Gabrielle’s ACT! For America (or The American Congress For Truth) are part of the same stable of professional Islamophobes that are funded by the Zionist Aubrey Chernick’s Fairbrook Foundation. Fellow beneficiaries include a who’s who of the anti-Islam propaganda industry’s pseudo-experts including Frank Gaffney, Robert Spencer, David Horowitz and Daniel Pipes. The intent here is to show that these propagandists all speak with the same shrill voice all serve the same Zionist/Neocon agenda which involves demonising and dehumanising Islam and Muslims to manipulate public opinion into supporting or at least turning a blind eye to the unjust and neverending cycle of imperialist wars against Muslim nations and people. This piece that focuses on Brigitte Gabriel of The American Congress For Truth is no more than an example of their agenda-driven propaganda.
Part 1: Gabrielle In Israel
Brigitte Gabriel the only child of a successful Lebanese businessman and Government administrator cut her teeth in the world of anti-Islam propaganda rather fittingly in 1984 in Israel. According to her bio she was the host of “World News” on the Middle East Television (METV) Network. METV and it’s sister radio station “The Voice of Hope” were establised by right-wing Christian Evangelist George Otis and the TV wing was later passed onto the Christian-Zionist leader Pat Robertson.
Both channels were hosted in territory controlled by Israel’s proxy militia the South Lebanon Army (SLA) who operated out of South Lebanon which was under the command of Saad Haddad who took to the airwaves at the “Voice of Hope” — which was to become known as “Voice of Death” by Hadadd’s victims — to terrorize those in his firing line that there homes were about to be shelled
The SLA were Lebanese mercenaries who collaborated with their occupier, Israel, to provide a buffer inside Lebanese territory between Israel and Lebanon. According to eye-witnesses they were involved in many atrocities including in Sabra and Shatila and ran a notorious torture-prison in Khiam.
Sabra and Shatila Victims
Thomas Friedman the New York Times Foreign correspondent reported from the scene of the massacre of hundreds of Palestinian refuguees:
But there is ample circumstantial evidence that members of the Israeli-armed and trained militia of Maj. Saad Haddad and members of the Christian Phalangist militia – also known as the Lebanese Forces -were in the camps. Whether or not they were there under orders from Major Haddad or the Phalangist militiary and political leadership is not clear. The possibility of breakaway elements being involved cannot be ruled out at this point.
METV and Voice of Hope
The Ministry’s founder George Otis describes it’s founding:
In the mid 70’s, High Adventure Ministries’ founder, George Otis, had the opportunity to meet with many of the top political and military leaders in and around Israel. One unusual meeting involved Major Saad Haddad, the “George Washington” of southern Lebanon. While discussing ways he could help the Major in his ongoing battle against the vicious attacks from the PLO, a vision was birthed in George’s heart. The Major was wishing for a small radio transmitter to enable him to communicate with his beleaguered people to bring them hope… in the midst of all the devastation and death. Here is part of that conversation between George Otis and Major Haddad:
“Yes, I see what you mean. A little radio station could certainly be a great help to your people. But tell me Major, if we could somehow get the money together to do this, would you object if it weren’t a little radio station, but maybe a real big one?
The Major looked puzzled, “Why? What do you have in mind?”
“Well, how far is it from here to Jerusalem?”
“About a hundred miles.”
“Less than thirty miles over that mountain, Mount Hermon.”
“What about Beirut?”
“Maybe thirty-four miles,” he paused. “I think I am beginning to understand your thinking.”
“Major Haddad, your people are not the only ones here in the Middle East who are discouraged and troubled by the wars that seem to rage so endlessly in their midst. I’m thinking we could do something to give hope to your people, and, at the same time, convey a message – a Christian message – to all the people of this region… to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and to Israel. How about it?”
With that came the first little hint of a smile of gladness across Saad Haddad’s theretofore solemn face.
It was that divine meeting, and momentous handshake, that started the vision for a revolutionary new Christian radio station on the border of Israel and Lebanon. It was the birth of the Voice of Hope to so many who desperately needed it, in the war-torn Middle East.
Hezbollah liberated South Lebanon in 2000 leaving their mercenaries in the SLA to fend for themselves. Some fled to Israel, Hadadd’s daughter is now a scientist in Israel, METV now broadcast from Cyprus while Brigitte Gabriel ended up in the United States.
– Part 2: Gabrielle In The US
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.
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
– Part 3: Gabrielle and the Filmmakers
Gabrielle’s involvement with anti-Islam propaganda films is not limited to the series of Clarion Fund films. She is also intertwined with some of the characters involved in The Innocence of Muslims.
- Morris Sadek with Brigitte Gabriel
Along With Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer she was one of the chief organisers of the “Ground-Zero” Mosque rallies. These protests featured heavily those involved with the film. It’s Producer Joseph Nasralla was warmly embraced by Robert Spencer as Spencer welcomed him to the podium. A promoter of the film and likely the translator for the Arabic version was an Extremist Coptic-Christian called Morris Sadek. . A blog post on his site indicates he is a member of Gabrielle’s ACT! For America. Sadek was personally invited to the “stop the Mosque” protests and given orders on how to behave there by Pamela Geller – Instead he donned a cowboy hat, grabbed his crucifix and screamed like a bigoted lunatic.
Sadek was also at the fore of the “Ground Zero” protests of another of the Innocence of Muslims promoters – the Quran burning Pastor from Florida Terry Jones.
Gabrielle’s Act! For America also allied with another of the men behind The Innocence of Muslims, the extremist Christian Steve Klein. Klein, an employee of Joseph Nasralla founded an anti-Islam group called Concerned Citizens For The First Amendment. This group allied with Gabriel’s ACT! For America to organise the protest of an Islamic charity event in Anaheim.
We have confirmed that chapters from Act for America, Bikers for Christ, and Concerned Citizens for the First Amendment will be participating, along with other individuals and organizations.
If possible the Anaheim protests somehow outdid the New York protests in terms of pure hatred and bigotry as they hurled abuse at the young Muslim families as they made their way to the entrance.
These shameful events were documented by CAIR