Endowment for Middle East Truth

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Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to promote their views in media coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East.


According to the group's website, EMET is "...the first unabashedly pro-Israel and pro-American think tank and policy shop on Capitol Hill..." It 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]

Among EMET's honorees are: Sen.Sam Brownback[6]Rep. Doug Lamborn[7] Rep. Brad Sherman[8] Mosab Hassan Yousef[9] Amil Imani[10] Sen. Joseph Lieberman[11] Sen. Jon Kyl[12] Dr. Walid Phares[13] Dr. Tawfik Hamid[14] James Woolsey[15] Wafa Sultan[16] Farid Ghadry[17] Zeyno Baran[18] Cal Thomas[19]

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]

According to The Jerusalem Post, EMET 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,[23] accusing the office of failing to serve American citizens in Israel who were victims of Palestinian terrorist attacks.[24] The letter was sponsored by Democratic Congressman Howard Berman and Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, and 52 co-sponsors,[25] who joined in demanding the Attorney General pursue indictments against Palestinian terrorists released by Israel in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.[26] 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.”[27]


Saudi Arabia: The Global Islamic Terrorist Network: America and the West's Fatal Embrace was published by Palgrave Macmillan on November 8, 2011.[28] 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.[29]


Past and present Advisory Board members:[30] Sarah Stern, Jeane Kilpatrick, Yoram Ettinger, Lenny Ben-David, Daniel Pipes, Meyrav Wurmser, David Wurmser, Frank Gaffney, James Woolsey, Caroline Glick and Larry Greenfield


  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. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2gTrlJQf10
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGajTltqClk
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7O1z5_juJY
  19. ^ https://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.justice.gov/nsd/sections-offices.html
  24. ^ http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=260178
  25. ^ http://democrats.foreignaffairs.house.gov/press_display.asp?id=923
  26. ^ http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/153345#.T3Md3tVjG-R
  27. ^ http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/153345#.T3Md3tVjG-R
  28. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Arabia-Global-Islamic-Terrorist-Network/dp/0230112080
  29. ^ http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2012/March/Why-the-Saudis-Downfall-Could-Impact-America/
  30. ^ http://www.emetonline.org