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Defund Islamophobia Now

Post by Irn Bru on Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:49 pm

While a commitment to standing with the Muslim community against Islamophobia is as important as ever, words are meaningless if not backed up in real ways that reflect this commitment. That means definitively opposing all forms of Islamophobia.

Yesterday, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago (JVP-Chicago) and the Network Against Islamophobia (NAI), a project of national JVP, released a report, “Defund Islamophobia: How the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago Supports Anti-Muslim Hate Groups.” As the report makes clear, “Despite its stated commitment to ‘stand together to say “no” to all forms of hate,’” the Jewish United Fund (JUF), during the years 2011-2014, has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-Muslim hate groups through its donor-advised funds.

JUF policies make clear they have discretion over distributing donor-funds. As described in the report, “According to JUF policy, donor-advised funds are strictly advisory, meaning that while individual donors can recommend organizations they wish to support, a JUF standing committee retains full discretion over the ultimate allocation of funds.” This committee also has the power to “establish additional criteria for the evaluation of Outside Investment Advisors.”

The Defund Islamophobia report documents that, between 2011-2014, the JUF “gave $648,750 to the Middle East Forum, founded by Daniel Pipes in 1990. Pipes is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an influential propagandist “at the center of what is a large and evolving network of Islam-bashing activists.” The report also documents that “In 2012, JUF gave $26,000 to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which Steven Emerson founded in 1995. Like Pipes, Emerson is identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an “anti-Muslim extremist . . . frequently cited in public discourse.”

This stuff is no different from Anti semitism and should receive the same treatment that that gets. It's pure hate and those that do it are well paid to do so.
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