Endowment for Middle East Truth
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Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. According to the group's website, it is "...the first unabashedly pro-Israel and pro-American think tank and policy shop on Capitol Hill..." and describes itself as focusing on, "...Israel’s unique role as being the eastern outpost of Western democratic values, holding down the fort against a rising tide of radical Islam, and the enormous strategic benefit it brings to the United States, contributing substantial intelligence and hard-earned tactical advice in the war on terrorism.
- 1 Seminars
- 2 Involvement with the Mosab Hassan Yousef Deportation Hearing
- 3 EMET's Role in the Distribution of the video Obsession prior to the 2008 Presidential Election
- 4 Involvement with Campaign to Seek U.S. Indictments for Palestinians Released by Israel
- 5 Publication of Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network
- 6 Board
- 7 References
The organization holds seminars on topics related to the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli Conflict In 2008, these seminars were sponsored by the Adelson Family Foundation under the title "Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Policy Seminar Series".
The organization holds an annual fund-raising event named the "Rays of Light in the Darkness Dinner," where the organization awards "Speaker of the Truth Awards" to U.S Representatives and Senators, Middle East policy experts and "...those from the Arab and Muslim world who speak out against radical Islam."
Previous Honorees of the event have included:
- Sen.Sam Brownback
- Rep. Doug Lamborn
- Rep. Brad Sherman
- Mosab Hassan Yousef
- Amil Imani
- Sen. Joseph Lieberman
- Sen. Jon Kyl
- Dr. Walid Phares
- Dr. Tawfik Hamid
- James Woolsey
- Wafa Sultan
- Farid Ghadry
- Zeyno Baran
- Cal Thomas
Involvement with the Mosab Hassan Yousef Deportation Hearing
EMET "waged a short campaign" to prevent Mosab Hassan Yousef a former Israeli spy and author of Son of Hamas from being deported from the United States. Mosab publicly thanked the organization following his immigration hearing saying,"I am especially grateful to Sarah Stern, president of the Endowment for Middle Eastern Truth. Today’s blessings would not have happened without her and this amazing organization." In response to the decision, the organization released a statement, saying that it was,"enormously grateful to all those who played a part in standing with Mosab during this time, and helping the Department of Homeland Security come to understand what a grave error deporting Mosab would have been."
EMET's Role in the Distribution of the video Obsession prior to the 2008 Presidential Election
In 2008, the Clarion Fund began a campaign to distribute the DVD "Obsession: Radical Islam's War against the West." The Endowment for Middle East Truth and Aish HaTorah were both alleged to have participated in funding the distribution of the DVD to swing voters in advance of the November 2008 election. Both EMET and Aish Hatorah disputed claims to their involvement in the project. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, EMET had originally agreed to participate in the campaign by writing a policy paper, and to conduct "educational outreach subsequent to the distribution" but was not involved with funding for the distribution of the DVD, and eventually withdrew completely from the project. EMET President Sarah Stern said she had, "made a mistake" in involving EMET in the project, but that the organization still backed the message of the film. EMET was responsible for organizing a showing of the video in the U.S Capitol in March 2008.
Involvement with Campaign to Seek U.S. Indictments for Palestinians Released by Israel
According to an article in The Jerusalem Post, the organization was responsible for initiating a bipartisan congressional letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on the subject of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice for Victims Justice for Overseas Terrorism, accusing the office of failing to serve American citizens in Israel who were victims of Palestinian terrorist attacks. The letter was sponsored by Democratic Congressman Howard Berman and Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, and 52 co-sponsors, who joined in demanding the Attorney General pursue indictments against Palestinian terrorists released by Israel in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange. In response to the letter, EMET President Stern was reported as saying, “The failure of the Department of Justice, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, to meet its obligations to pursue justice for terror victims is deeply troubling, and we’re hopefully that this letter, and future congressional oversight on this issue will provide the impetus necessary for the Justice Department to do the right thing.”
Publication of Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network
Sarah Stern appears as editor and co-contributor, along with other EMET advisory board members, in the publication of the book "Saudi Arabia: The Global Islamic Terrorist Network: America and the West's Fatal Embrace", published by Palgrave Macmillan on November 8, 2011. In promoting the book, Stern appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network accusing the United States of an addiction to foreign oil, and Saudi Arabia of fomenting antisemitism and anti-Americanism through the funding of mosques in the United States.
EMET's Advisory Board includes or has in the past included:
- Sarah Stern
- Jeane Kilpatrick
- Yoram Ettinger
- Lenny Ben-David
- Daniel Pipes
- Meyrav Wurmser
- David Wurmser
- Frank Gaffney
- James Woolsey
- Caroline Glick
- Larry Greenfield