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A recent CAIR report suggests that scores of wealthy US donors, foundations and individuals, donated over $100 million to groups accused of hate speech, racism and Islamophobia.
Some donors giving the most funds are pro-Israel supporters of these groups. They donated nearly 20% of the overall donations. Many of these donors are wealthy American Jews whose funding is a major factor in promoting Islamophobia. Many of the groups who received these donations were founded and are run by pro-Israel activists. Again these groups, which are prominent in the American Jewish community, are leading purveyors of Islamophobia.
This confirms comments made by CAIR director, Zahra Billoo who warned, in a speech to an American Muslims for Palestine, that American Jews who seek to normalize relations with American-Muslims–like Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative and the AJC’s Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council–“are not friends” of the Muslim community. Such normalization promotes pro-Israel interests, not those of American Muslims.
Cries of “anti-Semitism” and similar attacks are a red-herring argument seeking to divert attention from the damaging impact they have on the Muslim community and Palestinian solidarity.
Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of these issues. Our speakers are:
Zahra Billoo, Director, CAIR Bay Area chapter
Dr. Hatem Bazian, co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College; lecturer in the Depts. of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley
Donna Nevel, community psychologist and educator, a co-director of PARCEO, an education and research center. She was a co-founder of Jews Against Anti-Muslim Racism and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice,
Richard Silverstein: independent journalist, publisher: Tikun Olam blog
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