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Russian Attack on US Troops in Syria Elicits Deafening Silence from Politicians and Press

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:15:28 EST

Originally published under the title "The Russian Attack Against America You Didn't Hear About." You probably didn't hear this because few media organizations have even mentioned it, but Russia committed an act of war against the United States a little



The Demand for Sovereignty Over Judea and Samaria Is a Waste of Zionist Energy

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:42:03 EST

The longing for Jewish sovereignty over the historic homeland of the Jewish people is understandable. Nevertheless, the recent attempt to pass a law declaring Israeli sovereignty over the settlements in Judea and Samaria is useless. This is a waste of



It's not Just the Terrorists: al-Sisi's Government Persecutes Egypt's Christians

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:17:03 EST

It is one thing for Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi not to be able to prevent surprise Islamic terror attacks against Egypt's Christians, the Copts. But what does one make of the fact that his own government also discriminates against and



Why No Mention of Radical Islam in the State of the Union

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:10:22 EST

President Trump's first State of the Union contained a lot of talk about "terrorism," ISIS, and Guantanamo Bay, but not a word about radical Islamism. "Radical Islamist ideology" was the language used less than six weeks earlier when his administration's



British Government Promotes 'Liberation' of Hijab at London Event, Avoids Commenting for A Week

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:36:46 EST

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom (FCO) has promoted the wearing of the Islamic veil among its London staff, using the February 1st occasion of "World Hijab Day" to promote the head covering and even issue "free scarves" to those



Pakistan's lioness Asma Jahangir will never die

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:21:36 EST

For over 40 years the lioness of Pakistan stood alone, surrounded by a snarling pack of hyenas circling for the kill. But they never dared come close to Asma Jahangir, whose stare alone used to send many a jihadi and military general packing with tails



When Anti-Zionism Reigned at the IRS

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:10:58 EST

Originally published under the title, "Obama's anti-Semisim/anti-Zionism reigned at the IRS from 2010-2017." After a "long, lonely and expensive seven-year struggle"...Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the founder of Z STREET has just won a significant legal



Migrant Crisis: Islamist Rape Culture Comes to Europe

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:54:31 EST

Originally published under the title "Infidel Women: Spoils of War." This piece has been lightly edited, with the author's permission. One aspect of radical Islamist aggression that Westerners often overlook is that non-Muslim women tend to be its



MEF Asks for Public's Help Collecting Examples of Tech Censorship

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:05:42 EST

PHILADELPHIA – February 19, 2018 – The Middle East Forum (MEF) is extremely concerned by the growing level of censorship by tech companies against those whom Silicon Valley finds politically unpalatable. Examples we have recently come across even include



Iran, Russia, and China's Central Role in the Venezuela Crisis

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:50:20 EST

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just completed, by most accounts, a successful visit to Latin America. He began his five-nation tour by invoking the Monroe Doctrine and suggesting the Venezuelan military could manage a "peaceful transition" from



UNRWA: the Greatest Obstacle to Peace

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:12:56 EST

U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, alongside reports that his administration intends to put an end to the problematic definition of Palestinian refugeeism by which descendants of refugees are also granted refugee status,



Islamic London: "Run, Hide, Tell"

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:42:52 EST

To understand the development of Islam in Western countries, I make a habit of visiting Muslim-majority areas such as Lakemba in Australia, Lodi in California, and Lunel in France. But London, England, is unique in the extent of its Islamic impress.



Why the U.S.-Israel Honeymoon May Not Last Much Longer

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:19:15 EST

President Trump has taken two unprecedented steps highly favorable to Israel: recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and cutting funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an organization ultimately devoted to eliminating the Jewish state



Will Arabs and Muslims Never Accept Israel as the Jewish State?

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 22:37:30 EST

Originally published under the title "'Arabs and Muslims Will Never Accept Israel as the Jewish State'." Mordechai Kedar, a distinguished specialist of the Middle East, recently published an article arguing that Israel can never win its neighbors'



No, the Syrian Kurds Are Not Terrorists

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 13:38:49 EST

On January 20, Turkey invaded the Kurdish region of northwestern Syria to destroy what it calls a terrorist army. No, it is not fighting ISIS. It is, quite the contrary, fighting the American-backed militia that effectively destroyed ISIS and helped



Yemeni-American's Felony Precludes Him from Holding Public Office

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 12:45:09 EST

On January 22, the Supreme Court of New York State rendered a judgement in the case of Mohamed Albanna, city councilman-elect and convicted felon. In a long-awaited decision, the court ruled that Albanna, who plead guilty to the federal crime of



Trump Echoes Talleyrand in Middle East Diplomacy

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 07:06:05 EST

Originally published under the title "Trump Is Echoing Talleyrand In His Middle East Diplomacy. That's Right. Talleyrand." President Trump's public diplomacy, from his first days in office to his State of the Union speech earlier this week, often appears



No News in Republican and Democratic Views of Israel

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 07:20:20 EST

A recent Pew opinion survey showing 79 percent sympathy for Israel over the Palestinians among Republicans versus a mere 27 percent among Democrats has aroused a furor in pro-Israel circles. But this sort of ratio has been around through the



MEF Welcomes Trump's Potential UNRWA Reforms

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:29:16 EST

PHILADELPHIA – January 31, 2018 – The Middle East Forum welcomes reports that the Trump administration might "refuse to accept UNRWA's special status for 'Palestine refugees,'" and suspend all U.S. government funding of the group. The Forum has long



'Martyrs' of Dir' al-Watan (V Corps)

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:05:42 EST

Readers of this blog will be familiar with Katibat Dir' al-Watan (Homeland Shield Battalion), which is an affiliate of the Russian-backed V Corps (aka 5th Legion) and is led by al-Hajj Muhammad Ja'afar (originally from the north Lebanese border locality