worked closely with our local Muslim friends – many of whom are US-born African-Americans with deep ties to our community.

    Good mention. I believe this anti-black racism forms an enormous part of what is going on underneath, how the “far-right pro-Israel” extremists who despise Obama for not being pro-Israel enough are able to gain traction in this issue.

  2. lysias
    August 23, 2010, 11:22 am

    Those quotes from Netanyahu and Sharon remind me of Bibi saying in that video that America is easily moved. Can anybody confirm or deny something I’ve seen asserted by a poster here on Mondoweiss, that the video dates from a few weeks before 9/11? (Just by asking this question about the dating of the video on Daily Kos, I was hide-rated by a few of the Israel Firsters there. CT, they called it.)

  3. MHughes976
    August 23, 2010, 11:35 am

    A bit of UK experience – in 06 there were rather nasty demonstrations, called riots by some, in Windsor, Berkshire (my county) because a local businessman wanted to turn premises he owned into a mosque, for which he needed permission from the local authority. The riot was on the slightly ridiculous grounds that this would bring Islam offensively close to one of our symbolic centres, since Windsor is a royal residence. As far as I can see the fuss died down and the mosque conversion went ahead – Ramadan services seem to be taking place there at the moment. There were evidently no strong organisations with funds or practised spokespersons behind the protests on that occasion.

    • Shafiq
      August 23, 2010, 3:36 pm

      In the UK, it’s not always easy to discern between Islamophobic protests and legitimate worries about the scale of Mosque projects.

      I do remember a story recently about large protests against a Mosque in the Midlands. The developers decided to change the plans so that the proposed building was ‘more in line with nearby buildings’. The project is now going ahead and everyone seems happy.

      Then there’s the East London ‘supermosque’, which was intended to be a replacement to the current Tablighi Jamaat headquarters in Dewsbury. The opposition there were better organised and it was clear they didn’t want the Mosque full stop. In the end, the council decided to use the powers it had, to prevent it from being built.

      With the ISB, it’s been four years now and the opposition to it seems to have died down.

  4. Colin Murray
    August 23, 2010, 11:44 am

    Why? Because promoting a “culture-clash” between the “West” and Islam is seen as a way to bolster support for Israel and to sustain a permanent US “War on Terror.”

    Bullseye. It’s time for an end to permanent war for an Israel that has thoroughly squandered the incredible opportunities for stabilization that we have paid for in blood, suffering, and treasure. We have given them more than enough breathing room to forge a durable regional peace based on social justice, but the simple ugly reality is that the Israel political establishment does not have and has never had interest in any peace other than that of master and dispossessed serf.

    Political Zionists hold Americans in contempt for being suckers enough to subsidize their ethnic cleansing and colonization and view with outraged self-entitled and self-righteous hostility those of us who suggest it’s time for the slightest transformation of much less an end to our completely one-way relationship with Israel. Friends don’t lie friends into endless wars whose goals are to forge a global political environment where they can plunder their neighbors with impunity.

    • marc b.
      August 23, 2010, 3:14 pm

      i’d disagree that the promotion of the ‘clash of civilizations’ narrowly benefits israel. defense contractors benefit. critics of the ‘welfare state’, who see an opportunity to undermine and bankrupt government support of social programs, benefit.

    • radii
      August 23, 2010, 5:09 pm

      brilliantly and economically stated Colin

      “Political Zionists hold Americans in contempt for being suckers enough to subsidize their ethnic cleansing and colonization and view with outraged self-entitled and self-righteous hostility those of us who suggest it’s time for the slightest transformation of much less an end to our completely one-way relationship with Israel. Friends don’t lie friends into endless wars whose goals are to forge a global political environment where they can plunder their neighbors with impunity.”

      it bears repeating

    • gingershot
      August 23, 2010, 5:32 pm

      great post, Colin

  5. VR
    August 23, 2010, 11:45 am

    I hope people are beginning to understand the tail wags the dog situation here. It is these Zionist “hit groups” that need to be targeted with legal force, for disseminating racist sentiments and material. The link has to be made to “main stream” publications who pick up this rabble with seeming “neutrality” (we are just reporting the news nonsense), when careful examination reveals a connected agenda. Mr. Klein also shows how these extremists are used to fan the fire of the “so called war on terror,” so the linkage is becoming more apparent. Time for more anti-war activists to become aware and take action against these racist and war mongering elements.

    • radii
      August 23, 2010, 5:08 pm

      So you’re saying the W.O.V. (World’s Official Victims™ ) are using their past victimization as a cover ?

      I’m shocked

      shocked!

  6. lareineblanche
    August 23, 2010, 12:33 pm

    Why? Because promoting a “culture-clash” between the “West” and Islam is seen as a way to bolster support for Israel and to sustain a permanent US “War on Terror.”

    Yes! it’s the new red scare, in the form of “sharia law” (which they don’t even know how to define, but it’s a good catch phrase for the public).

    Jihad Watch founder Robert Spencer and Atlas Shrugged blogger Pamela Geller, who led the charge, are active in the same circles as the pro-Israel extremists in Boston.

    Some of this can be connected to people like Frank Gaffney Jr., and the other think tanks associated with them (link to centerforsecuritypolicy.org).

    He wrote a letter to Geller a little while back, explaining that CAIR should be registered as a foreign agent :

    Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was operating as an unregistered foreign agent when they called on the Tea Party organizers to drop, as they termed it, “extremist anti-Islam speaker, far-right blogger Pamela Geller,” in a May 20, 2010 press release.

    link to cairunmasked.org

    The CSP is also channeling money to Caroline Glick’s film outfit (Latma), which gave us such masterpieces as “We Con the World” – through the “Network for Good” charity foundation – as well as concocting ads and propaganda against the “megamosque” (link to youtube.com) and other.

    These people are connected with other pundits like Breitbart (link to bigpeace.com). It’s all connected because they’re mostly all like-minded individuals.

    (sorry for all the links!)

  7. demize
    August 23, 2010, 12:34 pm

    Have you guys seen Spencer? He looks so much like a cartoon from Der Sturmer its scary. Pam Geller was voted most likley to get botoxed in high school. The man funding that weird acronym of theirs is certifiably insane, his bizarre writing style is something to behold.

    • wondering jew
      August 23, 2010, 5:20 pm

      To the editor:

      What is possibly wrong with you people? You threaten to censor Richard Witty because he says that a crowd that seems like a lynch mob is moderate, but you let him through, so as to prove the unreasonableness of his comments. So what about this guy, Adam?

      “Have you guys seen Spencer? He looks so much like a cartoon from Der Sturmer its scary. ”

      And so now after we have the quote from Luban about the new antiSemitism, we are supposed to be subjected to the old antiSemitism without comment? Okay, So Pam Geller uses Botox and thus is deserving of her reproach. But what is Spencer’s physical sin? He looks stereotypically Jewish. And your commenter is allowed to cite der Sturmer, not as look how the right wing Jews are treating the Arabs like they used to treat the Jews in der Sturmer, but look here’s a Jew who looks like a Jew.

      This is the result of your new policy of moderation? Good job guys.

      • Adam Horowitz
        August 23, 2010, 6:40 pm

        Wondering Jew,

        You’re right, my apologies. I read demize’s comment as a joke, not a particularly funny one, but I didn’t take it as seriously as I should of.

      • Saleema
        August 24, 2010, 1:31 am

        I didn’t even know what his comment meant or who it was about. Who is Sturmer and what cartoons? My favorite ones were looney toons. We weren’t allowed much TV, not even when it came to cartoons.

      • demize
        August 25, 2010, 12:40 am

        Saleema, Der Sturmer was the NSDAP. house organ. It means The Stormtrooper. It was a racist and fascist periodical that often depicted Jews and other hated minorities in a disgusting and contorted way. You can google it I’m sure there are images on the web.

      • Donald
        August 23, 2010, 6:46 pm

        Not speaking for the editors, but I just ignored that comment as silly and embarrassing–it doesn’t matter what people look like. The comment about Spencer didn’t register as anti-semitic to me because I know Spencer is a Catholic and until you pointed it out, I didn’t really think about the Der Sturmer reference. If he’s saying what you think he’s saying, then yeah, that comment should have gotten the ax. But Spencer is a Catholic, something you find out about if you do the most cursory online reading about him.

      • Mooser
        August 23, 2010, 7:46 pm

        Here we go again. So the illegal settlements are going to be dismantled, depriving people of their homes, and Israel will be de-segregated, which will turn the entire place up-side down, and probably caise an exodus, but all that must be accomplished without anyone saying so much as a direspectful word about them?
        Oh. sorry, I forgot, we are going to love the Israelis into changing, because that has proven so effective up til now.

      • Mooser
        August 23, 2010, 7:58 pm

        After all, Adam and Phil, it’s your own fault. Maybe you should stop printing articles telling us how awful those Zionists are if you don’t want people to make sarcastically tendentious comments about them.
        In fact, the best thing to do is print lots of stuff telling us how wonderful Israel and Zionists are, and then everyone will talk about them intones of hushed awe.

        You can’t have your anti-Zionist cake and eat it, too. I realise that’ll be an entirely new experience for you, but that’s the way it is.

      • demize
        August 23, 2010, 8:56 pm

        Uh, really. It was an observation. Do I need to innoculate myself by stating THAT I AM JEWISH. It shouldnt matter, but apparently does. If you are going to police comments based on what a hypetsensitive ethno-supremicist cadre dictates then I will gladly take my commentary elsewhere. I like this site, thats why I comment here, but I find it in distaste that in the midst of an anti-Islam pogram we are worried about the delicate sensibilities of my earnest co-religionists. Of course I detest all oppressive systems, but I dont think hyper PCism is the way to go. Why must it be construed to be antisemitic to make an observation?

      • demize
        August 23, 2010, 9:12 pm

        PS. These people are fascists and rascist war mongers. They advocate for constant warfare and have been ginning up virulent unrepentant hate as an enterprise for years. They are the very scum of the earth and I will not hesitate to make them the subject of ridicule and scorn. If you are offended by my ridicule of their respective physical attributes then your priorities are severley askew.

      • Mooser
        August 24, 2010, 9:47 am

        You see demize, we are going to destroy Zionism out of love. We are going to destroy the entire way of life, and encourage other non-Jewish Americans to do so, without ever actually getting mad at the Israelis or Zionists.
        That’s because no matter how bad Zionism becomes, some Jews (and it would be weiss to mention no names) cling to the illusion that they, personally, must never, in the slightest, suffer even embarassment, let alone any damage to their position, as recompense for Zionism. But it’s not gonna happen that way, which means they will turn around at some point and not let it happen at all.
        Thats’ why Wondering Jew can call me a “shit for christ” (he can’t even upper-case the “C” for Christ’s sake) but be taken seriously as a critic of other commenter’s rhetoric. Not tribal loyalty, it’s intra-tribal loyalty.

        The anti-Zionism at Mondoweiss is just a new manifestation of the outsized feelings of entitlement. Why on earth should they suffer even a little shame and embarassment, when they are the only people good enough, and smart enough, to fix Zionism? So watch what you say, lest they leave you at the Israel Lobby’s mercy, which is no more than you deserve!

        When I hear Israel talked about like I heard Saddam Hussein and all Iraquis and all Muslims talked about, I’ll think there’s actually a possibil;ity of change, not just kvetching. You can’t destroy a place dispassionately. I know, I know, we are going to “fix” the Israelis, not destroy Zionism.

      • Donald
        August 24, 2010, 4:13 pm

        I didn’t really know what you meant, demize. Your comment seemed like a stupid waste of time, frankly, based on people’s appearances. The other remark about Der Sturmer didn’t really make much sense at all, since Spencer is Catholic. Some of the prominent Islamophobes are Christians and they’re drawing on hundreds of years of Christian Islamophobia.

      • Donald
        August 24, 2010, 4:36 pm

        “Oh. sorry, I forgot, we are going to love the Israelis into changing, because that has proven so effective up til now.”

        False dichotomy. You use those a lot.

        There’s zero reason for believing that you can effectively fight one form of bigotry by dredging up another. You can be devastatingly sarcastic and accurate at the same time if you want to criticize Zionism and those who support it, because it’s such a target-rich environment, without ever once alluding to someone’s appearance or coming near anti-semitic stereotypes. You can hurt feelings as much as you want merely by telling the truth about what Zionism has done.

      • demize
        August 25, 2010, 12:33 am

        Donald, my screed wasnt directed at you. The comment might have been clumsy and apropos of nothing, so be it. Sometimes my comments are external expressions of my internal dialogue. I dont comment here to share my brilliant research or drop pearls of wisdom. I come to commume with other like minded anti-zonists and share my take based on my unique personal experiences. The comment was a kernal of an idea that struck me as ironic; that a propagandist who formulates base racial stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims, of they carry scimitars and will kidnap your daughters variety, looked so much like an Anti-Semitic characterture Sometimes I just dont have the patience to fully deconstruct my thoughts, sometimes I just feel like being a smartass, I’m post-modern like that.

      • Chaos4700
        August 23, 2010, 8:04 pm

        Who threatened to censor Witty, exactly? Was this before or after he called non-Zionists, collectively, “ignorant asses?”

      • Psychopathic god
        August 23, 2010, 8:07 pm

        to the best of my knowledge, Spencer is not a Jew, he is a Maronite Christian of Lebanese ethnicity.

        the comparison to Der Sturmer is apt; Spencer is in the same category as John Bolton — a flame-thrower.

        Brigitte Gabriel is also a strident anti-Muslim flame thrower, a Lebanese Christian who is passionately pro-Jewish/pro-Israel.

        teh google is your friend, WJ

  8. Jim Holstun
    August 23, 2010, 12:50 pm

    AMERICANS FOR PEACE AND TOLERANCE is a nasty little group. Actually, I think it may be nothing more than a disgruntled Dartmouth grad (Ilya Feoktistov) with a computer, and their website is kind of a mess, but they were energetic enough to attack two of my colleagues at SUNY Buffalo as terrorists–actually, they attacked their whole family. Like Abdul Rauf in NYC, they are kind, gentle people–far from anything a sane person might call a “terrorist.” But that seems to be exactly the point: try to harm moderates to send the maximum message.

  9. bob
    August 23, 2010, 2:27 pm

    When anyone posts the following:

    Murdoch-owned

    This needs to be followed with
    Murdoch relishes ‘pro-Israel’ label , and a follow up with his harsh control over his media empire.

  10. James
    August 23, 2010, 4:50 pm

    “Why? Because promoting a “culture-clash” between the “West” and Islam is seen as a way to bolster support for Israel and to sustain a permanent US “War on Terror.””

    this approach is going to backfire badly…

    • Psychopathic god
      August 23, 2010, 8:12 pm

      one of the three or four major points Haggai Ram makes in “Iranophobia” is that the US war on terror provides cover for Israel to wage increasingly murderous policies against Palestinians.

      The Sept 12 2001 Netanyahu quote, above, is essential knowledge to understand the way Israel and US are locked in a symbiotic struggle that has only gotten more intense and is approaching spiraling out of control.

  11. Keith
    August 23, 2010, 5:56 pm

    I think that to a certain degree it is fairly obvious to most Mondoweissers that this whole anti-Islam, clash of civilizations campaign is fundamentally propaganda designed to manufacture consent for an endless “war on terror.” Yet, this crass propaganda seems to work. In fact, it almost always seems to work. Herman Goering in an interview before he hanged himself said that it was easy to manipulate the population by appealing to their fears. The question is, why do people allow themselves to be manipulated, and what, if anything, can be done to counter the hysteria manufactured by the elites?

    As for why people go along, I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that most people wish to be members in a powerful organization/group/society as a form of protection and security. There is a certain defensive logic to this. Most groups are hierarchical in nature with a few leaders and a lot of followers. Most choose to become faithful followers of group ideology. The ideology isn’t rationally evaluated, rather, it is accepted as a condition of belonging. In fact, rational arguments are frequently ineffective when put up against group ideology, particularly when the ideology successfully exploit’s the group’s fears.

    As for what can be done about all of this, I don’t think that there is an easy answer. In Boston, the fear mongering was countered by progressive organizations with contacts within the community. The presence of organized resistance is critical because they represent a form of power. People respond to power. Without organizations, the power of the media to influence the unorganized multitude is enormous. Since media is expensive, the message reflects elite money power, and is taken as a cue as to elite expectations. Alas, social organization in the US is low, and money power is highly concentrated. To return to my original point, unless and until the majority of people shed the ingrained logic of tribalism and begin to view the world rationally, hope seems dim.

    • Psychopathic god
      August 23, 2010, 8:27 pm

      Haggai Ram tagged Israel’s obsession with Iran, “Iranophobia,” and, with the publication of Bobby Ghosh’s Time magazine article, “Islamophobia” has hit the top of the charts.

      The concepts are very useful: phobias are intense, irrational, persistent fears of certain objects or situations; they are most likely LEARNED behaviors.
      If they are learned, they can be unlearned.

      Moreover, the mental health community has developed numerous effective strategies for unlearning phobias; treatment strategiesuse behavior therapy techniques such as, flooding, counter-conditioning, exposure, systematic desensitization involving relaxation and anxiety control techniques; biofeedback; and reality therapy–that is, repeatedly exposing the irrationality of the fear until it assumes the absurd quality that is its nature.

      Iran’s act of installing nuclear fuel rods in its nuclear facility in Bushehr seemed to me to be a brilliant and compassionate form of reality therapy for Israel and the international community. Iran said, “Look: no big deal. Everybody is watching us. The world is not coming to an end.”

      • lysias
        August 24, 2010, 9:34 am

        Now that nuclear fuel rods have been installed at Bushehr, any bombing of the facility risks spreading radioactivity all over the place.

    • Mooser
      August 24, 2010, 9:50 am

      “I think that to a certain degree it is fairly obvious to most Mondoweissers that this whole anti-Islam, clash of civilizations campaign is fundamentally propaganda designed to manufacture consent for an endless “war on terror.” “

      And when a similiar campaign is mounted toward Zionism, I’ll think the US is ready to do something about it. In the meantime, remember the cry “Forget the Liberty!”

  12. Nevada Ned
    August 23, 2010, 6:34 pm

    I agreed with the thrust of the article, until I watched some of the televised pundits on Sunday. I was very surprised to find support for the Park51 project (the “mosque” that is really a community center) from very unlikely sources: journalist Jeffrey Goldberg and US News and World Report publisher Mort Zuckerman. Both big hawks. Also the American Jewish Committee (sponsor of Commentary magazine) and Alan Dershowitz (writing on the Huffington Post). Apparently the anti-“mosque” movement is too extreme even for them. The result is a split among components of the Israel Lobby, who are normally on the same page. I was very surprised, to the point of being flabbergasted.

    Meanwhile, Fared Zakaria (ABC news and Newsweek pundit) returned an award (and the $10k check) that the ADL had awarded him years ago, which really is spitting in the face of the ADL in public. On television Sunday, Zakaria highlighted the reconstruction of a synagogue in Beirut, which Lebanese forces (including Hezbollah!) hail as signifying the birth of a new tolerant Lebanon that has overcome its past sectarian battles and divisions. The contrast to the “mosque” uproar in New York could not be more pointed or more pathetic. And Zakaria, very much an Establishment figure, is making that point in public.

    My interpretation is that Zuckerman and others realize that if the Park51 project is blocked, the message to the world, especially to the 1.2 billion Moslems, that we’re a bunch of idiots, and racists to boot.

    • Donald
      August 23, 2010, 6:56 pm

      I think the anti-mosque movement is embarrassing to even the usual suspects (except Abe Foxman) in part because of what you identify. Some may even have a geographically limited sense of decency–Progressive Except for Palestine really does mean what it says in some cases. People support civil rights here and oppose them for Palestinians in Israel. But morality aside, they may also be smart enough to realize as Jews that if they start supporting this kind of KKK-style movement, it could turn around and bite them. It’s hard to say if that would happen–many Islamophobes use pro-Israel sentiments as an excuse for hating Muslims. But it’s not safe for a minority group to trust a movement of bigots who were probably prejudiced against your own group not too long ago.

      • potsherd
        August 23, 2010, 7:36 pm

        I keep checking to see if either Foxman has seen the error of his ways and repudiated them, or if the ADL has bounced him out of office on his ass. So far, not.

      • Chu
        August 23, 2010, 7:45 pm

        ADL has shown its colors though this event. It’s a matter of time, before a significant majority are aware of this. They disgrace the concept of fighting for minorities. It’s been said over the past decade. They’re now a mouthpiece for Israel.

      • lysias
        August 24, 2010, 9:33 am

        Anybody know what the attitude of German Jews was towards Bismarck’s Kulturkampf against the Catholics?

      • demize
        August 27, 2010, 1:05 pm

        I dont know the answer to that, but your comment made me reflect on just how similar some of the language is to the Nativist Anti-Catholic screeds. Just substitute “Sharia” for “Papism” and “Islamist infiltration” with “Jesuitism”. And the band played on.

    • lysias
      August 24, 2010, 9:31 am

      Zakaria is now leaving Newsweek for Time, after a few meetings with new Newsweek owner Sidney Harman: Zakaria was first pick to run Harman’s Newsweek:

      Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, Sidney Harman’s first choice for a successor to departing Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, is leaving the magazine for its rival, Time.

      Sounds like whatever conditions Harman set for Zakaria’s taking over the editorship of the magazine were unacceptable.

  13. Psychopathic god
    August 23, 2010, 6:54 pm

    diarists on DKos have tracked the gangleader of the anti-mosque campaign to Frank Gaffney’s shop in Washington, DC:

    Ground Zero Mosque protest brought to you by Frank Gaffney

    • potsherd
      August 23, 2010, 7:56 pm

      Notice how they stop short of asking who is funding Gaffney and these organizations.

      • lareineblanche
        August 23, 2010, 8:47 pm

        link to rightweb.irc-online.org

        An important CSP supporter has been Irving Moskowitz, a JINSA director and who has used earnings from his California bingo business to underwrite Israeli settler groups. Another prominent CSP backer has been Lawrence Kadish, a New York investment banker, prominent patron of the Republican Party and the Republican Jewish Coalition, and financial backer of Americans for Victory over Terrorism (AVOT). Both he and Gaffney served as senior advisers to AVOT. Poju Zabludowicz, who has generously donated to CSP, is, according to journalist Jason Vest, “heir to a formidable diversified international empire that includes arms manufacturer Soltam—which once employed Perle—and benefactor of the recently established Britain Israel Communication and Research Centre, a London-based group that appears to equate reportage or commentary uncomplimentary to Zionism with anti-Semitism.”

        link to powerbase.info
        link to mediamattersaction.org

        Don’t know how reliable this all is, but it’s a start.

      • lareineblanche
        August 23, 2010, 8:53 pm

        forgot this, sorry (from same link):

        CSP has also attracted the usual passel of right-wing foundations, which have provided as much as two-thirds of the CSP’s annual budget. Olin, Sarah Scaife, Carthage, Bradley, and a few other right-wing foundations provided at least $6.2 million to CSP in the 1988-2006 period. [18]

        Major weapons contractors such as Boeing, General Atomics, General Dynamics, Litton, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Thiokol, and TRW have also provided financial support. The CSP’s annual reports indicate that the center has received several million dollars in corporate support since 1988. [19]

      • Keith
        August 24, 2010, 2:58 pm

        LAREINEBLANCHE- In documenting CSP funding, you have highlighted the essence of the problem. There is a confluence of interests between Zionism and the military-industrial complex in promoting ongoing warfare, particularly in the Middle East. The use of propaganda to demonize “enemies” is an essential part of US/Israel militarism. The current spike in anti-Islam/anti-Arab propaganda indicates a desire to intensify military activities which can only be sold to the public by appeal to their irrational fears. These right-wing “nut-cases” obviously enjoy considerable elite support.

    • lysias
      August 24, 2010, 9:27 am

      Something else I learned from that DKos thread is that Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy was founded on Aug. 6, 2001.

  14. lysias
    August 24, 2010, 9:42 am

    Mark Williams had the gall to defend his calling Mayor Bloomberg and other Jewish supporters of the mosque “Judenrats” after his comment came under criticism: Mark Williams defends ‘Judenrat’ remark, proposes American community center in Mecca:

    In response to TPMMuckraker’s Evan McMorris-Santoro story about the post, Williams appended his posting to say that Judenrat “is a derogatory term for the Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. Judenrats were Jews who turned in people like Anne Frank.”

    “Bloomberg and Stringer are exactly that, selling out not just Jews but all Civilized Mankind to the 21 Century Nazi ideology of Radical Islam as represented by Ground Zero Mosque,” Williams wrote.

    If Williams is so obsessed with finding Nazis, he needs to look in a different direction.

  15. MHughes976
    August 24, 2010, 5:24 pm

    I’d be interested to know what part was played in the Boston/Roxbury business by the leaders of non-Muslim religious groups? I noted that the picture of Bloomberg speaking sanely showed him, according to the caption, backed up by religious leaders, but it wasn’t easy to find out who they were and whether any of the major Christian churches have risked giving offence and losing contributions. Performance by Christian leaders in the UK has been erratic.

  16. Chu
    August 27, 2010, 9:28 am

    link to haaretz.com

    “As the protests against the project of building an Islamic cultural center two blocks away from the “ground zero” become more and more heated, ADL finds itself in an uncomfortable position, when it has to defend the possible victims of the new wave of Islamophobia in the U.S., after denouncing the choice of the place to build the center as insensitive. “

  17. Chu
    August 27, 2010, 9:29 am

    “The ADL has lost its way under Abe Foxman
    The Anti-Defamation League’s methods of fighting anti-Semitism are not only outdated, but often counterproductive and have certainly devalued the currency of their accusations.”

    link to haaretz.com

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