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Dear Reader:

I thank readers who have donated in 2016 to the Middle East Forum, and I invite those who have not yet done so to send a tax-deductible contribution, most easily done by clicking here.

First, some thoughts on the attack in Orlando: As usual, politicians, police, the press, prosecutors, and professors went into diversion mode, doing what they could do ignore the Islamist elephant in the room. Meaningless debates over whether the attack constitutes terrorism, whether it is a hate crime, and whether it has foreign connections dominate the discussion, while Omar Mateen’s obvious motives are almost ignored.
It’s time for the authorities to focus on Islamism as the problem, rather than bizarrely insisting Islam has nothing to do with it. France leads the way: Muslims working at the main Paris airport have been investigated, with radicals weeded out. U.S. security agencies should do similarly.

How to find Islamist sleepers? I provide some clues here, along with probing questions to find them here and here.

 

Second, I hope that you, as one of our 80,000 email subscribers, have been enriched by our analyses of the Middle East’s most pressing issues – from violent migrants to the Iran deal fraud to a dam in Mosul.

You might like to know more about what we do – we are active along many fronts. Here are a few:
MEF staff have already met with 65 members of Congress or their staff in 2016 on our three topics: designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, changing U.S. government relations with UNRWA, and finding support for an Israel victory over the Palestinians.
Mateen worked for G4S, the huge security firm; MEF has been on its case, persuading state governments and private entities to cut ties with it due to its compliance with BDS.
We also combat the anti-Israel boycott movement on campus by reducing the influence of its intellectual backbone, the Middle East studies faculty, identifying pro-boycott faculty, monitoring its activities, providing this information to allied groups, and (soon) launching media campaigns.
Our Jihad Intel data base provides background information, image identifiers and intelligence for over 150 Islamic terror groups to law enforcement to help it distinguish Islamist violence from, say, drug deals gone bad. For example, Pennsylvania police academies now use our materials.
We track Islamist campaign contributions, now 1,895 of them worth $1,232,802 to 411 politicians and PACs, and plan soon to raise the topic of Hillary Clinton’s Islamist funding.
We fend off Islamist efforts to close down discussion of Islam. For example, we helped an officer in the Australian military, Bernard Gaynor, regain his commission after he criticized Islamism. We defended an author, Sam Westrop, who was sued for calling a convicted terrorist … a “convicted terrorist.”
Shurat HaDin, one of the Middle East Forum Education Fund’s 80 grantees, won a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals making $9.4 million in unfrozen Iranian assets available to American victims of a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem.


Finally, our growing staff requires our move to a larger office, which will be completed on June 26. Our mailing address after then will be:
 
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The new office will have a television studio, permitting us for the first time to create original videos. In addition, we are redesigning our five websites.

Our reach is growing, with millions following our work online, in the news, and on social media.

It’s a busy, difficult, and harrowing time.  This reminds us of the importance and urgency of our work. I look forward to thanking you for your support.

Yours sincerely,



Daniel Pipes
President
 


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