ISRAHELLI ZIONAZI FRONT AJC ''ON THE MARCH'' AGAINST GERMAN-IRANIAN ''ACADEMIC TIES'' AJC: German Academic Ties to Iran Undermine Sanctions
In a 2009 Wall Street Journal op-ed co-written with Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Bonazzi claimed, “Iranian-backed terrorist organizations are deploying another dangerous weapon in their war against Western democracies—terrorist television stations. Thanks to Arab satellite companies, Hezbollah's al-Manar and Hamas's al-Aqsa TV stations can still beam their incitement and hatred into European living rooms, radicalizing Muslim immigrants throughout the Continent. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123490878778903321.html
EFD, which is directed by Roberta Bonazzi, has been closely associated with neoconservative-led advocacy initiatives and has hosted Islamophobic scholars like Walid Phares, formerly of the neocon think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C. According to one assessment, EFD “basically imports the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies's (FDD) formula to Brussels to influence European policy makers and opinion.” http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/European_Foundation_for_Democracy EFD was one of several rightist European groups that were represented at the Democracy and Security Conference in Prague, an event whose primary agenda appeared to be the promotion of a neoconservatives Mideast agenda among political groups overseas. Sponsored by the Prague Security Studies Institute, the Jerusalem-based Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies (funded by Sheldon Adelson), and Spain’s Foundation for Social Analysis and Studies, the conference’s featured speaker was President George W. Bush, who compared the “war on terror” to the Cold War. He said, “The most powerful weapon in the struggle against extremism is not bullets or bombs—it is the universal appeal of freedom. Freedom is the design of our Maker, and the longing of every soul.” http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/06/20070605-8.html
Conference participants included: Bonazzi of EFD; Adelson of the Sands Corporation and Freedom’s Watch; Peter Ackerman of Freedom House; former Spanish Prime Minister José Aznar; Anne Bayefsky of the Hudson Institute; Jeffrey Gedmin of Radio Free Europe; neoconservative figures Reuel Marc Gerecht,Joshua Muravchik, Michael Rubin, Michael Novak, and Richard Perle, all of whom were then based at the American Enterprise Institute; Farid Ghadry of the U.S.-based Reform Party of Syria; former Czech President Vaclav Havel; Bruce Jackson of the Project on Transitional Democracies; Josef Joffe of Germany’s Die Zeit; Garry Kasparov, the famous chess player and member of the Russian opposition party United Civil Front; U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT); Tod Lindberg of theHoover Institution; Herb London of the Hudson Institute; Clifford May of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Harold Rhode, a former Pentagon employee close to many core neoconservatives like David Wurmser; and Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident and chairman of the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies www.democracyandsecurity.org/doc/List_of_Participants.pdf In 2008, the UK-based Henry Jackson Society hosted then-EFD fellow Walid Phares to give a talk based on his book Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad. The talk, titled "To Counter the Jihadi Lobbies, You Need Independence from Petro Dollars,” channeled a number of neoconservative talking points, including energy independence and the idea that there is a powerful lobby pushing the views of radical Islamists in western capitals. Phares claimed that “there are strong Jihadi lobbies which are derailing international and U.S. efforts to defeat the terrorist forces. http://www.walidphares.com/artman/publish/article_1817.shtml
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