A huge stream of capital flows to academic institutions in the West. It greases and inflames the next generation of Islamic radicals and academics who will supply them with insights and justifications. This capital also greases the most important university chairs, and the prestigious Ivy League universities. Tell me who your sponsor is, and I will tell you what will be written in your next study.
Naïveté, and sometimes ignorance, sometimes feigned innocence, together and separately, cause blindness to reign. The academic world rolls its eyes heavenward. We? Can money influence us? We are saints. Pure and free of any influence or blemish.
Reality is a bit different. Money speaks from the throats of the academics. This works in all directions. University chairs funded by pro-Israeli bodies will sing an appropriate tune. And university chairs whose funds come from Iran or Saudi Arabia (ostensibly rivals, but in fact allies)-will also sing accordingly.
But there is a difference. The pro-Israeli money, inasmuch as it exists, does not reach a fraction of the huge capital that flows to the West, and influences the content of studies, directly and indirectly.
Two years ago, John Esposito published a book called “Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think ”. According to the book, only seven percent of the Muslims around the world belong to the radical stream. In fact, the book states, over nine of ten Muslims are moderate Muslims.
There is no doubt that this is wonderful news. An absolute majority of moderates. In comparison with the believers of other religions, the outcome will yet be that the Muslims are the most moderate on Earth. Middle East affairs expert Dr. Martin Kramer exposed the amazing misleading statements in the book. For example, it makes no mention of an important poll that found that most of the Muslims in the world think that the [World Trade Center] terror attacks were not carried out by Arabs. They were carried out, many Muslims believe, by the Mossad or the CIA, in order to defame Islam. More importantly, who stands behind the renowned researcher Esposito? Well, it is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who donated no less than USD 20 million to Esposito’s research foundation. And together they concoct for us an academic false presentation of Muslims, who are actually much more moderate than members of other religions. The money is Saudi. The result is an academic study by a prestigious university in the United States.
We can continue with Britain, where dozens of “centers of Islamic studies” were set up in universities, in order to make the Muslim students more moderate. But there is a problem. A report by Prof. Anthony Glees found that the Saudis poured GBP 233 million into these centers. The result is the radicalization of the Muslim young people in Britain. Here too, billionaire bin Talal is in the background. He donated GBP 8 million to an Islamic center in Oxford. A poll conducted in Britain revealed that one third of Muslim students justify murder in the name of religion. You will find no mention of this in Esposito’s book. No chance.
The money has no influence, they will declaim. This is what we will also be told by the professors being supported by the Iranian foundation, which wants to spread the religion of peace and love around the world. And also, of course, the wonders of the Iranian revolution and its great president Ahmadinejad.
Yemini was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1954, on the eve of Passover. Hence the name, Ben Dror: the son of freedom..
He studied Humanities and History in Tel Aviv University, and later on he studied Law. After his university studies, he was appointed advisor to the Israeli Minister of Immigration Absorption and then became the spokesman of the Ministry.
In 1984, he began his career as a journalist and essayist and published the book “Political Punch” which deals in a critical way with politics and society in Israel. He worked as a lawyer and was a partner in a law firm. Since 2003 he is the opinion-editor of the daily newspaper Maariv and also published many articles and essays in other journals.
In recent years he researched and published “industry of lies ” about publications against the State of Israel and its Jewish character, which he considers false. In this framework, he published a series of research articles about the Israeli-Arab conflict in which he examined the issues of genocide, refugees, Palestinian and Arab capital, the status of Israeli Arabs, Multiculturalism, and the status of women. All these articles included a comparative study about each topic.
According to Yemini, “the modern Anti-Zionism is a politically correct Antisemitism “. He argued that the same way Jews were demonized, Israel is demonized, the same way the right of Jews to exist was denied, the right for Self-determination is denied from Israel, the same way Jews were presented as a menace to the world, Israel is presented as a menace to the world. In his comparative studies, he presents the huge gap between the myths against Israel, from one hand, and the real facts, from the other hand.