MONITORING AND COMBATING ISLAMOPHOBIA

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ISLAMOPHOBIC ORGANIZATIONS: MZ Foundation

MZ Foundation

Type: Private Family Foundation

The MZ Foundation is a California-based private family foundation founded by real estate magnate Myron Zimmerman in the 1990s with the purpose to fight anti-Semitism and advance pro-Israel advocacy. The Foundation provides financial support to groups including the Zionist Organization of America and the Central Fund of Israel. Since 2012, Zimmerman has contributed more than $1 million to fund Israeli settlements in the West Bank region.

From 2014 to 2016, the MZ Foundation has poured nearly $1.5 million into more than a dozen anti-Muslim hate groups. Grants included $225,000 to the David Horowitz Freedom Center, $187,500 to the Middle East Forum, and $180,000 to the Investigative Project on Terrorism. The MZ Foundation also boasts its aggressive support for organizations dedicated to misinforming the public about Islam and Muslims such as the Gatestone Institute, the Lawfare Project, and ACT for America.

American Freedom Alliance

Type of Organization: Politics, Grassroots, Education The American Freedom Alliance (AFA) is a non-profit organization which, according to its mission statement, “promotes, defends, and upholds

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American Civil Rights Union

Type of Organization: Media, Politics The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) is an IRS accredited American legal organization founded by former Reagan Administration official Robert

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Gatestone Institute

Type of Organization: Media, Politics According to its website, the Gatestone Institute claims to be “a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank, dedicated

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Shoebat Foundation

The Shoebat Foundation is an organization linked to fake former terrorist Walid Shoebat. While Shoebat’s website announces the latest news from the Foundation, CAIR researchers

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Citizens for National Security

Citizens for National Security (CFNS) is a Florida-based Islamophobic organization.  The organization has been less active in recent years, for instance, in mid-2017 the organization’s

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