Muslim Brotherhood infiltrates U.S. public schools?: You wont believe shocking ties of group behind Arabic language classes.
Posted on May 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM EST
By Aaron Klein
A flurry of news media reports last week highlighted a Harlem public elementary school that will become the first in New York to require students to study Arabic.
Entirely unreported is that the organization that co-created and funded the Arabic language program for the New York school, KleinOnline has found, maintains close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood while the group‚Äôs founder also started the Al Jazeera television network.
The Qatar Foundation International, or QFI, a nonprofit group financed by the government of Qatar, gave Harlem‚Äôs Hamilton Heights, a K-5 public school school, a $250,000 grant to support the Arabic program for three years.
The school‚Äôs Arabic language program was reportedly developed by QFI and the the Global Language Project.
In addition to the Harlem school, KleinOnline found that the QFI just awarded ‚ÄúCurriculum Grants‚ÄĚ to seven U.S. schools and language organizations to ‚Äúdevelop comprehensive and innovative curricula and teaching materials to be used in any Arabic language classroom.‚ÄĚ
QFI, based in Washington DC, is the U.S. branch of the Qatar Foundation, founded in 1995 by Qatar‚Äôs ruling emir, Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani.
Thani is still the group‚Äôs vice-chairman, while his wife, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chair‚Äôs the organization‚Äôs board.
Thani also launched Al Jazeera in 1996 and served as the television network‚Äôs chairman.
The Qatar foundation is close to the Muslim Brotherhood.
This past January, it launched the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics under the guidance of Tariq Ramadan, who serves as the center‚Äôs director.
Ramadan is the grandson of the notorious founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al Banna. Ramadan was banned from the U.S. until 2010 when the Obama administration issued him a visa to give a lecture at a New York school.
The Qatar Foundation, meanwhile, named several institutions after Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. Many regard Qaradawi as the de facto spiritual leader of Egypt‚Äôs Muslim Brotherhood.
The Foundation instituted the Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi Scholarships and in 2009 established a research center named the Qaradawi Center for Islamic Moderation and Renewal.
Qaradawi has personally attended scores of Foundation events, including conferences at which he served as a keynote speaker.
Qaradawi achieved star status because of his regular sermons and interviews on Al Jazeera.
Two weeks ago, Qaradawi was in the news after he told Egyptian Muslims it was their religious duty to vote for one of three Islamic candidates in the country‚Äôs presidential election, describing them as the ‚Äúbest for Egypt‚ÄĚ because they will ‚Äúapply the Islamic Shariah and achieve justice.‚ÄĚ
The Investigative Project on Terrorism documents how Qardaqi openly permitted the killing of American troops in Iraq and praised the “heroic deeds” from “Hamas, Jihad, Al-Aqsa Brigades, and others.”
Reports by the London newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat repeated Israeli claims that Al-Qaradawi once served to fund “the heart of Hamas,” the Al-Islam Charity, through his Welfare Coalition.
With additional research by Danette Clark and Brenda J. Elliott