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Russell Berrie Foundation

The Russell Berrie Foundation is a New Jersey-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting “the continuity and enrichment of Jewish communal life,” fostering “the spirit of religious understanding and pluralism,” and to raising “awareness of terrorism.” According to the foundation’s 2012 IRS Form 990, it gave $105,000 to IPTF (Investigative Project on Terrorism Foundation), in at least two separate contributions, and $100,000 to the Middle East Media and Research Institute. Interestingly, the two donations to IPTF are the only items where an acronym is used rather than the full name of the grantee.

In 2011, the Center For American Progress listed the Russell Berrie Foundation among the seven largest donors to inner core organizations of the Islamophobia network. Between 2001 and 2009, the Russell Berrie Foundation donated $100K to Steven Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism, and more than $270K to Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum.

That being said, the Russell Berrie Foundation also makes a number of donations to mainstream Jewish charities such as Israel Documentaries for Education, Rutgers Hillel, and the American Society for Technion.

Bare Naked Islam

Bare Naked Islam is an anti-Muslim Internet blog and online community that portrays Islam as “a totalitarian political cult-like ideology.” Bannered with the line “It isn’t Islamophobia / When they really are trying to kill you,” the blog Bare Naked Islam is run by New York-based ‘Bonni’ Benstock-Intall.

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Center for Security Policy

The Center for Security Policy is a key anti-Muslim lobbying and propaganda group founded by Frank Gaffney. CSP seeks to advance anti-Muslim sentiment in both policy and society and predicates Islam as an existential threat to America. 

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Clare Lopez

Clare Lopez is an anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist. The Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University asserts that Lopez “promotes falsified claims about Muslims in America, particularly the notion of a Muslim Brotherhood infiltration under President Obama.” 

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Clarion Project

The Clarion Project is a non-profit organization founded by Rapheal Shore that creates, funds, and disseminates anti-Muslim propaganda to influence American politics. Formerly known as the Clarion Fund, the organization purports that its films have been seen by 125 million people globally.  

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