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EMET’s Statement on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 Comments

Rep. Ilhan Omar, in recent remarks before the Council of American Islamic Relations, could not speak the truth about 9/11 and al Qaeda, who murdered almost 3,000 Americans. She claimed in her speech that “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

The Endowment for Middle East Truth fully condemns Omar’s apparent insensitivity to the almost 3,000 Americans who had lost their lives on that fateful day,  as well as the more than 6,000 Americans that were injured. America was attacked on our soil on 9/11 and we therefore regard her statement as cavalier, calloused and truly un-American. 

It should also be pointed out that CAIR, the Council of American Islamic Relations, an organization which Democratic Senate Leader Charles Schumer describes as an “organization with known ties to terrorists”, was formed in 1994, a full 7 years before 9/11, which indicates that Rep. Omar speaks flippantly without checking the facts.

That is why we call on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to immediately remove Rep. Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she will have access to our nation’s classified materials.  She has demonstrated she is incapable of identifying America’s overseas enemies and incapable of standing by the American people.

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Pro-Israel Groups Decry Rep. Omar’s Feb. 23 speech before Islamic Relief USA, a “charity” with ties to terrorist groups

The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) and 13 other Jewish and pro-Israel organizations delivered a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel calling for the immediate removal of Rep. Ilhan Omar from the committee in light of her recent keynote address seeking to raise funds for Islamic Relief USA, an organization that has documented ties to terrorist organizations.

To read the entire letter, please click here

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Mourning for a Bygone Lebanon

Photo: AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Iranian-backed Hezbollah has long used Lebanon as a “state within a state.” This weekend, Israel’s sophisticated tunnel-detection equipment uncovered its sixth tunnel, carved out of rock by Hezbollah. In early December, Israel embarked on “Operation Northern Shield” to uncover and explode Hezbollah’s vast network of tunnels meant to reach across the Golan Heights, leading directly into Israel.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the tunnels were wide and deep enough to allow for dozens of Hezbollah terrorist to penetrate Israel and conduct an opening salvo of the next war, accompanied by a massive explosion of the approximate 150,000 missiles.

At the conclusion of the Second Lebanon War in 2006, the United Nations passed Security Council Resolution 1701, calling for all foreign forces to leave Lebanon. Israel was so careful to honor not only the letter, but the spirit of the resolution that they painted their stones blue and retreated south of the demarcation line (thus, the etymology of the term “The Blue Line”).

U.N. Resolution 1701 also called for the creation of the United Nations Forces in Lebanon, UNIFIL, whose job remains to ensure that there is a disarmament of all foreign forces within Lebanon.

However, according to several reports, the IDF had notified UNIFIL Forces about the existence of the Hezbollah tunnels. UNIFIL turned around and notified the Lebanese Armed Forces, and unfortunately, the LAF, in turn, notified Hezbollah.

The LAF has an interesting relationship with Hezbollah. Hezbollah and the LAF have been in a delicate balancing act as to which militia is the more dominant power in Lebanon. At this point, it seems as though Hezbollah has been in increasingly more powerful, and is exerting its influence both outside and within the LAF.

Many have described the LAF as “a wholly owned subsidiary of Hezbollah.”

As Aram Nerguizian from the Carnegie Middle East Center discusses, Lebanon has “parallel non-state military actors retaining both operational autonomy and national security legitimacy. The most obvious of this are the asymmetric military forces of Hezbollah.”

He adds that “no state institution, including the LAF, will openly challenge Hezbollah’s domestic credibility with its own Shia constituency, and the group’s resistance operations and expeditionary campaign in Syria have further strengthened Hezbollah’s domestic legitimacy.”

This is profoundly sad.

There was a period of time when I had looked towards Lebanon as the one Middle Eastern nation, outside of Israel, with religious freedom for all, and proportional representation in government for where minority and majority ethnic groups and religions.

Beirut was once considered “the Riviera of the Mediterranean”—the wealthiest city in the Middle East, a magnet for the international jet-set crowd.

The radiant epoch of that optimistic history was a brief moment from Feb. 14 to April 27, 2005, known as “The Cedar Revolution.” It was a time when tens of thousands of Lebanese Christians courageously took to the streets and demanded an ouster of Syrian forces.

That moment now seems like ancient history.

It had been provoked by the Feb. 14 assassination via truck bomb of Lebanese President Rafic Hariri. Four Lebanese members of Hezbollah were indicted in the murder.

Lebanon is a country made up of a myriad of ethnic and religious groups, including Shia and Sunni Muslims, Maronite, Eastern Orthodox, Melkite Catholic and Protestant Christians, and Druze (there hasn’t been a new census in Lebanon since 1932). Their byzantine system of governance tries to allow for a rotation of power for the various ethnic and religious groups, based on demographics.

In 1974, Imam Musa al-Sadir and Hussein el-Husseini, both Shia Muslims, established “The Movement of the Deprived” or the “Amal Movement,” which was a populist movement that aimed to represent “all dispossessed, deprived and poor people.” And then, ignited by the momentum of Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979, the Shi’ite movement began to emerge as a real force to reckon with and formed Hezbollah, meaning “The Party of God.”

Since then, Hezbollah has rapidly caught fire. Hezbollah runs an entire social-network system of schools, hospitals and even sports clubs throughout Lebanon. These entities and private homes have been used as military bases for Hezbollah.

To see how powerful it’s become, in the last parliamentary election in May of 2018, Hezbollah won more than half of the 128 seats in Lebanon’s parliament.

Many of the Hezbollah fighters were involved in the Syrian civil war, fighting alongside the forces of the ruthless Syrian President Bashar Assad and their mutual patron, Iran.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the United States gives the Lebanese Armed Forces approximately $150 million dollars a year, adding up to $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion over the last 10 years. Because of the intricate and complicated relationship between Hezbollah and the LAF, it’s high time we suspended that aid.

Unfortunately, we’ve come a long way since the golden days of the Cedar Revolution.

Originally published: https://www.jns.org/opinion/mourning-for-a-bygone-lebanon/

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Donate to EMET This #Giving Tuesday

Today, on this Giving Tuesday, EMET needs your help more than ever.

Last month a vile anti-Semite murdered 11 worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest attack ever on Jews in the United States.  This is only the latest, and most brutal, of a rising number of anti-Semitic incidents throughout the U.S., especially on college campuses, where Jewish students – or pro-Israel students – are often under siege.

On Capitol Hill, EMET is working harder than ever to protect Jewish students on campus, the State of Israel, and the United States. In addition to our legislative success, EMET continues to fight the battle of ideas by hosting our monthly Capitol Hill seminars and phone seminars, featuring worldwide experts and policymakers.

During the past year, EMET has held more than 280 meetings on Capitol Hill, hosted 13 Capitol Hill Seminars, and 7 phone seminars.

But EMET cannot continue our critical work alone.  We need you to help us fight anti-Semitism on campuses, curb the biases of Middle East Studies Centers, educate the Congress about the Golan Heights, and help American victims of Palestinian to get the justice they so sorely deserve.  And we need you to help us convey the emet – the truth – about Israel’s proud struggle to survive, and thrive, in the volatile Middle East.

We ask you to please contribute as much as you can comfortably afford on this Giving Tuesday.  With your support, we can continue to make a difference.

Click HERE to donate to EMET 

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Press Release: EMET Praises Congress for Restricting F-35 Sales to Turkey

EMET Praises Congress for Restricting F-35 Sales to Turkey
(Washington, DC, July 25, 2018) – Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) praised Conferees for the U.S. Congress for producing a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would stop sales of the F-35 joint strike fighters to Turkey until the Pentagon reports on disturbing actions by Turkey.

The language in this NDAA is a culmination of EMET’s efforts to educate the Congress about the specific danger of the jet sale, and the general danger coming from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey.  For months, EMET has been meeting with offices on Capitol Hill to discuss these issues.  EMET staff have produced two fact sheets for Congressional staffers, detailing our concerns.  EMET has also held two seminars showcasing Turkish dissidents describing the dangerous policies of Erdogan’s Turkey.

The House and Senate Conferees announced the NDAA on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.  The NDAA legislates that the Pentagon stop the delivery of the F-35 joint strike fighters to Turkey until there is a new assessment on U.S.–Turkey relations.  Specifically, the NDAA would require the Pentagon to submit a report to lawmakers on the “overall strategic relationship with Turkey,” all foreign weapons sales to Turkey, and Turkey’s intended purchase of the Russian-made S-400 long-range air-defense system.  The report would be due within 90 days of the passing of the NDAA.  The NDAA also calls on Turkey “to release wrongfully detained U.S. citizens including Andrew Brunson and Serkan Golge.”  This NDAA language was included despite misinformed opposition coming from the administration.  The final votes on the NDAA will be held this week in the House, and in August in the Senate.

Although Turkey is a member of NATO, in a violation of its NATO responsibilities, it has bought the powerful S-400 missile defense system from Russia.  If Turkey also receives the F-35s from the U.S., operating the missile system alongside the F-35s would expose the jet’s secrets to the Russian manufacturers and supply them with crucial information on how to intercept them.  Even worse, President Erdogan has proposed that Turkey and Russia work together on producing an even more advanced S-500 missile system.

Unfortunately, this is not the only example of Erdogan’s Turkey shirking its duties to NATO.  Under Erdogan, Turkey has, at times, refused to coordinate its military strategy with NATO.  Under Erdogan, Turkey is holding two Americans on dubious charges.  Under Erdogan, Turkey has physically threatened fellow NATO member Greece.  Under Erdogan, Turkey has routinely threatened to flood its fellow NATO allies in Europe with Middle East migrants.  And under Erdogan, Turkey has even threatened to attack U.S. forces in Syria for their willingness to work with the Kurds in Syria.

Aside from violating its NATO duties, Turkey under Erdogan has often acting dangerously against U.S. national interests.  As noted by the former U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Turkey has taken on a “new role” as a main sponsor of funding for radical Islamist ideology.  Turkey assisted Iran in evading Western sanctions, using a ‘gas-for-gold’ sanctions-busting scheme. Turkey aided ISIS by allowing men and supplies to move across its borders, and also played a key role in facilitating its expansion through black market oil sales – over $1 billion worth. Further, Turkey is a leading financer of Hamas, a U.S. designated terrorist organization, providing $250 million a year, and allows Hamas leaders to operate in the country.

Turkey has also acted against U.S. interests by invading Syria and massacring many of the Kurds living in the northwestern enclave of Afrin.  This delayed the Kurds fight against ISIS.  Right now, Turkey is engaging in a “population transfer,” replacing the Kurds—many of whom shed their blood fighting and dying together with American soldiers against ISIS-with Sunni Arab refugees.

Erdogan’s Turkey is also a dedicated opponent of Israel, and has threatened the Jewish State multiple times.

Turkey has also become an Islamist dictatorship under Erdogan.  In January 2018, the annual Freedom in the World report, produced by Freedom House, classified Turkey as “not free” for the first time.  Turkey’s human rights record has been increasingly poor.  Women’s rights have declined, and gays are increasingly threatened.  Turkey has gradually cracked down on the press, and on freedom of speech.  The Kurdish minority is increasingly discriminated against.  And political opponents of Erdogan are jailed, often on the flimsiest of charges.

“I would like to thank the Congressional conferees for their courage in standing up to the Turkish lobby and elements within the administration to prevent Islamist Turkey from receiving the F-35 fighter jets,” said EMET founder and president Sarah Stern.  She continued, “Too many Americans are mentally stuck in the 1990’s, when Turkey was a strong ally of the U.S.  Times have changed, and now Turkey is a danger to NATO, and a menace to American interests in the Middle East.  We cannot allow the Turks to take possession of the F-35’s, knowing that the Turks will allow the Russians to gain access to this jet’s technology.  EMET will continue to educate the Congress regarding this vital issue, until the final votes are taken.  Our nation’s security, and the security of other nations, such as Greece and Israel, depend on it.”

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, http://www.emetonline.org. Follow EMET on Twitter and Facebook.

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5 Vital Factors That Make A Website Strong!

There are some standard norms which might be essential to take into account while constructing a site. Coming up with a site is certainly not a one-person job. Match contribution should be made by the net or graphic designer and content material developer. Let’s analyze some of the basic rules required for planning a successful internet site.

Readable

To make a strong website, the very first rule that the web site ought to be easy to read. Right from the font size towards the background color of the web pages, each factor should be chosen after appropriate thought. There must be a balance between the text and qualifications color. Rarely, one should master the various other. Keep the text message size usual, not also small or too large and there should be bare minimum use of capital words. The alignment in the main text message of your site must be maintained the still left as it allows visitors to read the content.

Good Sat nav

Virtually all the pages must have some links to other pages of your web page. Try to associated with hyperlinks obvious so that site visitors can easily believe that it is. Moreover, graphic images, just like buttons or tabs, should be properly tagged and easy to learn to read, instead of thus, making them flashy. Within three clicks, the visitor must be able to go to the webpage he or she is looking for. And moreover, the hyperlinked text should express the sales message properly with no misleading visitors. Remember, the visitor can be misled once but is not always.

Proper Advertising

It is actually totally an incorrect notion to consider that the operate is finished after building a web site. The fact is, the real do the job starts from there. What is the use of the site any time there are zero visitors? In this article, comes the value of advertising your site the two online and whenever required offline.

You can promote your site on-line through search engines, award sites, directories, banner advertising, electric magazines and links from the other web sites. Nevertheless , instead of undertaking on your own, it is advisable to take help of professional web marketing teams. And once it comes to offline promotions, it can be done through classic advertising strategies like magazine ads, r / c, television, pamphlets, word-of-mouth, etc .

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The layout and design of each and every web site of your site should be constant so that it gives a uniform look to the overall site. Moreover, it also projects a professional image. Founder should be particular about the usage of font, qualifications color, keeping of images, headings, footers. If you use the color green for the hyperlinked texts in one webpage, the other web pages on the site should likewise follow the same pattern.

Quick to download

There are many studies which demonstrate that guests leave a website for another if the web pages usually do not download within 3-4 moments. No matter what kind of web sites you could have, critical importance should be provided to download conditions so that it may be accessed by the visitors with varying internet connections (both can-ho-vinhomes-golden-river.com high speed and low speed). A heavy web page with very attractive graphics that have ages to load is no great.

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Top 5 Important Factors Which make A Website Powerful!

There are some basic norms which might be essential to remember while planning a site. Coming up with a site is not a one-person job. Equal contribution has to be made by the web or web designer and articles developer. Let’s analyze a few of the basic rules required for planning a successful web-site.

Set up

To make a powerful website, the first rule is that your web site must be easy to read. From the typeface size towards the background color of the pages, each factor should be chosen after proper thought. There has to be a balance between the written text and track record color. Will never, one should control the different. Keep the textual content size typical, not too small or too large and there should be bare minimum use of capital words. The alignment of your main textual content of your site must be maintained the kept as it makes it easy for visitors to look at content.

Good Direction-finding

Virtually all the webpages must have some links to other internet pages of your site. Try to associated with hyperlinks clear so that site visitors can easily think it is. Moreover, visual images, like buttons or tabs, must be properly labeled and easy to learn to read, instead of which makes them flashy. Inside three clicks, the visitor has to be able to visit the webpage he or she is looking for. And moreover, the hyperlinked text message should convey the sales message properly not having misleading the customer. Remember, the customer can be tricked once although not always.

Proper Promo

It is totally a wrong notion to believe that the function is comprehensive after building a web site. In fact, the real job starts from there. What is the use of the site in the event that there are not any visitors? Below, comes the importance of advertising your site equally online and in the event required off-line.

You can promote your site on the net through search engines, award sites, directories, banner advertising, electronic digital magazines and links from the other web sites. Yet , instead of undertaking on your own, it is advisable to take help of professional web marketing teams. When it comes to offline promotions, it can be done through classic advertising strategies like art print ads, radio, television, brochures, word-of-mouth, etc .

Steadiness in style

The layout and type of each and every webpage of your web page should be constant so that it offers a uniform look to the overall site. Moreover, in addition, it projects an expert image. The designer should be particular about the utilization of font, qualifications color, placement of images, headings, footers. If you are using the color green for the hyperlinked texts in one web page, the other web pages of this site also needs to follow the same pattern.

Quick to download

There are many studies which present that visitors leave a website for another if the web pages usually do not download within 3-4 a few moments. No matter what sort of web sites you might have, critical importance should be provided to download conditions so that it may be accessed by visitors with varying relationships (both blogs.capecodonline.com high speed and low speed). A heavy web page with very attractive images that have ages to load is no great.

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Top 5 Essential Factors Which will make A Website Highly effective!

There are some simple norms that happen to be essential to take into account while making a site. Coming up with a site is certainly not a solo job. The same contribution must be made by the internet or web designer and content developer. Allow us to analyze a few of the basic rules required for creating a successful web-site.

Set up

To make a highly effective website, the earliest rule is that your web site should be easy to read. Right from the font size for the background colour of the internet pages, each factor should be chosen after correct thought. There should be a balance between the text and qualifications color. Hardly, one should master the other. Keep the textual content size common, not also small or perhaps too large and there should be bare minimum use of capital words. The alignment with the main text of your internet site must be maintained the left as it allows visitors to look at content.

Good Selection

The majority of the pages must have some links to other internet pages of your internet site. Try to make the hyperlinks crystal clear so that site visitors can easily believe it is. Moreover, visual images, like buttons or perhaps tabs, need to be properly branded and easy to read, instead of which makes them flashy. Inside three clicks, the visitor should be able to go to the webpage he or she is looking for. And moreover, the hyperlinked text should share the personal message properly with out misleading the customer. Remember, the customer can be fooled once but is not always.

Proper Campaign

It truly is totally an incorrect notion to consider that the operate is carry out after building a web site. For that matter, the real operate starts after that. What is the site in the event that there are no visitors? Below, comes the value of endorsing your site equally online and if required off-line.

You can market your site internet through search engines like yahoo, award sites, directories, banner advertising, digital magazines and links from other web sites. Nevertheless , instead of performing on your own, it is better to take accompanied by a professional web marketing teams. So when it comes to off-line promotions, it is possible through classic advertising strategies like art print ads, car radio, television, leaflets, word-of-mouth, etc .

Reliability in design

Design and style of each and every web site of your internet site should be constant so that it provides uniform turn to the overall internet site. Moreover, additionally, it projects a specialist image. The designer should be particular about the application of font, history color, keeping of images, headings, footers. If you use the color blue for the hyperlinked text messaging in one page, the other web pages of your site should also follow the same pattern.

Quick to download

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