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Iranian Front Group Pumping Funds into US Universities

According to Arutz Sheva, a pro-Iran, anti-Israel front organization is pouring money into American higher-education institutions that employ professors and speakers of like-minded persuasion:

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to the prestigious Columbia University and Rutgers University for Middle East and Persian studies programs. . . . The courses are taught by professors who openly slur Israel and express sympathy for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime, as well as terrorist groups Hizbullah and Hamas.

The organization in question is the Alavi Foundation, which reportedly is on the federal radar. Thus, it

recently had up to $650 million seized by United States federal law enforcement, donated $100,000 to Columbia University in 2007 after the institution agreed to host [the brutal and tyrannical] Ahmadinejad, who is responsible [among other horrors] for a bloody crackdown on protesters [notably students] last summer.

This alleged Iranian infiltration of American campuses is part of a larger pattern. Elsewhere I have commented on a similar Saudi spending jag in our academic institutions.

Based on the work of the CISS, Arutz Sheva notes that such front groups are heavily financing academic studies in the UK:

Last year, Britain’s director of the Brunel University Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, Anthony Glees, reported that up to 48 British universities have been infiltrated by Muslim fundamentalists heavily financed by major Muslim groups, to the tune of more than a quarter billion Sterling.

How many pieces of silver — and incidents of violent mayhem — will it take for the West’s academic institutions to come to their senses, refuse our enemies’ largesse, and thus join in taking responsibility for our collective security?

Candace de Russy — Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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