Who is behind Islamophobia?

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The Guardian published a report in July, 2016 about who is funding and promoting anti Muslim sentiment in the United States. The report listed the following nine groups as the ‘core’ groups promoting Islamophobia.
  1. Abstraction Fund,
  2. Clarion Project,
  3. David Horowitz Freedom Center,
  4. Middle East Forum,
  5. American Freedom Law Center,
  6. Center for Security Policy,
  7. Investigative Project on Terrorism,
  8. Jihad Watch
  9. Act! for America.
Lets see who are behind these groups and who funds them.

Listed at the top is Abstraction Fund. Who owns it?

“The Abstraction Fund is a New York-based foundation, whose President and Treasurer since 2011 is the philanthropist Nina Rosenwald.”[1]
So, who is this philanthropist Nina Rosenwald that founded the Abstraction Fund? Is she a pro-Israel lobbyist? Is she a Zionist?

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Nina Rosenwald is an influential neocon and operator in many activities of the pro-Israel lobby in the United States. Rosenwald was a delegate to the 1996 Democratic National Convention.

Max Blumenthal writes of her,
An heiress to the Sears Roebuck fortune, Rosenwald spreads her millions through the William Rosenwald Family Fund, a nonprofit foundation named for her father, a famed Jewish philanthropist who created the United Jewish Appeal in 1939. His daughter’s focus is more explicitly political. According to a report by the Center for American Progress titled “Fear Inc.,” Rosenwald and her sister Elizabeth Varet, who also directs the family foundation, have donated more than $2.8 million since 2000 to 'organizations that fan the flames of Islamophobia'.
Rosenwald is the founder and president of the neoconservative and anti-Muslim Gatestone Institute. She also sits on the executive committee of Daniel Pipes' think tank Middle East Forum.[2]
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Next on the list is Clarion Project.
What does it promote?
Follow the Money: From Islamophobia to Israel Right or Wrong
The people bankrolling illegal Israeli expansionism in the occupied West Bank are the same people fomenting anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. 
You don’t have to get more than a minute into Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West (2007) to begin to see how inextricably it ties Islamophobia to hardline Israeli policies [1]. Despite its initial disclaimer, the film demonizes all Muslims, and through explicit statements and rapid-fire images, makes clear the filmmaker's view that there is a direct connection between Nazis and both Palestinians and Muslims. 
Obsession played a brief but high-profile role during the 2008 presidential election campaign when the Clarion Fund distributed 28 million DVDs as a newspaper insert in swing states [2]. A few years later, Clarion’s The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America (2008)—about an Islamic enemy that, purportedly, “the government is too afraid to name”—made its own headlines with reports that the New York City Police Department had showed the film to nearly 1,500 police officers [3]. And in 2011, Clarion got still more attention when it issued its third big film, Iranium [4]. The film pushes the Israeli and neoconservative narrative about Iran's nuclear program and the need for military action against Iran, using a “clash of civilizations” framework that attributes “unavoidable” conflict to fundamental cultural differences between Islamic and Western civilizations [5]. 
But others, particularly supporters of Israel’s right-wing policies, found these films’ virulently anti-Muslim message to their liking. All three films have been effectively mainstreamed in the Jewish community, with local showings sponsored by such groups as Hillel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and the Dallas Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and B’nai B’rith chapters [9]. Obsession has become a staple of David Horowitz’s “Islamo-Fascism Awareness” weeks on college campuses. Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire supporter of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney—and a critic of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) from the right—has distributed copies of Obsession to young people on Birthright-sponsored tours to Israel, a project he funds [10]. 
The Clarion filmmakers and their funders were using Islamophobia in the service of their vision of Israeli expansionism. Commenting on Iranium, journalists Eli Clifton and Ali Gharib analyze it within the context of The Third Jihad, Clarion’s previous movie. Each, they write, “portrays a clash of civilizations, suggests that Muslims value death over life, and portrays irrational hatred toward Israel and anti-Semitism as key to comprehending the anger and frustration voiced by Muslim countries against the United States. . . . [T]he formula for the Clarion Fund's anti-Muslim propaganda is becoming more apparent with each new iteration” [11]. And particularly relevant to this article, the films reflect the worldview of almost all of the anti-Muslim ideologues, the funders of a nationwide Islamophobia network, and the right-wing pro-Israel groups that we discuss below. 
Follow the Money: From Islamophobia to Israel Right or Wrong

Third on the list is David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Who is this David Horowitz? Is he a Zionist Jew? The answer to that is, yes, David Horowitz is a Zionist and Jewish. (AlterNet)
Horowitz's second marriage, to Sam Moorman, ended in divorce. On June 24, 1990, Horowitz married Shay Marlowe in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony conducted at the Pacific Jewish Center by Rabbi Daniel Lapin.
David Horowitz - Wikipedia

Fourth on the list is the Middle East Forum.
It is founded by Daniel Pipes.
"Daniel Pipes (born September 9, 1949) is an American historian, writer, and commentator. He is the president of the Middle East Forum, and publisher of its Middle East Quarterly journal." -- Daniel Pipes - Wikipedia

Daniel Pipes is pro-Zionism. What is his ethnicity?

Listed at number five is American Freedom Law Center.
Who created this organization?
Robert J. Muise (born 1965) is an American attorney who specializes in constitutional law litigation. Along with attorney David Yerushalmi, he is co-founder and Senior Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), a national nonprofit law firm whose stated mission is "to fight for faith and freedom by advancing and defending America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral foundation through litigation, education, and public policy programs."
Robert Muise - Wikipedia

Robert Muise is a Zionist catholic. The other founder, David Yerushalmi is a Zionist Jew.[3]
6th is Center for Security Policy.
Founded by Frank Gaffney Jr. who according to multiple reports (source 1, source 2) is Jewish. I have not verified the claims myself. This think tank has published many pro-Israel reports. An example below:
Frank Gaffney’s Israel Tour 2013

It also receives funds from Zionist organizations.

In 2011, CSP reported over $4.5 million in revenues.[32] Over the years, it has received generous support from various right-wing and “pro-Israel” foundations, including several identified in CAP’s report on the Islamophobia network. A Right Web review of the tax filings of U.S. charitable foundations revealed that during 1999-2009, the organization received more than $7.5 million in charitable donations, including $221,500 from the William Rosenwald Family Fund, $735,000 from the Anchorage Charitable Fund, $375,000 from the Becker Foundations, $715,000 from the Bradley Foundation, more than $2.75 million from the Sarah Scaife Foundation, $110,000 from the Irving I. Moskowitz Foundation, and $90,000 from the Hascoe Charitable Foundation. CSP also received $40,000 from Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum, another right-wing and often anti-Islamic advocacy group with whom CSP shares many funders. 
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 [Richard] 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." 
Center for Security Policy - Right Web

The group listed at the 7th place is Investigative Project on Terrorism. Its founder is Steven Emerson. 
The Investigative Project on Terrorism was founded by Emerson in 1995, shortly after the release of his documentary film, Terrorists Among Us: Jihad in America, which first aired in the United States in 1994 on the PBS series Frontline. The documentary was faulted for misrepresentation, and Robert Friedman accused Emerson of "creating mass hysteria against American Arabs." 
Steven Emerson - Wikipedia

Steven Emerson is both Jewish and Zionist.[4][5]

Number 8 is Jihad Watch.
It is affiliated with the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the group listed in the third place. It’s run by Robert Spencer, a hardline Zionist.[6]
Jihad Watch is a blog affiliated with the David Horowitz Freedom Center, run by blogger Robert Spencer, it has been described as one of the main homes of the Counter-jihad movement on the internet. 
Jihad Watch - Wikipedia
Number 9 is Act! for America. This group is made up of Zionist Jews and Christians.[7][8]
While the group describes itself as a nonpartisan and nonreligious national security group, its base of support comes from "evangelical Christian conservatives, hard-line defenders of Israel (both Jews and Christians) and Tea Party Republicans."

After reading this, if you have reached a conclusion that Jews are liars by birth or Jews are inherently bad, then I will have to disappoint you. Such assertion is not accurate. According to this peer reviewed paper, "three-month-olds, but not newborns, prefer own-race faces." I have added the relevant excerpt from the study below:

Adults are sensitive to the physical differences that define ethnic groups. However, the age at which we become sensitive to ethnic differences is currently unclear. Our study aimed to clarify this by testing newborns and young infants for sensitivity to ethnicity using a visual preference (VP) paradigm. While newborn infants demonstrated no spontaneous preference for faces from either their own- or other-ethnic groups, 3-month-old infants demonstrated a significant preference for faces from their own-ethnic group. These results suggest that preferential selectivity based on ethnic differences is not present in the first days of life, but is learned within the first 3 months of life.

All of the Jews mentioned above are Zionists and they are promoting Muslim hatred (Islamophobia) to increase support for Israel.


[1] Abstraction Fund

[2] Nina Rosenwald - Powerbase

[3] David Yerushalmi - Wikipedia

[4] Jewishjournal.com

[5] Phony Terrorism Expert “Steven Emerson” Manages To Get All Of England Laughing At Him

[6] Follow the Money: From Islamophobia to Israel Right or Wrong

[7] ACT! for America - Wikipedia

[8] Brigitte Gabriel - Wikipedia