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Massive Donations From Controversial Israel Supporter Follow Clinton’s Pledge to Fight BDS

Posted on Feb 8, 2016

    Haim Saban. (Uwe Lein / AP)

Recent disclosures show that media mogul Haim Saban, a controversial supporter of Israel, is spending millions of dollars to put Hillary Clinton in the White House after Clinton reiterated a promise to use her influence to oppose a growing campaign to temper Israeli militancy through boycotts, divestment and sanctions.

Readers may recognize Saban’s last name from Saban Entertainment, the Israeli production company responsible for bringing the children’s television show “Power Rangers” to after-school audiences in the 1990s. Saban is also a musician who reportedly composed the theme song to “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.”

Sarah Lazare reports at AlterNet:

Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl together contributed $5 million to the Hillary Clinton Super PAC—Priorities USA Action—between 2015 and 2016 alone, according to disclosures available on, affiliated with the Center for Responsive Politics.

While the contributions are not surprising from long-time Clinton-backers, $3 million of them notably poured in after the presidential hopeful authored a letter to Haim Saban in July of 2015, seeking advice on “how we can work together” to defeat the growing movement to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction (BDS) Israel.

In the note, Clinton touted her record of defending Israel “at every turn,” including her obstruction of efforts to hold Israel accountable for war crimes. “I have opposed dozens of anti-Israel resolutions at the UN, the Human Rights Council, and other International organizations,” she wrote.

“I condemned the biased Goldstone Report, making it clear that Israel must be allowed to defend itself like any other country,” Clinton continued, referencing a United Nations fact-finding mission into Israel’s December 2008 to January 2009 military assault on Gaza that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians.

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—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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