On April 8th at NYU, about 50 students attended a talk by Middle East expert Avi Jorisch. The talk, “The Media Behind the Martyrs: Hamas, Hezbollah, The PA, and the al-Manar Television Scandal” was hosted by CAMERA Fellow Blair Newman.
Avi Jorisch spoke about how terror organizations use the media to expand their appeal and how they use certain media sources and advertising for funding. Avi also helped expose the Iranian-funded and Hezbollah run Shiite TV network Al-Manar.
Now a specially designated global terrorist entity by the US, Al-Manar has for years been a front for globally broadcasting support of terrorism and a means for financial support by advertising. This sometimes occurs even unknowingly through American corporations such as PepsiCo and Proctor & Gamble.
Students left great feedback. As one student put it, “Avi inspired the audience and students said they had no idea that an hour had gone by. Avi was engaging and let people ask questions throughout.”