Skip to comments.The Saudi Fifth Column On Our Nation's Campuses
Posted on 04/05/2004 1:24:43 AM PDT by rdb3
From Riyadh to Ramallah to the Ivy League, the Saudi Wahhabi lobby and money machine is funding the goals of radical Islam and undermining Americas efforts to prosecute the War On Terror.
The press recently reported new closures by the Department of Justice of Saudi charitable fronts like the Muslim World League, the Al-Haramain Foundation, the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), and others which raised money for Al Qaeda, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. But the government has so far ignored an even larger network of Saudi front groups working toward parallel ends.
This network is embedded deep within our system of higher education, including many of our most prestigious universities. The Saudis have steadily infiltrated American educational institutions, using vast infusions of money to turn the American educational system against US support for Israel and in favor of the Saudi vision of a global Muslim state in which not only Jews but Christians and all infidels will have subordinate status to the followers of the true faith. At the same time they look to affect American policy in the Middle East and public opinion in the US in a way to aid their Wahhabist goals.
Saudi Wahhabism fuels a particular hatred for the West and its liberalism regarding religious tolerance and human rights. It views attempts by the West to promote democratic reforms in the medieval Arab monarchy of the Saudi royal family as an affront to Islam. In other words, it shares its religious and political views of its wayward-but not forgotten- son, Osama Bin Laden.
Accordingly, the Saudi royal family has been waging its own quiet jihad of ideas and disinformation to advance its goals. It has also financed terrorist activities of Al Qaeda and Palestinian radicals. The US Senate Judiciary Committee recently heard testimony from fellow senators and terrorism experts that the Bush administration has failed to recognize the threat of Saudi influence, having left the Kingdom in control of most of the Muslim organizations in the United States. For instance, 80% of the mortgages on mosques in the US are paid for by the Wahhabist Saudis.
Over the last 30 years the Saudi Royal Family has contributed upwards of 70 billion US dollars to infiltrate worldwide institutions with propaganda against the West and Israel. This sum was said to make the one billion dollars per annum spent by the Soviet Union during the Cold War for communist propaganda pale by comparison.  The Saudis see donations to our universities as a way of promoting their political and religious propaganda. To quote their English language daily, Ain Al Yaqueen: The kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz has positively shouldered responsibility and played a promising role in order to raise the banner of Islam all over the globe and raise the Islamic call either inside or outside the kingdom.
The new head of Middle East Studies at UC Santa Barbara, Stephen Humphreys, holds a chair named after Aziz himself. The head of the Muslim American Society , W. Deen Muhammed, has stated that Saudi gifts require the receiver prefer the Saudi school of thought. While Humphreys denies there are strings attached, one wonders how likely a thesis on Saudi misogyny or their educational system teaching hatred of Americans, Jews and Christians would go over in the department if someone hoped to advance or be tenured.
According to the International Institute of education, out of 15 million students in the United States there are approximately 76,000 students from Muslim countries. Students from Saudi Arabia account for less than 7% of that amount.  One wonders why a theocratic totalitarian regime where 30% of the population is illiterate and where PhDs teach that Jews use the blood of gentile children to make matzoh would take such interest in the American educational system instead of their own.
Yet the money the Saudis are pouring into our universities and colleges as gifts and endowments is alarming: King Fahd donated $20 million dollars to set up a Middle East Studies Center at the University of Arkansas; $5 million was donated to UC Berkeleys Center For Mideast Studies from two Saudi sheiks linked to funding Al Qaeda;  $2.5 million dollars to Harvard; $8.1 million dollars to Georgetown including a $500,000 scholarship in the name of President Bush; $11 million dollars to Cornell; $1.5 million dollars to Texas A&M; $5 million dollars to MIT; $1 million dollars to Princeton; Rutgers received $5 million dollars to endow a chair as did Columbia which tried to hide where the money came from. Saudi largesse included UC Santa Barbara; Johns Hopkins; Rice University; American University in Washington, D.C.; University of Chicago; Syracuse University; USC; UCLA; Duke University; and Howard University among many others.
Saudi infiltration works on several levels. By creating new Middle East Studies Centers and such endowed chairs on campuses across the US, the Saudis are able to influence the curriculum taught to the next generation of American students about the Middle East situation as taught at Saudi-funded madrassas both here and abroad. That curriculum is decidedly anti-Western and full of incitement against Christians and Jews. Based not on truth as much as the agenda of the totalitarian regime in power, it molds the next generation to hate Israel and to hate America as an imperialist or racist nation.
For example, Columbia, according to Middle East historian Martin Kramer, has become the Bir Zeit (University) on -the- Hudson. Bir Zeit is a university built for the Palestinians by Israel in the West Bank. Instead of its being a source for educational prosperity and peace, it is a breeding ground for totalitarian terrorist ideologues and their ilk. Faculty write scholarly works about Middle East history against the US and Israel as a matter of course. At Columbia, Palestinians dominate teaching the modern Middle East and do not conform to a diversity of approaches in doing so.  When a chair is endowed by Saudi money the goal becomes to find a person known for Palestinian or Saudi activism less than for scholarship.
Thus Columbias new chair was offered to Rashid Khalidi, a University of Chicago historian and Palestinian activist. Khalidi took over the Edward Said Chair Of Arab Studies. Said, who dies recently, and who some say was really born in Egypt, was the Palestinian academic who wrote less historical than political books damning Israel and the West for the current situation in the Arab world and was a former member of the Palestine National Conference. He often said Arafat was too moderate.  His expertise was as an English literature professor, an expert on Jane Austen, yet his writings dominate the field of history in Middle East Studies departments across the nation.
Khalidi has made statements saying it is all right to kill Israeli soldiers. His quote: Killing civilians is a war crime, whoever does it, but resistance to occupation is legitimate in international law.  Khalidi is certainly not an international attorney, and given Palestinian speak-ese, and that repeatedly even Arafat has said in Arabic that all of Israel is occupied, such doublespeak in a university setting is frightening. Khalidi is an obsessive Israel basher and has stated Americans are brainwashed by the Middle Easts only democracy. He also considered US popular support for overthrowing Saddam Hussein an idiots consensus. 
Another Palestinian professor in Columbias Middle East Studies program is Joseph Massad, who also rails against the US and Israel. Massad likes to denigrate American democracy by alluding to early 19th century history when slavery was a worldwide institution, and accuses America of nuclear genocide for using the atomic bomb to end World WarII. He has also characterized Israel, which has a majority population of Jewish refugees from Arab countries, as being an imperialist and colonial concoction of the Europeans. 
With Khalidis appointment as chair and Massad as the main teacher of politics and history of the Middle East at Columbia, what students will be exposed to with no alternative views isnt hard to imagine. Even Lisa Anderson, head of International Studies at Columbia has conceded publicly that Middle East Studies at Columbia are not balanced, nor are they at other Middle East Studies centers nationwide. What is more telling is Columbia tried to conceal where the money came from to fund Khalidis chair until pressure from outside academics and even the state of New York required it. Khalidi, prior to getting tenure at the University of Chicago, taught at the Lebanese University and the American University in Beirut. Perhaps not Bir Zeit University, but not far off. Daniel Pipes, another Middle East Studies professor, has remarked that choosing Khalidi for the Columbia chair is particularly egregious because he is one of a team of Palestinian falsifiers who are all giving us this propagandist, non-scholarly interpretation of the Middle East and that Columbias cover-up of the donors doesnt smell right. Steve Emerson, who reports to Congress frequently on terrorism issues, has stated publicly that Khalidis statements raise serious questions about his attitudes on violence 
But Columbia is not alone. Such departments and professors are now found in Middle East Studies programs nationwide.
UC Berkeleys Center For Middle East Studies website boasts of receiving a $5 million dollar grant courtesy of Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Sheikh Salahudin Yusef Hamza Abdeljawad, another major donor. Both are linked to Islamic charities which the US government says are front groups for funding Al Qaeda and both are now part of a $1 trillion dollar lawsuit by the families of the victims of 9/11.
Their contributions link through a labyrinth of front banks and charitable institutions which ultimately finance terrorism against the West. Al-Saud gives generously to the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, the Muslim League and World Assembly of Muslim Youthall established fronts for terrorist funding named by the US State Department. And Abdeljawad is linked to the Saudi Dar-Al_Maal-Islami Bank founded by Osama Bin Laden and managed by Osama Bin Ladens brother that is known by the State Department to also fund terrorism as well. Did the Sultan Al-Saud give money knowingly to charity that made its way to Bin Laden? 
A visit to the Sultans foundation website in Saudi Arabia tells much more. It lists a Higher Council or board of directors which includes one Abdulrahman bin Ali Jeraisy who has been openly funding Al Qaeda according to a report to Congress. Is Jeraisy perhaps the Sultans executive in charge of terrorism? In any case, UC Berkeleys academics have more than conformed to Saudi goals of indoctrinating students there and using a US campus to teach hate for America and Israel. The Israel divestment petition was begun at UC Berkeley and has been promoted by faculty there.  A Jewish student who complained her Arabic instructor told students the anti-semitic Protocols Of Zion was indeed written by Jews was attacked by the instructors supervisor, who openly called her a liar and tried to use the universitys name to threaten her with punishment for slander. He even lied to the press claiming an investigation had been done when the student was never interviewed. The instructor held fast to his comment about Jews being authors of the documents and the campus newspaper and at least one of his students felt afterward the articles were written by Jews. 
Amazingly enough, such endowed chairs and departments have produced faculty who teach on the college level here in the US the made-up drivel taught to 8th graders in Saudi Arabian schools.
In Saudi Arabian textbooks children are taught Jews are people of treachery and betrayal. Norton Mezvinsky, a professor at Conneticut State University declares Judaism a religion of racism whose followers believe that the blood of non-Jews has no intrinsic value (shades of the blood libel matzoh stories) and that Jews consider the killing of non-Jews does not constitute murder according to the Jewish religion and that Judaism teaches the killing of innocent Arabs for revenge is a Jewish virtue. While textbooks in Saudi Arabia claim the Zionist Jews are the enemies of Islam and supporters of the modern Crusaders and in our time, the Jews have occupied Palestine with the help of Crusadism, Joel Beinin, Middle East Studies professor at Stanford and former head of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), rails against Americas Zionist lobby that controls the US government by blocking democracy and economic development in the Arab world and uses power to make and unmake regimes. 
The University of Arkansas Middle East Studies department, set up under King Fahd, offers an Arabic language program. That is not alarming. But when touring the centers newsletter to see the curriculum, a subtle pattern emerges. In extolling the virtues of courses in Arabic Studies at the center one comes to a full-page poem entitled A Letter To A Faraway Friend (from inside the occupied territory). After noting that it was translated by some of the student bodys Arabic language students, it subtly demeans Israel and praises martyrdom and death.  Most telling, the sole guest lecturer flown in from California for a lecture on the Israel/Palestinian dispute is none other than Joel Beinin again, who rails against the Zionist lobby and frequently blames the 9/11 attacks on US foreign policy. It isnt hard to imagine how objective that lecture could be.
Examples abound all over the country at almost every major campus. Harvard received a $2 million dollar grant from Sheik Khalid Al Turki. For its graduation ceremony it chose a student, Zayed Yasin, for commencement speaker. His speech? My American Jihad. Yasin has voiced his support for Hamas and says suicide bombers should be paid. He also has raised money for the Holy Land Foundation, one of the Islamic charities shut down by the Bush administration as a front for Al-Qaeda. Prince Alaweed Bin Talal recently donated $500,000 to Georgetown University for a scholarship program in President Bushs name. Alaweed also recently donated $27 million dollars to Hamas. Martin Kramers book Ivory Towers On Sand: The Failure Of Middle East Studies illustrates many other similar situations on US campuses to show how pervasive this has become. 
Few Americans know about Title VI funding mandated by Congress. Originated in the late 1950s during the Cold War, it received a sharp increase after 9/11 of $86 million dollars as part of the Education Act. This allowed the creation of 118 Middle East Resource Centers at US colleges and universities where Arabic would be taught and security analysis developed in the War On Terror. Yet the program has been seriously abused. The idea was that with the War On Terror the universities would provide scholars with an understanding of the Middle East and most particularly expertise in Arabic language to serve for security and military purposes. But where does that money really go? Most Middle East Studies departments let their students slide with minimal Arabic instruction and it goes into research articles to advance the Arab worldwide cause of jihad more than to protect American society or to produce esoteric reports of little value other than to keep the wheels of academia grinding. It goes also for outreach programs which are anti-US as much as anti-Israel and where grade school teachers are indoctrinated to teach our children down to the youngest child.
At Georgetown University such an outreach program was held for teachers from kindergarten level through the 12th grade. Seminars were packed with Arab anti-war activists who were opposed to the removal of Saddam Hussein by the US military. One of these academics was in fact once a public relations consultant for Saddam Hussein and blamed the oppression of Iraqs people by Saddam Hussein on the United States. And of course 9/11 being Americas fault was standard fare. No opposing views were presented. This is indoctrination, not education, and the attendees go off and teach our children so they are prepped for the biggest indoctrination of all when they reach college.
So those Saudi donations go a long way. But once those endowments are complete, matching funds are then provided by the US taxpayer, who refreshes the Saudi investment with matching funds through Title VI. Recent investigations by Congress into such abuses of Title VI were recently addressed by the Middle East Studies Association, the professional society of Middle East scholars in the US. And who pitched a continuation of such funding to Foggy Bottom? None other than Hussein Ibish, a non-academic and leader of a Saudi front group, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, one of the Saudis main lobbying groups in the US.  As Daniel Pipes has said, Something doesnt smell right. The Saudis prime the pump with donations to create chairs, then the US taxpayer pays for a Saudi education right here at home.
Middle East Studies professors who advance Saudi ideas and goals do reach students outside the field of Middle East Studies who may take courses as part of their breadth requirements in the humanities as well so indoctrination becomes more pervasive. But that still doesnt reach everybody. Besides paying the salary of academics who advance the Saudi point of view, Title VI money goes to what could be considered the foot soldiers on campus who will carry the message to the rest of campus and the outside world.
Co-mingled funding for Middle East centers goes into stipends, scholarships and fellowships for Arab students to support them as workers within the several Muslim and Palestinian groups on our campuses. While handpicked Arab professors and sympathizers reeducate the student body to the proper point of view, certain student groups carry it forward by creating the atmosphere that permeates the campus with anti-Americanism and anti-democratic ideas. A tour of any major campus finds unending professionally produced flyers posted against Israel and Zionists (the new euphemism for Jews) or against American policy in Iraq. Students now walk across campus wearing keffiyahs (Arab headdresses), mimicking Yasser Arafats dress, although most college students today are too young to know the bloody history of the man who invented aircraft hijackings and left a trail of dead people worldwide.
Title VI funding provides stipends to Middle East Studies students, who then become a professional force of demonstrators on campus. Arab students may train overseas during the summer in activism then return to campus to ply their skills. Anti-Semitic attacks are on the increase on our college campuses, and not long ago Jewish students at San Francisco State needed to be escorted to safety by off-campus city police during a pro-Israel rally, causing one professor to remark it was like Germany in the 1930s. At Concordia University, 1,500 students showed up to create a riot and prevent former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from speaking about terrorism on that campus and ticket holders needed a police escort off campus as well.
 Source: US Dept. of Education (figures may be higher due to more current donations).
 www.campus-watch.org/article/id/627 also: http://www.sultanfoundation.org/english/advisory.htm
 http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/22 also: http://www.academia.org/news/struggle.html
 www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=5101 also: www.wrmea.com/backissues/1188/8811050.htm (note discussion of American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee touring Saudi information minister) also: http://kyl.senate.gov/legis_center/subdocs/091003_epstein.pdf also: www.us-israel.org/jsource/US-Israel/lobby.html
We need to start drilling again in the U.S. so we can finally flush these turds.
...i.e. dhimmitude...and the Koran will be the only constitution and the shariah will be international law, in other words: The Muslim Dream
--as opposed to The American Dream...