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October 29, 2008

Exposed: The Jewish Week Uncovers Aish HaTorah's Illegal Election Meddling – New Film Produced By Aish's Clarion Fund Claims Muslims Seek Sharia Law In US

It's the best article yet on Aish HaTorah's illegal attempt to influence the US presidential election.

What makes it so good?

The Jewish Week exposes the problems with the film Obession itself, along with the Aish ties to the film and its recent free distribution to 28 million potential voters in swing states.

…Walid Shoebat, a Muslim-born Palestinian convert to Christianity who claims to have been a former PLO terrorist, states that with 55 Muslim countries in the world, they “could have the success rate of several Nazi Germanys.”

In an expose last March, The Jerusalem Post documented crucial contradictions in Shoebat’s claim to have been a Palestinian terrorist.

Another interviewee in “Obsession” is Brigitte Gabriel, who has claimed that al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist organizations support Barack Obama for president on the grounds that he is Muslim — a falsehood she does not contradict.…

Add to that a one line "disclaimer" at the beginning of the film and other serious ethical problems.

Add to that Aish HaTorah's successful attempt to throw an Israeli election.

Is Aish dirty? You bet it is:

Aish HaTorah’s New ‘Obsession’
Documentary promoted by groups affiliated with the Aish HaTorah outreach organization has drawn criticism from other Jewish groups.
by Sarah Posner
Special To The Jewish Week

Officials of Aish HaTorah, one of Orthodox Judaism’s most successful outreach programs, have launched a controversial media campaign depicting masses of Muslims worldwide — including mainstream American Muslims — as an extremist threat, while Aish itself denies involvement in the effort.

In moves suggesting a new, more partisan direction for Aish activists, spin-offs of the popular educational group have produced or promoted films depicting anti-Western Islamic extremists as heading a mass movement enjoying the avid support of tens of millions of Muslims worldwide who are keen to bring down Western civilization.

Charges of presidential politics have also entered the picture: Last month, an Aish offshoot, the Clarion Fund, distributed millions of DVDs of one of the films, “Obsession,” to swing states in the presidential campaign.

And until it was removed recently, Clarion’s Web site touted the counter-terrorism policies of Sen. John McCain, the GOP presidential candidate, as superior to those of Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee.

DVD copies of “Obsession” were also inserted into a book that went out last March to about 20,000 members of the Republican Jewish Coalition, a partisan political organization. The coalition distributed the book, via a Virginian mailing house, at the request of Christians United for Israel, an Evangelical group opposed to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both CUFI and the RJC deny they were responsible for the insertion.

Critics charge that Clarion, a tax-exempt charity, has inserted itself into a partisan political race in violation of its charitable status. But officials at Clarion Fund reject this. And Aish HaTorah, with a yeshiva and branches in 35 cities around the world, adamantly denies any involvement in the film.

“We have people involved in different things all around the world,” said Aish spokesman Ronn Torossian. “Two employees were involved in the film. We [also] have Aish employees in Brazil involved in green campaigns and rabbis in New York who run the marathon.”

In fact, at least six top Aish HaTorah officials are tied to “Obsession” via Aish spin-offs, including Clarion's president and two vice presidents. Clarion’s address is also the same as that of Aish HaTorah International, a fundraising arm of Aish HaTorah.

Now, the content of “Obsession” and its ties to Aish are leading some rabbis to strongly criticize the production — and Aish HaTorah itself —for, as they view it, using a broad brush-stroke to smear the entire Muslim community. Some fear the central role of Aish HaTorah officials in “Obsession” and two other films by the same producers puts Jews at the center of those promoting a “clash of civilizations.”

“Obsession,” said Rabbi Jack Moline of Agudas Achim Congregation, a Conservative synagogue in Alexandria, Va., is “the protocols of the learned elders of Saudi Arabia.”

Rabbi Moline, named by Newsweek this year as one of the country’s top 25 pulpit rabbis, added, “The integrity of our own Jewish community requires that people speak up critically” about the film.

Hadar Susskind, Washington director of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, American Jewry’s official umbrella group for domestic issues, termed the content of “Obsession” as “troubling.”

“I don’t think the film is a fair presentation of the issue, nor do I think that was the filmmakers’ goal,” said Susskind, whose group is composed in part of local Jewish community relations councils in cities nationwide. The apparent role of Aish HaTorah in the production has left many of those councils, which work with other local groups, including Muslims, anxious that the film might be perceived as “something being promoted by the Jewish community,” he said.

Atlantic Monthly staff writer Jeffrey Goldberg, a longtime critic of Islamist extremism, termed “Obsession” “the work of hysterics ... designed to make naive Americans believe that B-52s filled with radical jihadists are about to carpet-bomb their churches, and are only awaiting Barack Obama’s ascension to launch the attack.

“The tragedy of ‘Obsession’ is not that it is wrong,” he wrote in his Blog. “The tragedy is that it takes a serious issue, and a serious threat — that of Islamism — and makes it into a cartoon.”

But the films also have strong Jewish defenders. Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum and Steve Emerson of The Investigative Project are two prominent Jewish activists who appear in them and support their thesis. Bernard Lewis, the highly respected — if also highly controversial —doyen of Islamic studies, spoke at a Hebrew University screening of “Obsession” last year. And Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill’s official biographer, who also appears in “Obsession,” compares efforts to warn the West about the threat of Islamism worldwide to Churchill’s long effort to awaken Europe to the threat of Nazism.

In an interview, Pipes denied the films paint Islam with a broad brush.

“The very first thing in ‘Obsession’ is a disclaimer; these films are very clear that they are not talking about Islam in general,” he said. “I have maintained for years that radical Islam is the problem and moderate Islam is the solution. But that is almost always ignored.”

“There is a disclaimer at the beginning of the film,” acknowledged Rabbi Steven Jacobs, a strong critic, “one sentence saying that the majority of Muslims worldwide are not extremists. But it comes right after an image of a terrorist with a rifle. And that is the only disclaimer. The rest of the film simply overwhelms it.”

Rabbi Jacobs, rabbi emeritus of Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodlands Hills, Calif., is co-founder of the Coalition for Rnewing American Democracy, a recently formed multifaith group established to counter the production.

This month, Clarion released a new documentary that purports to show how “radical Islam plans to bring America to its knees” by fomenting homegrown terrorism through the institution of Sharia law inside the United States. “The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America” opened in a limited theatrical release in seven states.

Like “Obsession,” “The Third Jihad” will also be sold on DVD through a Web site operated by the Clarion Fund. Clarion plans to further disseminate “tThe Third Jihad” through television licensing, the Internet, free screenings, and free distribution of DVDs to targeted audiences. The DVD became available for general purchase this week.

The Clarion Fund, established in 2006, has refused to disclose its financing sources for either film or to make its producers available for media interviews. Clarion’s spokesperson, Gregory Ross — listed as an Aish HaTorah international fundraiser on a June 2007 federal election contribution form — denies any formal connection between its activities and Aish.

Formal or informal, the ties between Aish HaTorah and the production of the films appear to date back to the launch of the media watchdog group Honest Reporting by the founder and former executive director of the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah, Irwin Katsof, in 2001.

Honest Reporting, also a tax-exempt organization, released “Obsession” in 2005, as well as a previous film, “Relentless: The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East,” in 2003. The group now denies any involvement in the production of “Obsession.” But its Web site promoted it as an Honest Reporting project in 2005, the year it was first released. It listed “Obsession: The Movie” as an “affiliate” on its Web site in 2006.

“We had nothing to do with it,” said a person answering the organization’s New York telephone number.
Katsof, who founded the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah in 1995 in Los Angeles, claims on his Web site to have launched Honest Reporting in 2001. Honest Reporting, known initially as Middle East Media Watch, stated on its Web site that it was started “at the initiative of the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah.”

According to both organizations’ tax returns, Katsof was the president of the Jerusalem Fund and executive director of Middle East Media Watch when the Jerusalem Fund lent Middle East Media Watch $158,000 in 2001. Honest Reporting’s tax returns also show it received a $48,000 grant from Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem in 2002.

Reached by phone, Katsof would only describe himself as a “real estate developer.” A spokesperson later said that Katsof had not had worked for Honest Reporting since 2001, and had not worked for the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah since 2004. But Honest Reporting’s 2004 tax return lists Katsof as the organization’s unpaid executive director. Like the Clarion Fund, Honest Reporting currently shares an address with Aish International, Inc., the fundraising arm of Aish HaTorah, and the Aish HaTorah Jerusalem Fund in New York.

Raphael Shore, the producer of all three films, is also a full-time employee of Aish HaTorah International, Aish spokesperson Torossian confirmed to the AP. Shore’s twin brother, Ephraim Shore, who heads Aish’s operations in Israel, is listed on Honest Reporting’s 2006 tax forms as the group’s president.

Until contacted by The Jewish Week, Rabbi Moline had no personal knowledge of any Aish HaTorah involvement beyond that of Raphael Shore, the producer. But he said, “It is distressing to me that they [Aish HaTorah] would continue to have someone who has promulgated such awful, awful stuff sitting on their board or staff.”

Rabbi Moline said “Obsession” was “horrendous” because “it draws broad conclusions about a billion people without having a consultant with credentials in that community.”

The 2004 release, “Relentless,” the first of the three films Raphael Shore produced, focused narrowly on the Palestinian-Israel conflict, asserting that the Palestinian people were being “groomed for more war, not peace” and that Palestinian politics and culture were promoting jihad against the Jews.

The more controversial “Obsession” expanded the premise of “Relentless” to assert that “radical” or “political” Islam, which the film ties to Nazism, is locked in a clash of civilizations with the West.

In “Obsession,” images are juxtaposed to build a case that terrorists can easily recruit millions to their cause. Footage from Palestinian television, including young Palestinian girls hoping for martyrdom, are followed by comments by Nonie Darwish, author of “Now they Call Me Infidel; Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror.” Darwish speaks about how she learned in her Egyptian school that jihad required “conquer[ing] the world for Allah.”

Itamar Marcus, the founder of Palestinian Media Watch, claims in the film that “propaganda throughout the Arab world has a significant effect on the Arab population.” A former Hitler Youth Officer later compares the Nazis’ recruitment techniques to those of “Islamofascists.” And Walid Shoebat, a Muslim-born Palestinian convert to Christianity who claims to have been a former PLO terrorist, states that with 55 Muslim countries in the world, they “could have the success rate of several Nazi Germanys.”

In an expose last March, The Jerusalem Post documented crucial contradictions in Shoebat’s claim to have been a Palestinian terrorist.

Another interviewee in “Obsession” is Brigitte Gabriel, who has claimed that al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist organizations support Barack Obama for president on the grounds that he is Muslim — a falsehood she does not contradict.

Howard Gordon, executive producer of the hit television series “24,” had once endorsed “Obsession” as “required viewing” but has since withdrawn that endorsement. Gordon, who is slated to receive the Stephen S. Wise Award from the American Jewish Congress early next year for his contribution to helping the American public understand the threat of terrorism, issued a statement this month declaring:

“While I remain committed to the film’s essential message — that the hate-mongering promoted by radical Islamism presents a real threat to Western values of tolerance and pluralism — I also appreciate that the goal of coexistence and tolerance is not being served by films like ‘Obsession.’”

Ross, the Clarion Fund spokesman, declined to say who provided the funding for Clarion to distribute “Obsession” or produce “The Third Jihad.” But he said mass distribution of “Obsession” had cost “millions of dollars.” And Clarion’s tax exempt application projected the group would spend $900,000 producing “The Third Jihad.” The IRS application showed that Clarion spent approximately $800,000 in its first two years of operation.

Ross reported that individual donations to his group “more than doubled” in the first few weeks following the September mass distribution of “Obsession.”

The new film, “The Third Jihad,” according to Ross and others familiar with it, takes aim at Islamic civil rights organizations in the United States, such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). The film charges they seek to institute Sharia law here and that they are tied to terrorism, citing their inclusion with many other groups as “unindicted co-conspirators” in a federal prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation, a group charged with funneling funds to Hamas.

In making its case, “The Third Jihad” shows human rights abuses from abroad, including the desecration of churches and persecution of Christians in Indonesia, Gaza, Nigeria, Baghdad and Bethlehem, along with video of modesty police harassing women in Iran.

The film also raises the specter of Muslims importing to the United States practices such as honor killings — the murder by their families of girls who have sex outside marriage.
ISNA is an umbrella group of 300 Muslim organizations that has worked with Jewish groups, including the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, headed by New York Orthodox Rabbi Marc Schneier. It has also worked with U.S. government agencies on fostering interfaith dialogue and participated in the Democratic National Convention’s interfaith gathering in August.

Rabbi Schneier noted that for most Jewish leaders, including himself, CAIR remains “beyond the pale” due to some of its officials’ alleged ties to or refusal to denounce Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that has taken responsibility for numerous terror attacks targeting Israeli civilians.

But Rabbi Schneier strongly rejected any similar tarring of ISNA. He noted that at the behest of Jewish groups earlier this year, ISNA president Sayeed Syeed had intervened with the King of Saudi Arabia to convince him to disinvite a representative of the Jewish anti-Zionist group Neturei Karta to a high-profile international convocation of religious leaders the monarch was sponsoring.

“This was unprecedented,” he said. “This is the kind of relationship we have been working for.”
URJ President Rabbi Eric Yoffie said ISNA met all of the URJ’s requirements for interfaith dialogue, including unequivocal condemnations of terrorism and terrorism directed at Jews and Israelis, and unequivocal acceptance of a two-state solution.

ISNA and CAIR deny involvement in terrorist activity or funding. And civil liberties groups have excoriated the government’s public naming of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case, pointing out none have a chance to defend themselves against the charge in court.

Rabbi Yoffie issued a statement of support for ISNA declaring, “This charge includes no accusation of wrongdoing by ISNA, yet it nonetheless has a clear connotation of guilt which could greatly hurt the organization in its work to advance the cause of justice in our country.”

Paul Barrett, an editor at Business Week and author of the book “American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion” (Farrar, Strauss, 2006), told The Jewish Week, “Saying that organizations like CAIR and ISNA aim to institute Islamic religious law in the United States is similar to saying that Jewish or Catholic religious organizations aim to institute rabbinic or church law in the U.S. The notion that they are threat to the republic, a fifth column, is both laughable and very pernicious.”

But Ross, the Clarion spokesperson, asserted that “radical Islam here in America” is engaged in “subversive activities to squash liberties and freedom.”

Ross said his organization hopes to “push the message” of “The Third Jihad” to the “forefront of social discussion.” He said that Clarion would look to other organizations, as it did with “Obsession,” to help promote the film.

Additional reporting and writing by editor at large Larry Cohler-Esses and Washington correspondent James D. Besser.

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Shmarya, I don't know why you are raising issues with the movie, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" in 2006. I saw this movie for the first time about one year ago. It has been aired in many places, including Jewish community centers, and has received mostly positive reviews. Jewcy (it seems one of your favorite sites) makes the irresponsible comment, "Aish HaTorah denies any direct connection to the film, which is designed to make naive Americans believe that B-52s filled with radical jihadists are about to carpet-bomb their churches, and are only awaiting Barack Obama's ascension to launch the attack." Jewcy makes the equally unsupported statements, "Just unbelievable, but the most unbelievable part of the "Obsession" campaign is its timing: What does this film have to do with Barack Obama? The film is meant to suggest that Obama will provide aid and comfort to Islamism, or is an Islamist himself. There is not one shred of proof on this planet that Barack Obama is anything other than an Israel-supporting Christian. Yes, he went to party with Rashid Khalidi. So did I. Does that make me a member of Hezbollah?"

The film was released in 2006 (created during the years preceding that), several years before Obama was a candidate and has no relationship with Obama. Obama is not currently a Muslim (likely a secular atheist that attended a "Christian" church), although he was listed as a Muslim as a child. Obama's religion (or lack thereof) or candidacy has no relevance whatsoever to the message of this movie. What the film does is show many examples from media in the Muslim world of how hate of Jews and Israel is institutionalized in many aspects of the societies in these countries/some radical Muslim leadership even in the West and how that hate directly impacts acts of terrorism committed by Muslim extremists against infidels. The movie is scary because the reality of the situation is scary.

The real question is "Who is driving this smear job of the Obsession movie and why?" This question is answered by the coverage of the liberal press, which consistently referred to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) as one group that is criticizing this movie and initiated much of the hoopla. CAIR is a "charity" that receives millions of dollars per year, much from sources oversees, to promote an agenda that pushes the United States towards a sharia law state. CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal government's case against the Holy Land Foundation this past June (http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/08/018211.php ). CAIR leadership is closely tied to Hamas (http://counterterrorismblog.org/2007/08/cair_youngest_member_of_hamas.php) and other terrorist groups (http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=33E66BB5-5BB4-4027-8CFB-E7AB259A233C). CAIR strongly opposes this movie because CAIR's goal is to push the world view that Islam (extreme or otherwise) presents no threat, and that the greatest threat is Islamophobia.

CAIR is most known for filing frivolous lawsuits against groups that criticize it (http://www.danielpipes.org/article/3511) and groups that refuse to be intimidated by
Islamic extremism (the lawsuit against the airlines and passengers by the "Flying Imams" http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/zieve/070316 )

For further information on CAIR and this issue, here are some relevant references:
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/09/lawfare-cair-ob.html
http://www.anti-cair-net.org/

Jerome

I attempted to post a message criticizing Shmarya's position, but Failedmessiah's new spam filter is blocking it. We'll see what happens.

Jerome

"Documentary promoted by groups affiliated with the Aish HaTorah outreach organization has drawn criticism from other Jewish groups. "

"Other Jewish groups" always criticize stuff they don't like. Why should I care what "Other Jewish groups" think? I support the "Obsession" Documentary and any and all attempts to distribute it, and no amount of "political correctness police" badgering will change my mind.

I apologize for posting the following in multiple posts to avoid Shmarya's spam filter.

Paragraphy #1:

Shmarya, I don't know why you are raising issues with the movie, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" in 2006. I saw this movie for the first time about one year ago. It has been aired in many places, including Jewish community centers, and has received mostly positive reviews. Jewcy (it seems one of your favorite sites) makes the irresponsible comment, "Aish HaTorah denies any direct connection to the film, which is designed to make naive Americans believe that B-52s filled with radical jihadists are about to carpet-bomb their churches, and are only awaiting Barack Obama's ascension to launch the attack." Jewcy makes the equally unsupported statements, "Just unbelievable, but the most unbelievable part of the "Obsession" campaign is its timing: What does this film have to do with Barack Obama? The film is meant to suggest that Obama will provide aid and comfort to Islamism, or is an Islamist himself. There is not one shred of proof on this planet that Barack Obama is anything other than an Israel-supporting Christian. Yes, he went to party with Rashid Khalidi. So did I. Does that make me a member of Hezbollah?"

Paragraph #2: The film was released in 2006 (created during the years preceding that), several years before Obama was a candidate and has no relationship with Obama. Obama is not currently a Muslim (likely a secular atheist that attended a "Christian" church), although he was listed as a Muslim as a child. Obama's religion (or lack thereof) or candidacy has no relevance whatsoever to the message of this movie. What the film does is show many examples from media in the Muslim world of how hate of Jews and Israel is institutionalized in many aspects of the societies in these countries/some radical Muslim leadership even in the West and how that hate directly impacts acts of terrorism committed by Muslim extremists against infidels. The movie is scary because the reality of the situation is scary.

Paragraph #3:
The real question is "Who is driving this smear job of the Obsession movie and why?" This question is answered by the coverage of the liberal press, which consistently referred to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) as one group that is criticizing this movie and initiated much of the hoopla. CAIR is a "charity" that receives millions of dollars per year, much from sources oversees, to promote an agenda that pushes the United States towards a sharia law state. CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal government's case against the Holy Land Foundation this past June (http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/08/018211.php ). CAIR leadership is closely tied to Hamas (http://counterterrorismblog.org/2007/08/cair_youngest_member_of_hamas.php) and other terrorist groups (http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=33E66BB5-5BB4-4027-8CFB-E7AB259A233C). CAIR strongly opposes this movie because CAIR's goal is to push the world view that Islam (extreme or otherwise) presents no threat, and that the greatest threat is Islamophobia.

Paragraph #4:
CAIR is most known for filing frivolous lawsuits against groups that criticize it (http://www.danielpipes.org/article/3511) and groups that refuse to be intimidated by
Islamic extremism (the lawsuit against the airlines and passengers by the "Flying Imams" http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/zieve/070316 )

Paragraph #5:
For further information on CAIR and this issue, here are some relevant references:
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/09/lawfare-cair-ob.html
http://www.anti-cair-net.org/

I can tell you that all Muslims may not be parachuting from B-52s strapped with bombs, but they do try to insinuate Islam into schools.

There have been students persecuted because they didnt want to participate in all this Islamic sensitivity crap they are allowing in a way that no judaic, christian, buddhist, hindu faith would be allowed.
Where the ACLU would be the first with hatchets to sue against any prayer in school, they are silent when students are forced to pretend they are Muslims, take Muslim names etc. And when they protest are tormented sometimes by teachers themselves. Google Islam and Textbooks. My daughters textbook which I read with my own eyes, talks about "The Prophet Mohemmed" or "The Holy City of Mecca" as thought they were facts on the ground.

And discussion questions about the future relations between Muslims and Jews as though we were only ones having the issue with Islam as opposed to most Non Muslim countries having troubles with Islam. I kid you not. Google it.

One more relevant article about CAIR , the Islamic terrorism advocacy group that initiated the complaints against Aish HaTorah. The article is titled, "FBI: CAIR is a front group, and Holy Land Foundation tapped Hamas clerics for fundraisers".

Quoted from the article:
FBI Special Agent Lara Burns was going over more transcripts from the Philadelphia meeting -- the 1993 gathering of Holy Land officials and Hamas sympathizers that the government contends was meant to brainstorm ways to downplay the Foundation's extremist ties -- when talk turned to a passage from defendant Shukri Abu Baker.

He is quoted on the wiretap transcript talking about how it would be beneficial to have more traditional, secular American organizations to help spread the Islamist message.

He and others envisioned an "alternative" organization "which can benefit from a new atmosphere, one whose Islamic hue is not very conspicuous," he said according to the transcript.

Prosecutor Barry Jonas asked Burns whether any groups formed after the Philadelphia gathering fit this mold. "CAIR," she said.

CAIR is one of about 300 unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land case, and testimony has shown that its founder, Omar Ahmad, and current executive director, Nihad Awad, both participated in the Philadelphia meeting.

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/10/fbi-cair-is-a-front-group-and.html

Ooh, Torossian - Shmarya's favorite publicist. Why does he always seem to be involved in the sleaziest Jewish cases?

Now that convictions are coming down in the Agri case, have any charges been filed/acted upon regarding 5WPR's unethical bloggery? Is there law that applies? Internet law is still developing.

Shmaryna,
In the above article Rabbi Irwin Katsof is mentioned. He claims he is a "real estate developer"

Here's some more info on Katsof:

1) His business is Doheny Global doing business mostly in the Ukraine. Also he sits on the board of Criterion Strategies, a security company. He hosted a security conference with Tom Ridge
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/
is_2007_July_19/ai_n27315448

"Immediately following the Friedland conference, Mr. Turney participated in a Homeland Security-related conference sponsored by the Doheny Global Group and Ridge Global LLC. The event, "Accessing Funds from the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security," included presentations and discussions about business opportunities and strategies in the Homeland Security market."

2) As the founder of the Jerusalem Fund of Aish Hatorah, he presented Tom Ridge with the "Friend of Zion" award.
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-64359706.html

3) Tom Ridge appears in the new Clarion dvd, "The Third Jihad"

4) Tom Ridge is the voice behind a recent McCain robo-call
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/23/
reports-of-new-anti-obama_n_137311.html

5) Katsof is the founder of "Words Can Heal" a foundation against hate speech which boasts all the who's who of Congress, Hollywood, faith circles, leaders of academia and the faith world. They created a program/handbook that is used in schools for bullying, but they also advertised for civil discourse in politics. In a press release when the foundation launched they wrote:
http://www.wordscanheal.org/press/pressRelease_2.htm
"Print ads aimed at bringing a new tone to American politics will begin this week in National Journal, Congressional Quarterly, Roll Call, and The Hill."

6) To make the foundation even more visible, Katsof sought legislation (and was passed) in Congress for a national "Words Can Heal Day" Who was a co-sponsor to this legislation? John McCain.
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=sr107-183

7) While doing all they can to deny the overlap of Clarion and Aish Hatorah, Aish is proud to claim that "Words Can Heal" came directly out of an Aish initiative.

8) I do suppose that as a co-sponsor of "Words Can Heal" DAY, John McCain did take the "pledge"

I pledge to think more about the words I use.

I will try to see how gossip hurts people, including myself, and work to eliminate it from my life.

I will try to replace words that hurt with words that encourage, engage and enrich.

I will not become discouraged when I am unable to choose words perfectly, because making the world a better place is hard work.

And I am pledging to do that, one word at a time.

I have a simple question, if words really can "heal", then the opposite, is also obviously true. Do not words that harm Muslims, the fear tactic of the mass distribution of this dvd "Obsession" undermine the pledge and goals of Words Can Heal, their goal towards civil discourse in politics supposedly? McCain has stated he is proud of those who come to his rallies. We have all seen the rantings of some of these people. WHERE is McCain's pledge to civil discourse in politics? Where is Clarion's pledge whose six members are all members of Aish Hatorah which touts this Words Can Heal foundation out as one of their major accomplishment yet has members who are CLEARLY Aish Hatorah members?

The hypocrisy is utterly amazing.

If Hamas supports Obama because he's a Muslim, maybe that's because according to sharia he is a Muslim.
Speaking of Hamas, its parent organization is the Muslim Brotherhood, whose decades old Project includes the establishment of sharia in every country, and which has offshoots right here in the USA among "mainstream" Muslim organizations.
Add that to the 80% or so of mosques in the USA which are Saudi funded and Wahhabi influenced, as are most of the Muslim prison and many of the military chaplains, and "Obsession" while perhaps propaganda--and it's issue advocacy, not advocacy of a particular candidate. (Unless in your mind opposing jihad means opposing Obama -- which of course is why the phone banks in Gaza are working overtime for Barack.)

If Hamas supports Obama because he's a Muslim, maybe that's because according to sharia he is a Muslim.
Sorry about that, I hit Post instead of Preview.

Speaking of Hamas, its parent organization is the Muslim Brotherhood, whose decades old Project includes the establishment of sharia in every country, and which has offshoots right here in the USA among "mainstream" Muslim organizations.
Add that to the 80% or so of mosques in the USA which are Saudi funded and Wahhabi influenced, as are most of the Muslim prison and many of the military chaplains, and "Obsession" while perhaps propaganda--and it's issue advocacy, not advocacy of a particular candidate-- is basically accurate. (Unless in your mind opposing jihad means opposing Obama -- which of course is why the phone banks in Gaza are working overtime for Barack.)

Yoel,
I have previously posted this interview of the #2 member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and his opinions of Obama and CAIR (their front group that initiated the complaints against Aish Hatorah). Given your comments above, you may find it relevant so I am reposting it.
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/an-interview-with-the-muslim-brotherhoods-2/

On Obama and McCain:
SM: What does the Muslim Brotherhood think of the two candidates in the upcoming elections in the U.S?

Mohamed Habib: We would naturally like to see the end of the current regime and that their practices are not to be repeated by the coming administration. We don’t anticipate such change taking place if Senator John McCain wins, for he seems to be following the same line as the current American President George Bush. We are not so sure about Senator Obama either, because of his Israel visit, him saying that Israel is a democracy, and his visit to AIPAC, but we are withholding judgment because maybe he needs to do this to win. That being said, any change away from the criminal practices of the current administration is a good thing, and we would be happy with whatever candidate would put a stop to it.

On CAIR (the US front for Hamas and the Muslim brotherhood - which the media treats like a human rights organization - that initiated the complaints against Aish HaTorah):
SM: But it’s not CAIR, right? The Council for American Islamic Relations? Many people say that they are your front. Other people say that its ISNA. But back to CAIR, some people from the Muslim Brotherhood have denied having a connection with CAIR. Do they really represent you?

Mohamed Habib: Ehh, this is a sensitive subject, and it’s kind of problematic, especially after 9/11 …

SM: For them to say that there is a relationship between you two?

Mohamed Habib: Yes. You can say that.
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