Hillary Clinton gains backing of neocon megadonor who funds Islamophobic groups

US Politics

Hillary Clinton has gained the support of a major neoconservative donor who has funded Islamophobic groups and backed one political activist who even a Democratic Party think tank says has put out “anti-Islam messages polluting our national discourse.”

The Forward’s Nathan Guttman reports this important neocon Jewish crossover in the presidential campaign.

Klarman is a billionaire investor and a leading supporter of Israel and rightwing Israel lobby groups. Klarman’s family foundation has supported several Islamophobic groups, including one that “applauded” an Oklahoma law, later struck down as unconstitutional, that would have discriminated against Muslim religious practices.

As the Forward’s Josh Nathan-Kazis reported in 2012, in addition to personally backing Romney, Klarman’s family foundation supports Islamophobic groups and rightwing Zionist groups, including the David Project and the Israel Project.

But the foundation also has a focus on Israel advocacy. Klarman has been a board member of, and a major donor to, The Israel Project, a fast-growing pro-Israel advocacy group that seeks to provide information useful to working journalists. He gave the group nearly $4 million between 2008 and 2010.

The foundation has also given smaller amounts to the Middle East Media Research Group, an anti-Islamist research group whose board members include Elliott Abrams, a senior aide in several Republican administrations, and Steve Emerson, a researcher devoted to exposing ties, as he perceives them, between American Muslims and extremist Muslim movements. Klarman has also contributed to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, a group devoted to combating what it sees as anti-Israel bias in the media.

Klarman has also been the longtime chairman of The David Project, a Boston-based group mostly concerned with pro-Israel advocacy on campus. The group is also known for its long-running, and ultimately failed, effort to oppose the construction of a Boston mosque.

A Democratic Party-linked think tank has characterized Steven Emerson as part of an Islamophobic network disseminating bigotry. The Center for American Progress reported:

A small group of conservative foundations and wealthy donors are the lifeblood of the Islamophobia network in America, supporting a central nervous system consisting of a clutch of misinformation experts. Just as Newt Gingrich relied on these experts’ talking points to grossly mischaracterize the dangers of Sharia law in our country, the five men profiled in this chapter are responsible for 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.

There are five key think tanks led by scholars who are primarily responsible for orchestrating the majority of anti-Islam messages polluting our national discourse today: [includes Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism]

A supporter of hardline pro-Israel groups, Klarman would seem to be in step with Hillary Clinton’s biggest superpac supporter, Haim Saban, who has said that his one issue is Israel and to whom Clinton promised that she would work with Republicans to oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Klarman is the chief backer behind the Times of Israel, a pro-Israel online publication. He announced his leadership in a letter in 2012 that said that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.

My own interest in Israel has become even stronger post-9/11, when the threat of terrorism and the danger of radical Islam collided with a global campaign on many fronts to delegitimize the Jewish State. As a long-time student of the history of anti-Semitism, I know that this blind hatred is never the fault of Jews; moreover, it is clear to me that anti-Zionism is simply the newest form of anti-Semitism. When the Jewish State is singled out above all others for criticism, such as it is at the United Nations, this is anti-Semitism.

One of the most important of democracy’s freedoms is freedom of the press. I am a firm believer that the more people learn about Israel, the more they will understand how she responds with imperfect but exemplary morality and decency to life in the most difficult of neighborhoods. Whether it is the enduring conflict with the Palestinians, the Arab neighbors now in turmoil who threaten hostilities and the abrogation of peace treaties, or the challenges of maintaining a vibrant democracy in a country with a highly diverse population under the intense and constant lens of worldwide media scrutiny, it is hard to imagine any country doing a better job growing its economy, maintaining a vibrant public forum, and sustaining and enriching the lives of all its citizens.

Nathan-Kazis also reported that Klarman describes himself as an opponent of Israel’s policy of establishing exclusively Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank, calling it a mistake “from the beginning.”

Klarman supported the Times of Israel, he said, because he has so much respect for David Horovitz, its editor. Horovitz did an American tour recently on behalf of AIPAC, the leading Israel lobby group. He offered very pragmatic/tough explanations of Israeli public opinion, and of Israeli support for Benjamin Netanyahu.

Note that the Council on American Islamic Relations last year stated that Steven Emerson is a notorious Islam-basher:

Emerson is viewed by many as one of the nation’s most notorious Islamophobes who has made a career out of promoting anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.

“Steven Emerson’s long history of inflammatory and inaccurate claims should disqualify him as a commentator on any legitimate news network,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “He has made a career out of bashing Islam and Muslims.”

This FAIR report notes that Emerson has called terrorist bombings a “Middle Eastern trait” and stated that a “New York Times review (5/19/91) of his 1991 book Terrorist chided that it was “marred by factual errors…and by a pervasive anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian bias.” His 1994 PBS video, Jihad in America (11/94), was faulted for bigotry and misrepresentations – veteran reporter Robert Friedman (Nation, 5/15/95) accused Emerson of “creating mass hysteria against American Arabs.””

Alex Kane documented some of Emerson’s Islamophobic positions:

In 1995, Emerson said that “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. We don’t want to accept it because to do so would be to acknowledge that one of the world’s great religions — which has more than 1.4 billion adherents — somehow sanctions genocide, planned genocide, as part of its religious doctrine.” Emerson also opposed the Park 51 Islamic center in lower Manhattan.

The Center for American Progress notes that Emerson was cited in Anders Breivik anti-Muslim manifesto and that’s not just a coincidence:

The increasing influence of Islamophobia donors to Emerson’s nonprofit and for-profit work has focused more recently on anti-Islam, anti-Muslim expertise. Indeed, according to an investigation by The Tennessean newspaper, the Investigative Project now solicits money by telling donors they’re in imminent danger from Muslims.

In this capacity, Emerson frames Islam as an inherently violent and antagonistic religion….. Emerson was twice cited in Anders Breivik’s manifesto.

36 Responses

  1. JLewisDickerson
    July 21, 2016, 1:57 pm

    RE: “My own interest in Israel has become even stronger post-9/11, when the threat of terrorism and the danger of radical Islam collided with a global campaign on many fronts to delegitimize the Jewish State.” ~ Klarman

    BUGS BUNNY SEZ: Tweety Taut He Taw a Puddy Tat, but I’m certain it was some Wascally (Islamist) Wadicals!*
    Wascally Wadicals!
    Wascally Wadicals!
    Wascally Wadicals!
    NOT A PUDDY TAT!

    • JLewisDickerson
      July 21, 2016, 2:12 pm

      P.S. A CLEVER, HILARIOUS PARODY OF THE VERY MOST NONSENSICAL “CONSPIRACY THEORIES”:
      ■ The Nefarious Origins of Warner Brother’s “Wascally Wabbit”

      • JLewisDickerson
        July 21, 2016, 4:14 pm

        RE: Warner Brother’s “Wascally Wabbit”
        SHOULD HAVE BEEN: Warner Brothers’ “Wascally Wabbit”
        What a bit^h!

  2. JoeSmack
    July 21, 2016, 3:57 pm

    When it comes to Muslims, Palestinians, Arabs, and others, there is no such thing as “liberal” in America.

  3. Keith
    July 21, 2016, 7:39 pm

    Yet another Jewish Zionist billionaire supporter of Israel. How many Jewish billionaires are there? How many are diehard supporters of Israel? Are there any, ANY Jewish billionaires who support the Palestinians? Are there any, ANY Jewish billionaires who are anti-Zionist? Why is this? What do these guys gain from this?

    • JWalters
      July 22, 2016, 4:59 am

      When possible, billionaire bankers help friends occupy upcoming billionaire slots in the economy. This helps them maintain financial control.

    • Yakov Hirsch
      July 22, 2016, 8:26 pm

      Keith,
      The Jewish billionaires that aren’t as tribal as the, “my one issue is Israel” plutocrats, would rather donate money to fight hunger or cancer or other universal challenges, then get caught up in the Orwellian world of Israel and its supporters.

      • Mooser
        July 22, 2016, 8:45 pm

        “The Jewish billionaires that aren’t as tribal as the, “my one issue is Israel” plutocrats, would rather donate money to fight hunger or cancer or other universal challenges, then get caught up in the Orwellian world of Israel and its supporters.”

        Or oppose them in some way. Not that they have any obligation to oppose Zionism with their money and influence, of course.

      • Keith
        July 23, 2016, 11:34 am

        YAKOV HIRSCH- “The Jewish billionaires that aren’t as tribal as the, “my one issue is Israel” plutocrats, would rather donate money to fight hunger or cancer or other universal challenges….”

        The best way to fight hunger or cancer or nuclear war or global warming or other universal challenges would be to oppose empire and neoliberal globalization. I am unaware of any billionaires doing that. Yet the question remains, why such overwhelming support for Israel? How does this support relate to their wealth and success? Tribal nepotism, perhaps?

  4. Citizen
    July 21, 2016, 8:00 pm

    “As a long-time student of the history of anti-Semitism, I know that this blind hatred is never the fault of Jews”
    Perish the thought!
    This guy didn’t allow that:

    Esau’s Tears: Modern Anti-Semitism and the Rise of the Jews by Albert S. Lind… https://www.amazon.com/dp/0521593697/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_3ewKxbJPZW59N via @amazon

    So, now 24 of 25 of Hillary’s biggest individual donors are Zionist Jews?

  5. silamcuz
    July 21, 2016, 11:34 pm

    Were donations made in order to influence Hillary in pursuing specific Islamophobic policies or are the motives assumed based on the donor profile?

    Hillary takes donations from a wide variety of individuals and groups, many whose interests are in conflict of each other. Just because she takes the money, it doesn’t mean she will be doing exactly as told. Firstly, she isn’t that powerful, and the Democratic base that ultimately sustains her political career is fast moving to the left thanks to the rise of many diverse groups within the Democratic establishment.

    Islamophobia along with other form of institutionalized hatred is being actively rejected through the tireless of efforts of minority groups in rising awareness of its harm to not only themselves, but to society at whole. So basically, even if Hillary was a secret hateful bigot pretending to be a progressive, it won’t play into her favour to exercise her predispositions while representing the Democratic Party.

    Right now our focus must be placed on destroying the right wing establishment of the nation, so we can move forward away from this sad excuse of a country that was built through genocide and slavery. In order to hold those who profited off the oppression of others accountable for their actions, we need to adopt a war-like mentality else we will never win. We need to be more like the Palestinians fighting Israel, than to be like Labour Party “fighting” Likud. This is after all a war of good and evil, and every single one of us must choose which side of history we will stand on.

    • Annie Robbins
      July 22, 2016, 12:40 am

      the Democratic base that ultimately sustains her political career is fast moving to the left

      ultimately, the democratic establishment sustains her political career — and no they are not moving left, at all.

      thanks to the rise of many diverse groups within the Democratic establishment.

      what diverse groups are on the rise within the Democratic establishment?

      This is after all a war of good and evil, and every single one of us must choose which side of history we will stand on.

      so i guess that means, between trump and clinton, you won’t be choosing between the lessor or 2 evils eh?

      Were donations made in order to influence Hillary in pursuing specific Islamophobic policies or are the motives assumed based on the donor profile?

      one can assume donations were made to influence Hillary based on the donor profile.

      basically, even if Hillary was a secret hateful bigot pretending to be a progressive, it won’t play into her favour to exercise her predispositions while representing the Democratic Party.

      not during the election season — clearly. but there are lots of ways to slaughter arabs and muslims besides being islamophobic. you can bring them democracy via invasion. you can fund “moderate rebels” called al nusra, you can cheer gaddafi getting skewered and having libya turned over to isis or put a no fly zone over syria in the name of “freedom”. you can arrange more “birthpangs” for the ME all in the name of good intentions. i’m so sure islamophobes would just love that kind of medicine for the ME, and clinton is just the one to bring it on wrapped in a progressive neocon package.

      Islamophobia along with other form of institutionalized hatred is being actively rejected through the tireless of efforts of minority groups in rising awareness of its harm to not only themselves, but to society at whole

      just because something is being actively rejected through tireless efforts doesn’t mean team islamophobia is not actively pursuing their objectives through tireless efforts also — and spending lots of cash on it too.

      Firstly, she isn’t that powerful,

      triple yawn.

      • silamcuz
        July 22, 2016, 1:16 am

        Annie,

        Time will tell us the truth on Hillary Clinton, for sure. But lately I have been seeing a lot of demonisation of Hillary not based on her actions, but those of people associated with her, which I find to be unethical and irresponsible.

        Taylor Swift was recently publicly outed as a duplicitous, lying person with little sense of honor or morality, even after spending so much time and money building the image she had up to now. One mistake and and a lifetime of work comes undone. If Hillary is as bad as people say she is, I can’t even imagine how her downfall would look like. I truly wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, as cliched as it may sound.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 22, 2016, 4:41 am

        so if hillary transgressed as bad as taylor swift you “can’t even imagine how her downfall would look like”?

        deep

      • silamcuz
        July 22, 2016, 7:56 am

        You may find it laughable, but I don’t. Taylor is a lot like Hillary IMO, in that she has a pathological need to present herself as some sort of infallible, incorruptible poster child of white culture. In doing so, she lied, cheated, insulted and put down countless other folks before finally being called out on it, before finally being seen for her true flawed self by the very folks she tried to fool.

        Difference is Taylor got caught young, leaving her plenty of time to reflect upon her actions and be accountable for the hurt she caused. But Hillary is in the twilight of her life, and is riddled with the sort of accusations that would make the neighborhood sex offender look holy in comparison. There is almost no way she could be accountable for all the bad things she alleged to have done, not at her age, not in this lifetime.

        And as a fairly spiritual person, I believe that as long as you have failed to be accountable for all of your bad deeds, however insignificant, before death, you will be stuck in a cycle of reincarnation where you will go through the trials of life again and again. Every cycle will come with its unique challenges, pain and hardship that you have to deal with, on top of the baggage you brought along from the previous life. Until you have been accountable for all sins in the present as well as the past lives, the cycle will continue in perpetuity without rest.

        Hillary could go through possibly tens to hundreds cycles of reincarnation, before finally releasing herself from worldly debts and moving on to the eternal peace and serenity of the afterlife. I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s horrifying. Even with my fairly easy life, I dread the prospect of starting anew after it ends. All I want after I’m gone is an easy, straightforward passage to the eternal bliss of heaven.

      • Mooser
        July 22, 2016, 11:08 am

        “You may find it laughable, but I don’t. Taylor is a lot like Hillary”

        This is so cool! But when one is intimate with today’s celebrities and politicians, you can’t help comparing them. Dish away, “Simalcuz”!

        And when you get done with Hilary and Taylor, you can tell us what Donald Trump is really like!

      • Mooser
        July 22, 2016, 11:30 am

        “And as a fairly spiritual person, I believe that as long as you have failed to be accountable for all of your bad deeds,” “Simalcuz”

        Oy gevalt this one is soooo spiritual:

        Violence is a perfectly natural, God-given right of reacting to injustice, in any form and in any scale. I have yet to know of a better way than to set a person straight through a old-fashioned slap, which is infinitely more efficient and effective compared to modern liberal techniques of preaching and explaining morality, right and wrong etc. – “Simalcuz” http://mondoweiss.net/profile/silamcuz/?keyword=slap#sthash.QJuffBbL.dpuf

        Yup, it’s the real thing, the kind of spirituality which brings empathy:

        “You also had no choice in… the specific DNA set that formed the basis of your personality and behavioral traits you inherited from your parents when you were conceived in your mother’s uterus…/…In a nutshell, you had no choice in existing and will have no choice while you exist.” “Simalcuz” http://mondoweiss.net/profile/silamcuz/?keyword=mother#sthash.ogksguC0.dpuf

        That goes on for six inches more in that vein. That’s spirituality!

        .

      • Annie Robbins
        July 22, 2016, 11:49 am

        oh spirituality and reincarnation clinton bad deeds and taylor yada deeds yada — pilpul at it’s finest.

      • Mooser
        July 22, 2016, 12:16 pm

        ” pilpul at it’s finest.”

        Yes, but not the ordinary kind. “Simalcuz” is pilpul with soul!

      • genesto
        July 22, 2016, 12:37 pm

        The Democratic establishment may have sustained her career to this point. But, ironically, it now stands in the way of her winning the Presidency. All the money in the world can’t erase the disdain and contempt this country has for this woman, in great part because of who sustains her financially and why. Of course, she is also disliked because of her lack of trustworthiness and the terrible, expediency-driven, political decisions she has made throughout her career.

        If, indeed, she were to experience a spiritual epiphany in the next couple of months and embrace a true progressive platform (purely hypothetical as is this notion), I think she would substantially enhance her chances of winning, even though she would lose much of her financial backing in the process.

        As it stands now, I’m afraid I have to agree with Michael Moore, who just predicted a win for Donald Trump.

      • Mooser
        July 22, 2016, 2:15 pm

        “Hillary could go through possibly tens to hundreds cycles of reincarnation, before finally releasing herself from worldly debts”

        And people wonder why a complete and accessible archive is not a priority?

      • RoHa
        July 22, 2016, 10:12 pm

        Who is Taylor Swift?

      • Mooser
        July 23, 2016, 12:01 am

        “Who is Taylor Swift?”

        I’ve been Googling like mad ever since yesterday, and I can’t find a thing.

      • silamcuz
        July 24, 2016, 7:54 am

        “Who is Taylor Swift?”

        I’ve been Googling like mad ever since yesterday, and I can’t find a thing.

        Taylor Swift is a famous American singer who is currently, the epitome of Whiteness. In other words, she is a mediocre artist who exploits her white privileges to step on other far more talented artists of color, co-opts harmful practices and behaviors towards marginalized groups in order to benefit herself, in addition to being a generally unprincipled and fake person. Despite all of these negative traits, she enjoys undeserved acclaim and recognition.

        The reason she recently blew up on social media is because she finally got caught on her BS lying and victim-playing, after building one the biggest fan base of any artists in the nation as well as amassing huge wealth for herself using her Pure White Woman persona. Her downfall comes at a moment where countless POC and other white artists as well as fans have grown tired of their voices against Taylor constantly being crushed by the mainstream media and entertainment industry. It is so vindictive, so empowering to finally see the truth come to light and exposing Taylor to the larger public as they have always known her to be.

        Taylor was White Culture personified. And because of that Taylor got rich, got famous, got awards, but finally got disgraced and humiliated, the latter two deservedly so. We are also seeing the same thing happening in the larger scale with regards to White Culture. Hence it is an amusing sight to behold, for those who do not identify with White Culture, at least.

      • Mooser
        July 24, 2016, 2:37 pm

        “Taylor was White Culture personified.”

        The kind of person who believes in a “good old fashioned slap” which is “efficient and effective”?
        The kind of person who knows where inherited genes place each person in mankind’s hierarchy?

        The kind of person dumb enough to fall for “I’ve been Googling like mad and can’t find a thing”?

      • silamcuz
        July 24, 2016, 11:49 pm

        Yeah I’m a human being with many faults. But Taylor Swift needs to get called out, and made accountable for her actions, just like all of us.

      • silamcuz
        July 25, 2016, 1:12 am

        “Taylor was White Culture personified.”

        The kind of person who believes in a “good old fashioned slap” which is “efficient and effective”?

        No. White culture is cowardice and using violence on the weak and defenceless.

        The kind of person who knows where inherited genes place each person in mankind’s hierarchy?

        No. White culture is denying the natural order of the universe and replacing it with white supremacy. In white culture, genetic excellence awarded by nature is superseded by the whiteness of person. In white culture, white mediocrity stomps on black excellence. White stupidity overrides black intelligence.

        The kind of person dumb enough to fall for “I’ve been Googling like mad and can’t find a thing”?

        White culture is not dumb, nor is dumbness the main trait of white culture. It is fundamentally worse than being dumb, it is everything that is not good and righteous. It is evil.

      • Mooser
        July 25, 2016, 11:57 am

        “Simalcuz”, how much longer are you going to hang aropund and make an ass of yourself?
        Everybody knows exactly who and what you are.
        “Thine alabaster titties gleam, from sea to shining sea.”

        We can all clearly hear the sound of one hand thwapping.

    • CigarGod
      July 22, 2016, 9:40 am

      Adopt a war like mentality?
      You mean, become like those we hate.
      Theres a plan for real change.

  6. RoHa
    July 22, 2016, 12:19 am

    Gee, there’s a surprise.

  7. JWalters
    July 22, 2016, 4:55 am

    Listened to Hillary interviewed by Charlie Rose (program date 07/18/2016). The program is billed as “Hillary Clinton discusses racial violence, Donald Trump, foreign policy, extremism, and income inequality”. There was NO MENTION whatsoever of the Palestine-Israel conflict, nor its central role in America’s foreign policy problems, nor its historical facts, nor her megabuck, one-issue Israeli-Neocon donors, nor Charlie’s Israel-first employer, Michael Bloomberg.

    To quote Hillary at the recent NAACP conference, “This madness has to stop.”

    So much fraud and corruption.

  8. oneangrycomic
    July 22, 2016, 8:56 am

    Terrorist bombing IS a “middle-eastern trait”! The Israeli terrorist cell Irgun is credited with the first terrorist attack in the slaughter of innocents at the King David Hotel. Now the vile Apartheid Terrorist state of Israel uses FREE US weapons in its Nazi-like Ethnic Cleansing of the Palestinian people.

    BDS, many other organizations and the awakening of younger Jews ensures the end of Terrorist Zionism! It’s only a matter of time. One can smell the desperation of the lowly Hasbara trolls as they desperately (and unsuccessfully) attempt to hide the truth from the world.

    The Apartheid Land Grab Wall of Israeli Hate will fall harder than that other wall of oppression in Berlin did. As the Hasbara Wall of disinformation and lies continues to crumble, the ZioCockroaches will flee the light of truth and drown in their own cesspool of hate!

  9. Ossinev
    July 22, 2016, 9:39 am

    “the more people learn about Israel, the more they will understand how she responds with imperfect but exemplary morality and decency to life in the most difficult of neighborhoods”

    Resist the urge to puke and watch JSIL “morality and decency in action”:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi4A0YeBhNk

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  10. Kay24
    July 23, 2016, 7:15 am

    Time Wasserman-Schultz, the zionist servant in the DNC was kicked out for working against those who run against her pro Israeli friend, Clinton, and shame on the DNC for their lack of honesty and being undemocratic.

    http://usuncut.com/politics/dnc-leaks-9-emails/

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