Sheldon Adelson: Jewish billionaire that funds projects to spread Islamophobia

Sheldon Adelson: Jewish billionaire that funds projects to spread Islamophobia

A new Zogby poll says Republicans have strongly negative views of Muslims and Arabs: 6 out of 10 republicans and 3 out of 10 Democrats hold negative stereotypes against Muslims. 

The latest survey was conducted by JZ Analytics, a firm run by John Zogby, a famous political pollster and the brother of Jim, founder of the Arab American Institute. It polled 1052 likely voters in the U.S. online between August 15 and August 16 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points. Republican sentiment toward Muslims produced the highest negative results, with 57 percent of respondents saying they had unfavorable opinions. Only 26 percent said they had favorable opinions.  Among Democrats, 29 percent gave unfavorable responses.

Max Blumenthal of the Southern Poverty Legal Center has noted that pro-Iraesli sponsors, like Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson, fund groups that promote Islamophobia.  Islamophobia is overbroad prejudice against, hatred or irrational fear of Muslims.  Its counterpart, Iranophobia, has also been deliberately stoked by many of these same groups.

Sheldon and Miriam Adelson have also given a combined $36.3 million to Super PACs in the 2012 cycle. It goes without saying that not many average American families cannot match the same level of giving, which brings into focus Adelson’s high-level of spending to drown-out the voices of ordinairy Americans in participating in civic society and politics and the impact of his spending on bolstering a pro-Israel and anti-muslim agenda.  Not only is Adelson’s conduct discriminatory, its also anti-democratic.  

Adelson (born August 4, 1933) is casino and hotel magnate. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the parent company of Venetian Macao Limited which operates The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center. He also owns the Israeli daily newspaper Israel HaYom.