Sam Westrop has headed Islamist Watch since March 2017, when MEF absorbed the counter-extremism unit of Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT). Prior to this he was research director at APT, and ran Stand for Peace, a London-based counter-extremism organization monitoring Islamists throughout the UK. Mr. Westrop is a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute. His writings have appeared at such publications as National Review, National Post, and The Hill, and he has appeared on dozens of television and radio stations, including BBC, Al Jazeera, and Newsmax.
Mr. Siskind served in the Israel Defense Forces’ combat engineers corps with ground battalions and in intelligence stations including the Judea and Samaria divisional headquarters. Since 2012, he has worked as a security and strategic consultant, supporting governmental and private industry clients. He studied intelligence research and analysis at the American Military University, West Virginia.