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Fighting Anti-Semitism, Promoting Islamophobia

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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6 Responses to Fighting Anti-Semitism, Promoting Islamophobia

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  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry the truth bothers you.

  2. avatar dickerson3870 says:

    I no longer support ANY funding for the U.S. State Department! Not that I have any “say so” in our system of inverted totalitarianism.

  3. avatar Jon Harrison says:

    Thank you for writing about something other than the war of the clerks over Iran. However, interesting as this tidbit may be, is it as important as the Israeli decision to build yet more housing in Jerusalem? Or the behind-the-scenes stuff going on over the UN vote on Palestine? Or Syria? Or Libya? Or Obama and Afghanistan? Or the rise of the Sadrists in Iraq? Or events that continue to unfold in Egypt? With respect, methinks not.

  4. avatar Stacy says:

    Thanks for this, I’ve tweeted this and am going to write the state dept. and my congressman, not that it will do any good because as we know, the fix is in. This is just flagrant pandering but since it’s taxpayer money, it’s totally inappropriate.

  5. avatar scott says:

    MEMRI, garbage in, garbage out.

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Jim Lobe served for some 30 years as the Washington DC bureau chief for Inter Press Service and is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy and the influence of the neoconservative movement.

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