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Abstraction Fund


The Abstraction Fund is a national, tax-exempt private foundation which provides financial support to groups promoting anti-Islam bias. During the 2010-2015 period, $5.9 million, sixty-eight percent of the Abstraction Funds total grants, went to U.S. Islamophobia Network groups. Board President Nina Rosenwald’s Gatestone Institute is a “hub for anti-Muslim ideologies.”

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Nina Rosenwald’s Abstraction Fund foundation gave $5.9 million, sixty-eight percent of the its total grants, to U.S. Islamophobia Network groups during the 2010-2015 period. Rosenwald particularly favors Zuhdi Jasser’s American Islamic Forum for Democracy, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, her own Gatestone Institute, Steven Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism, and Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum.

Rosenwald, who serves as board president and treasurer, joined the fund in 2011. The daughter of William Rosenwald, she is an heir of the Sears-Roebuck fortune. Rosenwald is also the founder and president of the Gatestone Institute, a think tank which “has become a hub for anti-Muslim ideologues of all hues; neoconservative, ultra-Zionist and so-called ‘counterjihad.’” According to journalist Max Blumenthal, “[Nina] Rosenwald’s wealth has fueled a rapidly emerging alliance between the pro-Israel mainstream and the Islamophobic fringe.”

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