Obsession is a Clarion Project film about the threat of radical Islam to Western civilization. Using unique footage from Arab television and expert interviews, it reveals an “insider view” of the hatred the Islamists are teaching, their incitement of global jihad, and their goal of world domination. The film also traces the parallels between the Nazi movement of World War II and the Islamic radicals of today and the Western world’s response to both threats.
The film features experts Sir Martin Gilbert, Khaled abu Toameh, Nonie Darwish, and Professor Salim Mansur and others.
Nonie Darwish’s father headed the Egyptian military in Gaza and the Sinai when Gaza was under Egyptian control in the fifties. He was appointed by President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt to head the Fedayeen operations against Israel. In 1956 he was killed in the Jihad against Israel and became a national hero, a “Shahid.” In 1978, she emigrated to America. After 9/11 she realized that her culture of origin is in a head on collision with the rest of the world, and started speaking out against terrorism and the underlying culture that produced it. She believes that her support to Israel does not take away from her love of her culture of origin. Her articles have been published by frontpagemag.com, the Jerusalem Post, Pakistan Today and other media outlets. She speaks extensively, and is currently writing her first book: “Lifting the veil; by the daughter of a Shahid.” She is married and the mother of three.
Professor Alan M. Dershowitz
Professor Alan M. Dershowitz has been described by Newsweek as “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer and one of its most distinguished defenders of individual rights.” He has also been called the “winningest appellate criminal defense lawyer in history.” Dershowitz has been a pioneer in making the legal profession accessible to the general public. He was the first law professor to write regularly for the New York Times in its Week in Review, op-ed and Book Review sections. He is the best-selling author of 20 non-fiction works and two novels, and has published hundreds of articles in magazines and journals. His writings have been praised by Elie Wiesel, Henry Louis Gates, Jr, and others. He has advised presidents, UN officials, prime ministers, and business leaders about legal and political issues, and has also represented and consulted with major media companies on free-speech issues. Dershowitz has lectured around the world on subjects ranging from civil liberties and human rights to criminal code. He takes half of his cases on a pro bono basis and continues to represent numerous indigent defendants and causes.
Sir Martin Gilbert
Sir Martin Gilbert is Winston Churchill’s official biographer, and a leading historian of the modern world. His book The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy (published in the United States as The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War) is a classic work on the subject. He is the author of seventy-two other books, among them the single-volume Churchill: A Life, his twin histories First World War and Second World War, a comprehensive History of Israel, and his three-volume work A History of the Twentieth Century (also published in a single, condensed volume). He is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College, Michigan.
Steven Emerson is an internationally recognized expert on militant Islamic terrorism and national security. He is a DC-based author, and an award winning filmmaker and journalist who produced the critically acclaimed PBS documentary Jihad in America, which exposed the secret Islamic terrorist movements operating on U.S. soil. Mr. Emerson has given numerous briefings to Congress, the White House, Justice Department and other federal agencies, has been quoted in hundreds of news articles, and has appeared on every major network. From 1990-93, he served as a special investigative correspondent for CNN and he has also served as a senior editor for U.S. News & World Report magazine. He now serves as a terrorism analyst for NBC, and is director of The Investigative Project Group, one of the nation’s largest repositories of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups.
Brigitte Gabrielle grew up during the 1970’s, highly sectarian, civil war in Lebanon. A Christian raised to hate Jews, her experiences with the Israelis during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, won her respect and admiration for them. She soon moved to Jerusalem and became anchor for “World News,” an evening Arabic news broadcast for Middle East Television seen throughout Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon . She covered the Israeli withdrawal from central Lebanon, the Israeli Security Zone and the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank. Brigitte lived in Israel from 1984 to 1989 and has since relocated to the Unites States.
Caroline Glick is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy, and deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post. A former officer in the Israel Defense Forces, she was a core member of Israel’s negotiating team with the Palestinians in the Oslo Negotiations under former Prime Minister Rabin, and later served as an assistant policy advisor to the prime minister. After retiring from the political sphere, Glick entered journalism, and now has a weekly column in the Jerusalem Post. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the widely-published Glick was an embedded journalist with the U.S. Army’s Third Infantry Division, joining the infantry unit that was first to reach Baghdad. She was awarded a distinguished civilian service award from the U.S. Secretary of the Army for her battlefield reporting.
Alfons Heck, born in 1928 in Wittlich, Germany ‘s Rhineland, joined the Hitler Youth at the age of ten. He rose to its tops ranks and by the end of World War II, at the age of 17, he was in command of 3,000. Mr. Heck attended the Nuremburg Trials in 1946, and spent the rest of his life trying to understand the “fatal attraction of Hitler,” the fanaticism of the Hitler Youth, and why the regime was so successful in captivating the young. Mr. Heck wrote a best-selling book, A Child of Hitler: Germany in the Days When God Wore a Swastika , and co-authored the award-winning book Parallel Journeys with his late lecture partner, Helen Waterford, a survivor of Auschwitz. He also served as the narrator and technical consultant of the HBO documentary, Heil Hitler: Confessions of a Hitler Youth , winner of the ACE, EMMY and Peabody Awards. Alfons Heck passed away on April 12, 2005.
Glen Jenvey began studying radical Islamic groups when he was in college. His first job as a spy, was for London authorities, who hired him to record a demonstration outside the U.S. embassy. He filmed many similar demonstrations before he was eventually asked by the U.S. embassy to travel to Iran to gather information on military facilities there. Over the years, Jenvey has worked for the intelligence services of several other countries, including Sri Lanka, for whom he infiltrated the ‘Tamil Tigers, a group credited with the first suicide bombings. Jenvey eventually began using the internet to infiltrate terrorist organizations. It was through his online work that he developed a relationship, and subsequently helped bring down, Abu Hamza al-Masri, a leading cleric at Finsbury park mosque in London. Both Richard Reid (the ‘shoe bomber’), and many of the September 11 bombers, had ties to Finsbury Park.
Professor Salim Mansur
Professor Salim Mansur is a Muslim writer and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. Professor Mansur is also a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Coalition for Democracies. His articles have appeared in the London Free Press, the Toronto Sun, the National Post, Middle East Forum, the National Review, and other newpapers and journals. He teaches in the fields of comparative politics, developing areas and international relations. Alfons Heck passed away on April 12, 2005.
As a former Justice Department prosecutor, John Loftus once held some of the highest security clearances in the world, with special access to NATO Cosmic, CIA codeword, and Top Secret Nuclear files. As a private attorney working pro bono, he helped expose and shut down American networks funding Islamic terror organizations. He is the author of four history books, three of which have been made into films, two were international best sellers, and one was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. During the Carter and Reagan Administrations, he investigated CIA cases and Nazi War Criminals for the Attorney General of the United States. In 1982, his “60 Minutes” expose of Nazis on the US government payroll won the Emmy Award for outstanding investigative journalism.
Itamar Marcus is the director of Palestinian Media Watch, one of the leading independent organizations monitoring and reporting on media of the Palestinian Authority. He was the Director of Research for the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace from 1998 – 2000, writing studies on Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian school textbooks. He was also a member of the Israeli delegation to the “Tri-lateral [American, Israeli and Palestinian] Committee to Monitor Incitement” established under the Wye Accords. PMW prepared the material for the Israeli delegation that was submitted at these negotiations. Mr Marcus has spoken internationally, including a talk to the European Union, detailing the incitement of hatred and violence towards Jews and Christians in Palestinian media and textbooks. Alfons Heck passed away on April 12, 2005.
Khaleel Mohammed, PhD
Dr. Khaleel Mohammed, an Islamic law specialist, is a professor of Religion at San Diego State Univ., and a core faculty member of the university’s Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies. He has studied in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Syria and Yemen, at both traditional Islamic institutions and Western universities. He was the first Kraft-Hiatt postdoctoral fellow in Islamic Studies at Brandeis University and during his fellowship there, researched the image of the Jew in the Hadith Literature. Dr. Mohammed is an imam and one of the few Islamic scholars who is accepted by both the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam. He has also served as consultant to the Department of Justice, Government of Quebec, Canada, and as an expert witness in San Diego.
Dr. Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum, and a prize-winning columnist for the New York Sun and The Jerusalem Post. His website, DanielPipes.org , is the single most accessed source of specialized information on the Middle East and Islam. Mr. Pipes has served in various capacities in the U.S. government, including two presidentially-appointed positions, vice chairman of the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships and member of the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace. He was director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in 1986-93. Mr. Pipes frequently discusses current issues on television. He has written many books and articles, and his writings have appeared on hundreds of websites and been translated into 24 languages.
Tashbih Sayyed, political analyst, journalist, and writer, is Editor of Muslim World Today and Pakistan Today, and an adjunct fellow of the Hudson Institute. He worked from 1967-1980 at Pakistan Television in various capacities, including writer, editor, director, producer, Controller, and General Manager. Sayyed has been at the forefront of the fight against the increasing influence of Islamism among Muslims and its impact on world peace. As a regular columnist for newspapers in the US, Pakistan, Germany and India, he has written frequently on the Islamist threat to the US. His editorials have been warning about the fundamentalist/ Islamist agenda. Sayyed is the author of eight books, including: History Of The World , Mohammad – A secularist’s View, Foreign Policy Of Pakistan, and Shadow Warriors – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Taliban.
Walid Shoebat was born in Bethlehem . As a young man, he became a member of the PLO, participated in acts of terror and violence against Israel , and was later imprisoned for incitement and violence. After his release, he continued his life of violence and rioting. After entering the U.S, he worked as a counselor for the Arab Student Organization at Loop College in Chicago and continued his anti-Israel activities. In 1993, he studied the Jewish Bible in a challenge to convert his wife to Islam. Six months later, after intense study, Walid realized that everything he had been taught about Jews was a lie. Convinced he was on the side of evil, he became an advocate for his former enemy. Today, he lectures around the world. Walid is an American citizen and lives in the USA with his wife and children, under this assumed name.
Khaled Abu Toameh
Khalid Abu Toameh is a Tulkarem born Israeli-Arab Journalist covering West Bank Territories and Gaza for Jerusalem Post. He contributes as well to NBC News and US News & World Report. He previously served as a senior writer for the Jerusalem Report, and as a correspondent for the PLO’s Al-Fajr. He has produced seeral documentaries on the Palestinians for the BBC and many other networks.Ervin had held positions in the Iranian government ministries.