Sunday, October 25, 2015

Another propaganda source using the same Holocaust revisionist story as Netanyahu

Chemi Shalev presents another proximate source for Benjamin Netanyahu's infamous Holocaust revisionism of last week in Adelson-linked Think Tank Article Preceded Netanyahu’s Hitler-Mufti Claim Haaretz 10/24/2015.

An article written earlier this year by a New Hampshire professor of philosophy [Joseph Spoerl of St. Anselm University] for a Jerusalem think tank funded in the past by [rightwing Republican casino mogul] Sheldon Adelson supplies an ostensibly academic underpinning for the prime minister’s contentious claim that the Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini persuaded Adolf Hitler to annihilate European Jews. ...

The article, “Palestinians, Arabs and the Holocaust” was published in March 2015 by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), a think tank headed by Netanyahu confidante Dore Gold from 15 years until his appointment in June as director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry. According to an article in the Forward and U.S. tax files on public view, one of the main financers of JCPA in recent years has been Adelson: in 2012 he gave a million dollars to the JCPA through the Baltimore-based Center for Jewish Community Studies, which Gold also headed. According to the Forward, Adelson’s contribution constituted two thirds of JCPA’s annual budget.

The Forward article linked there is Sheldon Adelson Is a Philanthropist Like No Other by Nathan Guttman 11/03/2015:

For many Americans, the name Adelson is synonymous with outsized political donations and the opening of corporate floodgates to back candidates following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010. The Las Vegas-based casino mogul is also known as a prominent backer of often hawkish pro-Israel organizations. But less noisily, he has also established himself as one of the leading donors to purely charitable Jewish and non-Jewish groups, ranging from schools, to elder care, to medical research.

Ranked as the ninth largest donors in America in 2013, Adelson and his Israeli-American wife, Miriam Adelson, split their giving between Jewish and pro-Israel causes, which are funneled mostly through their family foundation, and medical programs funded by the Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation. ...

According to the most recent records available, Adelson’s philanthropic and pro-Israel contributions in 2012 amounted to about $44 million. Since its founding in 2007, the family foundation has given out $191 million. This sum does not include gifts given in 2013, and excludes all political donations. It also excludes the huge sums Adelson is sinking into several for-profit ventures with political ramifications, such as Israel Hayom, Israel’s largest newspaper.

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