An integral component of the United States” war on terror is cutting off funding to terrorists and the infrastructures that promote terror. This report documents the undermining of this US policy and the apparent violation of US law by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Palestinian Authority (PA) areas through the funding of Al Quds Open University. Al Quds is a Palestinian university that hosts branches of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations throughout Gaza and the West Bank.
In September 2006 at a ceremony at Al Quds Open University, USAID announced $100,000 of in-kind assistance to Al Quds Open University”¦.US law prohibits funding any “educational institution that the Secretary knows or has reason to believe advocates, plans, sponsors, engages in, or has engaged in, terrorist activity… None of the funds…may be made available for the purpose of recognizing or otherwise honoring individuals who commit, or have committed, acts of terrorism.” (Foreign Operations Bill 2006 (SEC. 559.b-c)
Al Quds Open University is ineligible to receive money from USAID because:
Al Quds hosts student branches of Hamas and Islamic Jihad on campus [See Part 1]
Campus activities honor terrorists, past and present [Part 2]
Campus activities advocate terror as legitimate “resistance”
Al Quds University property is used for Hamas assemblies
Al Quds administration members join in terror group events on campus
Al Quds university participates in and sponsors off campus activities honoring terrorists — from this report at PMW
The only way to not only get such a policy reversed, but get those who continue slyly to promote such policies and to undercut sensible ones, is for the candidates — Republican and Democratic — to denounce this and demand that the whole mess be investigated, and jobs lost, permanently. Punish, all over official Washington, those who think the mixture as before of appeasing those who advocate the Local Jihad (against Israel) or the Greater Jihad is okay, by driving them out of positions of any conceivable power and influence. It can be done. It needs to be done.
True, it means standing up against the most dangerous and most powerful lobby in Washington: the Saudi-Arab lobby, the lobby that not only has worked steadfastly against American understanding of Islam (and not merely of the Arab war against Israel, as some fondly believe), but has also prevented any sensible measures that might long ago have been instituted, way back in the early 1970s, to raise the tax on gasoline and institute other measures to steadily diminish the reliance, not on “foreign oil” but on oil, period. That Saudi lobby has, in other words, managed to direct the energy policy of the largest oil-consumer in the world, and hence distorted the entire energy policy of the world, with enormous consequences.
Meanwhile, in Antisemitic La-La Land, Walt and Mearsheimer are now going about the country flogging their book and prating about the “Israel Lobby” that they claim, idiotically, was responsible for the war in Iraq. Do they not know how opposed to the Iraq War the Israeli military was? What do they know, other than that the names “Wolfowitz” and “Perle” and “Feith” for them mean far more than “Bush” and “Cheney” and “Rice”? For them, who know nothing about what really has gone on in Washington over the past 30 years, the “Israel Lobby” is what counts about the Iraq venture that was supported by, inter alios, Wolfowitz, Feith, and Perle (only the first two of whom were government officials, and who have been out of Pentagon posts for at least two years) as well as by everyone else in and around the top who was not named “Wolfowitz” and “Feith” and “Perle.”
For what, exactly, does this “Israel Lobby” count? For helping get passed foreign aid for both Israel and — since AIPAC has allowed itself to believe that Egypt is a “force for peace” (what nonsense!) — for Egypt as well. For getting a few symbolic resolutions past, and making sure that noises are made quadrennially about moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem, and things at that level. But that’s about it for the famously overrated “Israel Lobby,” which itself has proven incapable, or unwilling, to understand Islam, and therefore cannot accurately describe what Israel faces — a Lesser Jihad that can be contained, but to which there is no “solution” (just as there is no “solution” to the Larger Jihad, except permanent containment and a deliberate attempt by Infidels to constrain the power of Muslim states and societies and individuals to wreak harm on Infidels). That “Israel Lobby” has done nothing t help educate Congressmen about Islam — which would be a service not only to Israel, but to the entire West.
Meanwhile, the real power in Washington is the Saudi-Arab Lobby. It has managed to prevent a sensible policy toward Islam. It has managed to prevent any understanding of the intruments of Jihad — the Money Weapon, campaigns of Da’wa, demographic conquest — that now threaten the historic center of the West itself: Europe. It has prevented the development of an energy policy based on the goal of diminishing use of oil and other fossil fuels, that ought to have begun more than three decades ago.
But just ask Walt and Mearsheimer about the Saudi Lobby. They won’t know what you are talking about. Ask them about J. B. Kelly’s article “Of Valuable Oil and Worthless Policies.” They haven’t a clue. Today, on NPR, enquiring-silly-mind John Ashbrook had them on, and at the same time was having his audience on, by describing them as “A-List Scholars from MIT and the University of Chicago.”
“Scholars.” “A-List Scholars.”