More About MEMRI (US State Department Grantee) And Natan Sharansky – OpEd


By Philip Weiss

Many of you have checked out the GangreenTV videos (see below) of Israeli government ministers saying things that– if they were American public officials saying this stuff, they would be out of office tomorrow. In the second video, the Israeli Justice Minister Ya’akov Ne’eman says that African immigrants converting to Judaism are the great threat to Israel, whereas in the U.S. it’s all the Jews marrying non-Jews that’s the threat– “accomplish [ing] what the accursed Hitler did not.”

Anatoly Borisovich Shcharansky
Anatoly Borisovich Shcharansky

Well Anatol Sharansky shares a stage with both ministers making these repellent remarks, and in the second instance, he appears to approve the message, clapping Ne’eman on the back at the end of his statement against Africans (4:06).

Sharansky is on the board of advisers of MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, which got a $200,000 grant from the State Department last week, from State’s Office of International Religious Freedom. Gosh, are these really the ideas that the State Department wants to be associated with?




Mondoweiss is a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective. Mondoweiss is maintained by Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz. Weiss lives in New York state and Horowitz lives in New York City.

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