The Axis of Islamophobia

Max Blumenthal discusses his must read article The Great Islamophobic Crusade. Here’s an excerpt:

Little of recent American Islamophobia (with a strong emphasis on the “phobia”) is sheer happenstance. Years before Tea Party shock troops massed for angry protests outside the proposed site of an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan, representatives of the Israel lobby and the Jewish-American establishment launched a campaign against pro-Palestinian campus activism that would prove a seedbed for everything to come. That campaign quickly — and perhaps predictably — morphed into a series of crusades against mosques and Islamic schools which, in turn, attracted an assortment of shady but exceptionally energetic militants into the network’s ranks.

Besides providing the initial energy for the Islamophobic crusade, conservative elements from within the pro-Israel lobby bankrolled the network’s apparatus, enabling it to influence the national debate. One philanthropist in particular has provided the beneficence to propel the campaign ahead. He is a little-known Los Angeles-area software security entrepreneur named Aubrey Chernick, who operates out of a security consulting firm blandly named the National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination. A former trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, which has served as a think tank for the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a frontline lobbying group for Israel, Chernick is said to be worth $750 million.

You can read the rest of this excellent article at Max’s website.

4 thoughts on “The Axis of Islamophobia”

  1. I strongly recommend that more of such talks are under taken in established media channels. The only way to drown the trumpt up phobia against Islam. The party at the back- and as brought around-is definitely of the jews. They have deflected the palestine issue well and proper. Now no one is aware of the attrocities being committed on the palestenians-which has now gone on a back burner
    am

  2. am, i would actually think that it’s the converse. the “pro-israel” goons are hyping up islamophobia because more and more people are becoming aware of the situation in the occupied territories. they use this to help deflect the palestine issue.

  3. ImadK
    Are we not saying matters with ultimately the same resultant?
    Listen, I have recently returned from USA. This was my first public interaction. The previous ones- slightly longish stays were mirred with protocols and liasion at official level so the face of an average American remained close doors. I found them decent and very friendly and courtious – but quite affected by their propaganda. That the media propagates twistss and turns- which is acceptable norm nowadays even though unpricipled. But the dangerous part is is that an average American believes in his/her media.

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