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Arab Funding and Its Impact on Western Institutions

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Between 1986 and June 2021, 258 universities received over $8.4 billion, with the majority of funding coming after 9/11. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE were the primary contributors, collectively funding over 80% of the total. (Photo: Courtesy) 

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In recent years, there has been a growing concern over the influence of Arab nations, particularly Saudi Arabia, on Western institutions, raising questions about the potential impact on intellectual freedom and the core values of Western civilization. The connection between foreign funding and a perceived rise in support for certain geopolitical agendas, such as Hamas, has sparked a broader conversation about the intersection of money, academia, and global politics.

Arab nations have strategically invested in Western circles, aiming to shape a more favorable narrative that aligns with their interests. Institutions, ranging from educational facilities to publishing houses, have received substantial funding, with the expectation of a material return on investment. This calculated approach has seen the implantation of agents advocating for a viewpoint that often includes the demonization of Israel and, by extension, Jews.

The aftermath of the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7th, 2023, highlighted the results of decades-long investments. The reactions of students and university leaders, especially their reluctance to condemn barbaric acts, have prompted concerns about the influence these financial ties wield over academic discourse. It appears that fear of financial retaliation by Islamic institutions may be silencing some leaders, leading to a compromised stance on certain geopolitical issues.

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Data from U.S. universities, where reporting on foreign gifts or contracts is required, reveals the extent of these financial interventions. A study by M.G. Bard, Ph.D., based on reported data and other sources, demonstrates the breadth and scope of this campaign of financial influence. Between 1986 and June 2021, 258 universities received over $8.4 billion, with the majority of funding coming after 9/11. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE were the primary contributors, collectively funding over 80% of the total.

The top 15 recipients in the U.S., including prestigious institutions like Cornell, Georgetown, and Harvard, received substantial amounts, raising questions about the potential impact on academic independence. Specific projects, such as Muslim-oriented initiatives and anti-Israel faculty positions, were allegedly funded by undisclosed amounts. The lack of transparency in these financial transactions has fueled concerns about the extent of foreign influence on academic agendas.

Beyond the U.S., the study suggests similar dynamics may be at play in countries like Canada, the U.K., and Australia. The infiltration of Arab funding into academic programs involves an estimated $3.4 billion in unreported funding, further emphasizing the magnitude of this financial influence. Some universities, it seems, have chosen to prioritize funding over their commitment to upholding moral and ethical values.

The impact of these investments goes beyond academia, extending to the geopolitical landscape. Saudi Arabia, in particular, has strategically deployed financial resources to influence Western attitudes toward Islamic policies. While U.S. regulations mandate reporting on foreign funding, the full extent of these activities in other countries remains unclear.

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In a 2016 report, Denis MacEoin warned about the surge in Saudi student enrollment in Western countries, reaching 60,000 students in the U.S. by 2014/15. Large numbers were also present in the U.K. and Canada. The fear expressed by MacEoin was that these students might become supporters of Hamas, contributing to recent displays of support for the organization on Western streets.

The recent protests and activism in Western nations, fueled by support for Hamas, suggest that the influence of foreign funding goes beyond academic circles. Truth appears to be manipulated, Israel demonized, and the safety of Jewish communities compromised. The loud voice of money raises concerns about who might be the next target of such calculated financial influence.

As the world grapples with these revelations, critical questions emerge about the delicate balance between academic freedom, financial influence, and the values that form the bedrock of Western civilization. The intersection of geopolitics and education calls for a deeper examination to safeguard the integrity of intellectual discourse and protect the principles that define the Western way of life.

Max Roytenberg is an author, poet and blogger, with many published articles in Jewish periodicals in Dublin, New York, Winnipeg and Vancouver. After a career as an Economist and Executive in the Food Industry, in Canada and abroad, he writes, and lives with his Bride, in Vancouver. He has children and grandchildren in the US, Canada, China and Israel. His last book, “Hero In My Own Eyes”, is available through major booksellers and on Amazon.

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