Sam Westrop

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

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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