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Middle East Monitor
Middle East Monitor (MEMO) Logo.png
Founded1 July 2009
Location
ProductTranslation and original analysis services
MethodMedia monitoring
Websitemiddleeastmonitor.com

The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) is a not-for-profit[1] press monitoring organisation, founded on 1 July 2009.[2] MEMO is largely focused on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, but writes about other issues in the Middle East as well. It has a Spanish edition.[3] It has been characterized as a pro-Hamas publication by the BBC.[4]

Staff

The staff and contributors of MEMO include Daud Abdullah, Ibrahim Hewitt and Ben White. One of MEMO's honorary advisers is Tariq Ramadan, an Oxford University lecturer[5] who is also the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.

MEMO Publishers

MEMO Publishers is a venture by the Middle East Monitor, with the first book published in June 2012. It publishes a range of authors who write about the Middle East, as well as providing a platform for up and coming writers to share their work about the region.[6]

Events

In June 2011, MEMO organized a speaking tour for Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Salah, who was banned from entering the UK by the home secretary, was held in custody pending deportation until April 2012 when an immigration tribunal ruled that the home secretary had been misled.[4][7]

In 2011, MEMO co-organized an event with Amnesty International and Palestine Solidarity Campaign titled "Complicity in oppression: Do the media aid Israel?" featuring Abdel Bari Atwan.[8][9]

On 22 August 2015, MEMO organized an event titled "Palestine & Latin America: Building solidarity for national rights", featuring anti-Zionist cartoonist Carlos Latuff and British Palestinian activist Azzam Tamimi. Jeremy Corbyn was scheduled to appear as well, but pulled out.[10][11]

In November 2017, MEMO organized an event titled "Crisis in Saudi Arabia: War, Succession and the Future" discussion Saudi Arabia's future monarchy succession and regional rivalries with Iran and war in Yemen.[12]

Criticism

According to Israeli scholar Ehud Rosen, a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, MEMO generally supports Islamist positions within Palestinian politics.[13] According to Andrew Gilligan, the Middle East Monitor promotes a strongly pro-Muslim Brotherhood and pro-Hamas viewpoint.[14]

Haaretz reporter Anshel Pfeffer described MEMO as a "conspiracy theory-peddling anti-Israel organisation".[15]

MEMO has been called antisemitic by Community Security Trust, an organisation for security for the Jewish community in the UK, as well as promoting conspiracy theories about "Jews, Zionists, money and power. This has included a claim that MEMO had questioned the suitability of Matthew Gould for the post of UK ambassador to Israel simply because he was Jewish".[16][17]

Some of the staff of the Middle East Monitor as well as the similar Middle East Eye are also active in Interpal, which has been designated as a terror-supporting ground in Israel, as well as being on the United States Treasury's list of specially-designated terrorist organisations. The site itself is sympathetic to Hamas, and the Hamas website and social media accounts post and share material from the Middle East Monitor.[18]

See also

  • Middle East Eye, another UK-based news website which reports on Middle Eastern issues and has also taken viewpoints considered to be supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

References

  1. ^ "Annual Highlights". MEMO. 2014. p. 2. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015.
  2. ^ "About Middle East Monitor: Page Info". MEMO.
  3. ^ "Monitor De Oriente - Middle East Monitor - Espanol". MEMO. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b Questions over Sheikh Raed Salah's UK ban, BBC, John Ware, 30 June 2011
  5. ^ "About Us". MEMO.
  6. ^ "About Us". MEMO Publishers.
  7. ^ Palestinian activist wins appeal against deportation, Guardian, 9 April 2012
  8. ^ Amnesty approves controversial anti-Israel event, JPost, 24 May 2011
  9. ^ Amnesty to host anti-Israel Atwan talk, the JC, 28 April 2011
  10. ^ Jeremy Corbyn pulls out of conference at which antisemitic cartoonist is due to appear, the JC, 13 August 2015
  11. ^ Corbyn withdraws from controversial pro-Palestine conference, Jewish News, 13 August 2015
  12. ^ UK: Leaders, academics raise alarm over Saudi 'crisis', Al Jazeera, 18 November 2017
  13. ^ Ehud Rosen (2010). Mapping the Organizational Sources of the Global Delegitimization Campaign against Israel in the UK (PDF). Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. pp. 33–35. ISBN 978-965-218-094-0.
  14. ^ "How the Muslim Brotherhood fits into a network of extremism". The Daily Telegraph. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  15. ^ Pfeffer, Anshel (20 July 2015). "Loony-left Front-runner for Britain's Labour Leader Gives anti-Zionism a Bad Name". Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Dual Loyalty Memo". Community Security Trust. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  17. ^ "UK Jews wary over Labour candidate's support for Hamas, Hezbollah". The Times of Israel. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  18. ^ Font of hatred: How Hamas relies on two UK websites, Jewish News, 31 August 2018

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