Qatari interference in the US education system, Americans demand investigation
The Lawfare Project, a US-based global network of legal professionals that promote civil rights by combatting extremism, considered the nature and extent of Qatar’s interference in the American education system and the influence Qatari regime exercises through its funding of programs, political speech, and propaganda. The investigative group presented a memorandum to the State Department, demanding a full-scale investigation as Qatar funding American universities violate federal statutes.
The document shows that for years, the Qatari regime has been financing an extensive influence operation in the US. By funding think tanks, activist organizations, football clubs, news agencies, mosques, and now American universities and education programs. The influence operation has also engaged in political activities that benefit Qatar while inculcating virulent anti-Semitism that continues to spread in American society.
The American organization said, adding that Qatar is a top supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, including its Palestinian wing andterrorist groups like Hamas and al-Qaeda affiliates, among others. Al-Jazeera, one of the mostinfluential Islamist extremist propaganda outlets in the world, is essentially an arm of the Qatari government.
The Lawfare Project’s investigation, which has been provided to the Trump administration, reveals thatsince 2012, Qatar has also been a top supporter of universities throughout the United States, giving approximately $1.5 billion to 28 universities in the form of monetary gifts and contracts. This support comes through the Qatar National Research Fund and its parent organization, the Qatar Foundation 3 QF, founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser al-Missned, is registered with the U.S. government as a foreign principal since at least 2006. Qatar also spends more than $30 million on Middle Eastern-oriented training programs for American students in various schools across the United States.
The legal group has been working with Clarion Project, a non-profit organization that educates the public about the dangers of radical Islam and other extremist ideologies, to identify and trace the flow of money from Qatar to these universities.
But America is not the only country in Doha’s expansionist aims. Qatari regime continues to support the rise of Islamic extremists also in Europe by funding mosques hosting radical preachers. New reports revealed the expansion of political Islam in Europe through substantial Qatari funding to mosques, institutions, and think-tanks in France.Qatari money financed the mega mosques that France has boasted in recent years. Like the Great Mosque of Poitiers that has a prayer room capable of hosting over 700 faithful and was built directly by the Qatar Charity organization.
According to the French newspaper Libération, Qatar manages an enthusiastic relationship with the Union of Islamic Organizations of France (UOIF), France’s representative of the Muslim Brotherhood. Other mosques financed by Qatar in France are those of Assalam in Nantes and Marseille.