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Jewish World Review Dec. 19, 2002 / 14 Teves, 5763

Benjamin Shapiro

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King Fahd's plan to conquer America | The King Abdulaziz Chair for Islamic Studies. The King Fahd Chair for Islamic Shariah Studies. The Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Program in Arab and Islamic Studies. The H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani Islamic Legal Studies Fund. The King Fahd Chair of Oncology and Pediatrics. The Bakr M. Binladin Visiting Scholar Fund.

That's an awful lot of Arabic and Islam. If all that didn't faze you, maybe this will: All of these institutions are here, in the United States. All of them are branches of American universities. And all are financed by Saudi Arabia. In order, the above institutions exist at: the University of California at Santa Barbara, Harvard University Law School, the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University Law School, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University Law School. Rice University has taken Saudi money for implementation of an Islamic Studies Chair. The Saudis have also set up research institutes at Duke University, Syracuse University, American University of Colorado, American University in Washington, D.C., and Howard University.

It is no secret that the Saudi government supports terror. Fifteen of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudi nationals. Saudis most likely funded the attacks, at least in part, and the wife of the Saudi ambassador to the United States allegedly funneled money to the Sept. 11 terrorists. The Saudis raise money for the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. The Saudis practice a radical form of Islam called Wahabbi-ism, which promotes the imperialistic spread of Islam through jihad.

It is possible that all of this Saudi money is innocent charity. It is also possible that chickens wear yellow moon-boots and run around at night screaming: "The flying monkeys are coming."

The Saudis see "charity" to Americans as a way to promote their political and religious propaganda. Remember, right after Sept. 11, when Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talul bin Abdul Aziz, nephew to King Fahd, offered $10 million to victims of the terrorist attacks? After proposing the donation, he took the opportunity to spout his political views, criticizing U.S. Middle East policy, especially with regard to the Arab-Israeli conflict: "Our Palestinian brethren continue to be slaughtered at the hands of Israelis as the world (looks the other way)." Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York rejected the donation on the spot.

Similarly, Saudi "charity" to American universities is nothing but a ruse. The Saudi motive is clearly stated by the official Saudi English weekly Ain-Al-Yaqeen, in describing donations to U.S. colleges: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, has positively shouldered its responsibility, and played a pioneering role in order to raise the banner of Islam all over the globe and raise the Islamic call either inside or outside the Kingdom."

The King Abdulaziz Chair for Islamic Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara is held by Professor R. Stephen Humphreys. Humphreys is former chair of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA), the overarching organization that governs Middle Eastern Studies programs around the country. MESA is far-left, an organizational apologist for Islamic terror (as detailed by Martin Kramer in his book, "Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America").

The King Fahd Chair for Islamic Shariah Studies at Harvard University Law School is run by Professor Frank Edward Vogel, "The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Adjunct Professor of Islamic Legal Studies." Vogel's self-stated goal has been to "dissipate the ignorance of Islamic law, with its complex history of social, political and religious change." Wonder what that Nigerian woman sentenced to death for bearing a child out of wedlock thinks about Sharia's "complex history of social, political and religious change."

The Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Program in Arab and Islamic Studies at UC Berkeley was established by a Saudi Arabian foundation led by Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Saudi ambassador to the United States (yes, the one whose wife allegedly funds terrorists).

The Bakr M. Binladin Visiting Scholar Fund at Harvard Law School is perhaps the most disturbing of all Saudi causes. If you recognize the name of the fund, you should -- the namesake is a brother of Osama Bin Ladin. This fund is used to bring "visiting scholars" to study law at Harvard. One stipulation is that the "scholar" be a citizen of a predominantly Muslim country.

There is something deeply wrong here. The Saudi Arabian government views our culture as its enemy, yet it rushes to stuff American colleges with money. It uses our universities as propaganda machines. It uses them as research facilities. It may even use them as terrorist havens. Will it take another Sept. 11 before we look more closely at the insidious Saudi invasion of our higher education system?

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