An anti-terrorist organization sent emails to some of America’s top universities late this week warning the schools that offering classes in Qatar is essentially supporting the growth of ISIS and Boko Haram.
Emails obtained by The Daily Caller reveal that the Qatar Awareness Campaign — an organization supported by Colonel Allen West and Center for Security Policy president Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. — wrote to both Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University warning the schools to stop sending students to study at Qatar-funded satellite campuses in Doha.
The email details that “Qatar is arguably the preeminent sponsor of terror in the world today.” It goes on to explain that the radical Middle Eastern nation is the “benefactor of the genocidal armies of ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram; it is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell; and profits from operating a virtual slave state. Qatar has leveraged its relationships with violent jihadi groups to its own benefit, and to the detriment of the United States and her allies.”
In addition to Cornell and Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Northwestern, Texas A&M and Virginia Commonwealth each accepted millions of dollars from the non-profit group the Qatar Foundation For Education, Science and Community Development to build satellite campuses in Qatar’s capital city of Doha.
Each school boasts on their respective websites, however, that the expansion to send students to Qatar’s Education City is a way to strengthen bonds with the Middle East, while ignoring that accepting dirty money from a radical state is a security threat to America and American allies — not to mention the students studying there.
“If there’s ever going to be engagement between the western world and the Islamic-Arab world, higher education is a natural place to start,” Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet said on the university’s website about the satellite campus. “I think that we have an institutional opportunity that’s really quite rare in terms of trying to make a positive difference in an important domain.”
In addition to supporting terrorist factions, in 2013 the Qatari government was also generous with its money and allegedly donated well over $1 million to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Also in 2013, the Doha-based TV network Al Jazeera bought CurrentTV from Al Gore for a reported $500 million. (RELATED: The DCMorning: Al Gore Sells His Soul)
“The Coalition of the Qatar Awareness Campaign calls on you to exert due influence on the Qatari government to cease any type of involvement in all forms of Islamic terrorism, slavery, and drug trafficking,” the email concludes.