SAUDI front group, U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, isn’t the only Islamist group funding American universities. The Iranian regime has done the same thing on a massive scale through its New York-based front, the Alavi Foundation. The Foundation’s website openly lists 30 “academic institutions” in the U.S. and Canada it has awarded grants to.
Clarion Project(h/t Mike F) The Alavi Foundation is accused of funneling money to an Iranian bank linked to the nuclear program. The president of the Foundation, Farshid Jahedi,pled guilty to destroying evidence before it could be submitted to the grand jury. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office investigations chief, Adam Kaufmann, said “We found evidence that the government of Iran really controlled everything about the foundation.” The casehas yet to be resolved.
The Foundation’s purpose is not only to launder money for the regime, but to become subtly engaged in the ideological war. U.S. officialstoldthe Washington Post that the Foundation “promotes Tehran’s views on world affairs.” The communications director for the Iranian-American Community of Northern California, Hamid Azimi,says it is part of the regime’s “propaganda machine.”
This alleged component of Iran’s “propaganda machine” has invested heavily in academia. According to the Alavi Foundation website, 30 colleges and universities in North America have received its financing. The objective is to “offer courses on Persian language, Iranian studies and the Islamic culture with a focus on Shi’ite studies.”
Is your university among them: The named 30 are listed below, organized by state alphabetically and additional notes. The Canadian institutions are listed at the end. All monetary figures were taken from the Alavi Foundation’s own financial reports.
According to the New York Post, the Foundation donated $351,600 to the Persian Language Program between 2005 and 2007. The newspaper said that the Foundation also financed the professorship of Hooshang Amirahmadi, a former director of Rutgers’ Center for Middle East Studies. He “unabashedly has touted Hezbollah and Hamas as legitimate organizations and not terrorists.”
$72,500 (2007); $40,500 (2006); $2,100 to Rutgers University and $75,000 to Rutgers Foundation (2005); $137,500 (2004).
According to the New York Post, the Foundation donated $100,000 to Columbia University after the school agreed to host Iranian President Ahmadinejad as a speaker in 2007.
The newspaper reported that the Foundation financed at least two professorships, Gary Sick of the School of International and Public Affairs and Hamid Dabashi, professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature. Sick has justified Ahmadinejad’s calls to destroy Israel and Dabashi has praised Iraqi, Palestinian and Hezbollah terrorists as heroes “resisting this [American] empire.”