In April 2012, when Geert Wilders, leader of the far-right Dutch Party of Freedom and author of Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me, toured the U.S., his New York visit included an appearance at the Gatestone Institute—a think tank founded and directed by Nina Rosenwald, heiress to the Sears Roebuck fortune. In his Gatestone speech, Wilders asserted, “Islam is primarily a dangerous ideology rather than a religion… Islam is the largest threat to freedom which the world is currently facing.”
According to The Nation, since 2000, Nina Rosenwald and her sister Elizabeth Varet have donated more than $2.8 million to anti-Muslim groups and organizations, making her, in Max Blumenthal’s words, “the sugar mama of anti-Muslim hate.” In addition to donating millions of dollars to these organizations, Rosenwald serves on the board of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Americas’s largerst pro-Israel lobby, and she currently holds additional positions in other pro-Israel organizations. As Blumenthal’s article describes in detail, Rosenwald uses her wealth to bring pro-Israel organizations and anti-Muslim organizations closer together, creating powerful alliances.
Source: Max Blumenthal, “The Sugar-Mama of Anti-Muslim Hate,” The Nation, June 13, 2012,
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