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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.

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Ali Mazaheri 2012 olympics

Iran’s Ali Mazaheri Disqualified in 2012 Olympics Stained By Referee Corruption

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has been involved in controversies regarding The Republic of Azerbaijan’s sports program as recently as last September, when British network BBC reported on allegations that in exchange for a $10-million loan, The Republic of Azerbaijan’s boxers would be promised two gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics.

 Referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov of Turkmenistan has been sent home from the 2012 Olympics “with immediate effect” for his actions, mainly failing to rule a standing-eight count for any of the six instances in which Azerbaijan’s Magomed Abdulhamidov hit the canvas during the third round of his bantamweight bout with Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu on Wednesday. Abdulhamidov was awarded the win by the judges, a decision that was later overturned by AIBA hours later.The AIBA Olympic Compliance Committee has also expelled International Technical Official Aghajan Abiyev of Azerbaijan “with immediate effect” for breaching the governing body’s code of conduct, although nothing in particular was specified.

There have been many reports that the Republic of Azerbaijan bribes officials with oil money to create false stories of heroic sports victories.

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Corrupt Referee Disqualifies Iranian Boxing Champion Ali Mazaheri

In addition, a German referee, Frank Scharmach, has been suspended for five days following his summary disqualification of Iranian heavyweight Ali Mazaheri (a tall fighter) for putting his arms over Cuba’s Jose Larduet shoulders during the match.  Although AIBA has disciplined referee Scharmach, the disqualification will stand.  Within the space of a few seconds, the German referee gave 3 notices to the taller Iranian fighter and Asian Gold Medal Champion who was ahead to summarily disqualify the Olympic medal favorite.  The Iranian fighter called the ruling “a setup,” and the sports world has condemned what appears to have been a phony disqualification.

“Everybody here from AIBA should look at themselves and realize why this sport is considered a joke at this point,” an NBC commentator stated during one of the matches.

Pictured: Kavon Iraniha

It didn’t seem terribly strange to Kevin Iraniha when an FBI agent showed up at his door in August 2011 just after he returned from a whirlwind trip through India, Egypt and Iran.

The 27-year-old Iranian American says the agent was “very friendly” and just kept repeating that, “You have been to a lot more places than we have and our job is to build relationships, so if you see anything out of the ordinary and since you’re involved in certain things that we’re not involved in, and have expertise in, feel free to come to us without hesitation.” He even met with the FBI agent once more after that.

It didn’t strike him as being a problem until this week.

Iraniha, a US citizen of Iranian background was born in the naval hospital in San Diego, California.  He just graduated with a masters degree in international law with a focus on the peaceful settlement of disputes from the United Nations-accredited University for Peace in Costa Rica, and was boarding a flight home to San Diego on Frontier Airlines this Tuesday, June 5, with his two brothers and father when he was informed that he is on a no-fly list.

“That was pretty shocking,” he said, speaking from an Internet cafe in Mexico City on June 7, two days after his ordeal began.

His two brothers went ahead, but he and his Iranian-born, US citizen father were left behind. They headed to the US Embassy in Costa Rica to find out why they were on the list and what could be done. Iraniha and his father endured six hours of interrogations. For two straight hours, Iraniha alone was asked “all sorts of ridiculous questions” by an FBI agent and a State Department official about a range of topics, most of which pertained to him being Muslim, having traveled to Muslim countries and his political views, primarily to do with activism for “Muslim” issues, such as Palestine and US foreign policy.

“They told us we were lucky the FBI agent was in town because he covers all of Nicaragua and Panama and Costa Rica, so we were like, okay, lucky,” Iraniha said. They then proceeded to ask him a range of questions primarily to do with Islam, his being Muslim and his views on and travels to Muslim countries, including specific questions about the full names of people he visited or stayed with. Questions about his visits to mosques in Costa Rica and San Diego seemed focused on whether he had “noticed anything or anyone suspicious” and whether he was part of any “groups that incite violence.”

Yes, he had attended mosque in Costa Rica a few times (he is a practicing Muslim); his political ideologies generally involve civil rights and anti-war activism, fighting for the 99 percent along with Occupy protesters, his pro-Palestinian stance – he was a member of Students for Justice in Palestine in San Diego – and a reluctance to stand by while people criticize Iran and Iranians. He is not part of groups that incite violence, nor has he noticed any suspicious people in the mosques he’s been in.

The FBI agent then asked him a question that struck Iraniha as “completely shocking” and “really ridiculous.”

He started out the question just saying, “I don’t even know why I’m asking you this,” mentioned that it was “just routine” and then proceeded to ask Iraniha whether he had ever wanted “to cause damage to a Jewish center in San Diego or a US official building.”

Iraniha says he had no idea what they were talking about. “I had never even been to a Jewish center in San Diego to even know where one’s at,” he says.

After that, the questioning was over. Iraniha’s father was told he was on the no-fly list because he bought his son’s plane ticket, but was then apparently taken off the list because he used his existing plane ticket to take the next flight to San Diego. Iraniha himself was told, “You’re an American citizen, so you have the right to go into America; you just can’t fly into America, so if you want, you can take a boat or you can go by land – drive into America.”

The officials at the US Embassy didn’t give Iraniha any reason why he was on the no-fly list – “They didn’t even seem to know themselves,” Iraniha says – but one person did. When he called the FBI agent who’d visited him in San Diego twice, he told Iraniha that he was already aware that Iraniha is on the no-fly list and that, “He knows why, but can’t tell me over the phone.”

“He said he just wants to get me back to San Diego and then he’ll straighten this out,” Iraniha said of the FBI agent.

After putting in a call to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Iraniha learned that what happened to him could in fact be an often-used FBI tactic employed to encourage Muslim Americans to become informants against their community, by, well, intimidation.

“They put you on a no-fly list, and then to get off of it, they say, ‘Oh, we want you to be an informant,'” Iraniha says.

The tactic is not uncommon: CAIR has received “dozens” of complaints along these lines. According to Hanif Mohebi, executive director of CAIR San Diego, the organization receives one or more cases pertaining to the no-fly list per month, nationally. “The government has been very secret about this; they don’t want to reveal anything about how a person may get on and how a person may get off that list,” he says. “The problem we have is that unfortunately, innocent people get on that list.” CAIR has filed a lawsuit challenging the government on the legitimacy of the no-fly list, and that case is still pending in Virginia’s Fourth Circuit Court.

But it isn’t just CAIR that has noticed a pattern of using this tactic. In May 2012, 15 American Muslims, including four military veterans, filed a joint lawsuit with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleging that they, too, were victims of this intimidating – and presumably unlawful – intelligence-gathering tactic. One plaintiff, Ibrahim “Abe” Mashal, a veteran marine, told a national radio program that after he discovered that he was on the no-fly list while trying to board a flight from Chicago to Spokane, he was then invited to another location outside of the airport – a hotel – where FBI agents told him they could get him off the no-fly list if he agreed to become an informant.

“At that point, I told them I’m no longer comfortable speaking without a lawyer present and they told me I had to leave after that.”

In response to Iraniha’s case, a spokesperson for the FBI claimed no person is added to the no fly list, “based solely on their religious affiliation or other personal characteristics.” The FBI has also maintained that it will not release the names or demographics of the no-fly list. But saying something does not make it true. Muslim, Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans (and those who appear to be of those backgrounds) have learned all too well that the airport “random” checks and no-fly list look and feel a lot like good, old-fashioned racial profiling.

“In cases like Kevin’s (Kavon’s), you see racial and religious profiling and it’s connected to the negative training, the anti-Muslim training that the FBI has received,” Mohebi told Truthout. He is referring to the hundreds of documents, videos and other training materials that have been discovered by journalists as being used by both local law enforcement agencies – the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) use of one highly biased training video made headlines recently – and national agencies such as the FBI and the military. According to the ACLU, these materials “not only contain erroneous stereotypes and derogatory remarks about Muslims and Arabs, they included a four-phase plan for transformation of Islam that would reduce Islam to a ‘cult status’ and possibly result in ‘total war’ against Islam.”

“These policies and these tactics that they use at the highest levels will trickle down on to the street level,” Mohebi says, citing incidents of animosity, hate crimes, bullying in school and segregation-era behavior, such as the case brought to CAIR San Diego of a Muslim couple who were told, “We don’t allow your kind in here” when entering a restaurant for a meal.

Mohebi, like many others involved with no-fly list cases, sees the government’s secrecy behind the list as a sort of game that often goes wrong. He cites the famous cases of Nelson Mandela, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and an 18-month-old baby girl as examples of how wrong the list can indeed be. “If you are going to say that an individual is dangerous enough not to fly, then my question is, isn’t he dangerous enough to be arrested? And isn’t he dangerous enough to be brought to court and prosecuted and taken to jail and given whatever punishment that he deserves? Why is he allowed to drive through the border; why is it that he can walk through? Take a boat, just don’t fly. Why is it that we are playing games if we don’t have sufficient evidence?”

Still, without an answer as to why he was put on the no-fly list, by evening on June 7, Iraniha had made it to Tijuana and walked over the border into San Diego to reunite with his parents, brothers and wife. His no-fly list status apparently only applies to the United States – though it did cause him to have to endure a bit of questioning and “giggling” by Mexican officials who ultimately “figured out how ridiculous this was” and let him proceed with his Tijuana travel.

Iraniha says he doesn’t regret talking to the San Diego FBI agent twice. It appears he felt pressured to speak with the agent on both occasions, if only to prove that he “had nothing to hide.”

“It just seemed like if I don’t talk him … it felt weird … they might become suspicious of me … and I don’t need to hide anything from anybody.” For many Muslim, Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans who are targeted to be informants against their friends, family and community, the perception about agents’ attitudes is the same: Talk to us or you’ll look guilty.

He says it was only when he spoke to the CAIR lawyer that he realized he was being targeted to become an informant, but it’s not going to change his activism efforts.”You can’t try to silence us by scaring us,” he says. And, with CAIR’s help, it appears Iraniha is going to keep looking for answers from the government and perhaps even compensation, including for the plane ticket he was not allowed to use and the last- minute ticket to Tijuana he had to buy. Mohebi says CAIR is “keeping its options open” but is continuing to look into the matter.

As to whether the FBI’s no-fly list tactic is going to work on him, Iraniha says, “No, of course not.”

The Jewish Lobby, the leading apologist for apartheid Israel and 60 years of neo-colonial slaughter, abuse, and land theft against the Palestinian people, has once again shown the sway it holds over American politicians by sponsoring, in essence, a law to try and stigmatize ordinary Iranians.  The law tries to make Iranians look like villains.  Not only is the law nothing more than a discriminatory charade aimed at harassing and intimidating ordinary Iranians, it brings to light the farce of “American Democracy” when a militant Jewish minority serving a foreign nation hijacks the voices of American citizens in shaping public policy by bribing U.S. politicians.

Florida’s Sun Sentinel reports:

Florida financial institutions will have to notify the Office of Financial Regulation whether accounts with a foreign financial institution are facilitating efforts of the Iranian government to develop weapons of mass destruction, providing support to a foreign terrorist organization, helping anyone subject to United Nations sanctions on Iran or helping efforts by Iranian financial institutions to carry out prohibited activities.”

Is Iran’s nuclear program, which the U.S. helped to start in the 1970s, being funded and developed from Florida?  Perhaps U.N. inspectors should inspect Never-Never-Land at Disney World to be sure that Epcot Center is not a secret enrichment facility.  Or perhaps the better course is for the public to express outrage at the Jewish Lobby’s bribery of politicians, and subversion of democracy, by boycotting goods and services from Florida until the people of the state say “enough is enough.”

In enacting the boogy-man law sponsored by the Jewish Lobby, Florida’s Governor stated, “Florida and Israel have strong cultural and economic ties … Florida must stand with Israel and against her enemies.”

Florida’s Governor, also claimed that Israel is a “democracy,” but apparently he has little time to watch the following videos due the time he expends bending-over for the Jewish Lobby to create the pretense of an excuse for the problems created in the world from International Zionism:

If the Governor of Florida wanted to help clean-up corrupt financial institutions, he should start here:

Santa Ana Islam Examiner

A San Diego State University graduate student trying to return home from Costa Rica was told by the U.S. government on Tuesday that he was on the “no-fly” list and could not board the plane with friends and family to return home.

Kavon Iraniha, 27, an Iranian-American Muslim who was born and raised in San Diego, was “shocked” when he was interviewed by the FBI about his political and religious affiliations and denied to board his flight back home to San Diego.

Iraniha had just received his master’s degree in international law from the University for Peace after one year in Costa Rica. He currently holds a bachelors degree in political science from San Diego State University.

No clear reason has been stated by the FBI and U.S. government why Iraniha was placed on a no-fly-list, said Hanif Mohebi, executive director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Iraniha and relatives arrived to the airport Tuesday to fly home where he was unable to receive a boarding pass. He later discovered that he was put on a no-fly list and interviewed about FBI officials at the U.S. Embassy.

“When I tried to ask as to why I was on the No-Fly list, I didn’t receive any answers,” Iraniha said on his Facebook account. “Why am I restricted from my rights as a U.S citizen? I don’t have any felonies, I am not a druggie! I am an educated American-Iranian Muslim citizen; I guess that makes me a threat.”

Iraniha will attempt to return to the U.S. Thursday by flying into Mexico and crossing the border, Mohebi said.

The no-fly list was started after the 9/11 attacks and is monitored by the Terrorist Screening Center, which compiles the list that allow the government to keep certain people who are considered a security risk from boarding a plane.

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Anti-Muslim Hate-Crime and Discrimination Report 2005:

According to a report of hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims released in May 2005 entitled “Unequal Protection: The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States,” anti-Muslim hate crimes rose by more than 50 percent between 2003 to 2004; while 93 anti-Muslim hate crimes were recorded in 2003, 141 hate crimes were recorded in 2004. The study cites 1,552 cases of anti-Muslim occurrences including violence, discrimination, and harassment. Approximately 225 of these cases involved religious discrimination, such as a city’s opposition to a mosque. 196 cases involved discrimination in the workplace and 190 cases cited verbal harassment. The report hypothesizes that the increase in anti-Muslim sentiment can be attributed to websites and radio programs whose content propagates feelings of hate.

State Demographics

According to the CAIR report, nearly 80% of anti-Muslim crime was committed in only 10 states. 20% of crimes were committed in California, followed by New York (10%), Arizona (9%), Virginia (7%), Texas (7%), Florida (7%), Ohio (5%), Maryland (5%), New Jersey (5%), and Illinois (3%). Incidents occurring in California in 2004 included the assault of a Portuguese man in San Diego who was mistaken for being of Middle Eastern descent. A group of white men yelled racial slurs at him and told him to “go back to Iraq.” On December 30, 2004, also in California, a Muslim woman wearing a hijab was pushing her baby in a stroller when a man in a truck almost ran them over near a gas station. When the woman cried, “You almost killed my baby!,” the man responded, “It wouldn’t have been a big loss.”

Increase of Police Discrimination

One of the most salient increases from 2003 to 2004 is that of discrimination by police such as unwarranted arrests and searches. These comprised nearly a quarter of CAIR cases in 2004, while in 2003 they comprised only 7% of incidents. One example of unreasonable arrest occurred on June 10th, 2004 in Colorado where a Muslim family’s house was raided by the IRS and armed FBI agents who drew their guns. The family was told that an IRS investigation was being conducted and the agents proceeded to ask them questions such as “Are you Shiite or Sunni?” and questions about “Hamas, Hezbollah, and suicide bombings.” They were also asked “If the US went to war with Iran, which side would you be on?” The agents took with them all items in the house containing non-English writing, including the daughter’s diary. Another example of law-enforcement abuse occurred on October 11, 2004 in Minneapolis where a female hijab-wearing Muslim student of Somali background was pulled over by police. The policemen searched her car and threw her belongings onto the street, including her Islamic books and the Qur’an. They then left her to pick them up by herself.

Hate Crimes on Campuses

Anti-Muslim hate crimes have been especially visible on the campuses of universities and colleges nationwide since 9/11. In the Spring of 2003, anti-Muslim rants were shouted towards student Christine Lo’s dorm room at Yale. Lo had hung an upside-down American flag outside of her window to protest the war in Iraq. The ranting students also attempted to pry open her door with a plank of wood. After they left, Lo found a note prompting Americans to kill Muslims and ”launch so many missiles their mothers don’t produce healthy offspring.” Yale administrator Raphael Soifer also became the target of discrimination when a Yale student spit at him in a dining hall and exclaimed ”I hope you and your families die! Why don’t you go live in Iraq.” Similar threats have been found at institutions such as San Jose State University (California) in 2003, where graffiti in the bathroom claimed, ”Muslims will be shot on SJSU campus on March 10!” At the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, moreover, Muslim prayer rugs were discovered soaked in pig’s blood.

Status Quo

The trends indicated by the CAIR report, moreover, continue to hold true in 2005. As recently as June 2005, a Baltimore mosque was vandalized and the incident is suspected to be bias-related. Red paint was splashed on the mosque’s sign, walls and fence. As Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King noted in his July 2, 2005 article entitled “Let’s Proudly Hail the Rights of All,” anti-Muslim sentiments are as prevalent as ever, even comparable to sentiments held by many of Japanese Americans during World War II. In June 2005 alone, King notes, a man was sentenced for firebombing an El Paso mosque, a Qur’an was desecrated with human waste in Nashville, a mosque was burned in California, a bag of burned Qur’ans was left outside an Islamic center in Virginia, and an Islamic school in Miami was vandalized for the third time. Political freedom, he muses, is perhaps not extended to Muslim Americans.