IMEU Logo
The Institute for Middle East Understanding offers journalists and editors quick access to information about Palestine and the Palestinians, as well as expert sources — both in the U.S. and in the Middle East. Read our Background Briefings. Contact us for story assistance. Sign up for e-briefings.
Institute for Middle East UnderstandingAbout IMEU
Donate to IMEU
Home
News & Analysis
Commentary
From the Media
Factsheets
Life & Culture
Cuisine
Customs & Traditions
Film
Literature
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Palestine in Photos
Art & Culture
Business & Economy
Daily Life
People
Politics
Palestinian Americans
Background Briefings
Documents & Reports
Development & Economy
Historical Documents
Human Rights
Politics & Democracy
Misc.
Maps
Links
Media Inquiries
About IMEU
Donate
Contact

Get E-mail News
Journalists & Editors: Sign up for e-mail briefings here.
Follow the IMEU on Twitter

EDITOR'S PICKS

On civil disobedience
Neve Gordon, The Palestine Chronicle


Gaza families demand answers
Ma'an News


Goldstone and the 'peace process'
George Giacaman, Bitterlemons.org


Advanced SearchSend/E-mail This PageShare/Save This PageAdvanced SearchAccess RSS Feed
Home > About IMEU

About the IMEU

Our Mission

The Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) is an independent non-profit organization that provides journalists with quick access to information about Palestine and the Palestinians, as well as expert sources, both in the United States and in the Middle East. Both through its website and its staff, the IMEU works with journalists to increase the public's understanding about the socio-economic, political and cultural aspects of Palestine, Palestinians and Palestinian Americans.

What We Do

The IMEU assists journalists who are working on stories about Palestine or the Palestinians by:
  • Providing access to the latest news stories, expert analysis, photographs and other visuals

  • Maintaining an updated panel of credible experts and analysts who can comment publicly on the news, life and culture of Palestinians and Palestinian Americans.

  • Putting journalists in contact with Palestinian women and men from all walks of life - including artists, poets, businesspeople, medical professionals, policymakers and more - who are willing to be interviewed.

  • Compiling an extensive library of images, maps, studies, reports and polls relating to Palestine and the Palestinians

  • Providing a comprehensive set of answers to the most commonly asked questions about Palestine and the Palestinians

  • Supplying links to websites and other online materials that offer journalists a wide range of information on the Palestinian experience. The IMEU provides these links as a service to journalists but it does not necessarily endorse the views or opinions of the various sources.

What We Believe
  • Only through increased understanding of the peoples of the Middle East -- their history, their struggles, their rights and aspirations -- can a just and lasting peace be achieved, which is in the interest of all Americans.

  • Sound public policy is achieved when citizens receive balanced and accurate information from the media. And if journalists have easy access to credible information and analysis about Palestinians, it can only result in a better informed American public.

  • Diverse opinions are necessary for the free and full exchange of ideas. The IMEU can best serve the media and the public by staying independent and providing access to a range of voices.

  • All human beings should be treated equally, regardless of gender, faith or national origin - whether they reside in the United States, Palestine, Israel or anywhere else in the world.

  • Violence is abhorrent -- whether perpetrated by individuals or by states -- and must be repudiated in all its forms.

Who We Are

The IMEU was founded in 2005 by a group of concerned Americans who want to foster an increased understanding among Americans about Palestine and the Palestinians. The IMEU is an independent organization and is not affiliated with any government or political party. It is funded through individual donations and foundations.

Board of Directors

Sam Jadallah, chairman. A Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Jadallah was formerly a senior executive at Microsoft where he was employed for 12 years.

Jaleh Bisharat, president. A marketing consultant and recipient of several marketing awards, Bisharat was previously vice-president of marketing at Amazon.com, PointCast Inc. and Approach Software.

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, secretary and treasurer. A media consultant, Khalaf-Tuffaha has written numerous articles on the Middle East and served as press spokeswoman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Seattle.

Abbas "Eddy" Zuaiter, board member. Zuaiter is the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Investment and Management Committees of Soros Fund Management LLC and a former partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers.



Advanced SearchSend/E-mail This PageShare/Save This PageAdvanced SearchAccess RSS Feed

Home > About IMEU


All content ©2006-2013 Institute for Middle East Understanding

site designed by nigelparry.net