Back when former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin styled himself “Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”, many folks rightly saw it as kooky talk.
But as becomes more apparent with each passing day, the same dubious reaction should greet the US government’s self-identification as a “democracy” – a meaningless euphemism that serves as a front for a blissfully plutocratic system.
And while most of us are presumably aware, on some level, of the relationship between obscene wealth and political power, it’s always helpful to have the arrangement clearly spelled out.
The latest report by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) does exactly this.
Titled “The Business of Backlash: The Attack on the Palestinian Movement and other Movements for Social Justice”, the report highlights 11 of the most significant funders of the campaign to silence criticism of Israel and quash solidarity with Palestine. Among them are the Koch brothers, the Sheldon Adelson Family Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
The campaign is being waged via hundreds of millions of dollars in propaganda, surveillance, and legal efforts, including the propagation of the falsehood that opposition to Israeli policies constitutes anti-Semitism. Other efforts range from spying on pro-Palestine activists to leveling accusations of support for terrorism against university professors who are a tad too vocal regarding Palestinian rights.
Inextricably linked to the backlash industry is the Islamophobia industry, which revolves around a fearmongering demonisation of Arabs and Muslims intended to legitimise both US and Israeli bellicose machinations in a region with highly coveted resources…
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network: WTF?