Qatar Sponsored the Anti-Israel Protests With Billions in Contributions


U.S. universities and colleges welcome Qatar, the host of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, into their student unions, laboratories, and classrooms.

With friends like this, who needs enemies?

The global media coverage of the campus pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel protests were not the spontaneous events the media would like us to believe.

Instead, they are part of an ongoing and well-financed campaign by the government of Qatar to promote anti-Israel and antisemitic actions while also promoting the ideology of the Islamic fundamentalists in the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

Based on multi-year studies starting in 2012, subsequent research from the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) found that Qatar is spending billions in order to influence the U.S. universities to soft-sell fundamental Islamic messages while also pushing an anti-Israel and Anti-Jewish agenda.

In an overview of this foreign money penetration of some of the largest and most well-known U.S. universities, ISGAP found the existence of substantial Middle Eastern funding (primarily from Qatar) to U.S. universities that had not been reported to the Department of Education (DoED), as required by law.  ISGAP’s research uncovered billions of dollars of unreported funds. 

ISGAP also said it has “uncovered and established that the foreign donations from Qatar, especially, have had a substantial impact on fomenting growing levels of antisemitic discourse and campus politics at U.S. universities, as well as growing support for anti-democratic values within these institutions of higher education.  With the explosion of antisemitism at U.S. universities in recent weeks, there are also security concerns that have potential domestic and global implications required by law.”

So, what exactly is Qatar?

Most Americans cannot find this small country on a map, but it’s on the Arabian Peninsula, surrounded by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia.  Its oil riches give it a reach many times its size, especially in the fundamentalist Islamic world.  According to the International Monetary Fund, its oil revenues in 2021 were $77 billion.

Qatar is also a family business. According to the nation’s website, “The Al-Thani family has ruled Qatar since 1825, with His Highness The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani the current head of state.”  There is certainly no talk about term limits in Qatar.

ISGAP found that since the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the airline high jacking that ended in Pennsylvania, “Qatar has become the largest foreign donor to U.S. universities.2 However, despite its close ties to the United States and other Western countries, Qatar has also built an extensive network of Islamist partners dedicated to expanding its influence.

“Qatar also is home to numerous Islamist-inspired proscribed terrorist entities.  For example, for decades, it has continued to host, support, and represent the Muslim Brotherhood (M.B.); maintains ties with Iran; hosts the Taliban; supports and maintains an office for Hamas and its exiled leadership; and has backed militias in Syria and Libya.”

The Qatar-university connection also means the demonstrations, which started a few days after Hamas attacked Israeli settlements on Oct. 7, 2024, were not the spontaneous events the media portrays but part of a coordinated campaign to foment turmoil on campuses under the guise of a free Palestine banner.

The group also warned that “With the explosion of antisemitism at U.S. universities in recent weeks, there are also security concerns that have potential domestic and global implications.

For an unexplained reason, the federal government dropped an investigation into Qatar’s secret university donations after an investigation began in 2012.

Here is a summary of ISGAP’s findings:

The Students for Justice in Palestine

In a report, “The Contextualization of the National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP).” The report exposed the antisemitic roots of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and its direct connection to the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood.  In addition to providing conclusive evidence for this, the report also examined SJP’s connections to organizations that support or previously supported violence and terror.  Following the Hamas terror attack on an Israeli settlement on Oct. 7, 2023, the anti-Israel protests began days later across the U.S. 

Cornell University Gets $10 Billion from Qatar and Its Friends

Qatari funding to Cornell was over $1.95 billion donated directly to the university from 2001 to 2023.  This makes Qatar the largest direct foreign donor to the university, some 30 times higher than the next largest, Hong Kong.  This report also points out that Qatar contributed $1.9 billion, Hamad Medical Corporation provided $1 billion, and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy donated $4 million.

Texas A&M University and the Muslim Brotherhood

This ISGAP report found that over $1 billion was provided to Texas A&M University in College Park, Texas, by “the Qatar Foundation, a Qatari regime-owned foundation, as part of a contractual agreement to pay for research projects.  The 2023 ISGAP Report highlights several concerns about sensitive research projects, some of which could have the potential for dual use and potential contribution to the development (indirect or direct) of military applications. 

“In addition, the Qatar Foundation and the Texas A&M contract extraordinarily stipulates that Qatari state proxies own the intellectual property for the research projects, which is not conventional practice.  In addition, according to the agreement, the Qatari Regime, based on the contract with Texas A&M, has access to sensitive student information, which could violate acceptable United States practices.”

Qatar’s Plans To Make the Muslim Brotherhood Great Again

In another ISGAP report, Networks of Hate, the report found that Qatar funnels money to universities via its NGOs and private companies to help hide its money trail.  ISGAP found that:

  • Qatar is the largest foreign donor to U.S. universities;
  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist ideology is intertwined with the State and the links that Qatar has with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian Chapter – Hamas;
  • The fact that money coming from foreign states such as Qatar is having a direct effect on increasing antisemitism and anti-democratic vies/activity.

“This report lays out the way that Qatar is operating a war-chest with between $500 billion – $1 trillion of assets and growing, to affect soft power in the west – including the U.S.’ prestigious universities.  “

Takeovers of College Campuses Are Sponsored by Qatar

So, as Americans watch the college protests, they incorrectly assume that these are like the college spring demonstrations of the past.  They are not.  Big money is used here to buy access to gullible and greedy universities that always ask for more donations from alumni and corporations, higher tuition and fees, and more tax breaks.

While those efforts continue unabated, the universities are also soliciting and taking money from foreign governments with agendas they can inject into U.S. universities, collaborating with a willing and greedy administration.

Some astute observers on Facebook noted that the tents at some college campuses looked like they had just come from the local sporting goods store.  They probably were correct.  It would be interesting to see who paid for the tents, hard hats, food, transportation, and other necessities needed to coordinate mass demonstrations across the U.S.

But thanks to ISGAP, we don’t have to look too far.  At least as far as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood are concerned, it’s not too far to Qatar, even if your college is in Ithaca, New York, or College Station, Texas.





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