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Aubrey Chernick, Major funder of Zionist Orgs & Islamophobic Orgs

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Much has been said about the disproportionate Zionist presence in the world of organized Islamophobia. Now we learn that there is more to that claim than unfounded conspiracy theories. It turns out the main funder of anti-Muslim blogger/anti-Park51 organizer Robert Spencer and his hate site JihadWatch 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.

Aubrey Chernick according to Politico,

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 that made 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.”

Politico lists some of the Zionist propaganda organizations and pro-occupation front organizations that Aubrey and Joyce Chernick have funded over the years:

  • The Zionist Organization of America
  • MEMRI, a group that distributes translations of inflammatory Arabic language material
  • The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), a group that tracks what it depicts as the threat of radical Islam, run by notorious Islamophobe Steven Emerson
  • CAMERA, a group that tracks what it says is anti-Israel bias in the media and that is associated with Daniel Pipes
  • The Central Fund for Israel, a clearinghouse for moneys directed to pro-settler groups
  • A number of conservative think tanks that are aligned with the Likud.

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.

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 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:

  • Ateret Cohanim ($30,000), involved in the Judaization of East Jerusalem through “appropriation” of Arab homes
  • Muslim-basher Bridgette Gabriel’s American Congress for Truth ($50,000)
  • Aish HaTorah, funders of the anti-Muslim films Obsessed and Third Jihad ($14,000)
  • the anti-Palestinian media advocacy group MEMRI ($100,000)
  • American Freedom Alliance, another Muslim-bashing group, founded by Avi Davis, which defends western civilization from the unwashed hordes ($120,000)
  • Gary Bauer’s American Values ($80,000)
  • Horowitz’s Center for the Study of Popular Culture ($160,000)
  • The anti-Arab media advocacy group CAMERA ($25,000)
  • The Council for Democracy and Tolerance, an Arab-bashing group established by a Pakistani neocon ($160,000)
  • Defend the West, yet another Muslim-turncoat group founded by Ibn Warraq ($130,000)
  • Hudson Institute ($50,000); Heritage Foundation ($50,000)
  • The Jewish neo-con security think tank JINSA ($15,000)
  • The anti-Arab media advocacy group Second Draft ($40,000)
  • Stand With Us ($20,000); and Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum ($180,000).
  • In 2005, Chernick gave $60,000 to the Central Fund of Israel, one of the largest pro-settler ‘philanthropic’ advocacy groups.

This information is quite disturbing on a number of levels, foremost amongst them being the scant media attention being given to it as opposed to hyped-up stories such as the most recent attempt to sabotage the Park51 project with ten degrees of seperation/guilt-by-association smears against one of the investors in Park51, Hisham El-Zanaty.

The non-news story smears Zanaty by claiming that his one time donation to the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) of $6,050 in 1999 indicts him as a terror supporter. HLF was accused of giving aid to Hamas in the guise of charitable work.

So Zanaty was supposed to have foreknowledge about the HLF that even the US government didn’t have? Is it reasonable then to assume that everyone who gave money to the HLF in 1999 knew that the HLF was giving money to Hamas?

This AP news story sums it up quite nicely,

Many other donors to the foundation gave thinking their donations would fund humanitarian programs.

Other people and companies who donated money, equipment or services to the foundation the year Elzanaty gave included NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon, the Microsoft Corp., and a medical equipment company owned by General Electric, according to tax records.

When the foundation’s leaders were indicted, Attorney General John Ashcroft said, the case was not “a reflection on the well-meaning people who may have donated funds to the foundation.”

Even the Attorney General under George Bush, the one who was instrumental in the implementation of the Patriot Act affirmed what is obvious common sense, the case was not “a reflection on the well-meaning people who may have donated funds to the foundation.”

However, for some reason this non-story about Zanaty eclipses  the very real story about the implications surrounding the funding of leading Jewish and Zionist organizations, JihadWatch, and Conservative groups many of which are the chief proponents behind the anti-Mosque drive.

How comfortable do the leaders of the ADL, AJC and others feel about receiving money from a couple who at the same time are the chief funders of an organization and a group of anti-Muslim bigots who are leading the charge in fomenting anti-Muslim sentiment across the United States?

Will they be coureagous enough to return the money they have received from the Chernicks and say that they do not want to be tainted by people such as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer who as we have documented are thoroughly anti-Islam and anti-Muslim? Will the media drop its willful ignorance and double standards and begin to look into the glaring data out there?

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  • Leo

    Man, a lot of big words flying around… genocide… occupation, Zionist… etc.

    Here’s the deal, with full disclosure. I’m an atheist libertarian Jew. I’m a Zionist.

    What’s this mean? It means I laugh at creationist fools, right-wing Jews, left wing Jews, crazy koran-bashing Muslims and all manner of other deranged entities who believe in fairy tales.

    Get this through your heads: it doesn’t matter who “owns” land, or what some holy book says about the land. Holy books are fairy tales drummed into us all as truth from the day we were born – we weren’t born believing in God/Allah/Russell’s Teapot/Jesus/Buddha – it was taught to us by our parents and re-enforced in schools.

    So take religion out of it.

    Do Palestinians have good claim to the land of Israel? Sure. They’ve lived there for thousands of years.

    Do Jews have good claim to the land of Israel? Sure, they’ve lived there for thousands of years.

    Do the Druze have good claim to the land of Israel? Sure, they’ve lived there for thousands of years.

    Do the Bedouin have good claim to the land of Israel? Sure, they’ve lived there for thousands of years.

    Replace “Israel” with “Jordan” in all of the above, and you’d get the same answers, except in Jordan’s case – the Hashemites are blow-ins who don’t have thousands of years’ worth of history to fall back on – just a gift of land from Britain to the Saudi-area blow-ins as a thank-you for support against the Germans.

    Can there be a two state solution? Not if you know geography. There’s three states on the map right now – combining two of them which are not contiguous will be a miracle.

    Does that mean I don’t believe in a solution? No off course not – I believe that by eliminating the radicals from the equation – Hamas, some members of Likud and it’s coalition partners, a lot could happen, because the adults in the room wouldn’t have distractions and could hammer out a settlement.

    Is Israel an occupying power? Yes. Is that inherently evil? No. Every nation in a state of war tries to contain its enemy. That’s just how things work. Is it a good thing? Off course not… curtailing basic rights is never a good thing, though it can sometimes be necessary and even the UN Resource lists the fact that civil rights can be suspended in times of national emergency. It’s true. Look it up.

    Does Israel have a right to exist? As much as any other nation formed on the land of natives – ie every nation. So lets stop arguing about whether Israel has a right to exist and acknowledge the fact that it does. Once we get past that hurdle it’s a lot easier to deal with the future.

    In the end I’m a Zionist – I support Israel’s right to exist. I support every effort to contain/exterminate those people, from any religion, who plan or carry out any form of terrorism against other people because they claim their bearded sky wizard told them so.

    I support a free, wealthy, democratic, capitalist Palestine and I support a limited population/land exchange – whatever is decided upon at the final peace talks whenever they will be. And I support a pull-out of all but the major settlements in the West Bank (I think those are better land-exchanged than forcing the displacement of 300-500,000 people).

    If that makes me an evil Islamophobic Zionist “hasbara troll”, go nuts abusing me, I won’t be checking back here – too many haters, armchair generals and those frankly teetering on the edge of anti-semitism and/or islamophobia.

  • Rider

    I noticed recently that many Islam-bashers were unfazed by the warnings of Gen. Petraeus. They dismissed all such warnings as “threats.” Now I see why. US security is not their concern. They are “Israel-Firsters.” Their concern is for Israel’s security. I am thinking most of the Islamophobia we are seeing came out of Israel / Israeli think-tanks and that its aim is to gin up support for an attack on Iran. I have been hearing them quote Ayatollah Khomeini lately, of all people. Good grief.

  • Joe Catron

    FYI, the Holy Land Foundation was never “giving money to Hamas.” Its principals were convicted of funding Islamic charities in Palestine, called zakat committees, that the government claimed were somehow linked with Hamas. Their defense was that US Agency for International Development, a government agency, as well as major NGOs like the American Red Cross, had been funding those same zakat committees simultaneously. This is the kind of defense that might have worked in a sane legal system. Who knows? It might still work on appeal. Fingers crossed.

  • IranianShia

    I think it was halal pork who said to look at the Quran’s verse 8:60 to prove that Islam is violent. All it says is to be prepared for war. The next verse says, “And if they incline to peace, then incline to it …”
    So, this propaganda about Islam initiating aggression relies on taking verses out of context.
    As for BMD, her comparisons are utterly illogical. The people who were displaced in India were largely voluntary. Who says the USA is legitimate? We deal with it becuase it is there. Anyways, she is just making the “two wrongs make a right” fallacy. Jordan killed Palestinians, but it didn’t displace them en masse from their ancestoral lands.
    Yeah, there is no excuse for Israel. The Zionists could have lived anywyere in the West or in the Americas. And in Palestine, they didn’t have to uproot the indegenous population.

  • DrM

    @BMD aka Neocon Watch aka 1001 Inventions,

    Your online desperation and breakdown is amusing to behold. Do you know why you keep getting annihilated by educated posters? Because your arguments are full of more holes then Swiss cheese.

    “and why is this your business?”
    My, aren’t we defensive…exactly the sort of reaction I expected. This coming from someone who claims others won’t answer his questions. I’ll tell you why you post under multiple aliases: you’re a troll and an imposter, trying to give the impression that your views are shared by many.

    “As you can see I have many fans here, and why are why are you whining to me about being a Hasbara troll?”

    Many Fans? LOL Which parallel earth are you living on? You do know that your own aliases don’t count, right. Kosher Porky probably has a larger following then you. And you ARE a Hasbara troll, and you’ve proven it multiple times with your lies, omissions and obfuscations. The only whining here is your claim of “not having my questions answered” when in fact your pathetic arguments have been decimated over and over again.

    “Did it not cross your dim little mind that Loonwatch APPROVE and CHOOSE which posts appear, so does it mean they have a Hasbara troll employed at Admin?”

    If they can let Lawrence/Kosher Porky post, then why not you? Ever think about that, brainiac?

    “This is not an anti Zionist site. It has Zionist commentators like Glenn Greenwald, Max Blumenthal, and Richard Silverstein who do a far better job of fighting Islamophobia than the DrM’s and Les’s and What’s of the world”

    Wrong again, you really need to work on your lies. Greenwald is a lawyer and constitutionalist at heart, which is why he defended Matt Hale, and the racist World Church of the Creator in past. The only one who can be interpreted as being remotely Zionist by a long shot is Richard Silverstein, yet even he speaks of a “Jewish Jihad” against Muslims on his site. And what gave you the impression that Blumenthal is a Zionist? Read his interview with the Forward where he rejects Zionism, an an obstacle to peace : All 3 are widely condemned by Zionists as traitors. I wonder if there’s a reason you’ve never cited anti-Zionist Jews like Finkelstein and the Neturei Karta.
    Whether LoonWatch is an anti-Zionist site or not, they have posted numerous articles detailing the crystal clear links of Zionism in fomenting Islamophobia. They understand there’s no way to ignore the elephant in the room. And even it’s not an anti-Zionist site then why would you be here when you’ve claimed to be an anti-Zionist?

    “I would not have to repeat my questions if you had answered. You cannot answer, thus prove what a hypocrite Note: Niether Les nor Dr M could answer the questions i raised, if anti Zionist was a just cause they would be able to. They cannot.”

    Still whining about your retarded questions not being answered? Please, your nonsense has been refuted so many times now this feels like a bad cable rerun. You make it up as you go along throwing any distractor you can to shift the focus away from “israel.” and its amen corner. Simple rewording the BS doesn’t make it new or worth my time to demolish it again.The whole trick of accusing your critics of prejudice and propaganda then playing innocent when called out on it is a well known Hasbara tactic of derailing the conversation.

    “Shame on you Les, do you wonder why the Palestinian rights fighers are Zionists? We (shame to say) have too many mean minded bigots like yourself. You want one thing for yourself, but deny to others the same rights.”

    Oh deary me, and all this time I thought it was because the Palestinians were being ethnically cleansed and their land seized by Zionist terrorists for the last century. But thanks for confirming that you indeed are a Zionist. In regard to this ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. Nothing is “hotly debated” any longer, no self-respecting scholar believes in the fairy tales you stump for. It is only “hotly debated” in the American looney bin, where men who pose as scholars pull the wool over the eyes of ignorant people – and try to sell them snake oil on the side. Invaders have NO rights whatsoever. As I said before dimwit, this 2010, not 5000 BC.

    “You havn’t explained why Indian Muslims had a need to create Pakistan since you say there is no need as nobody is killed for their religious affiliation today. Go and say that to the bosnians, to the christians in Pakistan and indonesia, and countless others, so how can you say that it won’t happen again to any other group How do you know that some religous minority will not be attacked again

    Yet another example of your rampant ignorance and desperation. From American Indians(a justification I rubbished) to the Indian subcontinent now? Equating the partitions of Palestine and India is like comparing apples and fish. The KEY difference here is that the British were not in India to exterminate the local population, or to supplant them but merely to divide and exploit them for their empires benefit. The Brits never saw it as some sort of holy land for their ancestors to be taken over by a nomadic English diaspora. The partition of India was initially opposed by India’s Muslims nor were they solely responsible for it. Jinnah came into politics as an Indian Nationalist he was one of the best politicians in Congress. Later on he parted ways with the Hindu dominated Congress when he realized they were out to dominate and rule with no due regards for Muslims, the ultimate minority to be reconciled with. Jaswant Singh had the guts to speak the truth on this matter squarely putting the blame on Nehru’s politicking and dishonorable behavior cavorting with British Viceroy’s wife to curry favor with the empire. Ofcourse there are many details to this tragic tale, but that’s for another discussion. The point being you have no idea what you’re talking about trying to muddle and misrepresent the histories of different parts of the world to justify the occupation and annexation of Palestine. The only example with comparable parallels is that of Apartheid South Africa.
    The UN Partition gave 55% of Palestine to the Zionists despite the fact that they only owned 6-7% of the land. The rest was privately owned by Palestinians. Israel did not accept the terms of the Partition. Instead it declared “independence” unilaterally sparking the war and the land grab of 77% of Palestine. The 1967 war gave the colony an opportunity to take 100% of Palestine as well as the Sinai, the Golan Heights and Sheba Farms. How can Arabs make peace with a colony which refuses to define its borders – the only nation never to do so? Ben Gurion stated “Where ever the Sahal (Israeli army) goes, this is our border.” A large chunk of the Israeli populace believes that a God(that they don’t even believe in) promised them all Arab land (“Eretz Israel”) from the Nile to the Euphrates. You expect Arabs to approve this?
    Does this mean that the western black Atlantic diaspora is now entitled to whip up a sense of religious (Christian?) entitlement, stomp in to sub-Saharan Africa, force the indigenous population to live in perpetual exile, deny it basic resources, destroy livelihoods, recieve billions from the Pentagon to maintain a state of perpetual war, act as a strategic point for Western powers to intimidate surrounding nations, and then charge all native Africans as bloodthirsty savages who only want this oh-so enlightened reclamation destroyed? Will they then call themselves the most democratic state in the region?
    Maybe they can back this spurious claim by having a nuclear arsenal and a trigger-happy drafted army. They could shake hands with one or two neighboring dictators and say that they worked so hard for peace. They can act hard done by whenever any (deliberately marginalised) criticism goes public. They can claim that they’re just coming back to collect some dues after a mere 300-year exile. Easy to blame history as you carry out contemporary atrocities.

    “Anti Zionist case dismissed!”

    You wish, more like your latest set of ahistorical talking points demolished and sent back to the local Israeli propaganda workshop to be refurbished. You’re good at projecting your fantasies on other people, a legend in your own mind you are – small mind, hard heart, totally bereft of any honesty. You are a cog in a bankrupt system, and the only time you will awaken at this point is when you face the last challenge in life (if then). You’d be out of depth in a parking lot puddle. If you think you’re going to troll and whitewash “israel’s” crimes without a fight, you’re in for a surprise.

  • Beautiful Muslim Doll


    “Kosher pork is Jewish playing pretend radical Christian. This statement reeks of Judeofascism. ”

    “radical Christian” means all radical christians share this belief. Messianics (baptists pretending to be jews do) and evangelical extremists do. The other Protestant and Catholic churches don’t, neither does any other Christian church, not least because they think they are the new Israel. Porks type, (assuming he is a Bible Belt Baptist or Messianic)believe this. Also, Messianics call themselves Jews but they are not. They have the same status that Alavi’s do, in our faith. They call themselves Muslims but are not.

    I’d like to take iSherif’s advice, and not quibble with you, but you are a dangerously ignorant person on this topic, (seriously no offence, and i apologise if i do offend you, see iSherif i did try 😉 I can sypmpathise and feel for what you say, but you have got into your head, that the danger is coming from one side and totally closed your mind to all the others. That’s why you cannot make a clear case for your beliefs. Why i do get the feeling you know nothing about Messianic beliefs,

    To make an analogy, Just because you lock the door, bolt and isntall a security camera on your door, doesn’t mean that you’re secure from burgulars. Somebody can still break in through the window.

    Don’t take my word for the following. Do your own research. Spend a few weeks visitng Christian Zionist, and Messianic sites, it’s clear you never have. Try the Judofascist ones too which you probably already do. I promise you, your beliefs will change, when you actually see for yourself. As i said, don’t take mine or anybody elses words. Do your own research.

    Israel’s Evangelical Approach

    U.S. Christian Zionists Nurtured as Political, Tourism Force

    Jews and Muslims both see Abraham as their patriarch. But Christian Zionists contend that Muslims don’t share in the promise of land because they are the descendants of Ishmael, the son of Abraham and his maidservant, Hagar. Ishmael was not part of the “everlasting covenant” with God and inherited no land.

    Jews are seen as the descendants of Isaac, the son of Abraham and his wife, Sarah. Isaac did inherit property. So only Jews are regarded as holding a rightful claim to the land that has been a source of international conflict since Israel became a state in 1948, Christian Zionists say.

    The embassy called the gathering the first “American-Christian grass-roots networks briefing and strategy discussion.” Plans call for similar discussions monthly.

    During the meeting, Shari Dollinger, the embassy’s officer for interreligious affairs, led a discussion of how Christian college students could lead pro-Israel events on campus. She said she also sees Israel reaching out more than ever in the United States. “There’s a new realization that we can activate the Christian grass roots,” she said

  • An interview by Aubrey Chernick, some years back,

    and LoonWatch, it’s a pity Chernick no longer shows as the main feature on the home page. Since he is funding many of the loons featured here, he deserves an extra special place on this site to emphasise his notoriety. All newcomers for example, should prominently see him on the front page so that they know who is one of the main funders behind Jihad Watch,.

    It would be interesting to find out, who the others are. He is not the only one.

    Maybe a permanent picture of Chernick and link on the front page? This is so that any new media person who comes here, won’t miss this gem. Preferably with a highlight flashing around his picture, so nobody misses.

    Soft-Spoken SOFTWARE MOGUL.(Aubrey Chemick)
    Candle Corp. founder Aubrey Chemick, No. 42 on the list of L.A.’s wealthiest people, grants a rare interview on his history, business and philanthropy

    AUBREY Chernick has studiously avoided newspaper reporters for years, shunning all media attention while building up one of the biggest fortunes in Los Angeles — he is No. 35 on the Business Journal’s list of LA.’s wealthiest people.

    With someone so shadowy, it’s hard to know what to expect. Yet the chairman, CEO and founder of software giant Candle Corp. isn’t scary, or awkward, or terse, or even tense. He exudes a small-town charm and self-deprecating manner no doubt learned from his Canadian farm-town upbringing, as well as the rare ability to explain complicated software issues in layman’s terms.

    Q: Why do you rarely grant interviews?

    A: I’m not looking for personal publicity. I will help out my company. It’s a responsibility I have. But I like my privacy.

    Aubrey Chernick

    Position: Chairman and CEO

    Company: Candle Corp.

    Barn: Los Angeles, 1949

    Career Turning Point: Leaving his programming job to start his own company

    Personal: Married, three children

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