Sam Westrop

Sam Westrop is the Director of Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.

Islamism Flourishes in Darkness


In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post on January 8, Istanbul-based commentator Yehia Hamed discusses the ostensible violence and repression of the current Cairo government, led by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, and bewails the scarcity of free expression in today’s Egypt. Although Hamed discloses that he served in the government of President Mohamed Morsi, the […]

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Islamist Detained, New York Times Baffled


The day before Thanksgiving, the New York Times published the tale of Walid Fitaihi, a “Harvard-trained doctor, hospital owner, television host and motivational speaker” who has been “detained without trial [in Saudi Arabia] for more than a year.” Reporting that Fitaihi is at “Hair Prison outside the Saudi capital of Riyadh, where the kingdom jails criminals […]

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Bangladeshi Islamists Go to Washington


From October 9 to 12, London-based barrister Abdur Razzaq will visit Washington, D.C. to meet with White House officials, legislators, House committee staffers and analysts at a number of think tanks. That a lawyer is speaking with politicians is not particularly worrying. But the fact that Razzaq is also an assistant secretary general of the […]

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Charity and Security Network: Useful Idiots or Advocates for Hate?


Following a July 11 hearing on the question of Islamism, conducted by the House Oversight Committee’s National Security Subcommittee, a legal advocacy organization named the Charity and Security Network (CSN) published two articles denouncing the evidence presented, accusing “Isamophobic [sic] groups” of spreading “misinformation.” It then wrote to the National Security Subcommittee, arguing that the hearing “consisted […]

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Terror Charities Reap the Benefits of Corporate Donations


On July 26, Benevity, which describes itself as “the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software,” announced the “top ten causes” that received donations through its platform in June 2018. Benevity reports it “saw a big boost in giving to immigrants’ rights organizations following the news about family separations at the U.S. […]

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Saved by the Hurricane — How Do You Spell Islamic Relief?


Hurricane Irma helped out Islamic Relief on September 7, after an amendment barring federal grants to the Islamist charity was dropped when the sponsoring congressman rushed back to Florida to deal with the oncoming storm. Islamic Relief (IR) and a number of prominent Islamic voices, including Linda Sarsour, did not attribute the withdrawal of the […]

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