Islamophobia Monitor

The F.M. Kirby Foundation was established in 1931 by one of the founders of the F.W. Woolworth Company. The foundation has made routine payments to an inner core Islamophobic organization. Grants tend to be awarded based on an already established relationship between the grantee and a member of the Kirby family.

According to the foundation’s IRS filings, the Center for Security Policy was awarded $15,000 in both 2012 and 2013. However, in 2014, the group gave no funds to inner core Islamophobia network groups.

 

Introduction

Boston-based Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) is a hate group dedicated to undermining mainstream Muslim institutions and promoting Islamophobia within the media. The group is led by its president, Charles Jacobs.

A group of seventy Rabbinical community leaders together published a letter in The Jewish Advocate in 2011 calling upon Jacobs, “to discontinue his destructive campaign against Boston’s Muslim community, which is based on innuendo, half-truths and unproven conspiracy theories.” The Jewish religious leaders also called “upon members of our community to reject the dangerous politics of division that Mr. Jacobs fosters.”

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz has denounced APT’s claims about Boston Muslims as “incredibly racist and unfair.”

The group waged a successful harassment campaign against the Newton, MA public school system: in an effort to alter the schools’ curricula so as to remove texts about Islam, APT took out incendiary and factually misleading ads in major Boston-area newspapers such as the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Newton Tab, Jewish Advocate, and Boston Metro.  Additionally, the group has attempted to smear those who encourage interfaith dialogue with Muslims, including respected Jewish community leaders such as Rabbi Eric Gurvis of Temple Shalom of Newton, MA.  

The group’s IRS Form 990 from 2013 indicates that it received $705,014 that year alone (up from $625,542 in 2012 and $319,760 in 2011), an enormous amount for a state-level nonprofit with just five registered employees, only one of whom, Charles Jacobs, collected a salary.  The sources of this funding include some of the most prominent Islamophobic hate groups in the United States.  The Alan and Hope Winters Family Foundation contributed $28,000 between 2010 and 2012, and the Middle East Forum provided $35,000 between 2009 and 2012.

Key Individuals

Charles Jacobs (Founder and President)

Jacobs has a long history of founding polarizing and defamatory organizations in the Boston area.  He previously directed The David Project and co-founded CAMERA (the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America).  The former was profiled, along with Jacobs, in the CBS article “The Great Islamophobic Crusade,” which described in detail their efforts to block construction of the ISBCC on ideological grounds, as well as the group’s production of the film Columbia Unbecoming, which made unfounded accusations against Arab-American Columbia University faculty.  

Ahmed Subhy Mansour (Director)

Mansour is a supporter of well-known Islamophobe Daniel Pipes and justified former Congressman Tom Tancredo’s (R-Colo.) suggestion of bombing Mecca.  

Mansour has expressed his support for the Middle East Forum's Daniel Pipes, writing that “We Muslims need a thinker like Dr. Pipes, who can criticize the terrorist culture within Islam, just as I usually do.” As a single example of Pipes' thinking he once asserted: "Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene...All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most."

Following Tancredo’s proposal that the US might bomb Islam’s holiest site as a deterrent against terrorist attacks, Mansour wrote that “an objective assessment of [Congressman] Tancredo’s statement must claim that any US official, concerned with the lives of his civilian countrymen, is likely to make such a remark as a way of deterring terrorists.” Opponents of the idea rightly pointed out that most of the people fighting against violent extrmists groups are MUslim and that attacking their holy sites would only lose America vast number sof allies.

Professor Dennis Hale (Director)

Hale, who works at Boston University, has published numerous articles in blogs and online opinion sites arguing that Muslims only feign indignation to insults against the Prophet Muhammed and their religion in order “to induce, in infidels, a habit of deference to Islam, the more public the deference the better;” publicly opposing the construction of the Park51 Islamic cultural center in New York (calling it the “Ground Zero Mosque”); and claiming that “Palestinian Arabs only pretend that they want to be a people with their own nation.  What Palestinian Arabs really want is depressingly clear: they want to destroy Israel and kill the Jews.”

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