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Published on November 10th, 2008 | by Eli Clifton

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New Evidence Linking Aish HaTorah to Obsession

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A Guest Post by Eli Clifton:

The September and October mass distribution of the anti-Muslim documentary, Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, paid for by the mysterious Clarion Fund, has numerous links to the Orthodox Jewish organization Aish HaTorah. In September, Ali Gharib and I wrote:

The Clarion Fund and Aish Hatorah are headed by twin Israeli-Canadian brothers Raphael and Ephraim Shore, respectively. The two groups appear to be connected as Clarion is incorporated in Delaware to the New York offices of Aish Hatorah.

“It seems that the Clarion Fund, from what we can tell, is just a virtual organization that is a front for Aish Hatorah,” Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told IPS. “They don’t have staff, they don’t have a physical address. Nothing.”

Sarah Posner at The Jewish Week also wrote an excellent article which details the links between Aish HaTorah and Obsession.

Adding to the case that the production and distribution of Obsession are managed by Aish HaTorah, is the fact that Obsession’s website, http://www.obsessionthemovie.com, appears to be hosted by an Aish HaTorah hosting account.

Obsessionthemovie.com shares an IP address with just one other website, http://www.imaginaishion.com. Imaginaishion.com is a domain name registered and owned by Aish HaTorah.

Why does the Clarion Fund share a mailing address with Aish HaTorah? Why is Obsession’s website hosted by Aish HaTorah? More importantly, this all raises the question of, “why is an Israeli organization with the mission of, ‘providing opportunities for Jews of all backgrounds to discover their heritage,’ participating in the production and distribution (in “swing states”) of anti-Muslim propaganda in the United States, and during an election campaign at that?”

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Eli Clifton is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute who focuses on money in politics and US foreign policy. He previously reported for the American Independent New Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service.



4 Responses to New Evidence Linking Aish HaTorah to Obsession

  1. avatar Notacommy says:

    So you want what, that Jews should play good Dhimmi to the Islamists and the Quisling leftists?

  2. avatar Diane says:

    david, as the post is about whether Aish HaTorah is behind Obsession, i’m not sure that whether CAIR has published a rebuttal is particularly relevant to the subject. if you’re really bothered, why don’t you contact them and ask them? in the meantime, click on my name to read a rebuttal from Jews on First.

  3. The bottom line that this Jewish extremists the Clarion Fund and Aish Hatorah think that they are smart. I think they are stupid and they are
    bringing more anti semetic than anti Islam. Also they are trying to bring
    or you can say import the hate and the war and violence from their areas
    in Israel to America. We should all unit to stop them and all I mean Muslims, Jews and Christians before it is too late and before will be not controlable. Leave the Muslims and the Jews work in peace in America!

    Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout
    American, Muslim, Arab and Palestinian.
    http://www.al-amana.org

  4. avatar david says:

    I was wondering if cair or any other islamic organization in America actually addressed the issues contained in the one hour pre-release DVD that was distributed? If you could publish their responses to Obsession I believe that would lend credability to their complants.

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