Is a prominent academic institution empowering Islamic despots to propagandize college students?
Georgetown University’s satellite campus in Doha, Qatar recently hosted a man convicted of aiding and abetting a terrorist group Tuesday evening for a talk on “Youth In The Middle East.”
Sami Al-Arian, who spoke Tuesday, has reportedly called for Islamic warfare and has encouraged suicide bombings in the name of God. Nonetheless, Georgetown gave the Kuwait-born alleged terror mastermind a prominent platform, describing him as a “civil rights activist.”
— Mohammed Al-Jaberi (@mohdga1) March 28, 2017
The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) notes that Al-Arian is a board member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a U.S.-designated terrorist group. Founded in 1979, the jihadist group is committed to the destruction of Israel through warfare. Considered even more radical than the terror group Hamas, it is widely believed that most of the group’s funding comes from Iran.
Reached for comment, IPT President Steven Emerson told CR he was concerned Georgetown would allow a man convicted of aiding terrorism “who still spouts the same evil and poisonous ideology (as) when he ran the Islamic Jihad” to speak on campus. He further described it as “one of the most hideous things” that an institution of higher learning could do, as it “represent[s] the core fundamental moral values it intends to impart to its students.”
In 1995, following a suicide attack that killed 19 Israelis, Al-Arian reached out to a Kuwaiti politician to solicit funds for more terror operations. Al-Arian said, according to IPT:
“The latest operation, carried out by the two mujahideen who were martyred for the sake of God, is the best guide and witness to what the believing few can do in the face of Arab and Islamic collapse at the heels of the Zionist enemy.”
“I call upon you to try to extend true support of the jihad effort in Palestine so that operations such as these can continue, so that the people do not lose faith in Islam and its representatives.”
Al-Arian was deported in 2015 as part of his 2006 plea agreement, in which he pled guilty to providing services to Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Despite this guilty plea, Georgetown makes no mention of Al-Arian’s nefarious activities. The Georgetown profile whitewashes his extremism:
“Al-Arian is a prominent Palestinian human rights advocate and community leader. While working as a tenured professor of computer science … he was pursued by the U.S. government on various charges, resulting in a prolonged legal battle over which he eventually prevailed. After years in detention, solitary confinement, and under house arrest, Al-Arian relocated to Turkey in 2015.”
So how does Al-Arian get invited to speak at Georgetown Doha? To start, Al-Arian’s son, Abdullah, is an assistant professor there.
But the school’s Middle East hub is not its only location accused of promoting extremism.
Georgetown’s main campus in Washington, D.C. has an entire campus institution funded by a $20 million dollar donation from Saudi Arabia: the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.
“Georgetown has literally sold its soul to the devil — to terrorist funding ‘charities,’ to rich propagandists for the Muslim Brotherhood which built an entire wing at Georgetown in DC to propagate the values and beliefs of groups like Hamas and has been all too willing to form collaborative alliances with countries like Qatar,” Emerson commented, adding, “which is the largest state financial supporter of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS.”
Several professors at Georgetown’s D.C. campus have run into controversy of their own.
John Esposito, a renowned professor there, is affiliated with at least half a dozen groups connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. Additionally, when an alleged Muslim Brotherhood delegation came to visit the United States in 2015, Georgetown “organized and funded” the trip, according to the State Department.
Jonathan Brown, Al-Arian’s son-in-law and an Islamic studies professor at Georgetown, also is accused of recently endorsing rape and slavery in a February lecture on “Islam and The Problem of Slavery.”
By placing a man who may have led a Palestinian terror cell in front of unassuming college students, Georgetown has acted grossly irresponsible in empowering the forces of evil.
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