Outdoor shot of Texas A&M campus with students in an article written by Allen West for The Old School Patriot

11 American Universities on Qatar’s Payroll

In Education, Foreign Policy, Front Page, National Security by Allen West

There can be no debate that education at our institutions of higher learning is costly. If you have not visited a college campus recently, well, they are starting to resemble resorts. But there is also a high cost for education at our colleges and universities, it is the cost associated with whom they are doing business and accepting donations. How would you feel about your college or university, alma mater, receiving money from one of the major state sponsors of Islamic terrorism?

As reported by the Daily Caller:

“The nation of Qatar, a Sharia-law monarchy that has been accused of trying to influence other countries’ governments, gave $1 billion to elite American universities since 2011, according to Department of Education data. 

Some universities have refused to discuss where strings are attached to that money. The Qatar Foundation, for example, filed a lawsuit against the Texas attorney general Oct. 12 to hide information about the $225 million Qatar has awarded to Texas A&M University since 2011.

The Qatar Foundation hired the politically connected powerhouse law firm Squire Patton Boggs for the suit, which was filed in response to a researcher’s public information request regarding the foreign funding. The biggest recipient of Qatar’s educational funding,

Georgetown University, repeatedly ignored requests from The Daily Caller News Foundation for basic information about the funding and whether it implicates academic independence.

Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have accused Qatar of meddling in other nations’ internal affairs as well as funding terrorism. Qatar also wields influence through its media group, Al Jazeera. 

For a nation seeking sway over the U.S., Georgetown University would be a particularly tactical site of influence. Georgetown has received nearly $333 million from Qatar since 2011 — far more than any other U.S. school has received from any foreign nation. 

Georgetown is situated in the seat of power, near the State Department, and its experts are frequently cited by groups shaping policy. In fact, the Jesuit Catholic university trains many of the United States’ future diplomats at its Walsh School of Foreign Service.”

Just to remind y’all, Al Jazeera has been regarded as the media propaganda wing of Islamic jihadists. The news station tried to gain a foothold in the US media market but struggled. Remember it was former Vice President Al Gore who sold his failed Current TV to Al Jazeera . . . interesting huh?

Qatar has been accused of funding Islamic jihadism. Many of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States are openly against Qatar, even Saudi Arabia issued sanctions against them. Qatar is the home for the leadership of Hamas, yes, the Islamic terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip, and is known for firing rockets and missiles into Southern Israel, along with building infiltration tunnels. Qatar is also the place where the infamous “Taliban Five” senior leadership were released from GITMO under the Obama administration. And, it is in Qatar, today, that the Taliban has established their “official” diplomatic station.

Yes, the United States does have an Air Force base in Qatar, Al Udeid. I have been there. However, it is not debatable that Qatar is playing both sides of the stick, but certainly leaning towards one side, and that is not toward the US. There have been countless reports of the Qataris providing funding for ISIS, along with Turkey. We cannot dismiss that the Qataris are a fundamental Islamist state and that their adherence to sharia law is inconsistent with our principles and values.

So why are our institutions of higher learning accepting their money, and refusing to discuss terms and stipulations? And why would an American law firm side with The Qatar Foundation in supporting their lawsuit against the Texas Attorney General’s office?

The Daily Caller continues:

“Thanks to the Qatari funding, Georgetown and its foreign service program has an entire outpost in Qatar. “Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) is an additional location of Georgetown University, based in Education City in Doha,” its website says. “The University offers a four-year undergraduate program in international affairs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree.”  

Perhaps it is just me, but why do we have a country with ties to Islamic jihadists funding a foreign service program and offering a degree at an American university? I guess we are just too busy chasing our tails with that “fake news” collusion story to pay any attention to this. Then again, why are these social justice warrior-producing campuses not speaking out against the human rights abuses of Qatar as their universities take their cash?

Additionally, the Daily Caller noted:

“The magnitude of liberal-leaning universities’ reliance on the foreign nation, a poster child for income inequality, provides a stark contrast. As U.S. college students clamor for university endowments to divest from fossil fuels, the schools take money from the oil-rich kingdom. As they rally for social justice causes, Qatar has a checkered human rights record. Qatar has only 313,000 citizens, and 2.3 million foreigners dwelling there, many of them laborers serving the country’s elite, according to 2017 data. Nepalese laborers died at a rate of almost one a day in Qatar, according to The Guardian. 

“We were working on an empty stomach for 24 hours; 12 hours’ work and then no food all night,” one said. “When I complained, my manager assaulted me, kicked me out of the labor camp I lived in and refused to pay me anything.”

Also, in the era of the '#MeToo movement,' why are these colleges and universities accepting money from a country that is not exactly stalwart on women's rights? Click To Tweet

Also, in the era of the “#MeToo movement,” why are these colleges and universities accepting money from a country that is not exactly stalwart on women’s rights? And unless you have been living under a rock, sharia law is not consistent with women’s rights . . . Maybe someone should explain that to sharia law advocate, and Islamist, Linda Sarsour who has been a leading voice of the Women’s March.

The Daily Caller concluded:

“In Washington, professors of Islamic issues have engaged in activism. Jonathan A. C. Brown, a convert to Islam and the director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown, which Qatar rival Saudi Arabia funds, offered an Islam-based defense of slavery, concubinage and non-consensual sex.

“The Prophet of God had slaves. He had slaves. There’s no denying that,” he said in 2017 at an International Institute of Islamic Thought talk. “Was he — are you more morally mature than the Prophet of God? No, you’re not. I’ll answer your question for you.”

The dean of Georgetown’s Qatar campus is Ahmad Dallal, who the Middle East Forum describes as “a long-time and enthusiastic supporter of the State Department-designated terrorist group Hezbollah. Dallal, who chaired Georgetown’s Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies from 2003 to 2009, is also pro-Hamas, pro-Boycott/ Divestment/Sanctions (BDS)  against Israel, co-author of an Arabic textbook whose maps omit Israel, and signatory of a letter warning that Israel would engage in ‘ethnic cleansing’ at the start of the Iraq war.”

Folks are in an uproar about Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, what about this? Funny, the BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions) movement against Israel is massive on our college and university campuses. Maybe this is what the Qatari’s — and others — money is going toward, supporting the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and their anti-Semitic agenda.

Here is the list of the top schools on the Qatari payroll. I have spoken on four of the listed campuses. And yes, I am very concerned about the third listed institution, and the lawsuit filed against the Texas Attorney General.

Top Recipients of Qatar-Affiliated Funding to Universities, 2011-2016 (Source: Department of Education):

Country / School                                        Amount

Georgetown University                              $332,818,297

Northwestern University                            $277,456,289

Texas A&M University                                $225,455,141

Carnegie Mellon University                        $71,456,401

Cornell University                                       $47,577,242

Virginia Commonwealth University            $40,117,185

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor           $7,860,694

Harvard University                                      $7,693,947

Purdue University                                       $2,794,462

Arizona State University                             $2,276,044

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  $1,223,630

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