The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is a media monitoring organization operating in Washington, DC since 1998. MEMRI distributes English-language translations of Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, and Turkish media reports.
MEMRI claims to be an independent media organization seeking “to inform the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East,” This is, however, a dubious claim given the extremely pro-Israel and warmongering background of its founders.1
It is worth noting that the institute was co-founded by former Israeli military intelligence officer, Yigal Carmon, and Meyrav Wurmser, an Israeli-born American political scientist.
MEMRI’s modus operandi and bias in its cherry-picked translations of Muslim media have caused much controversy. The group has consequentially been accused of being an Israeli “propaganda operation”2 and “an extreme brand of Zionism”3 using “the same sort of propaganda techniques as the Nazis”4 .
Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has told the Washington Times that “Memri’s intent is to find the worst possible quotes from the Muslim world and disseminate them as widely as possible.”5