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Press Release: EMET is Disturbed by the Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic Vote by UNESCO Diminishing any Jewish and Christian Connection to Jerusalem

EMET is deeply disturbed by the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic vote by UNESCO diminishing any Jewish and Christian connection to the Old City of Jerusalem

(October 13, 2016, Washington, D.C.) The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) is disturbed by the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic resolution passed by UNESCO declaring that the Jewish people have no connection to the Old City of Jerusalem. On Thursday, October 13th, 2016, the 200th session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met in Paris, France. Where they voted on Item 25 of the provisional agenda under “Occupied Palestine” that disregards the historical and validated Jewish and Christian ties to the Old City of Jerusalem. There were 24 countries that voted in favor of the resolution while 6 voted against and 26 abstained.

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Press Release: EMET Strongly Applauds U.S. Senator Dan Coats’ Legislation That Cuts Off Aid to Palestinian Terrorists and their Families

EMET Strongly Applauds U.S. Senator Dan Coats’ Legislation That Cuts Off Aid to Palestinian Terrorists and their Families

(June 30, 2016, Washington, DC) Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) praised U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) for including a provision into the 2017 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act that will cut U.S. aid to the Palestinians that is equivalent to the amount expended by the Palestinian Authority (PA), or the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), and any successor or affiliated organizations toward the salaries of terrorists and/or their families.

On Tuesday, the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs subcommittee passed the legislation, and the full committee passed the legislation Wednesday, June 29th, 2016. The legislation states that U.S. aid toward the PA will be cut “by an amount the Secretary [of State] determines is equivalent to the amount expended by the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization and any successor or affiliated organizations, as payments for acts of terrorism by individuals who are imprisoned after being fairly tried and convicted for acts of terrorism and by individuals who died committing acts of terrorism during the previous calendar year.”

Palestinian terrorists that are arrested and imprisoned by Israel are glorified by the PA as heroes and treated as employees of the PA government. While in prison, these terrorists and their families are paid salaries and receive benefits as rewards for their service. Since 2014, there have been at least 45 terrorist attacks in Israel that killed 86 people, including U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in March.

Says EMET Founder and President, Sarah Stern, “For far too long, the Palestinian Authority has deified and extolled the virtues of terrorism. That has been the very core of the problem for why there is no peace. A culture of glorification of terrorism has been part of the zeitgeist of the areas under PA control. The more heinous the act of terrorism, the more innocent civilians who have been killed, the greater the salary that has been paid out by the PA to the families of the prisoners of the terrorists. This is simply morally unconscionable.”

In 2014 Senator Coats co-sponsored legislation that was signed into law that called for the reduction of budgetary support for the PA “by an amount…expended by the Palestinian Authority as payments for acts of terrorism…” In order to avoid any foreign aid cuts, that same year PA President Mahmoud Abbas issued a presidential decree that moved the payment system for terrorists from the PA to the PLO. Senator Coats’ new provision will ensure that the PA does not move the payment system to another subsidiary to avoid a reduction in U.S. aid.

“Payments that reward and encourage terrorism must stop,” said Senator Coats. “I am glad the subcommittee included this morally imperative provision in the bill. These payments by the PLO under Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas provide rewards and motivations for brutal terrorists, plain and simple. To provide U.S. taxpayer money to Abbas and his government so that they can treat terrorists as heroes or glorious martyrs is morally unacceptable. It ends with this legislation,” the Senator added.

Sarah Stern, the founder and president of EMET, said: “The Palestinians need to understand that there are serious consequences for their moral, political, and material support of terrorism. I strongly applaud Senator Coats for his provision, which sends a very strong message to the PA and all would-be terrorists that America will not turn a blind eye towards Palestinian terrorism. For far too long, people throughout the world have been fooled by the PA’s double message when it comes to terrorism, one to their own people in Arabic, and another in English to foreign diplomats and journalists. Fortunately, there are still members of the United States Senate, such as Dan Coats, who are not willing to allow American tax payers’ dollars be a party to this culture of deification of terrorism.”

About The Endowment for Middle East Truth
Founded in 2005, EMET’s mission is to educate policymakers in Washington and the general public about the importance of Israel to the United States in their common struggle against radical Islam. For more information, please visit www.emetonline.org. Follow EMET on Twitter and Facebook.

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Press Release: Pro-Israel Coalition Calls on Hillel International to End Partnership with “Breaking the Silence”

Pro-Israel Coalition Calls on Hillel International to End Partnership with “Breaking the Silence”

(Washington, DC March 28, 2016) Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) announced that it sent a letter to Eric D. Fingerhut, President of Hillel International, signed by a coalition of pro-Israel organizations who are “deeply concerned” with Hillel’s hosting of Breaking the Silence (BtS). “Breaking the Silence” is an Israeli NGO that features former Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers that “have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories,” according to the organization’s website.

BtS hosts biased speaking tours in both Europe and the U.S. of former IDF soldiers that accuse Israel of committing “war crimes,” thereby serving as a mouthpiece for Israel’s enemies and detractors. Hillel International, the largest Jewish student group in the U.S., has hosted Bts on university campuses during past years. Hillel plans to host BtS at Columbia University on Thursday, March 31st, and already hosted BtS this month at Brown University on March 17th.

The EMET letter, sent on March 25, 2016, states, “By enabling the one-sided view of ‘Breaking the Silence’ to be heard on America’s college campuses, Hillel is contributing to an attitude that might well prove to weaken the morale of the IDF and therefore the existence of the State of Israel.”

Hillel is violating its own Standards of Partnership by hosting BtS, according to the letter. Hillel’s Standards read, in part, that it “will not partner with, house or host organizations, groups or speakers that as a matter of policy or practice: Deny the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state with secure and recognized borders; Delegitimize, demonize or apply a double standard to Israel; Support boycott of, divestment from, or sanctions against the State of Israel…”

BtS “seeks to portray a distorted, demonized view of the Israeli Defense Forces” and “supports the BDS movement,” according to the letter. Among others, the letter quotes Natan Sharanksy, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel and a former refusenik, who said BtS “’is not a human rights organization but a BDS organization.’” Sharansky also wrote in a recent op-ed in Haaretz: “Breaking the Silence…is not a human-rights organization in any meaningful sense of the term … [It uses] unproven allegations peddled as truths to credulous foreigners in order to override the decisions of a democratic government.”

The letter calls on Mr. Fingerhut to “not allow ‘Breaking the Silence’ to participate in forums at Hillel Houses across the nation.” The signatories encourage Mr. Fingerhut “to instead partner with the Embassy of Israel and the IDF to provide appropriate forums with credentialed spokesmen.”

Sarah Stern, the founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), who spearheaded the letter said, “I am deeply dismayed that an organization that is supposed to serve as a home for our Jewish students on campuses and educate them about the beauty of their heritage and homeland is partnering with an organization that seeks to demonize and defame the IDF – the very backbone of the existence of the State of Israel.” Stern added, “By hosting ‘Breaking the Silence’ Hillel is providing the organization with a stamp of legitimacy, and contributing to the spread of anti-Zionist sentiments at our nation’s college campuses, which are already infested with anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities.”

In addition to EMET, heads of the following organizations also signed onto the letter: the Middle East Forum; American Jewish International Relations Institute; Americans for a Safe Israel; the Center for Security Policy; Proclaiming Justice to the Nations; ACT for America; Arabs for Israel; Scholars for Peace in the Middle East; Z Street; Americans for Peace and Tolerance; The Iron Dome Alliance; and Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign.

About The Endowment for Middle East Truth

Founded in 2005, EMET’s mission is to educate policymakers in Washington and the general public about the importance of Israel to the United States in their common struggle against radical Islam. For more information, please visit www.emetonline.org. Follow EMET on Twitter and Facebook.

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Press Release: EMET Thanks Rep. Ron DeSantis for Holding a Groundbreaking Hearing on Seeking Justice for American Victims of Palestinian Terrorism

EMET Thanks Congressman Ron DeSantis for Holding a Groundbreaking Hearing on Seeking Justice for American Victims of Palestinian Terrorism

(February 4, 2016, Washington, DC) Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) expressed its deep appreciation to Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), the Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, for holding an oversight hearing on the failure of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OJVOT) to pursue justice for American victims of Palestinian terrorism killed in Israel or the disputed territories.  The hearing was called “Seeking Justice for Victims of Palestinian Terrorism in Israel” and was held on February 2nd, 2016. EMET originally brought this critical issue to the attention of Rep. DeSantis, and assisted the Subcommittee in providing background information and finding witnesses for the hearing.

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Press Release: EMET Thanks Rep. Ron DeSantis for His Courageous Hearing on Seeking Justice for American Victims of Palestinian Terrorism

EMET Thanks Congressman Ron DeSantis for His Courageous Hearing on Seeking Justice for American Victims of Palestinian Terrorism

(January 27 2016, Washington, DC) Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) expressed its strong thanks to Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for his upcoming hearing on seeking justice for American victims of Palestinian terrorism in Israel and the disputed territories. EMET itself has had a long history of pursuing justice for American victims of Palestinian terrorism, and originally brought this issue to Rep. DeSantis’ attention.

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EMET Thanks Bipartisan Coalition of Senators for Standing Up Against Iranian Aggression

EMET Thanks Bipartisan Coalition of Senators for Standing Up Against Iranian Aggression
(Washington, DC, December 22, 2015) Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) gave strong thanks to a bipartisan majority of U.S. Senators for their calls on the Obama Administration to sanction or otherwise punish the Islamic Republic of Iran for its continuing post-Iran Deal aggression, duplicity and violations of international law. EMET echoes this call, as more information continues to come to light exposing how the Iran Deal is a complete and utter farce.

 

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EMET Condemns the EU for its Biased and Anti-Semitic Labeling of Israeli Products

EMET Condemns the EU for its Biased and Anti-Semitic Labeling of Israeli Products

EMET Praises Senator Cruz (R-TX) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) for their Leadership Against the EU Labeling Guidelines

(November 12, 2015, Washington, DC) Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) harshly condemned the European Union (EU) for its disgustingly biased decision Wednesday, November 11, 2015 to publish guidelines labeling products made in East Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the Golan Heights as “made in settlements.”  EMET also praised Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) for their strong leadership in expressing U.S. opposition to the EU’s anti-Semitic labeling guidelines.

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EMET Thanks Senator Ted Cruz for His Courageous Hearing on the U.S. Government’s Failure to Pursue Justice for American Victims of Iranian Funded Palestinian Terrorism

(November 9, 2015, Washington, DC) Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) thanked U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his courageous and important oversight hearing on how the U.S. fails to pursue justice for American victims of Iranian funded Palestinian terrorism in Israel and the disputed territories.  EMET itself has had a long history of pursuing justice for American victims of Palestinian terrorism, and originally brought this issue to Sen. Cruz’s attention.
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EMET Criticizes Faulty Media Reports that the Iranians Endorsed the Iran Deal

 EMET Criticizes Faulty Media Reports that the Iranians Endorsed the Iran Deal
(Washington, DC, October 23, 2015)  Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) strongly criticized faulty reporting by the media that the leadership of Iran had endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), i.e., the P 5 plus 1 deal with Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
Among other news organs, The New York Times and The Hill have reported that the Iranian Parliament and, most importantly, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, have endorsed the JCPOA. The Times reported that “Iran’s Supreme leader on Wednesday publicly endorsed for the first time the July nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers, state news agencies reported.”
However, these reports are simply not true. 
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EMET Condemns UNESCO Resolution to Recognize Jerusalem’s Western Wall as Part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque

EMET Condemns UNESCO Resolution to Recognize Jerusalem’s Western Wall as Part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque
(Washington, DC, October 20, 2015)  Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) strongly condemned the historically ludicrous resolution proposed by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the other six Arab members’ of UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) to declare Judaism’s most holy site – the Western Wall in Jerusalem – as part of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

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