Role in Islamophobia network: Legal, policy advocate

Society of Americans for National Existence, founder

Center for Security Policy, legal counsel

Based in Arizona

Updated August 2012

David Yerushalmi (aka David Beychok) is legal counsel to many in the Islamophobia network.

“There is a reason the founding fathers did not give women or black slaves the right to vote.” – David Yerushalmi, “On Race: A Tentative Discussion,” The McAdam Report, May 12, 2006. (Source:, accessed August 2012)


Paul Berger of the Jewish Daily Forward wrote the following about Yerushalmi in an article published on July 12, 2011:

He emphasizes America’s roots as a white, male-dominated, Christian country. He rails against political correctness that does not allow “hard questions” about why “blacks in NYC are 2.5 times more overrepresented as murderers than any other race.” He also suggests that there may have been a good reason for the Founding Fathers to have allowed states to limit “the political franchise to a subset of the overall adult population,” referring to white male property owners.

Yerushalmi serves as general counsel for Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy and for Stop the Madrassa, an anti-Muslim group in New York City. He has acted as legal counsel for Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer’s group, Stop the Islamization of America.

Yerushalmi founded the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), a hate group which once proposed a policy attempting to make “adherence to Islam” punishable by a 20-year jail term.

The Society of Americans for National Existence launched a campaign in 2007 titled “Mapping Sharia in America: Knowing the Enemy.” The resulting report labeled wearing a wrist watch on the right hand, growing a long beard and holding congregational prayers standing in straight lines as indicators or radicalism. According to the report, these indicators linked American mosques in a plot to take down the U.S. government.

Yerushalmi authored and has been influential in advancing “American Laws for American Courts,” a template legislation which has been introduced in state legislatures across the nation in an effort to target Islamic religious practices.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) named Yerushalmi a member of the “anti-Muslim inner circle.”


In David Yerushalmi’s Own Words

Islam Turned Away from Civilized Behavior

“But almost equally absurd is this professor’s suggestion that there is some ‘Islamic civilization’ that has ‘turned away’ from evil. Islamic civilization has turned away from what few moments of civilized behavior it has manifested for now hundreds of years and has done so without looking back.” – David Yerushalmi, “What Peaceful Islam?” The American Spectator, 3/02/2006 (Source:

Condemns Democracy and Finds Truth in Anti-Jewish Views

(The following text is not verbatim Yerushalmi; it is text from an article that contains quotes from Yerushalmi): “A key leader of the group opposing a new, Arab-focused public school in Brooklyn is a virulent opponent of a democratic Jewish state who denounces ‘Zionist Israel’ and calls on it to ‘cast off the yoke of liberal democracy.’ Stop the Madrassa leader David Yerushalmi also condemns democracy in the United States and, in comments that evoke classical anti-Semitic stereotypes, says he finds truth in the view that Jews ‘destroy their host nations like a fatal parasite.'” -“Tables Turn on Arab School Critics,” The New York Jewish Week: Manhattan edition, 8/24/2007

Islam is the Enemy

“Our greatest enemy today is Islam. The only Islam appearing in any formal way around the world is one that seeks a world Caliphate through murder, terror and fear.” – David Yerushalmi. “Newt’s a Little Too Smart,” The American Spectator, 4/27/2006

“Islam seeks our destruction.” – David Yerushalmi, “Is the War Against Terror Rationale,” Intellectual Conservative, 8/04/2006

“Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization.” – David Yerushalmi, The American Spectator, 3/02/2006 (Source:

“We owe it to ourselves, our families, our nation, to act now to put Islam on notice. We are at war. There is no chance of victory over America.” – David Yerushalmi and SANE staff, “Islam and Terrorism,” 1/10/2007. (Source:

“Islam was born in violence; it will die that way. Any wish to the contrary is sheer Pollyannaism. The same way the post World War II German youth were taught by their German teachers and political leaders to despise the fascism of their fathers ”¦ so too must the Muslim youth be taught from the cradle to reject the religion of their forebears.” – David Yerushalmi, “Knowing the Enemy: A Book Review,” 9/9/2006 (Source:

SANE: Search and Destroy Islam’s Ugly Head

Excerpt from “War Manifesto: The War Against Islam”: “We need to implement the Separation platform with a Search and Destroy Mission whenever Islam raises its ugly head.” (Source:

SANE: “Adherence to Islam” is a “Felony Punishable by 20 Years in Prison”

Excerpt from “A SANE Act to Deal with the Islamic Threat to America’s National Existence“:

SANE: If You Adopt Shari’a “You Are in Our Cross-hairs”

Excerpt from “War Manifesto: The War Against Islam”:

“One law and one Rule of Engagement: If you adopt Shari’a as your theo-political-legal doctrine, you constitute our enemy and you are in our cross-hairs. We of course will pick the most opportune time and place but you will be targeted. At a practical level, this means that Shari’a and Islamic law are immediately outlawed. Any non-citizen Moslem in America who adopts historical and traditional Shari’a will be subject to deportation. Mosques which adhere to Islamic law will be shut down permanently. No self-described Shari’a advocate or Shari’a practicing Muslim, irrespective of his or her declarations to the contrary, will be allowed to immigrate to this country. The US will cease trade and all economic ties with countries which embrace Shari’a and with countries which befriend the Shari’a-based regimes.” (Source:

The document defines sharia in the following way: “‘Shari’a’ shall be defined as any set of rules, precepts, instructions, or edicts which are said to emanate directly or indirectly from the god of Allah or the prophet Mohammed and which include directly or indirectly the encouragement of any person to support in any way the abrogation, destruction, or violation of the US Constitution or the destruction of the national existence of the United States of America. Any rule, precept, instruction, or edict arising from the extant rulings of any of the five authoritative schools of Islamic jurisprudence (the Hanafi, the Maliki, the Shaf”i, the Hanbali, or the Ja’afariya school or fiqh) are prima facie Shari’a without any further evidentiary showing.” Essentially, this means any Muslim.


What Others Say About David Yerushalmi

Grandfather of the Islamophobia Movement in America Distances Himself from Yerushalmi

“Asked if, in light of Yerushalmi’s background, Stop the Madrassa might be harboring extremists among its own leadership, Daniel Pipes, another member of its national advisory board, said ‘These are troubling statements and raise questions about my serving on the same board as Mr. Yerushalmi. I shall be looking into that later.'” – “Tables Turn on Arab School Critics,” The New York Jewish Week: Manhattan edition, 8/24/2007

Yerushalmi’s Report Deemed “Blatant Exercise in Propaganda”

“A new ‘study’ co-authored by a man who staunchly believes America’s mosques are incubators of violent jihad has determined — surprise, surprise! — that America’s mosques are incubators of violent jihad. The report, entitled ‘Shari’a and Violence in American Mosques’ and published last week by the anti-Muslim website Middle East Forum, dons a shawl of academic respectability — but even a cursory review of its logic and methodology reveals it as a blatant exercise in propaganda.” – Robert Steinbeck, Southern Poverty Law Center blog, 6/13/2011

New York Times Reporter Calls Yerushalmi a “Fringe Figure”

“What was intriguing to me was how this man, who was really a fringe figure, came to cultivate allies and influence people at such high levels — former military and intelligence officials, leaders of national organizations, presidential candidates — how did he make that leap?” – Andrea Elliott, New York Times reporter, on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” 8/09/2011


Connecting the Islamophobia Network’s Dots

Some of the links between David Yerushalmi and other elements of the Islamophobia movement:

Pamela Geller and Stop the Islamization of America: Yerushalmi has represented Geller in a number of cases and worked with her to created Islamophobic ads in Miami and New York.

Frank Gaffney and the Center for Security Policy: Yerushalmi serves as general counsel for the CSP and co-authored Shari’ah: The Threat to America with Frank Gaffney.

The Thomas More Law Center: Yerushalmi represented the Thomas More Law Center in a suit against AIG for purportedly supporting Islamic banking.

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