Welcome to PMES

The Princeton Middle East Society is a non-profit organization created to promote an understanding of the history, culture and peoples of the Middle East. Fundamental to our mission is respect for the human rights and dignity of all in the region. Our aim is to provide the Greater Princeton community in New Jersey with access to information and viewpoints that are often underrepresented in the mainstream media.


Recent and Upcoming Events

March 19, 2020:  Private docent-led tour of Princeton Art Museum holdings of arts of the Ancient Near East, Byzantium and Islamic World.  Members only.

February 10, 2020:  Private home screening of The Cave, 2020 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary (Feature). Members only.

For besieged civilians in Eastern Ghouta during the Syrian Civil War, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave. The film follows pediatrician and managing director Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages, the threat of chemical attacks and the patriarchal culture that challenges the women’s right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts.

December 18, 2019:  Holiday Party and Talk  on “Current Developments in Tunisia.”Author and journalist Nicholas Noe and entrepreneur Steven Abdelatif presented their unique insights into business and contemporary life in Tunisia from the point of view of two young men with multiple businesses in Tunisia. Members only.

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October 1, 2019: PMES and co-sponsor Jewish Voice for Peace-Central New Jersey kicked off the new year with a reception and screening of the acclaimed film The Wanted 18 at the UU  Congregation of Princeton. Free and open to the public.

Through a clever mix of stop-motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army’s pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production by the townspeople of Beit Sahour was declared a “threat to the national security of the state of Israel.”