December 2008 Postcard
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I am deeply disturbed by the DVD, “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” which was distributed to religious leaders and voters around the country. The film seeks to instill mistrust of Muslim Americans, who are equated with Nazis.
Please call on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate this apparent attempt by a foreign-linked group to inflame passions and influence the U.S. presidential election.
The recent election campaign included slurs, innuendoes, and hurtful stereotypes of Arab and Muslim Americans. “Obsession” interviewees claim no “practicing Muslim” can be a “loyal citizen to the United States of America.” Please publicly denounce this distorted political tactic and call for an investigation of this film, which has the potential to inspire hate crimes. ❑
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“Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” (Courtesy The Clarion Fund).
A DVD called “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” was distributed as a paid advertisement in 70 newspapers in battleground states and sent to more than 28 million people. The film’s anti-Islam propaganda was designed to foment fear among Americans, bolster support for Israel, and sway the recent presidential elections.
“Obsession” was produced by a New York nonprofit called the Clarion Fund, and an Israeli propaganda organization, honestreporting.com, with links to the Israeli Foreign Ministry. A Jewish extremist movement known as Aish HaTorah, or “Fire of the Torah,” probably funded the campaign, according to an article in the Atlantic by pro-Israel commentator Jeffrey Goldberg. The Clarion Fund’s director, Raphael Shore, is also a leader of Aish HaTorah, whose operatives flourish in the radical belt of Jewish settlements just south of Nablus in the northern West Bank. An Aish HaTorah donor has funded distribution of an additional 325,000 copies of “Obsession” to every “Judeo-Christian” clergy member in the U.S.