Report: Two Pro-Israel Organizations In U.S. Funded Geert Wilders [View all]
September 10, 2012
(JTA) -- The anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders reportedly received funding from a pro-Israel think tank and the founder of a network of conservative groups in the United States.
Daniel Pipes, director of The Middle East Forum, said his Philadelphia-based think tank funded Wilders' legal defense in 2010 and 2011 against Dutch charges of inciting racial hatred, according to Reuters.
The group on its website lists as its goals protecting the "freedom of public speech of anti-Islamist authors, promoting American interests in the Middle East and protecting the constitutional order from Middle Eastern threats." It sent money directly to Wilders' lawyer via its Legal Project, Pipes said.
Represented by Dutch criminal lawyer Bram Moscowitz, Wilders was acquitted of the charges in 2010. The charges were brought against the founder of the rightist Party for Freedom after he compared the Koran to Adolf Hitlerís manifesto "Mein Kampf."