Pro-Palestinian demonstration in front of the White House. "Direct impact on rising antisemitism and anti-democratic attitudes and activists"/Reuters
The Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (ISGAP) publishes a scathing report exposing how Qatar transfers huge sums of money to the West when it evades necessary supervision.
The report, Networks of Hate, reveals that the Qatari wealth fund SWF transfers between $500 billion and $<> trillion to a number of institutions and organizations in the United States and Europe, including elite universities.
The current study comes after previous MJB studies found that Qatar is the largest foreign donor to U.S. universities, and that money transferred by foreign countries such as Qatar has a direct impact on the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-democratic attitudes and activism. Qatar focuses its contributions on a limited number of leading American universities to increase its influence.
Doha, the capital of Qatar. Billions in Financing/ShutterStock, Gordon Bell
The report claims that billions are being transferred to higher education without disclosing the source as the state of Qatar or any other report that would show the connection between the educational institution and the funding received. Large sums are transferred to various American universities, including Texas A&M, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern and others, as well as universities in Europe, and in some cases there is even a local branch and campus of the educational institution in Qatar.
Methods of transferring unregulated money include, among other things, cooperation between American universities and foreign companies through the promotion of joint projects. For example, according to the report, the Spanish energy company Iberdrola and its American branch, Avantread, were used as a tool to transfer money from Qatar for joint projects with American universities.
Another method is conferences and other initiatives through Qatar-affiliated bodies, such as WISE which is listed on its website as "a dynamic platform that promotes innovation in education through a diverse portfolio of initiatives in the fields of policy, research, leadership and internship programs." According to the study, such initiatives are also sponsored by other entities such as Santander Bank.
Another arm is through registered patents created at American universities through the Qatar National Priority Research Program (NPRP), established in 1995, meaning that the program funded projects and research that led to patents at various universities.
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The Institute for the Study of Antisemitism recommends taking a series of actions immediately, including registering all institutions belonging to the ruling family in Qatar under the Foreign Agents Registration Law, convening congressional hearings to examine the impact of Qatar's aggressive investments on university education and curriculum, as well as discourse and scholarships, and whether this is the reason for the massive rise in anti-Semitism and attacks on Jewish students and staff.
The institute also recommends full transparency regarding contracts between Qatari entities and universities to ensure the full extent of Qatar's influence, and calls for the closure of campuses of American universities in Qatar, whose "activities enable the penetration of Qatari soft power into American academia, both ideologically and scientifically."
Other recommendations are to prohibit further direct Qatari government funding to U.S. universities and to require full disclosure under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of all Qatar-related funds already received by U.S. universities. It also proposes launching a federal investigation into non-reporting of foreign donations to U.S. universities and taking criminal action against systematic failure by U.S. universities and individuals to systematically report financial donations received from Qatar directly or indirectly.
Congressional University Presidency Hearing. "Normalization of antisemitism in the US"/Reuters
The Institute also proposes establishing ethics review committees at U.S. universities and blocking donations or partnerships that endanger academic integrity and national security, and enacting transparency laws requiring full public disclosure of all foreign contracts, grants, or donations received by U.S. universities, including detailed reporting on joint projects, sponsorship, travel funding, faculty chairs awarded, and other benefits.
ISGAP Executive Director Dr. Charles Asher Small said, "What we saw at the U.S. Congressional hearing is the heads of major Ivy league universities with billions of dollars in donations normalizing anti-Semitism in the United States. At the same time, they want unregulated access to blood money funneled by Qatari state-owned companies whose ideology seeks to destroy the Jewish people and American democracy. It has to end now."
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