Wednesday, January 04, 2006

True Believers: Abramoff & Delay

Juan Cole has an article up on the Delay - Abramoff connection to an Israeli charity which apparently exists mainly to fund illegal settler activity. Cole's title might raise a few hackles:

Abramoff and al-Arian: Lobbyist's "Charity" a Front for Terrorism
The article seems well worth a read to me, partially because it says something about how Abramoff came acropper:
Indeed, it was this terror funding of Israeli far right militiamen that tripped Abramoff up, since the FBI discovered that he had misled Indian tribes into giving money to the Jabotinskyites, and then began wondering if he had defrauded the tribes in other ways. (You betcha!) The Indian leaders were furious when they discovered they had been used to oppress another dispossessed indigenous people, the Palestinians, calling it "Outer Limits bizarre" and saying that they would never have willingly given money to such a cause.
Did I mention that Juan is not an obvious fan of Zionism?