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DAVID YERUSHALMI: Founder, Society of Americans for National Existence

By Amanda Peterson Beadle on August 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Name: David Yerushalmi

Organization: Society of Americans for National Existence

Background: David Yerushalmi, 56, is the founder of the think tank the Society of Americans for National Existence, which first proposed legislation in 2007 to make “adherence to Sharia” a felony punishable by 20 years in prison, and is the general counsel for many of the think tanks and grassroots organizations in the Islamophobia network. The Anti-Defamation League reviewed Yerushalmi’s activities and concluded that he has a “record of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-black bigotry.”

He is the general counsel for the Center for Security Policy and the co-author of CSP’s “Shariah: The Threat to America” report. He also serves as legal counsel for the anti-Muslim group Stop Islamization of America, led by Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller. The organization was recently listed as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Yerushalmi also serves as general counsel for Stop the Madrassa: A Community Coalition, a New York City-based anti-Muslim right-wing grassroots organization that in 2007 attacked a New York City secular public school as a religious madrassa and Islamist front simply for teaching Arabic and the Arab culture.

Yerushalmi’s most useful contribution to the Islamophobia network as the author of the model “anti-Sharia” legislation introduced in more than a dozen states — legal work premised on his work as co-author of influential policy reports framing Sharia, Islamic religious law, as a totalitarian threat infiltrating America.

Funding: Yerushalmi he received $274,883 from CSP for consulting services. His organization, the Society of Americans for National Existence, reported $385,586 in revenue in 2007, $389,841 in 2008, and $310,479 in 2009, according to the organization’s latest tax filings.

Key Quotes: “Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization…the Muslim peoples, those committed to Islam as we know it today, are our enemies.” [Source]