To Combat Campus Anti-Semitism, Cut Off Funding from Qatar

On Thursday, college presidents again found themselves being grilled by Congress about disruptive protests and rising anti-Semitism on campus. Among them was Northwestern University’s Michael Schill. Charles Asher Small, drawing on extensive research he has done into the subject, takes a closer look at what has gone wrong at that particular institution:

There is no doubt that the anti-Semitism on our campuses must be stamped out. To stem its spread, it is not enough just to tackle the Jew hatred on display at anti-Israel and anti-American campus protests. If we want to extinguish the hate, we must recognize that anti-Semitism has been fueled by Qatari and Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated money and anti-democratic, anti-American forces.

In 2008, Northwestern University established a campus in Education City, Doha, Qatar, with approximately 500 students graduating from Northwestern University in Qatar to date. The tiny but highly influential petrostate with fewer than 350,000 citizens, has spent tens of billions of dollars on United States campuses based in Education City, of which a considerable amount has gone unreported and unregulated to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). According to the DOE, Northwestern University has received almost $582 million in Qatari gifts and contracts since its establishment in Education City.

Qatar is the patron of Hamas, funds numerous terrorist groups, and, through its state-run Al Jazeera media company, is the world’s leading disseminator of anti-Semitism.

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While Israel Is Distracted on Two Fronts, Iran Is on the Verge of Building Nuclear Weapons

Iran recently announced its plans to install over 1,000 new advanced centrifuges at its Fordow nuclear facility. Once they are up and running, the Institute for Science and International Security assesses, Fordow will be able to produce enough highly enriched uranium for three nuclear bombs in a mere ten days. The U.S. has remained indifferent. Jacob Nagel writes:

For more than two decades, Iran has continued its efforts to enhance its nuclear-weapons capability—mainly by enriching uranium—causing Israel and the world to concentrate on the fissile material. The International Atomic Energy Agency recently confirmed that Iran has a huge stockpile of uranium enriched to 60 percent, as well as more enriched to 20 percent, and the IAEA board of governors adopted the E3 (France, Germany, UK) proposed resolution to censure Iran for the violations and lack of cooperation with the agency. The Biden administration tried to block it, but joined the resolution when it understood its efforts to block it had failed.

To clarify, enrichment of uranium above 20 percent is unnecessary for most civilian purposes, and transforming 20-percent-enriched uranium to the 90-percent-enriched product necessary for producing weapons is a relatively small step. Washington’s reluctance even to express concern about this development appears to stem from an unwillingness to acknowledge the failures of President Obama’s nuclear policy. Worse, writes Nagel, it is turning a blind eye to efforts at weaponization. But Israel has no such luxury:

Israel must adopt a totally new approach, concentrating mainly on two main efforts: [halting] Iran’s weaponization actions and weakening the regime hoping it will lead to its replacement. Israel should continue the fight against Iran’s enrichment facilities (especially against the new deep underground facility being built near Natanz) and uranium stockpiles, but it should not be the only goal, and for sure not the priority.

The biggest danger threatening Israel’s existence remains the nuclear program. It would be better to confront this threat with Washington, but Israel also must be fully prepared to do it alone.

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