Monday, June 17, 2019

US Universities Took $600 Million Tied To Muslim Nations

Luke Rosiak | Investigative Reporter,  Daily Caller

  • A Department of Education program funds colleges to teach about the Arab world, but upcoming payments are going to colleges that have received millions of dollars from Arab countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia, data shows.
  • One critic said that coupling the program with the foreign funding is “a back-door route to Saudi influence.”
  • Some of the universities employ faculty or have hosted guests who made anti-semitic remarks.
The Cold War-era Higher Education Act of 1965 created a program called “Title VI” that pays colleges to help students better understand international relations and includes funds earmarked for studying the Middle East. It was intended to help prepare a cadre of intelligence agents and diplomats.

Instead, the money has funded anti-Americanism and anti-semitism in U.S. higher education, according to a November 2014 report by the Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. There have been instances where some of the universities hosted or employed anti-semites, with some facing accusations of having ties to terror groups.

For 2019 through 2021, the Education Department has allocated nearly $7.5 million to 16 universities for Middle East studies and outreach, according to Title IV records. Twelve of those have recently received money affiliated with Muslim-majority nations in the Middle East, and in each case, that money dwarfed the U.S. funding, a DCNF (Daily Caller News Foundation) data analysis found.

The Education Department says that “In addition to supporting foreign language and area studies instruction and research, Title VI” recipients will “conduct outreach and develop programs that expand global opportunities for K-16 educators.”

A senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Stanley Kurtz, has been warning about the issue for years.

The system “has opened up a back-door route to Saudi influence over America’s K-12 curriculum,” he wrote in the National Review in 2007. “Believe it or not, the Saudis have figured out how to make an end-run around America’s K-12 curriculum safeguards, thereby gaining control over much of what children in the United States learn about the Middle East.”

The Muslim nations awarded $603 million to the 12 universities from 2011 to 2016 — 80 times more than the allocated Title VI funding, The DCNF found. Israeli interests donated a total of $13 million to eight of the schools, but in every case, their funding was only a fraction of the Muslim nations’.

Taxpayer Money for Middle East Studies
Funds From Muslim Middle East Countries
Funds from Israel
University of Chicago
University of California, Berkeley
Indiana University
Columbia University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Michigan
University of Washington – Seattle
New York University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill*
Yale University
Sources: Department of Education Title VI grants 2019-2021, Department of Education foreign gifts and contracts data 2011-2016. *This award was split with Duke University, which did not receive funding from Muslim Middle East nations or from Israel.

 The program helps teachers convey a nuanced and realistic view of Arabs and Islam to overcome stereotypes and shallow media presentations, supplementing the often inadequate treatment in curriculum and textbooks,” it continues. However, one critic commented, “Outreach coordinators or teacher-trainers at a number of university Middle East Studies centers have themselves been trained by the very same Saudi-funded foundations that design K-12 course materials.”

Below are examples of anti-semitism from colleges or their faculty that received funding from the Muslim nations.

The University of California, Berkeley, which is the second-highest recipient  of Title IV funding and has received $19 million in funding from Middle Eastern countries, hosted a 2011 event where a lecturer said that “Holocaust denial is a form of protest.” In its report, the Brandeis Center wrote that he “downplayed the atrocities of the Holocaust.”

At Columbia University, which received $14 million from the Muslim countries, $600,000 from Title VI, and none from Israel, Iranian Studies professor Hamid Dabashi said in May that the Jewish state is behind “[e]very dirty treacherous ugly and pernicious act happening in the world.”
The University of California, Los Angeles, held a 2009 panel comprised of four critics of Israel’s existence, according to the Brandeis Center. One described Israeli soldiers as war criminals, and another said they target civilians. The panel “riled up the largely non-student audience into chants such as ‘Zionism is racism,’ ‘Zionism is Nazism,’ and ‘F- Israel,'” according to the Brandeis Center. UCLA received $12 million from the Muslim nations. It also received $6 million from Israel, far more than any other school, but most of that money came from Israeli biotech firms, while only $980 came from a group dedicated to boosting ties with Israel, the Yahel Foundation.

In October 2015, “Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies hosted a teach-in for K-14 teachers and the public on Gaza featuring speakers who have defended Hamas and support the BDS movement,” according to the Endowment for Middle East Truth. “The event was co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council and the Jerusalem Fund.” Also at Georgetown, a Saudi-funded entity uses social justice rhetoric popular among liberal college students to advance a Saudi agenda, likening Muslims to Hispanic “Dreamers,” invoking “white supremacy” and using hip-hop.

At the University of Michigan, which has received $16 million from the Muslim countries and $1.8 million from the Muslim countries and $1.8 million from Israel, two instructors refused to help students study abroad in Israel in 2018.

The countries whose governments and foundations — and, to a lesser extent, companies and citizens — have donated to the latest Title VI recipients are Qatar ($343 million), Saudi Arabia ($131 million), United Arab Emirates ($87 million), Kuwait ($16 million), Turkey ($9 million), as well as Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Bahrain and Iraq.

In 2006, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found “substantial evidence” that “many university departments of Middle East studies provide one-sided, highly polemical academic presentations and some may repress legitimate debate concerning Israel.”

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Whitewashing Of Anti-Jewish Bigotry

 I attended a conference this week on the subject of anti-Semitism and met up with Sharon Alshul who authored the report below. so why try to reinvent the wheel. Thanks Sharon. The full report with photos can be seen here.

By: BJLIfe/Sharon Altshul

The antisemitic BDS campaign is growing in mainstream media and also on American campuses
At a June 11th event hosted by CAMERA at the Kahn Theatre in Jerusalem, Israel, a panel of experts examined how expressions of anti-Jewish bigotry have gained ground and acceptance in the media and on college campuses.
Co-sponsored by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and The Israel Innovation Fund, IIF, the event’s title initially emphasized that antisemitism is often hidden under the veil of human rights.

“Why now?” asked David Hazony cofounder of IIF in his opening remarks, “Is it possible that antisemitism and assimilation are two sides of a coin?”

The New York Times’ publication of a cartoon straight out of Nazi propaganda ripped away the veil,” said Tamar Sternthal, Director of CAMERA’s Israel office.
The New York Times cartoon, which was published in April, exposed the increasing prevalence of antisemitism in the mainstream media.

The cartoon depicted a blind, kippah-wearingPresident Donald Trump being led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as his guide dog, tagged with a Magen David. The cartoon caused a social media uproar after the image was shown to mirror caricatures in Nazi publications of the 1930s and 40s.

“After the cartoon was published, it was clear that even in The New York Times explicit, blatant antisemitism can sneak its way into the mainstream news. This compelled us to focus our event on mainstreaming of antisemitism,” added Sternthal, it’s dressed up as mere criticism of Israeli policy.

Dan Diker, Director of the Project on Political Warfare and BDS at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, acknowledged former MK Anat Berko,an expert in counterterrorism and her husband Reuven, an expert in Arab affairs, who along with historian Joel Fishman, were helpful in his career development, and in the audience.

Diker spoke of the German parliament’s recent resolution condemning BDS, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel, as antisemitic. Diker noted that the only two groups condemning the German parliament’s censure of BDS as antisemitic were Hamas and 240 Israeli and Jewish academics.

“It’s been said that you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. When it comes to BDS, when Jews put lipstick on a pig, it convinces the world that the pig is kosher,” Diker stated.

Ricki Hollander, CAMERA senior media analyst, said that journalists all too often use double standards or distort, conceal and revise the facts in order to maintain a narrative of Israeli guilt.  

“They’re not relaying legitimate criticism of Israel. They are engaging in "Israelophobia" that masquerades as criticism of Israel."

Hollander said that there are other cultural factors that inform the media’s mainstreaming of antisemitism. “Many journalists are now rooted in an educational culture ruled by identity politics and partisan activism. And in the hierarchy of perceived victimhood within this culture, Jews are not even ranked. They're erroneously seen as white, privileged and powerful, on the other side of the divide.”

The antisemitic BDS campaign is also growing on American campuses.
“Over the years, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters across the US have shared antisemitic literature, trying to hide it under the guise of anti-Zionism. But their mistakes have, at times, revealed their true colors,” said Aviva Rosenschein, International Campus Director for CAMERA.

While The New York Times’ April cartoon used Nazi-like imagery, Rosenschein gave examples of SJP chapters on American campuses that use actual Nazi imagery in materials that are supposed to be mere criticism of Israel.
According to Rosenschein, a collaboration between SJP and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), another radical anti-Israel organization, is also fueling antisemitism on campuses.

“Neither SJP nor JVP represents mainstream Jews and yet both groups somehow think that they are in a position to decide what constitutes discrimination and bigotry against Jews,” Rosenschein remarked.

Unfortunately, the antisemitic agenda of groups like SJP and JVP are often glossed over and misunderstood by university administrations.

“The more chancellors, administrators, university donors, faculty and students understand the real goals of these extremist organizations, the more allies we will have to stand up against their hate. We cannot expect the average American to know about these difficult issues; we must be willing to educate others,” Rosenschein concluded.

The audience was given an opportunity to pose questions to the panel at the conclusion of the prepared presentations.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Israel’s legal rights to expanded borders under international law

For the full text of the article see here by Peter Baum

No modern day conflict receives so much detailed and disproportionate attention than the Israel – Palestine Conflict. Unfortunately for reasons varying from extreme ignorance to extreme antisemitism much of the output for, decades has been disproportionately negative against Israel and biased and sympathetic towards the so-called Palestinian cause.
Many commentators spew utter garbage when attempting to justify their anti-Israel views by regularly referring to Israel’s continuous breaching of International Laws. Irrespective of whether or not UN Resolutions are binding under International Law (and they are not) the binding principles of Acquired Rights and Estoppel enshrine Israel’s legal rights under International Law for time immemorial.
Israel’s supporters are often not fully briefed thus fiction and revisionist history have morphed into fact.
a)  Balfour Declaration…..a statement of intent of British Foreign Policy, Nov 2, 1917
b)  Smuts Resolution, January 1919
c)   Officially endorsed by the Council of 10 on January 30, 1919 – Palestine as envisaged by the Balfour Declaration named as a Mandated State.
d)  The Smuts Resolution became Article 22 of the League of Nations Covenant
e)  Paris Peace Conference, February 27, 1919
f)    Treaty of Versailles, June 28, 1919
g)  San Remo Resolution – the Magna Carta of the Jewish People, April 25, 1920
This latter resolution became Article 95 of the Treaty of Sevres and retained its validity as an act of International Law when inserted into the Preamble of the Mandate for Palestine confirmed by 52 States of the League of Nations. Article 22 also implemented the Balfour Declaration and the San Remo Resolution. The Mandate has 28 Articles.
It is the Legal official creation of Israel / Palestine adopted by the 52 States and by the Supreme  Council of the Principal Allied Powers Under this Resolution the Principal Allied Powers charged the British Government (who accepted ) with the responsibility and legal obligation of putting into effect the Balfour Declaration and the borders of Israel / Palestine including Cis and Trans Jordan. It combined Article 22 of the League of Nations with the Balfour Declaration
Agreed by David Lloyd George and Georges Clemenceau defined Palestine as from Dan to Beersheba and also included TransJordan and other Nations, Saudi, Mesopotamia, Syria
League of Nations Covenant  Article 22, July 24, 1922
Article 5 – Great Britain shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to or in any way placed under the control of the  Government of any Foreign power
N.B. Great Britain illegally by unilaterally divided the land between West ( Cis ) and Trans (West ) Jordan and illegally gave the Golan Heights to France for Syria. The excision of Transjordan based on Article 26 is almost certainly illegal as it directly contravened Article 5 but too late to be rescinded
Article 6 shall facilitate Jewish immigration and shall encourage settlement by Jews on State Lands and Wastelands.
This principle of Acquired Rights once granted is recognized under a Treaty or other instruments do not expire with the expiration of the Treaty
UN General Assembly Partition Resolution
Not legally binding as General Assembly can only make recommendations, November 1947 and May 1948
The rights of the Jewish People deriving from the Mandate for Palestine remain in full force. This principle of International Law would still apply even if one of the parties to the Treaty failed to perform the obligations imposed on it e.g. the British Government in regard to the 1922 Mandate for Palestine.
The cowardly baying mob has had more than their share of rewarded publicity and it is time they are intellectually challenged.  This is just the start.

Friday, June 7, 2019

I'm a Muslim Zionist. Here's why.

Noor Dahri was raised to hate Israel and Jews. Now he believes there is no contradiction in being a practicing Muslim and Zionist. Find out why..

Wounded Israeli & British vets join for sports & healing

The 100+ vets ranging from their 20s to 50s, gathered in Israel with their families for friendly competitions in swimming, X-Fit, rifle shooting, and met with post-trauma and rehabilitation experts.

More than 100 Israeli and British injured veterans joined in Israel for the inaugural Veteran Games and Conference, a five-day event hosted by Zahal Disabled Veterans’ Organization at the Beit Halochem rehab, rec and sports centers in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for disabled vets and their families.
Participants ranging from their 20s to 50s, and accompanying family members, gathered for friendly competitions in sports such as swimming, X-Fit and rifle shooting, and met with international experts on post-trauma and rehabilitation.
“Looking around this room, I see true heroes who answered their country’s call and went to war to preserve our values and protect us all. I salute you,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said to the veterans during a visit to his official residence in Jerusalem on May 30.
The Veteran Games – under the motto “Uniting extraordinary people” — was organized by Beit Halochem UK and the Embassy of Israel in London following on a successful Israeli-British conference on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health in combat veterans, which featured a visit to Beit Halochem in Tel Aviv.

Warrant Officer Matt Tomlinson of the Royal Marines told Rivlin: “The Veteran Games are a rare opportunity to visit your wonderful country and at the same time challenge, compete and find common ground with Israeli veterans. … During the competition, we shared sweat, pain and more pain, neither side giving up but both sides encouraging and supporting the other. Thank you for allowing us to come to your country, to compete and to share common ground with your veterans. We will never forget this truly amazing experience.”

Friday, May 31, 2019

SodaStream Hosts Thousands for Ramadan Feast

SodaStream is hosting nearly 3,000 Israelis and Palestinians for a Ramadan fast-ending meal at its factory in the southern Israel town of Rahat.

Bedouins and Jewish Israelis and some Palestinians attended the feast on Monday along with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Friedman writes on Twitter that he had “the pure joy” to attend, and touts SodaStream as a paragon of peace.

“Muslims, Druze, Christians and Jews working together, each making the other better, happier and more prosperous,” says Friedman.

SodaStream, manufacturer of fizzy drink-machines and other bubbly products, shut its Dead Sea factory in 2015 amid boycott calls and opened a new facility in the predominantly Bedouin town of Rahat.

SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum, who sealed a $3.2 billion agreement with beverage giant PepsiCo last summer, hailed the deal as a victory over the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which advocates for the destruction of the Jewish State.

“I think they have learned not to meddle with us. Look at what happened to SodaStream that they targeted, and what has happened to them,” Birnbaum said of BDS.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A Twist of Fate

A Palestinian woman’s life has been saved thanks to the expert care of Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer. And in an amazing turn of fate and friendship, the Israeli doctor who helped save her was once rescued by her family when he was attacked by a vicious crowd in a Palestinian village.
Four years ago, Dr. Eitan was traveling with his son and made a wrong turn into a Palestinian village near Ramallah. An angry mob formed around the car, throwing stones and breaking the car windows. The lives of Dr. Eitan and his son were clearly in danger when two bystanders who lived in the village, Imad and his cousin Ayoub, rescued them.
Imad and Ayoub ushered the Israelis into their home, calling for a rescue team and protecting them from the threatening crowd that closed in around the house. Without question, Imad and Ayoub saved their lives.
As a result, a deep friendship was born between the three men, and now it has come full circle.
When Imad’s sister-in-law was severely injured in a vehicle accident, Imad knew just who to call – Dr. Eitan. The doctor helped facilitate the sister-in-law’s transfer to Sheba Medical Center for lifesaving treatment and continues to oversee her care. Her condition is improving, and she will soon be transferred to Sheba’s Rehabilitation Hospital.
This story is the latest example of Sheba Medical Center’s long history of spreading peace through medicine. This hospital without borders has a firm belief in providing the highest quality of medical care available, regardless of nationality or religion.