Brigitte Gabriel’s Affiliations
ACT! For America were heavily involved in disseminating Clarion’s anti-Islam hate film “The Third Jihad”. They sent out an action alert to it’s members encouraging them to arrange screenings in their localities.
The New York Times revealed that The Third Jihad was played on a continuous loop to almost 1,500 NYPD trainees for over a year. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly even appeared as an “expert” in the film. Under Kelly’s leadership the NYPD set up a “demographics unit” that illegally spied on Muslims because they were Muslim for six years – and yet didn’t generate a single lead. Frank Gaffney, President of The Center for Security Policy (CSP )who also sits on the advisory board at Clarion honored Ray Kelly in 2007.
Another cross-over between the CSP and Clarion is Nina Cunningam. Cunningham sits on the board at Clarion and is a Director at Gaffney’s CSP as well as being a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC). The RJC teamed up with the Christian Zionist John Hagee’s Christians United For Israel (CUFI) to distribute Clarion’s earlier hatemongering film “Obsession. It was included as an insert into CUFI’s Executive Director David Brog’s book Standing With Israel.
CUFI’s links to Clarion don’t stop there. Ilan Sharon their “Jewish Liason Director ” and former IDF Officer helped produce both Obsession and The Third Jihad according to the CUFI site. The primary Producer of the Clarion Fund’s films has been it’s CEO and President Raphael Shore a dual citizen Canadian-Israeli who lives in Jerusalem. Shore was the Director of both Aish International and the Hasbara Fellowship – both projects of Aish Hatorah.
Aish Hatorah, are an Orthodox Jewish charity who have been describe by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic as “just about the most fundamentalist movement in Judaism today”. They have undeniable links to The Clarion Fund as mapped out in detail in The Tampa Bay Times and later Eli Clifton at lobelog.com.
Aish HaTorah, the Israeli orthodox Jewish group which has denied having any formal links to the Clarion Fund. But Aish and Clarion once shared an address in New York; Clarion’s executive director, Raphael Shore, has worked as a full-time employee of Aish HaTorah and sits on the board of Imagination Productions; Rabbi Henry Harris and Rebecca Kabat incorporated the Clarion Fund, along with Raphael Shore, and served as employees of Aish HaTorah; Shore’s twin brother, Ephraim Shore was the executive director of Aish HaTorah in Miami and Toronto; and Clarion’s spokesperson, Gregory Ross, was an Aish HaTorah fundraiser.
The Clarion Fund’s latest effort at Neocon/Zionist propaganda posing as serious film making was a 2011 production called Iranium which pushed for war with Iran. Among the list of “supporting organisations” on it’s official website we find (amongst others) again Aish, The Center For Security Policy, The Republican Jewish Coalition, The CUFI’s Minnesotans Against Terrorism, The Hasbara Fellowships and Family Security Matters. and Brigitte Gabriel’s ACT! For America.
Nina Cunningham (C) at a screening of the Clarion Fund’s Iranium in 2011
Gabriel’s direct involvement to Clarion’s “supporting organisations” extends farther than ACT!. She is a registered speaker for Aish International’s The Hasbara Fellowship. She flatly rejected this truth during a 2007 lecture given to a military college and recorded on C-Span, denying even having any knowledge of the organisitaion she is a member of.
She is also a “contributing editor” at Family Security Matters who Media Matters exposed as being a front group for Frank Gaffney’s Neocon think-tank the Center For Security Policy.
The phone number listed on the official FSM website was answered by the offices of the CSP.
Another source of income for Gabriel is her association with the Jewish National Fund (JNF) who list her as a speaker.
The Jewish writer Sylvia Schwarz who has researched the JNF explains.
The Jewish National Fund is an organization founded in 1901 to procure land in Palestine for the benefit of Jews only. Having purchased some land at the beginning of its existence, the JNF proceeded to acquire it through expulsion of indigenous inhabitants of Palestine and expropriation of their land. It continues this practice today, grabbing thousands of dunums (a dunum is 1,000 square meters) of land, forcing the Palestinian owners into homelessness and destroying their history. The goal of the JNF has not changed since its founding.
It remains an organization to procure and hold land in perpetuity for Jews only. Thus the JNF is a tool of ethnic cleansing, which can only be accomplished if the fund’s actions and their consequences are withheld from the world.
Perhaps not quite as troubling as the time she was reported as a “former Muslim” by an interviewer
Concerns about the Muslim background of Democratic United States Presidential candidate, United States Senator Barack Obama, have been expressed by a best selling author, who is herself a former Muslim.
It must surely be a cause of stress for Gabriel to be labelled an “Arab” in her JNF bio considering that in her 2007 CUFI speech she outrageously proclaimed to her excitable audience that Arabs are “evil” and “have no souls”.
There is also the distinct possibility that Brigitte Gabriel was once of AIPAC. A 2007 Counterpunch article quotes an “AIPAC staffer” by the name of “Rachael Cohen” giving Gabrielle’s usual spiel about Hezbollah, Israel and terrorism. “Rachael Cohen” is one of Gabrielle’s many aliases.
“We need to get this base built as quickly as possible as a forward thrust point against Al Qaeda and other (read Hezbollah) terrorists”, according to AIPAC staffer Rachael Cohen. Asked if Israel will offer training and advisors to the Lebanese army, Ms. Cohen replied, “we will see what we will see, Lebanon, smezzanon its not about them, its about stopping the terrorists stupid!”
A final affiliation though no less murky of Gabriel’s is her association with The United States Committee For a Free Lebanon where she sits on the “advisory board” The groups Founder and CEO is a Lebanese Maronite-Christian banker called .Ziad Abdelnour, an ally of Daniel Pipes who had this to say in a 2007 Counterpunch interview:
When we went to Iraq whether there were weapons of mass destruction or not, the key is — we won. And Saddam is out! Whatever we want, will happen. Iran? We will not let Iran become a nuclear power. We’ll find a way, we’ll find an excuse- to get rid of Iran. And I don’t care what the excuse is. There is no room for rogue states in the world. Whether we lie about it, or invent something, or we don’t… I don’t care. The end justifies the means. What’s right? Might is right, might is right. That’s it. Might is right.
Gabrielle wrote an impassioned piece entitled “Thank You Israel!” on behalf of the group in 2006 urging Israel to carry on it’s bombing as Israel was carrying out the Daiya Doctrine in Lebanon systematically destroying the Lebanese civilian infrastructure