First of all, to give you abit of background on how this anti-Park51 campaign began, I would encourage you to read this piece by the Salon. It goes into the origins of this campaign and gives you a good timeline of the events. This post however, isnt about that. We will look at the money trail and the people who are funding this campaign.
The main funder of anti-Park51 organizer Robert Spencer (and Pamela Geller) and his hate site JihadWatch ( AtlasShrugs ) are husband and wife duo Aubrey and Joyce Chernick, the same couple are ardent supporters of Zionist causes and major funders of pro-Israel groups across the country.
From an excellent Politico article that looks at major funders of anti-Park51 campaign:
"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 thatmade 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.”"
As you might know, both Washington Institute for Near East Policy think tank and the website Pajamas Media contain a good deal of articles of, should I say, Fred flavor - the notion that it is 5 minutes to midnight and Iran is getting the bomb and we must "airtight sanction"/use military option.
Anyway, back to the Politico article. It goes on to list a few of the Zionist organizations and pro-occupation front organizations that Aubrey and Joyce Chernick have funded over the years:
The Chernicks are also major funders of Jewish groups including: The American Jewish Congress, The Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, and The Anti-Defamation League. Almost all of them have lobbied the congress for tougher actions on Iran, including cutting off gasoline supplies to Iran (an act of war).
Lauren Rozen goes into more depth as far as the contributions and think tanks such as the Hudson Institute, Defense of Democracies, Central Fund of Israel, etc. (via. Richard Silverstein), including some well-known anti-Muslim, anti-Iran and Islamophobic initiatives (in bold below).
Laura Rozen has discovered that Chernick’s charity-giving is done through the Fairbrook Foundation ($66-million in assets). According to its 2008 IRS 990 report, among the far-right pro-Israel groups he’s funding are:
This begs the question, should we be concerned? Are we going to be called anti-semites (or in the cases of Laura Rozen, Richard Silverstein etc, self-hating Jews) for the simple act of following the money trail?
What is revealing about this investigation is that many of the same anti-Park51 campaigners also hold extreme positions on Iran. While on the surface, you might think that these organizations or activists should not concern you as a non-muslim/ex-muslim Iranian, you would be wrong. Many of these people advocate a military strike and/or "airtight sanctions" on Iran.
This article is taken (and modified as appropriate) with permission from LoonWatch.
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