A readers submitted a link to MEMRI, which describes itself as:
Welcome to the website of The Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI), an independent, non-profit organization providing translations of the Arab media and original analysis and research on developments in the Middle East.
It’s a great site. For example, check out this letter castigating the Muslim world for blaming the United States (and the West) for creating Osama bin Laden. Here’s an excerpt:
“Renouncing these prodigal sons and attempting to lay them at the door of the West is shirking responsibility. It would be better to admit our paternity, and thus [admit] that our primary mistake in the education we gave them was that we closed our societies, our schools, and our media to freedom and knowledge, to the possibility of learning from mistakes. Once, we did this in the name of Islamic religious law; another time, we did it in the name of progressiveness and the struggle against imperialism. Only when [we are capable] of acknowledging this will we be able to deal with the enemy without, however powerful he may be.”
MEMRI also provides translations of things said in the Arabic media which are just nonsense and bigotry, like this quote from an Egyptian imam who left the United States after September 11, because he was being harrassed:
Gamei’a: “Before the incident, the situation of Muslims was normal (in America). The federal government treated them normally. But after the incident, things deteriorated. All [commercial] activity with anyone found to be a Muslim or an Arab was immediately halted, and the federal bureaus stopped matters. Furthermore, he was thoroughly investigated, and asked: ‘Why did you come to America? What is your connection to Osama bin Laden? What do you know about the [Islamic] Jihad, Hamas, and Hizbullah organizations?’ Therefore, the Muslim feels imprisoned.”
“Following the incident, Muslims and Arabs stopped feeling that it was safe to leave [their homes]. They stopped feeling that it was safe to send their wives to the market or their children to the schools. Muslims do not feel safe even going to the hospitals, because some Jewish doctors in one of the hospitals poisoned sick Muslim children, who then died.”