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Qatar’s Role in Undermining Israel’s Legitimacy on U.S. University Campuses

Lenny Ben-David
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Dec. 21, 2023

What started in Doha is growing into a global campaign and students there are now looking to make connections to student activists in the United States.”
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser has emerged as one of the most influential people in Qatar. The “consort” and second of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s three wives and mother of seven, she heads the multi-billion-dollar Qatar Foundation philanthropies. Because of her involvement with educational initiatives, the Sheikh was appointed “UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education.”

It was, therefore, newsworthy when she resigned from her UNESCO post in her November 15 speech: “I was recently shocked by the silence of UNESCO when students are killed and schools destroyed in Gaza. This is absolutely not in line with UNESCO’s history and values.”

The Qatari royal wife/mother proceeded to vilify Israel and its charges of antisemitism against Israel’s detractor:

For decades, we have witnessed Israel spreading fabricated historical narratives, which were refuted by many historians, including Israeli ones. These narratives have taken over the world’s collective mind, and if someone dares to debate any Israeli narrative, he is cast aside, having been accused of antisemitism, which, in itself, is another problematic narrative. By “Semitism,” they mean Jews, having taken a monopoly on the Semitic race, which they attribute to themselves while denying [its application] to other nations, which speak Semitic languages, like the Arabs, the Assyrians, and the Chaldeans.  … [To read the full article, click here.]

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