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Posted on Mar 28, 2014

Conflicts Forum

Conflicts Forum

 

Conflicts Forum is a Beirut-based think tank, founded by former British intelligence officer Alistair Crooke in 2004, which exists to promote a “positive assertion of Islamist values and thinking … [and] Hamas’ and Hezbollah’s values”. According to Hussein Ibish and Michael Weiss, “most of the publications on the Conflicts Forum website reflect official Iranian ideology and foreign policy”.

In the past, Conflicts Forum’s Board of Advisors included Moazzam Begg, a confessed terrorist who was recently remanded on terrorism charges; and Azzam Tamimi, a Hamas’ “special envoy” to the UK.

Today, the Board of Advisors includes Sayyed Mohammad Marandi, an Iranian propagandist and professor at the University of Tehran; Ismail Patel, a Hamas supporter who openly associates with fugitive Hamas commanders; and Salma Yaqoob, an Islamist politician who believes in the “right” of Iraqis and Afghans to murder British soldiers.

Conflicts Forum has published on its website the work of Palestinian journalist Khaled Amayreh, who has made a number of vicious anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying remarks, including the claim that “Jews control the United States completely”.

Other writings promoted on the Conflicts Forum website include those of Al-Akhbar, described as “Hezbollah’s newspaper”; Al-Manar, a “specially designated global terrorist entity” under US law; Counterpunch, described as “a neo-Nazi magazine”; Moon of Alabama, a pro-Assad blog; and RT, the Kremlin’s English-language propaganda channel.

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