Campus Watch in the Media
Saudi Largesse at Georgetown and Harvard
by Candace de Russy
Stephen Schwartz, head of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, examines the uses to which Harvard and Georgetown Universities have put their donations of $20 million dollars each from Saudi prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.
Georgetown has been most in the limelight for instituting the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) under the direction of John Louis Esposito. Schwartz describes Esposito as "America's foremost apologist for ultra-fundamentalist Wahhabi Islam" and the ACMCU as an academic center "that promotes vigorously the 'Palestinian narrative' and hostility to Israel."
Schwartz elaborates on Beran's dedication to breaking down (in the latter's words) "pro-Israel perceptions in the U.S." as well as on the extensive influence the Outreach Center has had on the treatment of Middle East issues in K–12 schools.
Schwartz demonstrates persuasively that the CMES is propagating "a one-sided, anti-Israel, and pro-Arab introduction to Middle East issues for American schoolchildren."
Though less publicized, Schwartz concludes, "the Harvard approach is as bad as or worse than that pursued by John Esposito at Georgetown."Note: Postings in "Campus Watch in the Media" do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch.
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