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Published on November 10th, 2008 | by Eli Clifton


New Evidence Linking Aish HaTorah to Obsession

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?”

About the Author


Eli Clifton reports on money in politics and US foreign policy. Eli previously reported for the American Independent New Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service.

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