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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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Top 5 Important Factors Which make A Website Highly effective!

There are some fundamental norms which might be essential to bear in mind while designing a site. Making a site can be not a one-person job. Equal contribution should be made by the internet or graphic designer and content developer. Let’s analyze some of the basic rules required for constructing a successful web-site.

Readable

To make a powerful website, the very first rule that the web site should be easy to read. Right from the typeface size towards the background color of the pages, each factor should be selected after correct thought. There has to be a balance between the text and track record color. Implies, one should control the various other. Keep the text size natural, not too small or perhaps too large and there should be lowest use of capital words. The alignment with the main text of your internet site must be maintained the left as it makes it easy for visitors to see the content.

Good Map-reading

Practically all the web pages must have some links to other web pages of your internet site. Try to make the hyperlinks clear so that tourists can easily believe that it is. Moreover, visual images, like buttons or tabs, needs to be properly marked and easy to study, instead of which makes them flashy. Within just three clicks, the visitor should be able to go to the webpage he or she is looking for. And moreover, the hyperlinked textual content should convey the personal message properly with out misleading visitors. Remember, the visitor can be misled once but is not always.

Proper Promotion

It is totally a wrong notion to believe that the operate is accomplish after building a web site. The simple truth is, the real function starts from there. What is the use of the site any time there are zero visitors? In this article, comes the importance of advertising your site both equally online and any time required off-line.

You can market your site online through search engines like google, award sites, directories, banner advertising, electronic magazines and links from other web sites. Nevertheless , instead of carrying out on your own, it is best to take by using a professional web marketing teams. So when it comes to offline promotions, it can be done through classic advertising methods like printing ads, the airwaves, television, leaflets, word-of-mouth, etc .

Reliability in design and style

The layout and type of each and every web page of your web page should be absolutely consistent so that it gives a uniform want to the overall site. Moreover, in addition, it projects an expert image. Founder should be particular about the application of font, background color, keeping of images, headings, footers. If you are using the color blue for the hyperlinked text messaging in one web page, the various other web pages belonging to the site should likewise follow the same pattern.

Quick to download

There are many studies which demonstrate that visitors leave a web site for another in case the web pages do not download within 3-4 secs. No matter what sort of web sites you could have, critical importance should be given to download situations so that it could be accessed by visitors with varying relationships (both hmovie.work high speed and low speed). Huge web page with very attractive images that take ages to load is no very good.

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The Biggest Vital Factors That Make A Web-Site Powerful!

There are some standard norms which might be essential to keep in mind while making a site. Constructing a site can be not a solo job. Matched contribution must be made by the internet or graphic designer and content material developer. I want to analyze a number of the basic rules required for constructing a successful web-site.

Readable

To make a highly effective website, the initial rule is that your web site need to be easy to read. From the typeface size to the background color of the web pages, each element should be selected after right thought. There must be a balance between the written text and qualifications color. Suggests, one should reign over the different. Keep the text size ordinary, not as well small or perhaps too large and there should be minimum use of capital words. The alignment for the main text message of your internet site must be kept on the kept as it makes it easy for visitors to browse the content.

Good Nav

Nearly all the web pages must have several links to other web pages of your site. Try to make the hyperlinks apparent so that tourists can easily discover it. Moreover, visual images, just like buttons or perhaps tabs, should be properly branded and easy to study, instead of making them flashy. Within three clicks, the visitor should be able to visit the webpage she or he is looking for. And moreover, the hyperlinked text should show the meaning properly devoid of misleading the visitor. Remember, visitors can be misled once however, not always.

Proper Advertising

It really is totally an incorrect notion to believe that the operate is carry out after building a web site. In truth, the real work starts from there. What is the site in the event there are zero visitors? Here, comes the importance of advertising your site the two online and in the event that required offline.

You can promote your site via the internet through search engines like yahoo, award sites, directories, banner advertising, electric magazines and links biologi.fkip.unila.ac.id from other web sites. Yet , instead of doing on your own, it is advisable to take by using a professional web marketing teams. So when it comes to off-line promotions, it is possible through classic advertising strategies like printer ads, r / c, television, leaflets, word-of-mouth, and so forth

Consistency in design

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

Quick to download

There are many studies which demonstrate that visitors leave a site for another in case the web pages will not download inside 3-4 moments. No matter what kind of web sites you might have, critical importance should be directed at download instances so that it could be accessed by the visitors with varying connectors (both high-speed and low speed). Huge web page with very attractive design that consider ages to load is no great.

For websites which are fresh in the market, it is come to be even more essential to keep the down load time since short as possible. However , for the branded identity people can wait for months but for a new one, users should consider it just simply wastage of your time.

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The Biggest Important Factors Which make A Web Site Effective!

There are some fundamental norms which might be essential to keep in mind while constructing a site. Creating a site is not a one-person job. Matched contribution should be made by the net or web designer and content material developer. Let us analyze a number of the basic guidelines required for creating a successful website.

Set up

To make a powerful website, the first rule is that your web site must be easy to read. From the typeface size to the background color of the internet pages, each aspect should be chosen after right thought. There must be a balance between the written text and background color. Will never, one should lead the additional. Keep the text message size usual, not as well small or too large and there should be minimum use of capital words. The alignment with the main text of your site must be maintained the kept as it allows visitors to see the content.

Good Direction-finding

Many the pages must have several links to other pages of your internet site. Try to associated with hyperlinks very clear so that site visitors can easily still find it. Moreover, graphic images, like buttons or perhaps tabs, need to be properly branded and easy to learn, instead of which makes them flashy. Inside three clicks, the visitor must be able to visit the webpage he or she is looking for. And moreover, the hyperlinked textual content should convey the subject matter properly with no misleading the visitor. Remember, the customer can be tricked once however, not always.

Proper Promo

It is totally a wrong notion to consider that the job is whole after building a web site. In actual fact, the real function starts following that. What is the use of the site any time there are not any visitors? Right here, comes the value of promoting your site both equally online and if required off-line.

You can market your site online through search engines like yahoo, award sites, directories, banner advertising, electronic magazines and links from the other web sites. Yet , instead of undertaking on your own, it is best to take help of professional web marketing teams. And when it comes to off-line promotions, it can be done through classic advertising strategies like magazine ads, radio, television, brochures, word-of-mouth, and so forth

Steadiness in style

The layout and style of each and every page of your web page should be reliable so that it provides a uniform look for the overall web page. Moreover, additionally, it projects an expert image. The designer should be particular about the usage of font, backdrop color, keeping of images, headings, footers. If you use the color blue for the hyperlinked text messages in one page, the different web pages of the site also needs to follow the same pattern.

Quick to download

There are many studies which show that visitors leave a site for another in case the web pages will not download within 3-4 moments. No matter what sort of web sites you could have, critical importance should be directed at download times so that it can be accessed by visitors with varying contacts (both www.hostalsweb.com high speed and low speed). A heavy web page with very attractive graphics that take ages to launch is no very good.

For websites which are new in the market, it is come to be even more essential to keep the download time simply because short as is possible. However , for the branded term people can wait for a little while but for home, users can consider it just simply wastage of their time.

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