Jewish Policy Center:Member of the Board of Fellows (Current)
Middle East Forum/Campus Watch: Founder and Director (1994 - present)
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East:
Board of Directors ('02-'03)
FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE: Contributor (First Article September 2009; Last Article March 2018)
New York Sun: Former Contributor (First Article May 2006; Last Article November 2007)
Jewish News Syndicate(JNS): Director (No Date Available)
Gatestone Institute and Nina Rosenwald (one of the biggest financial backers of Pipes)
Daniel Pipes is the founder of the Middle East Forum, a group that, in Pipes’ own words, “promotes American interests in the Middle East and protects Western values from Middle Eastern threats.” An opponent of “radical Islam,” Pipes has made a career out of being an anti-Islam polemicist and hawk. Critics accuse him of seeking to stifle free speech on Israel-related issues and spreading hatred towards muslims. According to CAIR, “Pipes has exhibited a troubling bigotry toward Muslims and Islam.” He is also founder of Campus Watch, a private watchdog group that monitors Middle East Studies programs on college campuses. Additionally, Pipes runs a personal blog where he often comments on the Israel/Palestine conflict, American history and terrorism. In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Pipes to the US Institute of Peace, which prompted a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. Senators who opposed Pipes’ nomination cited his long history of animus toward Muslim immigration, the Islamic religion and his cynical view of the role of diplomacy in ending conflicts.
Daniel Pipes argued that “moderate” conservatives should work with the far-right Austrian party, the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), in order to combat the so-called “Islamization” of Europe.
“But no single anti-Muslim activist has benefited more from his relationship with Rosenwald than Middle East Forum founder Daniel Pipes, bankrolled to the tune of $2.3 million over the past ten years by the Rosenwald family’s philanthropies. Pipes thanked Rosenwald for “[taking] on a leadership role when the [Middle East] Forum was yet fledgling, helping us through some tough spots.” A former scholar at the Rosenwald-backed pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), Pipes has made a career of advocating aggressive US and Israeli military action in the Middle East, including the razing of entire Palestinian villages. Expressing his solidarity with Wilders, Pipes echoed the Dutch politician’s racial views on Muslim immigrants, describing them as “brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and not exactly maintaining Germanic standards of hygiene.”
Pipes claims that Palestinians, and Muslims in general, are a ghastly threat to the Jewish people.
“The Palestinians are a miserable people...and they deserve to be.”
“Devotees of Israel needs to take more active steps...Bury suicide bombers in potter's fields rather than deliver their bodies to relatives (who turn their funerals into frenzied demonstrations)…Permit no transportation of people or goods beyond basic necessities. Shut off utilities to the PA...Raze the PA's illegal offices in Jerusalem, its security infrastructure and villages from which attacks are launched.”
“I worry very much from the Jewish point of view that the presence, and increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims...will present true dangers to American Jews.”
“In a Jerusalem Post piece six years ago, Preventing war: Israel's options I called for shutting off utilities to the Palestinian Authority as well as a host of other measures, such as permitting no transportation in the PA of people or goods beyond basic necessities, implementing the death penalty against murderers, and razing villages from which attacks are launched.”
“The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people.”
Pipes supports the screening and tracking of Muslims through devices like electronic tags
“If hate preachers are tagged, why not the many other non-violent Islamists who also help create an environment promoting terrorism? Their ranks would include activists, artists, computer gamers, couriers, funders, intellectuals, journalists, lawyers, lobbyists, organizers, researchers, shopkeepers, and teachers. In short, Schünemann's initiative could lead ultimately to the electronic tagging of all Islamists.”
“I believe such a school requires scrutiny beyond that of any other group's school,’ he said. ‘It fits into a larger pattern in which Muslim officials require greater scrutiny, whether they be chaplains [or] law enforcement officers. There is a tendency to sympathize with Islamism that we ignore at our peril...When law enforcement is looking for a rapist, it looks at men, not men and women. If you're looking for terrorism you must give special scrutiny to this community.”
“Muslim visitors and immigrants must undergo additional background checks. Mosques require a scrutiny beyond that applied to churches, synagogues and temples. Muslim schools require increased oversight to ascertain what is being taught to children…”
“Yes, I do support the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II because, as Malkin shows, "given what was known and not known at the time," the U.S. government made the correct and sensible decisions.”
Pipes supports French Far-Right Political Figure Jean-Marie Le Pen
[Her views] represent an important outlook in the national debate over immigration and Islam.
Pipes argues that Islam is inherently violent and that Muslims are trying to destroy Western civilization
“The detailed texture of Mr. Bush's speech transforms the official American understanding of who the enemy is, moving it from the superficial and inadequate notion of 'terrorism' to the far deeper concept of 'Islamic radicalism'. This change has potentially enduring importance if finally ... it convinces polite society to name the enemy. Doing so means, for example, that immigration authorities and law enforcement can take Islam into account when deciding whom to let into the country or whom to investigate for terrorism offenses. Focusing on Muslims as the exclusive source of Islamists permits them finally to do their job adequately."
"Does the Bush administration really believe, as its leadership has kept repeating since right after 9/11, that Islam is a 'religion of peace' not connected to the problem of terrorism?"
“The French press delicately refers to the 'urban violence' and presents the rioters as victims of the system. Mainstream media deny that it has to do with Islam and ignore the permeating Islamist ideology, with its vicious anti-French attitudes and its raw ambition to dominate the country and replace its civilization with Islam's.”
“Their [the terrorists] version is a legitimate version, a legitimate reading of the text and has great appeal to many Muslims. Therefore to dismiss it as a perversion or highjacking is to misunderstand and to not treat it as seriously as it should be treated. These are not merely criminals who are trying to exploit the religion for their own purposes. These are individuals who sincerely and devotedly, we owe them that respect. They are worthy enemies.”
“In its long history of immigration, the United States has never encountered so violence-prone and radicalized a community as the Muslims who have arrived since 1965.”
“The great majority of Muslims in Europe see themselves as bearers of a superior civilization and see themselves growing prodigiously. Through a cultural, religious and demographic confidence they feel scorn towards European ways and conspire to take it over.”
“... the Muslim uproar has a goal: to prohibit criticism of Islam by Christians and thereby to impose Shariah norms on the West. Should Westerners accept this central tenet of Islamic law, others will surely follow. Retaining free speech about Islam, therefore, represents a critical defense against the imposition of an Islamic order.”
“Conversion to Islam substantially increases the probability of a person's involvement in terrorism.”
“No conspiracy lies behind these six rounds of inflammation and aggression, but examined in retrospect, they coalesce and form a single, prolonged campaign of intimidation, with surely more to come. The basic message – 'You Westerners no longer have the privilege to say what you will about Islam, the Prophet, and the Qur'an, Islamic law rules you too' – will return again and again until Westerners either do submit or Muslims realize their effort has failed.”
“Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene....All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.”
Pipes supports efforts to ban hijabs because it, one, bans an evil garment and, two, preserves European culture.
“The British have seemingly lost interest in their heritage while the French hold on to theirs: As the British ban fox hunting, the French ban hijabs. The former embrace multiculturalism, the latter retain a pride in their historic culture. This contrast in matters of identity makes Britain the Western country most vulnerable to the ravages of radical Islam whereas France, for all its political failings, has held onto a sense of self that may yet see it through.”
“... burqas and niqabs should be banned in all public spaces because they present a security risk. Anyone might lurk under those shrouds – female or male, Muslim or non-Muslim, decent citizen or criminal – with who knows what evil purposes…”
“Expressing the universal fear aroused by these garments, a recent Pakistani horror film, Zibahkhana (meaning 'slaughterhouse' in Urdu) includes a sadistic cannibalistic killer figure dubbed 'Burqa Man'.... The time has come everywhere to ban from public places these hideous, unhealthy, socially divisive, terrorist-enabling and criminal-friendly garments.”
Pipes thinks that Obama "had a reasonably Muslim upbringing."
“Available evidence suggests Obama was born a Muslim to a non-practicing Muslim father and for some years had a reasonably Muslim upbringing.”
“While it is not an Those hostile to the FPÖ stress its Nazi origins, its "politics of resentment," and its anti-Western outlook. Those friendly to it point to its accurate civilizational critique, its positive evolution, and the far greater danger of Islamofascism. My assessment: The FPÖ brings realism, courage, extremism, and eccentricity; it has a way to go before it becomes just another party. Leadership's efforts to address a problem like antisemitism (visiting Yad Vashem or calling for the Austrian embassy to be moved to Jerusalem) have gone down badly among rank-and-file members. But I advocate working with the FPÖ, not marginalizing it, for four reasons.”