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Americans for Middle East Understanding

Americans for Middle East Understanding (AMEU) is a non-profit non-governmental organization[1] that promotes the appreciation of the culture, history and current events in the Middle East among Americans. According to Elizabeth Boosahda, the AMEU "fosters increased understanding in America of the history, goals and values of all the peoples in the Middle-East and broader understanding of their religious beliefs, economic conditions and social customs."[2] AMEU was established in 1967 by a number of American professionals who had experience of the Middle East,[3] and who believe that Americans were receiving biased information about the region.[2] AMEU publishes a 16-page magazine called The Link on a bi-monthly basis,[4] which is now in its 33rd year of publication.[5] It also publishes leaflets about the Middle East,[6] supports educational programs,[7] sells books, donates to libraries, provides a speakers' bureau, subsidizes travel to the Middle East and provides teachers with educational material.[8]

Board of directors

The board of directors includes scholars, academics, diplomats, authors, editors, religious representatives and business people including many with direct experience in the Middle East. Talcot Seelye, former American ambassador to Syria and Tunisia, served on the board of directors.[9] AMEU's current board of directors includes former American ambassador to Greece, Zimbabwe, and Mauritius, Robert V. Keeley and former representative Paul Findley.[10]

Palestinian advocacy

A 2004 article by Chana Shavelson on the pro-Israeli media watchdog, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), AMEU is referred to as a "pro-Palestinian group." [11] Neoconservative Laurent Murawiec, in his book, Prince of darkness: the Saudi assault on the West says: "Americans for Middle East Understanding, established in 1969, evolved into a major organization within the Arab lobby." [12] Ed Lasky, writing for the American Thinker has written that "Americans for Middle East Understanding (AMEU) is an innocuous-sounding group that is actually a harshly anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian organization that has existed for over 30 years," noting that "Edward Peck, the former Ambassador to Iraq to whom Wright inaccurately attributes his 'chickens have come home to roost' comment about 9/11, is a member of its [AMEU] Board of Directors." [13] Further coverage of this claim revealed that Edward Peck never used the phrase "chickens have come home to roost" and that his comments related to 9/11 had been misquoted.[14]


  1. ^ "United Nations Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization Directory". United Nations. 
  2. ^ a b Boosahda, Elizabeth. Arab-American faces and voices: the origins of an immigrant community. p. 261. 
  3. ^ "AMEU Celebrates 40 Years of Educating Americans About Middle East.". Encyclopædia Britannica. May 2008. 
  4. ^ "The Link Archives". Americans for Middle East Understanding. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  5. ^ "The Information Network: Providing News About Christians in the Middle East". Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs. September 2000. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  6. ^ "Resources". Americans for Middle East Understanding. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  7. ^ "Americans for Middle East Understanding". Americans for Middle East Understanding. Archived from the original on 27 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  8. ^ "What We Do". Americans for Middle East Understanding. Archived from the original on 27 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  9. ^ Sullivan, Patricia (2006-06-11). "Talcott W. Seelye; Ambassador Developed Middle East Expertise". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  10. ^ "The Board & Advisory Council". Americans for Middle East Understanding. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  11. ^ "Bloopers, Bias and Terrorist Cross-Fire at AP". CAMERA. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  12. ^ Prince of darkness: the Saudi assault on the West Laurent Murawiec page 123. ISBN 978-0742542785
  13. ^ Ed Lasky (2013-01-13). "Archived-Articles: Rev. Wright's Middle East Views". Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  14. ^ Getler, Michael (2008-05-01). "Ombudsman | Too Much Reverence for the Reverend?". PBS. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 

External links

  • Official website
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