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Medicins sans Frontieres- Doctors without Borders - funded by anti American -anti semitic UAE Zayed Center

January 20, 2005

MIM: The United States should halt any aid which is being given to the group Medicins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), on the grounds that it is going to help those who are inciting against the United States and aiding Islamists and neo Nazis to propagandize against the US and Israel with the help of the Zayed Center. http://www.msf.org/

The organisation is being funded by the Zayed Center for Coordination and Followup which was directed by the recently deceased Prince Sultan bin Nahayan. The ZFCF specialised in Holocaust denial and blood libel. The website was shut down in 2002 after the United States protested to the UAE . Several American politicans had also been featured speakers at the ZFCF. In 2003 Harvard University's School of Divinity was forced to return a 2.5 million dollar donation made by the Zayed Center to fund an Islamic Studies Chair, after the Islamo facist agenda of the Zayed Center was revealed and thousands of peoples signed a petition urging Harvard to return the 'tainted money'. The original website offering blood libel and Holocaust denial 'litter'ature was closed down but resurfaced in a different format.Last August Harvard announced that they would return the donation. .http://www.gm-unccd.org/FIELD/Multi/Arab/Zayen/OP_Zay.htm Last August Harvard announced that they would return the donation. (See below for articles about the Harvard controversy). http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/1231

For years Medicins sans Frontieres has never missed an opportunity to denounce Israel or the United States to the media. The fact that they are being funded by the ZFCF shows that they are in fact a mouthpiece of their UAE handlers. http://www.gm-unccd.org/FIELD/Multi/Arab/Zayen/Resource.htm

In a picture taken at the Zayed Center HQ Rony Brauman is seated together with Zayed director Khalifa Al Murrar, and Hans Koechler, the Austrian director of the IPO, the International Progress Institute. The IPO is engaged in an anti Israel and anti American campaign and Koechler, who was personally appointed by Kofi Anan to be a monitor at the Lockerbee trial. Koechler, who is a friend of Ghaddafi, protested the verdict,which convicted a Libyan of the bombing which killed all the passengers on board when it blew up over Lockerbie Scotland. Koechler claimed that the trial 'had been rigged by the United States'. http://i-p-o.org/koechler-lockerbie-statement-aug2003.htm

Sheik Nahayan's donation to 'humanitarian terrorism' reflects the abysmal human rights record of his own country.

"..• As ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Zayed is responsible for his nation's shameful human rights record, which includes, according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, corporal punishment of dissidents and dictatorial governance – Zayed has ruled as the UAE's unelected president since 1971. In addition, his regime has been cited for the use of child slave labor in the camel racing industry, abuse of domestic servants, and racial discrimination against foreign workers..." http://www.petitiononline.com/zayedno/petition.html

. No wonder that in the eyes of MSF/DWB founder and director of research Rony Brauman, "there is always an ulterior motive to the peace keeping efforts of certain superpowers". The old saying of 'physician heal thyself rings perversely ironic in the case of the Zayed Center funding for the Medicins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders.It's hard to imagine that the DWB could heal themselves or anyone else when their own organisation is tainted to the core by purveyors of blood libel,Holocaust denial,slavery and corporal punishment.

MIM 2005

Professor Hans Koechler, President of the International Progress Organization (center), at the opening session of the conference on "War Victims and International Law" at the Zayed Center for Coordination & Follow-up, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 15 July 2002. Left: Mr. Mohammed Khalifa Al-Murrar, Executive Director of the Zayed Center; right: Mr. Rony Brauman, Founder of Médecins sans frontières. http://i-p-o.org/zayed-center.htm


MIM: The MSF has UAE website and it's policies appear to be directed by the UAE.


MSF-UAE is a part of the international network of volunteers. It was established in UAE in 1995 under the patronage of H.H.Sheik Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, minister of higher education and scientific research.

UAE Head Office : Abu Dhabi, P.O.Box - 47226,
Tel : 02-6317645, Fax : 02 6215059
Email : [email protected]

Branch Office : Dubai, P.O.Box : 65650,
Tel : 04-3458177, Fax : 04 3456754
E-mail : [email protected]

منظمة أطباء بلا حدود هي منظمة إنسانية طبية عالمية مستقلة. تم تأسيس فرع لها في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة في أبو ظبي عام 1995 ، تحت رعاية سمو الشيخ نهيان بن مبارك آل نهيان، وزير التعليم العالي والبحث العلمي، الرئيس الفخري لهذه المنظمة، التي تهدف الى إطلاع الرأي العام على القيم الإنسانية والعالمية والى توضيح نشاطها العالمي على الصعيدين الصحي والإنساني.

فرع أبو ظبي- صندوق بريد: 47226
هاتف : 02-6317645 فاكس: 02-6215059
البريد الالكتروني: [email protected]

فرع دبي- صندوق بريد:65650
هاتف :04-3458177 فاكس:04-3456754
البريد الالكتروني :[email protected]


MIM: The political involvement of the Zayed Center and other Arab 'charitable organisations' is revealed by James Zogby, the director of the Arab American Institute who wrote in this article in Al Jazeera entitled "What Must Be Done":

"...There are brilliant projects like those sponsored by the Palestinian Welfare Fund and the Sheikh Zayed Foundation that can be built upon and made the focus of an overall Arab strategy to rescue the Palestinian people and sustain their soon-to-be newly elected national leadership...." http://www.aljazeerah.info/Opinion%20editorials/2005%20Opinion%20Editorials/January/4%20o/What%20Must%20Be%20Done%20By%20James%20J%20Zogby.htm

For more on Zogby see: http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/304

MIM: The Zayed Center also finances The Palestinian Children's Relief Fund run by Steve Sosebee which openly aids Hamas.

"During a lecture at the Zayed International Centre for Coordination and Follow-Up (ZCCF), Sosebee charged that a "Zionist lobby and Zionist influence" manipulated the U.S. government, its citizens and media." http://www.ngo-monitor.org/editions/v2n05/v2n05-2.htm



The Zayed Center has also held conferences together with the neo Nazi LaRouche Foundation. http://www.schillerinstitute.org/lar_related/2002/lar_abu-dhabi.html

"...On June 2-3, 2002, a conference sponsored by the prestigious Zayed Centre in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, featured Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. giving the keynote speech. The two day, inviation-only conference, entitled, "The Follow Up on the The Role of Oil and Gas in World Politics" was attended by Ministers of the UAE government, numerous diplomatic representatives, intellectuals, and press. Delegates attended from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and from many other Gulf and Arab states.

Other speeches on the first day were given by Arab Oil Ministers and experts from the Gulf region. Mr. LaRouche's speech, presented here, was entitled The Middle East As A Strategic Crossroad , and was received with great enthusiasm. It was followed by a lively question and answer session.

This was the first visit Mr. LaRouche, to the Middle East region since 1975, and it marked an important intervention point into the ongoing discussion in the Arab oil producing countries regarding life and death strategic issues. Mr. LaRouche was accompanied by his wife Helga, the chairwoman and founder of the Schiller Institute..." Click here for her speech, and for related articles.


MIM: MSF founder and director of research Roni Brauman shows his dhimmitude to his UAE hosts and claims that American food aid to Afghanistan took place with "an ulterior purpose" and insinuated that the United States purposely bombed a Red Cross supply warehouse and only undertook humanitarian aid to Somalia as a pretext to " capture General Aideed".


MSF sees greater UAE role for global peace

By Anupama V. Chand THE UAE can serve a peace-keeper's role by providing a forum for the resolution of disputes in the region, with the office of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) playing a supportive role, visiting MSF Director of Research Rony Brauman said in the Capital yesterday. Speaking to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of a two-day conference on "Human Rights, War Victims and International Law", which began yesterday at the Zayed Centre for Co-ordination and Follow-Up (ZCCF), Dr Brauman said that humanitarian intervention in any conflict or disaster had today become inextricably intertwined with military intervention.

"There is always an ulterior motive to the so-called peace-keeping initiatives by certain superpowers," he pointed out. Mr Brauman expressed confidence that the UAE office of MSF, which had been established to disseminate information about the activities of MSF and to raise funds, could play a much greater role if the need arose.

The MSF as a humanitarian organisation, often criticised military humanitarian action, through the only means at its disposal, i.e. public opinion, public expression and practical demonstrations of the effectiveness of peaceful and civilian humanitarian action, he said.

Dr Brauman, who spoke on "Military Humanitarian Intervention Operations", said the concept was age-old, with France and Britain having used diplomacy and humanitarian action to disguise their actual intentions of maintaining their hegemony, way back in the 19th century. Dr Brauman noted that their humanitarian principles, before anything else, were nothing but expressions of power used for achieving imperialistic designs. As examples of modern-day military humanitarian operations, which failed miserably as they did not have the greater good of 'humanitarian action' at heart, Dr Brauman mentioned the preliminary operations that the UN undertook in Congo in the sixties and France did in Nigeria during the Biafra Civil War in 1968-69.

He referred to the famine in Somalia, in 1992-93, the work carried out by the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and the American intervention at the request of UN Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Ghali, which was supposed to bring succour to the people, but which turned into a man-hunt conducted by the army to capture General Aideed. It only proves, he added, that humanitarian intervention today does not take place without military intervention or for some ulterior purpose.

Commenting on the recent US military involvement in Afghanistan, Dr Braun said that MSF strongly criticised the American action of dropping food packets by air, while calling it a "humanitarian" action, which it believed was only intended for Afghani supporters of the US in those areas, where the aid was distributed. The American bombardment of the Red Cross Warehouse, despite having known its identity, was a clear example of the politics involved in the whole exercise, he felt.

Stressing that every military intervention was a war, Dr Braun said that in politics, the issues of power balance and interests were at the core of any decision making. He hoped that humanitarian work could be liberated from the strategies of authority to make it a collective power with only one aim: solidarity for mankind.



CNN report: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Criticizes the bombing/aid campaign:

The international medical aid agency Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said the humanitarian action was "a piece of military propaganda aimed at making the U.S.-led attack more acceptable to international opinion." "What sense is there in shooting with one hand, and giving medicine with the other?" the group asked.


MIM: The letter below was written to the director of MSF by someone who asked to be taken off their mailing list because of a statements which the organisation made in the media referring to the food drops in Afghanistan as "military propaganda". The heading of the webpage was "Doctors without Brains" http://www.therazor.org/oldroot/Winter02/msf.htm

Nicolas de Torrente
Executive Director
Medecins Sans Frontieres
6 East 39th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Dear Mr. Torrente,

Regarding your undated letter I received on December 1, 2001 in which you attempt to explain your organization's statements made to media outlets soon after aerial attacks began in Afghanistan on October 7th. The fact that your letter is undated suggests to me that I am not alone in being disappointed with your organization, one which I had previously held in high regard. While I appreciate you removing my name from your mailing list as I requested, I believe that your letter raised points which I cannot in good conscience leave unanswered.

First you state your "concern with any military actions, such as the forces present in Afghanistan, is with their impact on civilian populations". You publicly criticized American actions soon after the first bombs began falling without regard to the efforts taken by American forces to minimize civilian casualties. Throughout the campaign the United States has gone to unprecedented lengths to insure that the guilty would be targeted and the innocent spared. This lead to oil smugglers being pulled from their trucks by US Special Forces before the tankers were destroyed and Kabul residents leading normal lives as Al-Qaeda and Taliban military targets were hit. As reported by NPR last month, local Afghan aid officials marvelled at the ability of the US military to inflict damage on military targets while leaving civilian areas unscathed. Consequently, their aid efforts continued while you halted yours on September 14th, three weeks before the attacks began and while diplomatic efforts were just getting underway.

In your letter you criticize the American government's attempt at delivering aid while at the same time conducting a war. You worry that "air drops of food will not by themselves address the very significant humanitarian needs of the Afghan people."

The humanitarian needs of the Afghan people are so dire not because of any natural catastrophe but because of the Taliban and its Al-Qaeda financiers. During the five years in power, the Taliban did little to help the common Afghan while it provided sanctuary for foreign terrorists. While people starved the Taliban spent millions of Al-Qaeda money investigating nuclear, chemical and biological weapons at the same time it trained terrorists to use them. The efforts of the United States and its allies to destroy this regime, and replace it with one which will benefit the average person in Afghanistan is much more useful than your criticism.

You state in your letter that "a way must be found to reach those suffering the long-term effects of war and drought in Afghanistan". That way has been found - the brave men and women of the United States' and United Kingdom's armed forces. I believe that you should issue an apology to these true heroes and to the Afghans who are now being cared for and freed from Tyranny through their efforts. If you make such an apology, I will again hold your organization in high regard and will be honored to donate money to it.

Finally, you state in your letter that your organization "takes no position on the US and British military air strikes in Afghanistan or the air drops themselves". Sir, your organization released a statement calling the aid drops "military propaganda". That sounds like a position to me and one which you should be ashamed of taking.


Niccolo Machiavelli


MIM: According to this news report the MSF offices were in a building which also housed the International Solidarity Movement who were caught trying to hide a Hamas terrorist and helped bring two suicide bombers from Britain into Israel. In addition to the MSF the four story building also housed the Palestine National Bank and the Red Crescent. More proof of 'humanitarian terrorism" and how health and medical care is used as a facade for terrorism and corruption. The raid on the building was no doubt reported as an incursion into 'foreign aid offices'. The ISM claimed they "did not know the man was wanted". http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=6011

"Today in Jenin, IDF troops raided the offices of the International Solidarity Movement, the "peace" group to which Rachel Corrie belonged—and arrested a senior Islamic Jihad terrorist they were hiding.

The army said the man was being sheltered in the Jenin offices of the Palestinian-backed peace group whose members often act as human shields, placing themselves between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians.

An American activist with the group was killed on March 16 while trying to stop an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. She fell in front of the machine, which ran over her and then backed up, witnesses said.

The group said it did not know the man was wanted. The army said the suspect was a senior member of Islamic Jihad who planned a number of attacks on Israelis which were foiled by Israeli security forces.

The army said two women with the group — one British and the other Canadian — tried to hide the man but the group's spokesman, Tom Wallace, said the two group members were not aware of the man's identity.

The army said that during a search of the four-story building — which also houses offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross, international medical group Medicins Sans Frontieres and the Bank of Palestine — troops found a pistol in the International Solidarity Movement premises."



MSF selected for UAE health prize

By a staff reporter

MEDICINS Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been selected for the UAE Health Foundation Prize for 2002, with the official announcement scheduled to be made on May 16 at WHO Geneva.

The foundation was established in May 1993 and awarded its first prize in 1995 to Egypt's Child Survival Project that was bestowed upon Dr Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz Al Swailerm, from Saudi Arabia.

It was originally created with a donation of US $ 1 million by Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for a special fund administered by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

According to MSF sources in the UAE, the prize is intended to reward persons, institutions, or organisations, who have made outstanding contributions to health development. Specially dedicated to the promotion of health care it is the most prestigious annual award from the WHO.

The sources noted that among the criteria taken into account in deciding the winner is the contribution to the advancement of primary health care and the role in innovative programmes designed to achieve the WHO's objective of 'Health for All'. The prize money consists of a certificate of award, a plaque from the founder and US $ 40,000 (Dhs. 146,800) which is distributed among all the recipients.

So far, the prize has been awarded to a number of individuals, organisations and institutions, including Hilary Rodham Clinton, former first lady of the United States in 1998 for her work in the health and social welfare field and Professor Ismail A. Sallam of Egypt in 1999 for his contributions in the field of cardiac surgery, including several discoveries.



8/18/2003: Zayed Centre Being Closed?

The Gulf Daily News of Bahrain has a report that the lunatic black hole of Arab antisemitism, the Zayed Centre for Coordination and Followup, is being closed: UAE think-tank is shut.

DUBAI: The UAE is closing down a think-tank that Western critics accuse of promoting anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism.

An official said yesterday the future of the Abu Dhabi-based Zayed International Centre for Co-ordination and Follow-Up - named in honour of UAE President Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - will be up to its official sponsor, the Arab League. The UAE has funded and hosted the centre since it opened in 1999.

"We are closing down the Zayed Centre and ceasing its funding," the official said.

The UAE "has privately voiced concerns in recent months at some statements which were linked to the centre's activities," he added.

Officials at the centre were not available for comment yesterday. Its website was not functioning, displaying only the message: "This site is under maintenance until further notice."

However—the reports of the Centre's demise appear to be premature, because contrary to the statement above, their web site is still serving up lunacy. (Although they removed most of the really juicy stuff, following their recent spate of bad publicity in the US.)


MIM: An example of the material which was being diseminated by the Zayed Foundation


'U.S. War on Iraq Timed To Coincide With Jewish Holiday Purim'--King Faysal Univ Prof
MEMRI ^ | 4-11-03

Posted on 04/12/2003 4:36:59 AM PDT by SJackson

Author of Saudi Blood Libel and Professor at King Faysal University Lectures at Arab League Think Tank: 'U.S. War on Iraq Timed To Coincide With Jewish Holiday Purim'

On April 9, 2003, Dr. Umayma Jalahma briefed the Arab League's "Center for Coordination and Follow-Up" and claimed that the U.S. war in Iraq was timed to coincide with the Jewish holiday Purim. Dr. Jalahma, a professor of Islamic Studies at Saudi Arabia's King Faysal University, made headlines last year when she claimed that Jews use human blood to make pastries for the Purim holiday.

In an article published in the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh on March 12, 2002, Dr. Jalahma wrote about "the Jewish holiday of Purim... for this holiday, the Jewish people must obtain human blood so that their clerics can prepare the holiday pastries... that affords the Jewish vampires great delight as they carefully monitor every detail of the blood-shedding with pleasure... After this barbaric display, the Jews take the spilled blood, in the bottle set in the bottom [of the needle-studded barrel], and the Jewish cleric makes his coreligionists completely happy on their holiday when he serves them the pastries in which human blood is mixed."(1)

Following MEMRI's release of a translation of this article, Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, criticized the Saudi government and press. Subsequently, Dr. Jalahma was prevented from writing for Al-Riyadh, but began writing for Al-Watan, another Saudi daily.

The "Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow-Up" was established by the Arab League in 1999. Notable speakers at the Center include former vice president Al Gore, former secretary of state James Baker, Professor Shibley Telhami of the University of Maryland, former president of Austria and former UN secretary-general Kurt Waldheim, President of the Arab-American Institute James Zogby, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, former assistant secretary of state for the Middle East Richard Murphy, President of the Middle East Institute Edward Walker, and Lyndon Larouche. Recent events at the Center include a lecture by French intellectual Theirry Meyssan, author of "The Appalling Fraud," in which he accused the U.S. military of involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks; the Saudi Gazette quoted Meyssan as stating at the event, "...[Those] who masterminded the operations and led them were American terrorists."(2)

Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter also lectured at the Center and, according to the Zayed Center's summary of the event, which took place on February 8, 2003, Ritter "concluded his lecture, saying that what is happening now in the United Sates [i.e. the planning of the war in Iraq] is due to the fact that this country [the U.S.] is administered by extremists, after the elections of 2000, describing this as a kind of coup d'etat against the American values and principles."

The following is the summary provided by the Zayed Center of Dr. Jalahma's lecture:

'The American War on Iraq Started in March to Concur with Purim'

"[Dr. Jalahma] said that the American war on Iraq started in March to concur with Purim Feast, often celebrated in this month, which symbolizes the Jewish victory over Haman in Babylon [sic]."

'Imminent' Civil War in Israel

"[Dr. Jalahma] indicated that some Zionist parties which believe that the oriental Jews (Sephardim) must stay within the Palestinian borders because, [like] the Arabs, are inferior to the Western Jews (Ashkenazim), according to their claims. She expected an imminent civil war, now under the make, in the Israeli society due to denominational, sectarian, and ethnic splits."

'Zionist Ambitions to Establish a World State'

"[Dr. Jalahma] stated the invading forces have begun to distribute the spoils and booties in Iraq, disregarding the painful cries and woes of the Iraqi children. She considered the Israeli plan to rehabilitate the oil pipeline that once linked Haifa to Mosul, in the north of Iraq, as a sound evidence of the greedy ambitions of these countries (the Zionist Anglo-Saxon alliance) in Iraq and the other Arab countries. She also indicated that no one can curb the Zionist ambitions to establish a world state whose economic and political aspirations have no limits."

On the Zionist and American Media Campaigns vs. the Arab and Muslim World

"[Dr. Jalahma] added that Zionism and some Western circles have been active to defame the Arab and Muslim image, and to conceal truth and facts relating to the Arab and Muslim history. She called for condensed efforts to counter this campaign and to improve the Arab and Muslim image in the West.

On the 'Exploitation of the Jewish Woman... She is Still Denied Her Rights as a Human Being... She is Even Deprived of Her Children'

"In another context, [Dr. Jalahma] said that the Jewish woman is politically and socially oppressed by the Jewish fundamentalists and secularists alike, mentioning that the Jewish woman lives in a miserable condition that requires the intervention of the international humanitarian organization to protect her. The Jewish woman, she said, has been exploited and used for political purposes, and despite her noticeable contribution to the building of the Zionist society, she is still denied her rights as a human being. Injustice and oppression weigh heavily on her everywhere in society, particularly the Kibbutz, or the collective farms where she is even deprived of her children and extensively indoctrinated the Zionist principles."(3)

(1) See MEMRI past dispatches on this subject:
Special Dispatch Series - No. 357 - March 21, 2002
Editor of Saudi Government Daily Al-Riyadh: Statement on 'Purim' Blood Libel Articles:
Special Dispatch Series - No. 354 - March 13, 2002
Saudi Government Daily: Jews Use Teenagers' Blood for 'Purim' Pastries:
Press Release - No. 1 - March 18, 2002,
Press Release on Article in Saudi Government Daily: Jews Use Teenagers' Blood for 'Purim' Pastries
(2) MEMRI Special Dispatch - No. 383 - May 23, 2002 Arab League Think Tank Hosts Event: U.S. Military behind September 11:
(3) http://www.zccf.org.ae/e_TitleDescription.asp?Tid=477, April 9, 2003.


Zayed Center is losing it..

A few days ago I posted a story about the Zayed Center for Coordination and Followup. I commented on how sad I was to see so many prominent American politicians supporting this antisemitic cess pool that functions under the guise of the Arab League. I also said that I hope the US media would cover this story. Thanks to MEMRI and LGF for bringing this issue to the forefront.

Well, MEMRI has done a fine job of translating the materials of the Zayed Centre and exposing them for what they are. They were featured in a CBS News story recently, and I'm glad this story is being uncovered.

So today, the Zayed Centre has made a press release containing blatant lies about the contents of the MEMRI report. Why is this not suprising?

I guess they figured that nobody would actually read the report to see if the allegations are true. I wonder if CBS will do a follow up to expose this stupidity also? As always, hat tip goes to Charles at LGF!


MIM: This petition listing the Islamo facist activities of the Zayed Centre was signed by thousands of people who appealed to Harvard president Lawrence Sommers to "restore the integrity of the university" and return the money to Zayed. It will take more then that to give Harvard, which has become a bastion of left wing and radical Islamist causes, some credibility. One of the funders of the The Harvard School for Islamic legal studies is listed as Engineer Bakr Bin Laden - the father of Osama. (See articles below)http://www.petitiononline.com/zayedno/petition.html

To: Harvard University

We members of the Harvard University community – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – and the general public call on the Harvard Divinity School to return Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan's donation for the creation of a chair in Islamic studies.

We support the creation of a chair in Islamic studies at Harvard Divinity School, but we oppose establishing it with the money and the name of one who spreads hate and lies. Harvard must not accept money from donors who oppress and abuse their own citizens, spread Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, promote hatred of Americans, and validate conspiracy theories about September 11th.

• The Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow-Up, an Arab League think tank, is described on its website as "the fulfillment of the vision of Sheikh Zayed."
o In August 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Zayed Center's executive director, Mohammed Murar, stated, "The truth is that the Jews are the enemies of all nations." His comments came on the heels of a Zayed Center report that stated, "The Zionists are the people who killed the Jews in Europe."
o The Zayed Center hosted Umayma Jalahma, a Saudi professor who has declared, "The Jewish people must obtain human blood so that their clerics can prepare for holiday pastries."
o The Zayed Center published the Arabic translation of Theiry Meyssan's Apalling Fraud, which claims that the U.S. military was behind the September 11th attacks.
o The Zayed Center has hosted Holocaust deniers David Irving and Roger Garaudy

• As ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Zayed is responsible for his nation's shameful human rights record, which includes, according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, corporal punishment of dissidents and dictatorial governance – Zayed has ruled as the UAE's unelected president since 1971. In addition, his regime has been cited for the use of child slave labor in the camel racing industry, abuse of domestic servants, and racial discrimination against foreign workers.

Especially at a time of rampant anti-American and anti-Semitic incitement that leads to the murder of innocent men, women, and children around the world, Harvard must not accept money from a donor who funds this hatred.

We the undersigned call upon President Lawrence Summers and Dean William Graham to restore the integrity of Harvard University and reject Sheikh Zayed's money.


MIM: This was written by a Harvard student who drew attention to the Zayed Foundation's Islamofacist agenda and urged the Divinity School to return Zayed's donation.


Troubling Gift
Will Harvard take $2.5 million from a man tied to Holocaust denial?

Friday, June 6, 2003 12:01 a.m.

In July 2000, the Harvard Divinity School accepted $2.5 million from the president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, for the creation of an endowed professorship in Islamic religious studies. A professorship in Islamic studies is long overdue at Harvard Divinity School, something I especially appreciate as a student of Islam. But when I learned more about the donor, Sheik Zayed, I became dismayed.

Why? Amnesty International has repeatedly documented the terrible human-rights record of Sheik Zayed's country: its lack of elections, use of corporal punishment on political prisoners and trafficking in Bangladeshi child slaves. Sheik Zayed has ruled the United Arab Emirates as unelected president since 1971.

That is bad enough. But, perhaps more important, Sheik Zayed also funds the Abu Dhabi-based Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow-Up, a prominent think tank of the Arab League, founded in 1999. The Zayed Center, described on its Web site "as the fulfillment of the vision of Sheikh Zayed," promotes Holocaust denial, anti-American conspiracy theories and hate speech in its lectures, symposiums and publications.

In August 2002, the Los Angeles Times quoted Mohammed Murar, the executive director of the Zayed Center, saying about Jews that "the truth is they are the enemies of all nations." His comment came on the heels of a Zayed Center report stating that "the Zionists are the people who killed the Jews in Europe."

The Zayed Center has a history of giving Holocaust deniers like David Irving a forum to promulgate their ideas. In 1998, Sheik Zayed's wife donated $50,000 to finance the defense of infamous Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy in a French court.

In April 2002, the Zayed Center hosted Thierry Meyssan, the French author of "The Appalling Fraud," which claims that the U.S. military staged the 9/11 attacks. The center translated Mr. Meyssan's book into Arabic, hailed its publication and widely advertised the work. A month later, Lyndon LaRouche, the fringe political figure who has made disparaging remarks about Judaism, was an honored guest. Just last month, the center hosted Umayma Jalahma, a professor of Islamic Studies at King Faisal University, who declared: "The Jewish people must obtain human blood so that their clerics can prepare for holiday pastries."

Despite Sheik Zayed's track record, Harvard Prof. William Graham, now dean of the Divinity School, hailed his donation. "This endowment," he told the Harvard Gazette in September 2000, "is a most welcome gift. We are delighted with this encouraging development."

At the time, Mr. Graham was probably not aware of Sheik Zayed's links to hate speech and Holocaust deniers. So a group of Divinity School students, including me, went to him this March with a dossier of evidence and a request that Sheik Zayed's hate money be returned. Mr. Graham told us that he was going to have an "independent" researcher look into the matter and that he would get back to us in four to six weeks. We're still waiting. It should be noted that Mr. Graham has not been afraid to take a public stand on Harvard's ties to the Middle East--last year he signed a petition calling for the university to disinvest from Israel--but so far he has not spoken out on Sheik Zayed's gift.

By accepting the sheik's money, the Divinity School honors and validates the hate speech he promotes. Harvard would never accept money from a Ku Klux Klan financier. Is the hate funded by Sheikh Zayed's money any less abhorrent?

When anti-Jewish and anti-American rhetoric is on the rise in Europe and the Arab world, Harvard's faculty, administration and alumni should not turn a blind eye to veritas: the truth that a prominent donor bankrolls hate speech that all people of conscience should condemn.

Unfortunately, this problem extends beyond Harvard. Sheik Zayed is also a backer of Georgetown's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Saudi rulers facing lawsuits for their ties to al Qaeda have funded professorships now under fire at Berkeley.

American students need to learn more about Islam and the Middle East, and the Harvard Divinity School should enhance its Islamic studies program. But there is no place for money from rulers who abuse their own citizens, spread Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism and validate conspiracy theories about 9/11. Harvard Divinity School should put its own ethical and moral teachings into action and return Sheik Zayed's money.
Ms. Fish is a student at Harvard Divinity School.


"It is a pity that the outrage generated by the Zayed donation did not extend to the Bin Ladens. An examination of the activities of the Harvard Divinity school and their Pluralism Project would show that accepting money from the Zayed Foundation was very much in keeping with their own "ethical and moral teachings". An examination of the project shows that they have given degrees to people in Wiccanism and Paganism and have invited radical Islamists as lecturers. One of the Pluralism Project's coordinators was listed as being a 'practicing witch'.


Harvard Bin Laden Funds

Description of the Donations

"The bin Laden family's endowed fellowships totals $2 million, for use at Harvard's law and design schools." (Luke Smith, "Media, not students, question Harvard-bin Laden link", Harvard Crimson, October 5, 2001)

"The money [at the law school] is used for research fellows, some students and some faculty." (Harvard Law School Spokesman Mike Armini, Interview with JohnDoe, April 2002)

"In 1993 and 1994, the Saudi Binladin Group gave two $1 million gifts to Harvard University for research on Islamic law and architecture, according to a university spokesman." (Michael Dobbs and John Ward Anderson, "A Fugitive's Splintered Family Tree", Washington Post, September 30, 2001)

"Sheik Bakr Mohammed bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's brother, made two gifts to the University in 1993 and 1994 to fund fellowships for advanced study in Islamic culture. One such fellowship, at the Harvard Law School, provides funds for "research on the history of legal institutions in Islamic states past and present, particularly insofar as they uphold or apply the Islamic shari'a." Another, at the Harvard Design School, provides money for "advanced studies in Islamic architecture ... and appropriate building technologies as they pertain to Islamic built environments." ("Harvard U.: Bin Laden ties to Harvard", Harvard Crimson, September 13, 2001)

"That same year the Saudi Bin Laden Group gave $1 million to Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and another $1 million in 1994 to Harvard Law School, for visiting professors to study subjects pegged to Islam, school spokesman Andy Tiedemann said." (David E. Kalish, "Well connected, bin Laden family network spans the globe", Associated Press, October 5, 2001)

"The endowments to Harvard, made in the early 1990s, came from the Saudi Bin Laden Group, a collection of family members in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, university spokesman Joe Wrinn said. The bin Laden family operates Saudi Arabia's largest and richest construction company." (Elizabeth Mehren, "After the Attack Boston a Home for Bin Ladens Several Siblings Have Settled in Area; Family Has Given $2 Million to Harvard", Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2001)

"Harvard spokesman Joe Wrinn said the school has received only $2 million in gifts from bin Laden's family [Cambridge City Councilman Kenneth Reeves had estimated the amount to be $5 million] and the money has "no connection whatsoever" to terrorism or to Osama bin Laden. The family gave $1 million to the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1993 to fund visiting fellows in Islamic architecture, Wrinn said. The family later gave $1 million to Harvard Law School to fund visiting professors in Islamic law." (Jay Lindsay, "City of Cambridge Urges Harvard to Donate to Victims", Associated Press, September 25, 2001)

"In 1994, Vogel traveled to Saudi Arabia and negotiated with the family a $1 million donation. It has been used to bring fellows from the Middle East to study at Harvard. The Binladins also made a $1 million donation to the school of design at Harvard, and gave $300,000 to Hess's program at the Fletcher School. They have funded another fellowship program at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies. And every year, the Saudi Binladin Group donates tens of thousands of dollars to the Middle East Policy Council, which helps train educators on how to teach about the Middle East and Islam." (Marcella Bombardieri, and Neil Swidey, "In Cambridge, a Binladin Breaks Family Silence, The Boston Globe, October 7, 2001)

"At Harvard, spokesman Wrinn emphasized that the family has had no oversight - and in fact, no direct involvement - with either grant to the school." (Elizabeth Mehren, "After the Attack Boston a Home for Bin Ladens Several Siblings Have Settled in Area; Family Has Given $2 Million to Harvard", Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2001)

Harvard Insists the Bin Laden Family Has No Connection to Terrorism

"Though the grants to Harvard suddenly have come under scrutiny, "that group is in no way associated with terrorism," Wrinn insisted. In fact, he said, "They have disassociated themselves from Osama bin Laden."" (Elizabeth Mehren, "After the Attack Boston a Home for Bin Ladens Several Siblings Have Settled in Area; Family Has Given $2 Million to Harvard", Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2001)

"Wrinn added that, since the first gift in 1993 "and to this date, we have had no indication whatsoever that the money has had any connection to any form of terrorism." (Elizabeth Mehren, "After the Attack Boston a Home for Bin Ladens Several Siblings Have Settled in Area; Family Has Given $2 Million to Harvard", Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2001)

"Harvard spokesman Joe Wrinn said the school has received only $2 million in gifts from bin Laden's family and the money has "no connection whatsoever" to terrorism or to Osama bin Laden." (Jay Lindsay, "City of Cambridge Urges Harvard to Donate to Victims", Associated Press, September 25, 2001)

""There is absolutely no connection, to our knowledge, of that money being tied to any terrorist act or Osama bin Laden in particular," Wrinn said." (Scott Calvert, "Wealth of bin Laden family can be seen in Boston area $2 million donated to Harvard University; relative owns 4 condos", The Baltimore Sun, September 17, 2001)

""It's this perception that Harvard takes blood money," said Wrinn. "We do not."" (Scott Calvert, "Wealth of bin Laden family can be seen in Boston area $2 million donated to Harvard University; relative owns 4 condos", The Baltimore Sun, September 17, 2001)

"Harvard's Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs responded to the order by faxing information about the bin Laden scholarships and the non-terrorist members of the family to City Hall. "What we've done is we're sending around to the city councillors the same background factual material that we sent to the media," said Travis McCready, director of community affairs, just before the meeting." (Lauren R. Dorgan, "City of Cambridge urges Harvard to pay terrorist victims", Harvard Crimson, September 25, 2001)

Research Harvard Completed to Come to Its Conclusion about Bin Laden Family

When asked what "research, news runs, discussions with government officials, etc," the school had done to confirm that the Bin Laden family has no connection to Osama or other terrorist activity, Harvard Law School Spokesman Mike Armini said, "We talked with the family." When asked, "So you basically talked to the family and are relying on their word and your impressions and conclusions after dealing with them," he said, "Yes, Professor Vogel knows them well." (Interview with JohnDoe, April 2002)

Harvard's Commitment to Dissociate from the Gifts and the Bin Laden Family if Ties to Terrorism Are Found

"Since the attacks, Harvard officials have stressed that the University would cease using the endowed funds if they found any explicit link with Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization." (Luke Smith, "Media, not students, question Harvard-bin Laden link", Harvard Crimson, October 5, 2001)

""Our position has been that there's not sort of a guilt through association," [Harvard spokesman Andy] Tiedemann said. "Should the university ever learn of a connection between (the company) and terrorism activities, we would take the appropriate steps related to these gifts," he added, declining to elaborate." (David E. Kalish, "Well connected, bin Laden family network spans the globe", Associated Press, October 5, 2001)

""If we were to find a link (with terrorism), we would immediately disassociate ourselves from the gifts," Wrinn said." (Jay Lindsay, "City of Cambridge Urges Harvard to Donate to Victims", Associated Press, September 25, 2001)

"[Wrinn] added that, since the first gift in 1993 "and to this date, we have had no indication whatsoever that the money has had any connection to any form of terrorism in general, or to Osama bin Laden specifically." Should that change, Wrinn said, "Harvard obviously would take appropriate steps."" (Elizabeth Mehren, "After the Attack Boston a Home for Bin Ladens Several Siblings Have Settled in Area; Family Has Given $2 Million to Harvard", Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2001)

Harvard Insists the Money is Being Put to Good Use

"Harvard spokesman Alex Huppe differentiated between the family and the alleged terrorist, saying, "It's clear the Saudi bin Laden money is being put to good use here."" (Anne E. Kornblut and Aaron Zitner, "Bin Laden family has U.S. ties, including Harvard", The Boston Globe, August 28, 1998)

Cambridge City Council Calls on Harvard to Donate $5 Million

"The city of Cambridge is urging Harvard University, which has received millions in donations from Osama bin Laden's family, to donate money to victims of the Sept. 11 terror attack. The City Council voted 8-1 Monday night to approve a resolution asking Harvard to donate $5 million. The resolution, which contained no reference to bin Laden or his family, cited the number of survivors who will receive relatively small survivor benefits. The original resolution, submitted by councilor Kenneth Reeves, identified bin Laden as the prime suspect in the attack and said members of his family had donated about $5 million to Harvard. Bin Laden has been disavowed by members of his family, which built its fortune from a construction business. Reeves suggested that Harvard give an amount "equal to its bin Laden receipts to the survivors of those lost in New York and Washington D.C."" (Jay Lindsay, "City of Cambridge Urges Harvard to Donate to Victims", Associated Press, September 25, 2001)

Harvard Has Given $1 Million to 9/11 Victims

"Wrinn said Harvard already has pledged $1 million to establish a fund to educate the spouses and children of the victims." (Jay Lindsay, "City of Cambridge Urges Harvard to Donate to Victims", Associated Press, September 25, 2001)

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