How Middle Eastern Governments Encourage Anti-Semitism on Campus

June 30 2020

While the subject of anti-Semitism at American universities has attracted significant attention, relatively little has been paid to the financial role played by countries where anti-Semitism is pervasive. Researchers at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) have tied the problems faced by Jewish students to the phenomenon of undisclosed donations from foreign governments, often hostile ones:

Between 1986 and 2018, Middle Eastern Muslim countries donated a total of $6.5 billion to U.S. universities, but only $3.6 billion was reported to the federal government. Out of nearly $5 billion donated by Qatar to various institutions, less than $2 billion was properly reported.

ISGAP’s research has found a correlation between the funding of universities by Qatar and the Gulf States and the presence of groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which foster an anti-Semitic and aggressive atmosphere on campus. SJP, which is one of the main organizers of the annual Israel Apartheid Week on college campuses across the country, [is] an organization whose members “regularly demonize Jewish students who identify as Zionists or proud supporters of the state of Israel” and insist that “one cannot be a good Jew while still being a Zionist.”

With the bulk of all Middle Eastern donations emanating from Qatari donors, and the [state-funded] Qatar Foundation accounting for virtually all of the donations from Qatar, these funds have a significant impact on attitudes, anti-Semitic culture, and boycott, divestment, and sanction (BDS) activities. While a direct causal link has yet to be established, the correlation is too significant to ignore. . . . Research indicates that other countries, including Iran, also engage in such funding activities.

Qatar, the report goes on to note, is the major funder and supporter of Hamas, and of the Muslim Brotherhood across the globe; it also has given a prominent position to the highly influential preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who “calls on all ‘true believers’ to finish the work of Hitler, i.e. to carry out genocide against the Jewish people.”

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Salman Rushdie and the Western Apologists for Those Who Wish Him Dead

Aug. 17 2022

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder and supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, issued a fatwa (religious ruling) in 1989 calling for believers to murder the novelist Salman Rushdie due to the content of his novel, The Satanic Verses. Over the years, two of the book’s translators have been stabbed—one fatally—and numerous others have been injured or killed in attempts to follow the ayatollah’s writ. Last week, an American Shiite Muslim came closer than his many predecessors to killing Rushdie, stabbing him multiple times and leaving him in critical condition. Graeme Wood comments on those intellectuals in the West who have exuded sympathy for the stabbers:

In 1989, the reaction to the fatwa was split three ways: some supported it; some opposed it; and some opposed it, to be sure, but still wanted everyone to know how bad Rushdie and his novel were. This last faction, Team To Be Sure, took the West to task for elevating this troublesome man and his insulting book, whose devilry could have been averted had others been more attuned to the sensibilities of the offended.

The fumes are still rising off of this last group. The former president Jimmy Carter was, at the time of the original fatwa, the most prominent American to suggest that the crime of murder should be balanced against Rushdie’s crime of blasphemy. The ayatollah’s death sentence “caused writers and public officials in Western nations to become almost exclusively preoccupied with the author’s rights,” Carter wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times. Well, yes. Carter did not only say that many Muslims were offended and wished violence on Rushdie; that was simply a matter of fact, reported frequently in the news pages. He took to the op-ed page to add his view that these fanatics had a point. “While Rushdie’s First Amendment freedoms are important,” he wrote, “we have tended to promote him and his book with little acknowledgment that it is a direct insult to those millions of Moslems whose sacred beliefs have been violated.” Never mind that millions of Muslims take no offense at all, and are insulted by the implication that they should.

Over the past two decades, our culture has been Carterized. We have conceded moral authority to howling mobs, and the louder the howls, the more we have agreed that the howls were worth heeding. The novelist Hanif Kureishi has said that “nobody would have the [courage]” to write The Satanic Verses today. More precisely, nobody would publish it, because sensitivity readers would notice the theological delicacy of the book’s title and plot. The ayatollahs have trained them well, and social-media disasters of recent years have reinforced the lesson: don’t publish books that get you criticized, either by semiliterate fanatics on the other side of the world or by semiliterate fanatics on this one.

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More about: Ayatollah Khomeini, Freedom of Speech, Iran, Islamism, Jimmy Carter