Why the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs is a Joke

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs claims that it is in the business of “Interpreting the Middle East for North Americans • Interpreting North America for the Middle East”.

Unfortunately the only place in the Middle East that the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs has ever heard of is Israel. That’s strange since the people who run it tend to be closely acquainted with their old Middle Eastern jobs in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Here’s the most recent cover for the publication which brings you such timely stories about the Middle East as…

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1. The Assassination of Yasser Arafat (by Israel)

2. Israel’s Discriminatory Practices

3. Israel’s Iran  Debacle

4. American Jews are traitors (dual loyalty)

and

5. The death of Nelson Mandela

You might assume that at least the death of Nelson Mandela would not be about Israel. But this is the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. If it’s not about Israel, it’s not in the magazine.

So the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs publishes two articles on Mandela by Palestinian Arabs who talk about how evil Israel is.

One of them is Marwan Barghouti whom the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs describes as the “Palestinian Mandela” who is in prison for running a terrorist group responsible for numerous murders, including that of a Greek Orthodox monk.

Barghouti spends most of the piece talking about himself and defeating Israel. It’s a real tribute to Mandela.

The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs was always a propaganda outlet for the Saudi lobby, but it wasn’t always a complete joke.

Scroll down the site’s table of contents and you have to get through 13 articles to find one non-Israel article. There’s only one story about Syria where some say there’s a little war going on.

Even Der Sturmer wrote about something other than Jews, but that’s more self-control than the editors of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs seem to be capable of.

If space aliens read the the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, they would assume that the Middle East consists entirely of Israel.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Washington Report on the Middle East,

    Happy ETERNAL NAKBA!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Washington Report for Middle East Affairs has always been an over the top propaganda arm of the Saudis. What it spews against Israel is a classic example of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad in action. While it may not be violent, it nonetheless does enormous damage to the perception of Israel, as it is extremely effective in exploiting the ignorance’s of millions of unsuspecting gullible useful idiots. The Washington Report for Middle East Affairs needs to be exposed for what it is and then shut down.

    While I’m not against the freedom of speech per se, propaganda, i.e., non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, that is meant to demonize, vilify, and harm others and that also has absolutely no basis in fact needs to be made illegal, as it is an illegal assault on others that does tremendous damage. While the damage it does is in perception as opposed to physical, it is damage nonetheless. Indeed, this type of Saudi funded non-violent stealth

    • hiernonymous

      “…as it is an illegal assault on others…”

      What law, exactly, is it violating?

      “…that is meant to demonize, vilify, and harm others….”

      That’s a pretty fair description of your hobby. Are you suggesting that your posts should be illegal? Or is it not propaganda per se that you object to, but propaganda that you find discomfiting?

      It’s interesting that you think freedom of speech in America should be curtailed if the information conveyed is unflattering to Israel. Not sure why you think that Israel is so special that Americans can’t be trusted to filter the information they receive on it for themselves, but, well, no.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Hey, No fighting in the War room.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        You can’t help it…like the delusional Leftist you are you always got to bash Israel at the same time you are always turning a blind eye and apologizing for Islam. In your book, Israel can do no right and Muslims no wrong. We don’t say you Marxist moonbats are delusional for nothing.

        Meanwhile, I’ve been waiting for months for you to point to just one single population of Muslim immigrants anywhere in the world that have actually assimilated and integrated and that matriculated into contributing and productive citizens of their new host infidel state.

        In other words, you can’t prove me wrong about Islam, yet you have the audacity to claim that what is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad meant to delegitimize the state of Israel in the eyes of gullible useful idiots like you should somehow be legal in America. It’s jihad, as the sole fundamental purpose of Islam is to subjugate not only the infidels in Israel, but also the entire world into Islamic totalitarianism. Indeed, like a typical Marxist, you are suicidal.

        Nevertheless, the taqiyya the Washington Report spews at the behest of Saudi Arabia against the infidel state of Israel ad nauseum is jihad and an assault against Israel. Furthermore, all forms of jihad whether of the violent variety or the non-violent stealth and deceptive variety should be outlawed and illegal in America, as it isn’t speech; it’s the hijacking of speech to wage war against infidels, it’s slander, and it’s all lies meant to vilify and demonize! And just because you are dumb enough to believe their lies doesn’t mean it should be legal!

        • hiernonymous

          So let’s start with the substantive question: What law is it violating? Your answer, after the hysteria is stripped away, is: none. So it’s not illegal, you simply think it ought to be.

          But then you suggest that the basis for making it illegal should be that the speech is slander and lies, and that it’s “an assault against Israel.” Let’s look at that. We already have laws concerning libel and slander. If your characterization of the Washington Report’s articles as “slander” is accurate, then they could already be prosecuted. Can you provide an example of such slander?

          Concerning your other element – that it is an “assault” on Israel – are you suggesting that the United States outlaw criticism of Israel? On what basis?

          I’m not sure why you’ve been “waiting for months” for anything from me; as for identifying a Muslim population that has assimilated, that’s easy – right here in the U.S. I encounter members of a Muslim population in my own community that has fit in quite well with its surrounding community. Last week I bought Girl Scout cookies from two little Scouts from Jordan. The family two doors away from me are a delightful couple from Palestine with a young daughter; we’ve lived by them for 7 years now. I hadn’t been aware that you were waiting so anxiously for that information, but one trusts you will rest more easily now.

          In other words, you can’t prove me wrong about Islam, yet you have the
          audacity to claim that what is really non-violent stealth and deceptive
          jihad meant to delegitimize the state of Israel in the eyes of gullible
          useful idiots like you should somehow be legal in America. It’s jihad,
          as the sole fundamental purpose of Islam is to subjugate not only the
          infidels in Israel, but also the entire world into Islamic
          totalitarianism. Indeed, like a typical Marxist, you are suicidal.

          Here’s the basic problem underlying your entire rant: you claim to be afraid that someone wants to turn the U.S. into a totalitarian nightmare, and to prevent that, you wish to turn the U.S. into a totalitarian nightmare.

          One of the basic foundations of our way of life is the idea that ideas should be freely debated and weighed and decisions reached by consensus. The U.S. Constitution is founded on a rejection of control of information, and decision-making by individuals who believe that they have the right – whether through birth or other reasons – to do the thinking and make the decisions of their fellow citizens.

          You have concluded that Islam is some sort of totalitarian threat. Bully for you. You’re free to communicate that threat to your fellow citizens, and you do, with a great deal of enthusiasm, if not a great deal of logic. That’s your right.

          But you wish to eliminate the right of those who disagree with you to present their viewpoints, and that’s not so acceptable. If your facts and logic are unassailable, then that will be obvious. If they’re not unassailable, then there’s no good reason they shouldn’t be assailed.

          In the end, your argument rests on your conviction that you are more perceptive and intelligent than everyone who disagrees with you, and that they should be forced into agreement with you, not through compelling arguments made by you and those who agree with you, but by silencing those who present information that undermines your argument. That’s the essence of totalitarianism, my friend, and while it’s debatable that the Muslims want to achieve that here, it’s certain that you do. Sorry, can’t buy into that sort of megalomania.

          • 2jackets

            So merely on the basis of buying some cookies you brush aside the existence of a clear & present danger to us all?? The so called “assimilation” you mention betrays your ignorance of the true nature of muslims because .. taqiyya!
            (Edit: It definitely IS catching)

          • Daniel Greenfield

            I hear those Tsarnaevs were really cool dudes.

          • hiernonymous

            Nearly as cool as Elias Abuelazam, not nearly as cool as Baruch Goldstein.

            You might find the Pew Research Center’s Muslims in America: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream more helpful in developing a picture of what Muslims in America look like.

            http://pewresearch.org/files/old-assets/pdf/muslim-americans.pdf

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Ah yes, Jews and Christian Arabs are the real threat. No need to worry about the Tsarnaevs next door.

            Middle class and mostly mainstream don’t go together when dealing with a terror class that is also middle class.

          • hiernonymous

            “Ah yes, Jews and Christian Arabs are the real threat. No need to worry about the Tsarnaevs next door.”

            Judging by events, one must be alert to the murderous among all three communities. Though if you insist on filtering your world through a religious lens, I suspect that I’m statistically more likely to be harmed by a Christian than anyone else.

            “Middle class and mostly mainstream don’t go together when dealing with a terror class that is also middle class.”

            And your basis for generalizing American Muslims into a “terror class” is what, exactly?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Yup. Any day now Christian Arabs will start flying planes into skyscrapers.

            Better be ready for it.

          • hiernonymous

            H: And your basis for generalizing American Muslims into a “terror class” is what, exactly?

            DG: Yup. Any day now Christian Arabs will start flying planes into skyscrapers.

            Better be ready for it.

            There were as many Christian Arabs among the 9/11 hijackers as there were American Muslims. It’s not clear how your response was actually responsive.

          • A Z

            I never feared a Christian group taking over a plane.

            The groups I have feared have been Palestinian groups, The Japanese Red Army Faction, the Bader-Meinhoff Gang or similar Leftist scum. And of course now Al Qaeda.

            I have no fear of neo-NAZIs, Aryan Brotherhood or KKK hijacking planes. Now white supremacists have robbed armored cars and shot up liberal talk show hosts (once). That I expect them to do. I also expect my government to infiltrate them, while ignoring black panthers in this day & age.

            I do not consider McVeigh Christian. He did not represent himself as one nor did he practice Christianity in the time leading up to the bombing. It is still unexplained why Terry Nichols visited his wife’s home country without her.

            “Gee Honey, I am going to your home country, but can’t afford a 2nd ticket for you. Sucks to be you.” Why did he go without her? For pootang?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            The 9/11 hijackers were Muslims in America.

          • hiernonymous

            But they were not American Muslims. Are the 9/11 hijackers your basis for deciding that American Muslims are a “terror class?”

          • Daniel Greenfield

            They were Muslims in America. Whether or not they had a piece of paper saying they were US citizens the way that their contact Anwar Al-Awlaki did, makes very little difference.

          • hiernonymous

            It makes a very big difference when the underlying topic is whether Muslims immigrants are, on the whole, becoming productive members of American society. The Pew report cited earlier suggests that they very much are; and you’ve made a cryptic comment about a “terrorist class” and alluded to the hijackers who came over to conduct an attack. I’m trying to understand what you mean by “terrorist class,” and with just how broad a brush you’re trying to paint.

            By way of comparison, between the anarchists and organized crime, how well can we say the Italians have assimilated into American society? Are they our criminal class?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            That’s your topic, not mine.

            There’s little distinction between Muslim terrorists in America with or without citizenship. Muslims don’t assimilate, they secularize until they eventually stop being Muslim and the topic becomes moot.

            But if the knowledge that the guy blowing up the plane you’re on passed a citizenship test comforts you, go with it.

          • hiernonymous

            Muslims don’t assimilate, they secularize until they eventually stop being Muslim

            That’s an odd perspective. It runs counter to the Pew findings, and, anecdotally, to my own experience; I know several Muslims who have both assimilated and remain Muslim. The major premise of your argument appears to be rooted in a redefinition of Muslim as an intractable enemy of our way of life, and employing circular logic to conclude that only one who has abandoned that enmity could have assimilated.

            “But if the knowledge that the guy blowing up the plane you’re on passed a citizenship test comforts you, go with it.”

            I’m still trying to understand what you mean by “terror class” and who is included in it. Do I understand your post to mean that American Muslims, writ large, are a “terror class” in America?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            It however runs consistently along the chain of terrorist attacks carried out by supposedly assimilated modern Muslims.

            “The major premise of your argument appears to be rooted in a
            redefinition of Muslim as an intractable enemy of our way of life, and
            employing circular logic to conclude that only one who has abandoned
            that enmity could have assimilated.”

            Yes, from your point of view, it’s no doubt a foreign policy issue. From the point of view of the terrorists, it’s a Koran issue.

          • hiernonymous

            I’m still trying to understand what you mean by “terror class” and who
            is included in it. Do I understand your post to mean that American
            Muslims, writ large, are a “terror class” in America?

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    I never understood the Dual Loyalty complaint.

    Dual LOYALTY. Triple LOYALTY. Quadruple LOYALTY.

    What are the SOCIALIST sacks of SHlTler whining about?

  • herb benty

    Israel does not fly jets into American buildings, attack our Military. Israelis do not scream “Death to America” in mullah-frienzied Islamic hotbeds. Israel does not set up jihad camps here in our American States, while a President looks the other way. Jews do not tell our President what to do, Jarrett(Iranian) does. Republican Secretaries of State did not cruise around with the Muslim Brotherhood spy peering over their shoulder and “advising”. Hillary Clinton did. Israel is FOR a strong America, Islam is FOR our destruction. That is only part of the difference between our good friend Israel, and our enemy, Islam.

  • jzsnake

    I actually complained to my local library who carried this magazine. I’m for free speech and all I told the librarian just show me the other magazines that are viciously anti-China, Saudi Arabia, etc. She actually took it down and explained it was a donation not one the library purchased. Mind you this is Atlanta, Ga. I can imagine the success I would have had with this request in some leftest city.