The Middle East Media Research Institute
The authors place particular reliance on material produced by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which was set up by a Ygal Carmon, former colonel in Israeli intelligence.
Arab Media Watch has argued:
‘By passing itself off as an independent organisation with a quasi-academic name, MEMRI has deceived a number of journalists into thinking it is a reliable source of information. The fact that it has used duplicity to procure this impression, and that almost all its staff members have been strongly partisan in their political and military work, should cast immediate doubt upon its credibility as an organisation and the accuracy of its work.’
The Guardian’s Middle East editor Brian Whitaker has written the following:
‘My problem with MEMRI is that it poses as a research institute when it's basically a propaganda operation. As with all propaganda, that involves a certain amount of dishonesty and deception. The items you translate are chosen largely to suit your political agenda. They are unrepresentative and give an unfair picture of the Arab media as a whole.
‘This might not be so bad if you told us what your agenda is. But MEMRI's website does not mention you or your work for Israeli intelligence. Nor does it mention MEMRI's co-founder, Meyrav Wurmser, and her extreme brand of Zionism which maintains that Israeli leftists are a 'threat' to their own country. Also, you're not averse to a bit of cheating to make Arabs look more anti-Semitic than they are.
‘In your Special Dispatch 151, for instance, you translated an interview given by the mufti of Jerusalem to al-Ahram al-Arabi, shortly after the start of the Palestinian uprising. One question the interviewer asked was: 'How do you deal with the Jews who are besieging al-Aqsa and are scattered around it?' MEMRI translated this as: 'How do you feel about the Jews?' – which is a different question. That left you with a reply in Arabic which didn't fit your newly-concocted question. So you cut out the first part of the mufti's reply and combined what was left with part of his answer to another question.’
During the US presidential election, MEMRI was responsible for translating a statement by Osama bin Laden which was used as the basis for a report that Al-Qaida was threatening terrorist attacks against US states who voted for Bush while offering peace to those who voted Democrat. This was used by pro-Republican media as a means of discrediting Kerry. The translation was quickly exposed as inaccurate and the report as baseless.
Yet MEMRI is used by the authors throughout the dossier as though it were a neutral source providing reliable and unbiased information.
More on this available from : http://www.london.gov.uk/news/docs/qaradawi_dossier.rtf
SO frankly the lazy tabliod journalist get islamaphobia given on a plate .. witness it for yourselves http://www.memri.org/ then Fox and Sun pick up on it.. tut tut.. but what to do folks is the question ..