Clarion Fund

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Clarion Fund, Inc. was formed in 2006 by Raphael Shore and is a right-wing, non-profit organization that promotes an anti-Islamic viewpoint. Clarion produces and distributes anti-Islamic documentary films, and operates a web site, www.stopradicalIslam.org, that states, "Radical Islam aims to dominate a world under Sharia law. This threatens the most basic liberties and freedoms of western society. Under Sharia, the private and public lives of an individual are subjugated to the 'will of Allah'."[1][2] The Fund has produced several anti-Islamic films (Obsession:Radical Islam's War with the West and The Third Jihad) targeted at an American audience. "Obsession" was distributed by inserting 28 million DVDs in newspapers around the US.[3] In the case of the Detroit News, 300,000 DVD were inserted in one day. The Third Jihad is similarly promoted, and it has been shown to graduating classes of policemen attending required counter-terrorism courses.[4]

The Clarion Fund has been alleged to be connected to Aish Hatorah, a hardline right-wing Israeli movement, which Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic describes as "just about the most fundamentalist movement in Judaism today"[5][6]

Funding

The identity of the major donor bankrolling the "Obsession" DVD distribution has been speculated about since the event occurred. In 2008 attention rested on Sheldon Adelson, a casino billionaire mogul, as a likely funder of Clarion Fund and one of the people behind funding the distribution of 28 million free DVDs in the US.[7]. But a 2010 Counterpunch article pointed to Koch money[8] and, in 2011 a Salon article reported[9] that Clarion documentation pointed to Barre Seid as bankroller of the "Obsession" DVD operation - though not directly, more likely through Donors Capital Fund:

...[A Clarion document showed] a donor listed as Barry Seid gave Clarion nearly $17 million in 2008, which would have paid for virtually the entire "Obsession" DVD campaign.

... There's only one Barry Seid Salon could find who might fit the profile of a $17 million donor to Clarion. That would be businessman Barre Seid (note the different spelling) of Illinois.... But his representative flatly denied to Salon that he has ever given money to Clarion."[9] [but neither Ball nor Seid's assistant would say whether Seid had given the money through Donors Capital Fund - which dispensed $17.7 million to Clarion that year.[9] ]

Films funded/produced

Principals

Advisory Board

Accessed October 2010: [10]

Articles and resources

References

  1. StopRadicalIslam.org Western Values, linked from the site of Clarion Fund, accessed January 19, 2011
  2. The Clarion Fund About, Clarion Fund, organizational web site, accessed October 28, 2010
  3. DemocracyNow, 20 January 2011 around the 11:00 min mark.
  4. DemocracyNow, 20 January 2011 around the 11:00 min mark
  5. Jeffrey Goldberg, The Jewish Extremists Behind "Obsession", The Atlantic, 27 October 2008.
  6. Meg Laughlin Senders of Islam movie 'Obsession' tied to Jewish charity, published newspaper article, St. Petersburg Times, September 26, 2008
  7. Richard Silverstein, Did Sheldon Adelson Fund Anti-Obama Propaganda DVD?, 14 September 2008.
  8. Pam Martens (2010-10-26). Koch Footprints Lead to Political Powder Keg: The Far Right's Secret Slush Fund to Keep Fear Alive. Counterpunch. Retrieved on 2011-10-27.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Justin Elliott (2010-11-16). Mystery of who funded right-wing "radical Islam" campaign deepens. Salon.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  10. Clarion Fund About, Clarion Fund, accessed October 28, 2010.
  11. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Romney's indiscreet adviser, Al Jazeera, 28 October 2011.

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