It's common in anti-Semitic circles and among conspiracy mongers to blame either the "Jewish lobby" or the "Israel Lobby" for exerting too much control over our country, our government, or even the climate. When you don't like the way our society is working, it's always the Jews - or if you really believe there's a difference, the Zionists.

This, in truth, is classic anti-Semitism. And in this case, this bit of sticking it to the Jews, serves a second purpose. It keeps people from noticing who is really funding and therefore influencing our schools. While being told to keep our eyes on the Jews, we don't think to look at the oil money rich, terror exporting Saudis, Qataris, Kuwaitis and others.

Universities funded by the Department of Education to help shape the way U.S. K-12 schools and colleges portray the Middle East and Israel are simultaneously bankrolled by $600 million tied to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Muslim-majority countries, a Daily Caller News Foundation data analysis found.

One critic called the payments “a back-door route to Saudi influence over America’s K-12 curriculum.”

The Cold War-era Higher Education Act of 1965 created a program called “Title VI” that pays colleges to help students better understand international relations and includes funds earmarked for studying the Middle East. It was intended to help prepare a cadre of intelligence agents and diplomats.

Instead, the money has funded anti-Americanism and anti-semitism in U.S. higher education, according to a November 2014 report by the Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. There have been instances where some of the universities hosted or employed anti-semites, with some facing accusations of having ties to terror groups.

What have the results been of this funding?

Below are examples of anti-semitism from colleges or their faculty that received funding from the Muslim nations.

  • The University of California, Berkeley, which is the second-highest recipient of Title IV funding and has received $19 million in funding from Middle Eastern countries, hosted a 2011 event where a lecturer said that “Holocaust denial is a form of protest.” In its report, the Brandeis Center wrote that he “downplayed the atrocities of the Holocaust.”

  • At Columbia University, which received $14 million from the Muslim countries, $600,000 from Title VI, and none from Israel, Iranian Studies professor Hamid Dabashi said in May that the Jewish state is behind “[e]very dirty treacherous ugly and pernicious act happening in the world.”

  • The University of California, Los Angeles, held a 2009 panel comprised of four critics of Israel’s existence, according to the Brandeis Center. One described Israeli soldiers as war criminals, and another said they target civilians. The panel “riled up the largely non-student audience into chants such as ‘Zionism is racism,’ ‘Zionism is Nazism,’ and ‘F- Israel,'” according to the Brandeis Center. UCLA received $12 million from the Muslim nations. It also received $6 million from Israel, far more than any other school, but most of that money came from Israeli biotech firms, while only $980 came from a group dedicated to boosting ties with Israel, the Yahel Foundation.

  • In October 2015, “Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies hosted a teach-in for K-14 teachers and the public on Gaza featuring speakers who have defended Hamas and support the BDS movement,” according to the Endowment for Middle East Truth. “The event was co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council and the Jerusalem Fund.” Also at Georgetown, a Saudi-funded entity uses social justice rhetoric popular among liberal college students to advance a Saudi agenda, likening Muslims to Hispanic “Dreamers,” invoking “white supremacy” and using hip-hop.

  • At the University of Michigan, which has received $16 million from the Muslim countries and $1.8 million from Israel, two instructors refused to help students study abroad in Israel in 2018.

This Islamic nations have an anti-American agenda. Anti-Semitism feeds into that agenda. Dividing the United States from Jews and Israel hurts the US and Israel, while strengthening the Sharia-promoting Muslim nations. This demonstrates another truth: anti-Semitism doesn't just hurt the Jews, it hurts everyone. In this case, students are being denied an education. When students are being taught lies, they're not receiving the education they and their parents paid for. This, along with separating natural allies, is detrimental to American society, and it must be addressed.