A Palestinian family reacts after Israeli bulldozers demolished their home in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, Feb. 5, 2013. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Newly elected Israeli Knesset member Yair Lapid (l), leader of the Yesh Atid party, speaks to Naftali Bennett, head of the hard-line national religious party the Jewish Home, during a Feb. 5 reception in Jerusalem marking the opening of the 19th Knesset. (URIEL SINAI/GETTY IMAGES)
Richard Curtiss at work in his Washington Report office. (STAFF PHOTO D. HANLEY)
Then-Vice President Dick Cheney (l) and Likud chairman Benyamin Netanyahu, out of office at the time and serving as the official Israeli opposition leader, at a March 23, 2008 breakfast meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (r) shares candies with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim during a Feb. 11 visit to the rebels’ stronghold in Sultan Kudarat on the island of Mindanao. (KARLOS MANLUPIG/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Emad Burnat views his five broken cameras in his documentary of the same name. (PHOTO COURTESY KINO LORBER)
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.