Aubrey Chernick

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Aubrey Chernick is a US software entrepreneur. He is married to Joyce Chernick and it was reported in 2010 that Chernick has a net worth of 750 million.[1]

The Chernicks have funded a range of pro-Israel groups through their charitable foundation, the Fairbrook Foundation[2] and David Horowitz's Freedom Center:

The Chernicks did not respond to messages relayed through Horowitz and a spokesman. But according to Horowitz, Joyce Chernick offered four years ago to fund Spencer and Jihad Watch, then functioning as a stand-alone nonprofit, under the Horowitz Center’s organizational umbrella.[3]

In 2010 Politico also confirmed that "the lion's share of the $920,000 the Freedom Center provided over the past three years to Jihad Watch came from Joyce Chernick."[3] Chernick was also a "onetime trustee of the hawkish Washington Institute for Near East Policy."[3] In that same article it was also suggested that the Chernicks were key funders behind the opposition to the Cordoba House initiative or "Ground Zero Mosque:"

But there’s also big money behind the mosque opposition, as highlighted by the relationship between [David] Horowitz’s Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Jihad Watch — the website run by Spencer “dedicated to bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology play in the modern world” — and Joyce Chernick, the wife of a wealthy California tech company founder.[3]

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In addition to being a businessman, Chernick is believed to harbor "strong right-wing pro-Israel views."[4] In a post dedicated to the Chernicks Richard Silverstein asks: "Is it any accident that Chernick’s philanthropy supports Muslim-bashing and provokes fear in the minds of New Yorkers and Americans that Muslims will harm American security and sully the memories of the 9/11 victims?[4] Using Chernick's support for the neoconservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies[2] as one example, Silverstein also suggests that Chernick may have been one of the mystery funders behind the anti-Muslim film, Obsession.[4]

I hate to say it but in the Chernicks, we have yet another prospect for the mystery funder of the $20-million promotion of the anti-Muslim film, Obsession, during the last presidential campaign. Not to mention a prospect for funding the entire roster of three films produced by the Aish HaTorah offshoot, the Clarion Fund.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 LA Business Journal, "The 50 Wealthiest Angelenos: Aubrey Chernick - #42", Los Angeles Business Journal, 24 May 2010
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Laura Rozen, "The Park51 money trail", Politico, 4 September 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Kenneth P. Vogel and Giovanni Russonello, "Latest mosque issue: The money trail", Politico, 4 September 2010, accessed on 29 October 2010
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Richard Silverstein, "CHARLES JOHNSON AXED FROM PAJAMAS MEDIA MANAGEMENT", Tikun Olam, 3 December 2007
  5. OneSource, "Joyce Chernick", OneSource, accessed on 29 October 2010
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