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About MEMO

The use or misuse of information is central to the conflict in the Middle East. There has been a growing need for supporters of, in particular, the Palestinian cause, to master the art of information gathering, analysis and dissemination. This requires well organised, focused and targeted operations. Such initiatives are virtually non-existent in the West today.

The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) was established to fill this gap.

While there are several outstanding media monitoring networks online, their main activity is invariably confined to exposing the flaws in existing coverages. We go one step further; reaching out to opinion-makers and decision-makers in a deliberate, organised and sustained manner.

So, what do we do at MEMO?

  • We provide a focused and comprehensive coverage of Palestine, and its regional neighbours
  • We do so by gathering news through our extensive networks of partner organisations and correspondents on the ground
  • Not only do our readers enjoy up-to-date reporting, through our network of contributors, we also publish carefully reasoned commentaries rooted in factual evidence
  • We are also an essential point of reference for journalists, researchers, human rights organisations and NGOs

Here at MEMO, we recognise that official policy is often informed and defined by the nature of media coverage. As such, we regularly interface with politicians, editors, lobby groups and various other stakeholders to facilitate a better understanding and appreciation of the Palestine issue.

Our Staff

Director
Dr. Daud Abdullah

Senior Editor
Ibrahim Hewitt

Researchers & Staff Writers
Amelia Smith
Jehan Alfarra
Motasem Dalloul
Nasim Ahmed
Omar Ahmed
Muhammad Hussein

Events Coordinator 
Aisha Elmasri

Digital Team | e: webmaster@memonitor.org.uk

Photographer in Gaza
Mohammed Asad

Regular Contributors

  • Alastair Sloan
  • Asa Winstanley
  • Abderrahim Chalfaouat
  • Ramona Wadi
  • Dr Ramzy Baroud
  • Dr Samah Jabr
  • Professor Kamel Hawwash
  • Yvonne Ridley

Honorary Advisers to the Middle East Monitor

  • Dr Salman Abu Sitta, Palestinian author and member of the Palestinian National Council
  • Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham, member of The House of Lords
  • Baroness Jennifer Tonge of Kew, member of The House of Lords
  • Dr Maria Holt, Lecturer of Democracy and Islam in the Centre for the Study of Democracy in the University of Westminster
  • Oliver McTernan, Co-Founder and Director of the Forward Thinking organisation

Latest articles

Ghislaine Maxwell Pedo Sex-Trafficking Investigation Launched In Virgin Islands

Ghislaine Maxwell - who's facing six charges in New York over her alleged role in Jeffrey Epstein's pedophile sex-trafficking ring, is also under investigation in the US Virgin Islands. The revelation comes in a July 10 filing to intervene in a lawsuit Maxwell filed against Epstein's estate seeking reimbursement for legal fees, and claiming that Epstein had repeatedly promised to support her financially, according to The Sun. The Island's Justice Department is "investigating Maxwell's participation in Epstein's criminal sex trafficking and sexual abuse conduct," read the court papers. Epstein infamously owned Little St. James island, dubbed 'pedo island' over accusations that he would fly underage girls there to fulfill his sexual desires and those of his associates. Famous guests reportedly include Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Stephen Hawking, Les Wexner and others. One accuser, Chaunte Davies, says she was raped by Epstein over the course of several years before finally parting ways with him in 2005. Accuser Chaunte Davies, Ghislaine Maxwell Now 40, Chaunte says the ex-Wall Street banker performed a sex act on

German Police Hunt for 'Forest Rambo' After He Disarmed Four Officers Single-Handed

German police have entered their third day of a manhunt for 31-year-old Yves Etienne Rausch, who is accused of pulling a firearm on four officers and disarming them during a police check. Nicknamed “Forest Rambo” by German media, Rausch has been on the run in the area around the town of Oppenau in Baden-Württemberg since Sunday after he managed to disarm and allegedly confiscate pistols from four police officers by himself. Believed to be dangerous, Rausch is said to be armed with a bow and arrow, a knife, and several pistols. He is also said to be equipped with camouflage clothing and night vision goggles, German tabloid Bild reports. In a press release, local police described Rausch as standing 5’7″ tall, with a goatee, a bald head, and possibly wearing glasses. They also asked locals not to pick up any hitchhikers. Police spokesman Wolfgang Kramer commented on the incident in which Rausch is said to have disarmed the officers, saying: “Suddenly he pulled his pistol and aimed at the officers. Completely surprised by the situation, they no longer had a chance to react to the dangerous situation.” Germany Considers Disbanding Special Forces Unit After Discovering Members Hold Nationalist Views https://t.co/CWSpGc2l3g — Breitbart

UK Bans New Huawei 5G Equipment from 2021, Full Ban from 5G by 2027

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden has confirmed the ban on the addition of new equipment from Huawei to UK 5G networks, and all Huawei components must be removed from Britain’s 5G by 2027. The move came after Five Eyes allies warned of the security risks of using the “effectively state-owned” Chinese tech firm. Mr Dowden made the announcement in the House of Commons on Tuesday, weeks after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Huawei, barring the sale of American components to the Chinese company over security concerns. It represents a significant reversal by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who agreed in January on a contract for Huawei to build 35 per cent of Britain’s 5G network. “This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run,” the British digital secretary said, according to the BBC. The decision follows a ruling from the National Security Council that Huawei should not be used in any part of Britain’s 5G. The new restrictions also apply to Huawei’s broadband components. The judgment officially came as a result of a review conducted by the National Cyber Security

The Law, and Origin Story of Istanbul’s Iconic Hagia Sophia

On Friday July 10, Turkey’s highest court has repealed a previous decision that saw the 1934 conversion of the Hagia Sophia from a mosque into a museum, and put restrictions on prayers being performed at the site. A week earlier, Turkey’s Council of State received arguments by lawyers pressing for an annulment of a 1934 decision by its Council of Ministers which turned the historic monument into a museum. In the case, lawyers appealed to the foundation charter of the Hagia Sophia itself, personal property of Sultan Mehmet II, which forbids changes of any sort to the endowment, its lands, and use. “At the heart of this controversial case is a bid to restore religious freedoms,” says Mark Jefferson, an analyst for Omran Strategic Studies Institute. “Early modern Turkey cracked down on the practice of faith, wearing of religious garb and expression of religion, and one of the policies they enacted was to deny its religious Muslim community a place that served as a deeply symbolic place of prayer for nearly five centuries,” he says. “It is worth recalling the ‘Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protection of Independence and
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