When I read that Eli Valley had been named Anti-Semite of the Week by an obscure group called StopAntiSemitism, I started to do some digging. First, I discovered that the group barely exists. Its website lists no board and no staff. It does find itself often mentioned alongside another group called Zachor Legal Institute, which was founded by a lawyer, Marc Greendorfer. Greendorfer’s claim to infamy is that he threatened the Highland Park public library with a lawsuit, claiming it supported terrorism because it offered a reading of the book, P is for Palestine, by children’s book author, Goldbarg Bashi.
StopAntiSemitism timed its “award” to Valley alongside the launch of its first anti-Semitism report. It’s a sight to behold, full of transparent lies, exaggerations and distortions on virtually every page, even every sentence. It’s what we’ve become used to from the mouths of these Jewish bigots going all the way back to Meir Kahane. These are his latter-day disciples. Just as Donald Trump has normalized white supremacist and the violence it unleashes, Bibi Netanyahu and his far-right Likud have normalized Kahanism in both Israel and America.
Doing further digging, I discovered that Zachor and StopAntiSemitism are closely tied to a much broader far-right philanthropic project, the Merona Leadership Foundation, founded by Adam Milstein and other prominent Los Angeles pro-Israel anti-jihadists like Steve Emerson. Milstein’s wife, Gila, is president of the board. Another board member is Dan Schnur, a long-time California GOP political consultant.
MERONA is a charity ‘force multiplier’ for Islamophobic Judeo-supremacist groups. It funds a Murderers’ Row of 25 far-right groups all dedicated to a Judeo-fascist Israel including:
StandWithUs (Roz Rothstein)
Zachor Legal Institute (Marc Greendorfer)
Campus Watch (Dan Pipes)
NGO Monitor (Gerald Steinberg)
Citizens for National Security (Frank Gaffney)
Honest Reporting (Ephraim Shore)
Jewish News Syndicate
Palestine Media Watch (Itamar Marcus)
Reservists on Duty
Shurat Ha-Din (Darshan-Leitner)
Henry Jackson Society
Lawfare Project (Brooke Goldstein)
Louis Brandeis Center (Ken Marcus)
UN Watch (Hillel Neuer)
Central Fund for Israel
Its last IRS 990 (2017) indicates it donated $300K to these groups. But many groups above are not listed in that 990. So it’s likely raising much larger sums since then if it’s donating to all of the above.
Curiously, it does not list Canary Mission, of which Adam Milstein is a major donor.
It seems to be a New Israel Fund in reverse. Designed to fuel the worst hate and intolerance American Jewry can offer to support a fascist, Israeli Judeo-theocracy.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.