Sheldon Adelson and Lester Crown, together again

Israel/Palestine
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Eli Clifton did some good sleuthing on Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism… You know Emerson, he is the man with the golden hair, a right wing terror expert who shows up justifying anything to take on Islamic radicalism, including going after the American Muslim community. 

The records show more than $1.6 million in contributions to the “Investigative Project,” “Investigative Project on Terrorism,” and “IPT” in care of a largely unknown group called the Counterterrorism & Security Education and Research Foundation (CTSERF)….

CTSERF’s stated  mission is to “develop education programs and materials for security professional and the general publics that will enhance our understanding of the causes of terrorism and the measures necessary to deter and combat it.”…

Other high profile donors to the CTSERF include casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, whose foundation contributed $250,000 in 2006, and billionaire Obama supporter Lester Crown, whose foundation wrote grants totaling $75,000 between 2006 and 2007. Neither Adelson nor Crown specified the Investigative Project as the end recipient of their funding.

What I find fascinating about this is that Adelson is a giant Republican backer. He was on good terms with George Bush. He’s very Zionist. And Lester Crown is a major force behind Obama, on the Democratic side, and has been very supportive of Israel in his funding of the foreign-policy establishment. While Clifton has not been able to walk Emerson’s cat directly back to these men, the link is there; and it goes to show–when it comes to Middle East policy, the interest of older conservative Jews who make up the Israel lobby transcends partisan politics. And as a result, the issue is not politicized in a democratic sense, there is not public debate.

7 Responses

  1. Citizen
    November 6, 2010, 8:35 am

    So it goes, just another example, but thanks. That’s why the US congressmen say nothing about Israel’s military nukes, but everything about Iran’s potential for same, and why: link to haaretz.com

    • Chu
      November 6, 2010, 9:42 am

      these uber-rich fascists care little about the rule of law, as they both support the continued settlements through and through.

      When Obama made his Cairo speech, these people likely thought ‘hmm, well get him good, just not yet. in time, be patient’.

  2. Keith
    November 6, 2010, 12:24 pm

    PHIL- “…when it comes to Middle East policy, the interest of older conservative Jews who make up the Israel lobby transcends partisan politics.”

    “Israel lobby?” Perhaps Zionist lobby, or Zionist network, or possibly even individual Zionists guided by a common ideology? I think the label “Israel lobby” implies significant control of these activities from Tel Aviv, which I doubt exists. American Jewish Zionists have significant influence on Israel through settlement funding, campaign contributions to Israeli politicians, etc, the net effect of which has been to move Israel to the right. And then there is the Zionist lobby’s role as an imperial lobby. Quoting Norman Finkelstein:

    “For Israel’s new American Jewish ‘supporter,’ however, such talk bordered on heresy: an independent Israel at peace with its neighbors was worthless; an Israel aligned with currents in the Arab world seeking independence from the United States was a disaster. Only an Israeli Sparta beholden to American power would do, because only then could US Jewish leaders act as spokesmen for American imperial ambitions.”

    • Citizen
      November 7, 2010, 9:34 am

      Here’s some scoop about some of the spots during the recent midterm elections where Israel was the main issue between the contenders; so much so you’d think it was Israel, not the USA, who had elections on Nov 2nd last–dig the photos, and that native American’s take on the I-P situation: link to warisacrime.org

      • potsherd
        November 7, 2010, 10:57 am

        I know other Native Americans who turn their backs on the indigenous people of Palestine. And of course the African-American politicians supporting a Jim Crow state.

        I got mine, Jack.

    • potsherd
      November 7, 2010, 10:52 am

      It’s really the pro-Israel lobby, but terms are always shortened. Usually to just “the Lobby.”

  3. MRW
    November 6, 2010, 7:50 pm

    All of the links at Clifton’s report:
    link to lobelog.com
    bear further investigation. Great job.

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