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Published on August 11th, 2011 | by Jim Lobe

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Fighting Anti-Semitism, Promoting Islamophobia

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Did they really do due diligence on MEMRI?

How many times did Breivik cite or quote from MEMRI is his manifesto? And now it’s U.S. taxpayer-funded.

Office of International Religious Freedom Funds Middle East Media Research Institute Project

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 11, 2011

The Department of States Office of International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor awarded a $200,000 grant to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) to conduct a project that documents anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and Holocaust glorification in the Middle East. This grant will enable MEMRI to expand its efforts to monitor the media, translate materials into ten languages, analyze trends in anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial and glorification, and increase distribution of materials through its website and other outlets.

Through translations and research, MEMRI aims to inform and educate journalists, government leaders, academia, and the general public about trends in anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the Middle East and South Asia, thus generating awareness and response to these issues. MEMRI is a non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC, whose research is translated into ten languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Hebrew.

The Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS) advocates U.S. policy on anti-Semitism both in the U.S. and internationally, developing and implementing policies and projects to support efforts to combat anti-Semitism. The Special Envoy was created by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004, and is a part of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

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The Washington Bureau Chief of the international news agency, Inter Press Service, Jim Lobe is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy.



6 Responses to Fighting Anti-Semitism, Promoting Islamophobia

  1. avatar Adam Holland says:

    If you have specific arguments against MEMRI, why don’t you make them? You should start with a textual analysis that would support the commonly made charge that their translations are distorted to make political points. If you can’t prove that, the rest of your case against MEMRI is pretty much meaningless, and takes on the appearance of a cover-up of the very sad truth about hate propaganda being spread in the Middle East.

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