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Friday, August 12, 2011

State Department funds MEMRI to investigate Arab anti-semitism

From Israel HaYom:

The U.S. State Department has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Middle East Media Research Institute to conduct a project that documents anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and Holocaust glorification in the Middle East. The grant was awarded by the Office of International Religious Freedom, part of the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

"The grant will enable MEMRI to expand its efforts to monitor the media, translate materials into 10 languages, analyze trends in anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial and glorification, and increase distribution of materials through its website and other outlets," the State Department said in a statement released Thursday.

Through translations and research, MEMRI aims to inform and educate journalists, government leaders, academia and the general public about trends in anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the Middle East and South Asia, generating awareness and response to these issues. MEMRI is a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C. Its research is translated into 10 languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Hebrew.
I cannot wait to see the outraged reaction from the many MEMRI critics who get so upset that the organization shines a light on the hate that can be found in the Arabic and Persian media.