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]


The organization holds seminars on topics related to the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli Conflict[2][3] In 2008, these seminars were sponsored by the Adelson Family Foundation under the title "Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Policy Seminar Series".[4]

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."[5]

Previous Honorees of the event have included:

Involvement with the Mosab Hassan Yousef Deportation Hearing[edit]

EMET "waged a short campaign"[20] 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."[21] 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."[22]

EMET's Role in the Distribution of the video Obsession prior to the 2008 Presidential Election[edit]

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.[23] Both EMET and Aish Hatorah disputed claims to their involvement in the project.[24] 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.[25] EMET was responsible for organizing a showing of the video in the U.S Capitol in March 2008.[26]

Involvement with Campaign to Seek U.S. Indictments for Palestinians Released by Israel[edit]

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,[27] accusing the office of failing to serve American citizens in Israel who were victims of Palestinian terrorist attacks.[28] The letter was sponsored by Democratic Congressman Howard Berman and Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, and 52 co-sponsors,[29] who joined in demanding the Attorney General pursue indictments against Palestinian terrorists released by Israel in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.[30] 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.”[31]

Publication of Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network[edit]

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.[32] 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.[33]


EMET's Advisory Board includes or has in the past included:[34]


  1. ^ http://www.emetonline.org/about.html
  2. ^ http://www.newsmax.com/KenTimmerman/israel-conflict/2009/10/30/id/337536
  3. ^ http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2009/06/05/1005687/some-more-congressional-thoughts-on-settlements
  4. ^ http://www.emetonline.org/events.html
  5. ^ http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2009/05/07/1004989/lieberman-skeptical-but-open-to-iran-engagement
  6. ^ http://washingtonscene.thehill.com/party-events-pictures/archive/4823-thenendowment-for-middle-east-truths-qrays-of-light-in-the-darknessq-dinner-
  7. ^ http://lamborn.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=121&parentid=22&sectiontree=21,22,121&itemid=585
  8. ^ http://washingtonscene.thehill.com/party-events-pictures/archive/4823-thenendowment-for-middle-east-truths-qrays-of-light-in-the-darknessq-dinner-
  9. ^ http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=179493
  10. ^ http://washingtonscene.thehill.com/party-events-pictures/archive/4823-thenendowment-for-middle-east-truths-qrays-of-light-in-the-darknessq-dinner-
  11. ^ http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2009/05/07/1004989/lieberman-skeptical-but-open-to-iran-engagement
  12. ^ http://www.emetonlineblog.com/?page_id=52
  13. ^ http://www.emetonlineblog.com/?page_id=52
  14. ^ http://www.emetonlineblog.com/?page_id=52
  15. ^ http://www.emetonline.org/roymay6.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2gTrlJQf10
  17. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGajTltqClk
  18. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7O1z5_juJY
  19. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFUTY_Yus6o
  20. ^ http://jta.org/news/article/2010/07/05/2739915/with-a-major-assist-from-emet-son-of-hamas-staying-in-us
  21. ^ "http://continentalnews.net/christian-news/political-asylum-granted-to-mosab-hassan-yousef-1213.html
  22. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-court-grants-asylum-to-son-of-hamas-1.299235
  23. ^ http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=43983
  24. ^ http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2008/09/29/999657/emet-pulls-out-of-involvement-with-obsession-project
  25. ^ http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2008/09/29/999657/emet-pulls-out-of-involvement-with-obsession-project
  26. ^ http://emetonline.org/events.html
  27. ^ http://www.justice.gov/nsd/sections-offices.html
  28. ^ http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=260178
  29. ^ http://democrats.foreignaffairs.house.gov/press_display.asp?id=923
  30. ^ http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/153345#.T3Md3tVjG-R
  31. ^ http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/153345#.T3Md3tVjG-R
  32. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Arabia-Global-Islamic-Terrorist-Network/dp/0230112080
  33. ^ http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2012/March/Why-the-Saudis-Downfall-Could-Impact-America/
  34. ^ http://www.emetonline.org