The Institute for the report of Global Antisemitism and Policy has released a new report that looks into Qatar’s substantial financial contributions to numerous organizations and how they affect Western democracies. The report, titled “Networks of Hate: Qatari Paymasters, Soft Power and the Manipulation of Democracy,” explores the historical links between Islamist ideas and Qatar, especially those influenced by professors associated with the Muslim Brotherhood such as Sayyid Qutb.
The research showcases Qatar’s enormous financial resources, particularly through the $500 billion to $1 trillion in assets held by the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). Notable New York City monuments and a projected $45 billion investment in the US market are among QIA’s holdings.
The report also covers the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), which was formerly designated as a non-profit organization but was later reclassified to permit it to function as a private company even though the Emir of Qatar still owns it. The report claims that this modification allows Qatar to portray government money as contributions from the private sector.
According to the report, Qatar is the country that gives U.S. colleges the most foreign funding, which raises questions about openness and possible effects on academic integrity. It implies that Qatar funds American institutions covertly using a variety of strategies, such as partnerships and indirect financial routes like foreign corporations.
The relationship between Qatar and Hamas, a group that the US has classified as a terrorist organization, is one of the report’s main concerns. Since 2012, Qatar has given the political leadership of Hamas sanctuary, and the country has come under fire for its backing of the organization.
Additionally, the research claims that major financial contributions to colleges from Qatar are frequently underreported, in violation of Section 117 of the Higher Education Act (HEA). This lack of openness is thought to be a component of a larger trend of opposition to requests for Qatari university funding to be transparent.
Furthermore, according to the research, funding of this kind may result in pro-Qatari lobbying in university curricula, raising the possibility of foreign ideological influence in US educational institutions.
The paper concludes by urging congressional hearings to fully comprehend the security implications and the effects of Qatar’s investment policies on Western democratic norms. It also suggests looking into universities that get funding from Qatar to evaluate their impact on curriculum, intellectual discourse, and education. The study poses the question of whether this kind of funding influences Jewish professors and students by fueling the growth of antisemitism in higher education.