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#GivingTuesday – our nation's annual day of generosity, when we Americans recommit, through volunteering and charity, to causes important to us – falls this year on November 28. On this occasion, many Americans choose to support organizations that assist in U.S. defense and security and that provide insight and clarity on issues that are critical in these tumultuous times.
We are writing to you as MEMRI President, Vice President, and Executive Director of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). We recognize that you receive many end-of-year requests for support from nonprofit organizations, but we would be grateful if you could take the time to allow us to present our case for why we deserve your support in these difficult times.
Since Hamas terrorists launched their attack on Israel early on the morning of October 7, 2023, MEMRI teams at MEMRI headquarters in Washington, D.C., Jerusalem, and around the world, have been working 24/7 to bring you up-to-the minute translations from primary source materials, and original analysis. The translated MEMRI TV clips we released during this time have had over 50 million views.
In the days and weeks since October 7, we have published an unprecedented number – approaching 500 – of reports, clips, and analysis pieces. They include statements by the leadership of Hamas, Iran, and other Iran-backed organizations in the region; rereleases from the MEMRI and MEMRI TV archives of reports and clips that are relevant to today's war; reporting and opinions from the Arab media; and more. Also during this time, we have sent out over 200 emails of our research to subscribers.
MEMRI research, with its significant intelligence value, is filling a major void, and is being used by governments and militaries. In MEMRI's 25th year, we again prove that we are on the cutting edge in this field.
As one of the world's most productive nonprofit think tanks focusing on the Middle East and South Asia and on threats to the U.S. and the West, MEMRI's extensive research output equals or surpasses that of similar organizations many times our size with many times our budget.
But our research and translation teams are stretched to the limit. There is so much more of this primary source material that MEMRI needs to monitor, translate, and distribute. We are appealing to you, our loyal readers, to help us hire more staff to monitor and translate more primary source content and distribute it to governments, legislatures, media, and readers like you.
We are experts in this – we have been exposing extremism, antisemitism, and jihadi threats for over 25 years. Nobody else is doing the work that we do.
FIRST FIVE WEEKS OF THE WAR – 423 REPORTS AND CLIPS
THE MEMRI.ORG PAGE FOR "REACTIONS TO THE HAMAS ATTACK"
All MEMRI research on the Israel-Hamas war and reactions to the Hamas attack and the war from across the Arab and Muslim world can be found on the new dedicated MEMRI Reactions To Hamas Attack page (www.memri.org/gaza-war). This page features reactions from the Arab and Muslim world and worldwide. It highlights all the latest MEMRI content about the ongoing conflict with reactions from other jihadi groups, research on Hamas and other relevant actors, and updated on-the-ground developments, among other topics. To visit this page, click here or below.
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EXPOSING STATEMENTS BY HAMAS LEADERS, THE HAMAS CHARTER, HAMAS'S CRYPTOCURRENCY FUNDRAISING, AND MORE
Every day, MEMRI is translating the words of top Hamas officials, exposing their words to the West – and these MEMRI TV clips are used by the U.S. and other Western governments as well as cited by media around the world. We also published our translation of the Hamas Charter, research on Hamas fundraising in cryptocurrency, and more.
REACTIONS TO THE WAR FROM IRAN, IRAN-BACKED SHI'ITE MILITIAS, ARAB MEDIA, IMAMS IN THE WEST, AND JIHADIS – AS WELL AS DENIAL OF HAMAS ATROCITIES
IRAN: Statements by leaders, including confirmation of Iran's funding of Hamas over the years; Iranian threats against and preparations for military conflict with the U.S. and Europe; and more.
IRAN-BACKED SHI'ITE MILITIAS: Hizbullah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, and others threaten and target U.S. and Israeli sites; reports of elite Iran-backed militias deploying along Israel's northern border; and more.
ARAB MEDIA: Monitoring what Arab media are saying about the October 7 Hamas attack and the war – including reformist denunciations of Hamas.
SERMONS BY IMAMS IN THE WEST: Highlighting imams in mosques and Islamic centers in the U.S. and other Western countries inciting to jihad and preaching antisemitism.
DENIAL OF HAMAS ATROCITIES: Translating statements from across the Arab and Muslim world, including in the West, denying that Hamas carried out the horrible deeds that it is known to have committed.
JTTM REPORTS: Including statements celebrating Hamas and threats against U.S., Israeli, and Jewish targets from Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other jihadi organizations around the world.
MEMRI TV CLIPS GO VIRAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA – OVER 50 MILLION VIEWS
Many of the MEMRI TV clips we have released since October 7 have gone viral on social media, with views in the tens of millions. Below are some of these top clips.
In these difficult days, MEMRI is continuing to "bridge the language gap," providing governments, legislatures, law enforcement bodies, and academia, in the U.S. and across the West, with statements by Hamas and other Gaza terrorist organizations – what they themselves are saying. We are monitoring these sources and these important developments and reporting about them days before they appear in media elsewhere.
MEMRI staff – researchers, translators, editors, and technical and distribution teams – are working around the clock every single day. The work we are doing is exacting and exhausting, and producing this research is very costly. There is much to do, and we can only cover so much. We need your help today.
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As 2023 draws to a close, we are asking you today, as our reader, to help us continue our essential work. We cannot do this without you.
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