How Billionaire George Gund III Funds Jew-Hate

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In 2009 the foundation also provided $100,000 to the International Crisis Group (ICG), an organization which in 2007 urged the international community to help Hamas and Fatah form a coalition government and for Israel to negotiate with it. In 2008 the ILGGF provided the ICG with $100,000 and $25,000 in 2007 for a three-year total of $225,000.

In 2009 Caipirinha donated $10,000 to the US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation to fund a 30-second ad. The ILGGF has previously donated $10,000 to the campaign in 2008 and 2007 for a three-year total of $30,000

The ILGGF and Caipirinha have also supported the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). In 2009 Caipirinha donated $5000 specifically for publicity for anti-Israel activist Phyllis Bennis, a fellow of the IPS who has previously characterized Israel as an apartheid state, vigorously promoted the so-called “right of return,” and endorsed the 2000 Palestinian Intifada. The ILGGF donated $10,000 to the IPS in both 2007 and 2008 for a three-year total of $25,000.

In 2009 the Caipirinha Foundation donated $20,000 to the “Free Gaza” Movement (FGM) through the “fiscal sponsor” of American Educational Trust. (The AET is a tax-deductible foundation, whereas direct donations to FGM cannot be written off on tax returns.) According to the FGM, Israel’s creation was a “catastrophe” and a “historical injustice.” Like the IHH (which it coordinated efforts with in 2010), the FGM sponsors flotillas to attempt to disrupt the naval blockade Israel set up to prevent Hamas’ rockets from reaching terrorists in Gaza. Lee herself went last year and recruited Holocaust denier and “independent scholar” Norman Finkelstein to join her this year.

The Caipirinha Foundation was especially active in 2009, making many smaller donations to leftist, anti-Israel groups. Caipirinha donated $65,000 to four groups claiming to provide “emergency medical supplies” and “relief aid” in Gaza: $5,000 for Kinder USA, $5,000 for the Eschaton Foundation, $5000 for American Near East Refugee Aid, and $50,000 for Grassroots International. Caipirinha also provided $4000 to the International Solidarity Movement through the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute and $5,000 to Code Pink.

Lee and Gund’s total is $544,000 in three years – and that’s only for groups heavily focused on Israel and does not include 2010 since records are not yet available.

Now that Gund is no longer active in the sports world, where does he get his money to fund his wife’s anti-Israel friends? The estimated net worth of the Gund family in 1999 was $1.7 billion.  According to SmartTrend News the Gunds own 9% of Kellogg, and have since the 1920s when George Gund Jr. sold his decaf coffee company (later called Sanka) to the breakfast cereal giant.

The stock donated by Lee and Gund in 2007 ($489,433) and 2008 ($273,520) to the Caipirinha Foundation is Kellogg’s and comes from the corporation’s continued growth in a bad economy.

In the end, it is perhaps not a great mystery why Gund would sympathize with Zen artists. The philosophy is based on learning how to transcend caring about the world, its people, and the practical realities of day-to-day life. Owning a large chunk of one of America’s most successful corporations, while trying to earn the Left’s forgiveness for having inherited his wealth, helped George Gund achieve just that.

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  • Amused

    Isn't contributing to a terrorist organization against US Law ? Prosecute !

    • Attila the hun

      Excellent point. Those people must be defeated by any legal means necessary. If the government won't do it. Let's sue them until they bankrupt for good.

    • DavidSwindle

      They don't contribute directly to the IHH and the IHH isn't regarded as a terrorist organization. It just has terrorist connections. They used the Zakat Foundation as the "fiscal sponsor" of their grant to the IHH.

  • paddydonovan

    Isn't that a pic of Baron Harkonnen?

  • StephenD

    Groups such as these are not even relevant since Hamas is now part of the governing body of the "Palestinians" and we ~ you and I through our tax dollars, continue to give aid to them. If anyone should be prosecuted as Amused suggests it ought to be this Administration! Stop all aid now. Support Israel only. When others see this maybe the incentive to live like humans will compel them into changing their ways. If not, at least we didn't waste our money.

  • LibertyMan

    Even in the 'ol Soviet Union there were good Communist Millionaires that lived the good life. Bribes go further in a corrupt socialist regime. Even further then a Semi-socialist country like the USA is today.

    Back when this more of a capital nation, wealth was more transient. In other words, the rich do get richer in a socialist nation, and the capitalist to maintain his or her wealth has to keep on working.

  • Questions

    I always wondered who the Gund Arena in downtown Cleveland was named after. Now I know. Can't we rename it the Drew Carey Arena?

  • Reneeca

    Why are these people who because of our Capitalistic system made their wealth, so willing to try and bring this country down? American Jews in this country are the same way it seems. It is almost like they have a guilt conscience because they have so much and perhaps had to step on a few toes along the way with bad practices that bring them shame! But it is more than this simplistic answer. Perhaps they want to be even bigger in a New World elitist plan of things.

  • DavidSwindle

    The Gunds were all born into their wealth. George Gund Jr. was a very successful investor and entrepreneur.

  • palidin48

    Gunds is just like the people filled Madison Square Garden in the early thirty's in support of the Nazis.

  • yrd4soundingoff

    Gordon Gund owned the Cavaliers. He has retinitis pigmentosa and would come to the games in Cleveland all of the time. He is NOT THIS MAN YOU ARE REPORTING ABOUT!!
    George Gund III is his brother!! He never owned a stake in the Cavs or Sharks!

    Please Please Please Frontpage, don't start to get sloppy!!!!

    • DavidSwindle

      That's not true at all according to the sources cited in my article. George Gund III was the majority owner of the Sharks and the minority owner of the Cavs.

      • yrd4soundingoff

        MINORITY owner of the Cavs! Your article implies the evil Brother George was the sole owner. Gordon Gund was the majority owner and face of the Cavs. George may have invested in the Cavs but he was never a Cavs public figure. You placed the Cavs front and center of your article because you thought more people would be appalled by a former NBA owner acting in this fashion than a former NHL owner! Don't get sloppy with your facts just for sensation! You are too good a news source to stoop to those levels.Sent from my iPhone

  • yrd4soundingoff

    Gordon Gund was principle owner of the Cavaliers. Please don't make the mistake of implying that this Gund was the principle owner of the Cavs and Sharks. He may have been involved because of his family's money but he had little to do with the Cavs!!

  • Michael J. Kubat

    One possible explanation is that really rich people who give to radical causes think that their philantropy will make them invulnerable should any new and radical regime really take root. Instead of being dispossessed and sent to a reeducation/labor camp, they'll be feted as one of the founding fathers.

    In my experience, this may happen to a select few, while most of them will go the dispossession route once their usefulness had ended. There are many labels for these enemies of the new state: usurers, capitalists, exploiters of the masses, whatever. Good luck to them.

  • sky

    what is the punishment for treason,the federalist papers drkatesview right side column

  • Portugal

    The jews are the scum of the earth! They don't deserve anything and have destroyed this world.

  • cindi

    yet the dumb liberal Jews still vote democrat lol

    • Steve

      Because the last time the Republican party stood for anything resembling Tikun Olam was in 1865.

  • notobama

    God blesses those and countries that bless israel, and curses those that curse israel! notice those countries that don't have toilet paper and are cursed to this day and those that are heading that way! like the bible says! the bible words were written many centuries before other books by god, the way he wanted it written and god got it right the very first time, so don't call god dumb as they are in effect doing! there is a curse in the last verses in the bible for anyone that adds to or takes away from the bible any words, like they are in effect doing and leading many not of by god's word! i really wouldn't want to be them and instead prefer the peace god can give!

  • MTZtelluride

    I suppose George Soros is an anti-semite too! I've known George Gund for 30 years and he is no more an anti-semite than I am, and I'm a Jew.