By: Ali Abunimah
An organization sponsoring a controversial visit to Israel by a number of American Muslim “leaders” is funded by one of a handful of major financiers of extreme Islamophobic groups in the United States.
Internal Revenue Service filings show that the Jerusalem-based Shalom Hartman Institute has received generous funding from the Russell Berrie Foundation in recent years.
This foundation was named in the 2011 Center for American Progress report “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” as one of the top seven donors to anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States.
Islamic schools or Islamic institutes are places where the basics of the religion of Islam, the principles of the religion of Islam and the ways of Muslims are taught to people who are interested in learning about them. Typically, Islamic schools are attended by Muslims. However, in some cases, they are also attended by people from other religions who are interested in learning about the religion of Islam. An Islamic weekend institute is an institute which is only open on weekends but serves the same purpose as a regular Islamic institute. Islamic weekend schools are typically organized and conducted by Muslim families in their respective residential areas.