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Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, the Saudi Arabia royal billionaire, has become a major player in Saudi Arabia’s propaganda campaign, which is aimed at providing it’s archaic, Wahabbi-funding regime with a humane face. Bin Talal has done so by whitewashing the role the Saudis have played in promoting Islamic and Wahabbi intolerance towards non-Muslims and radical Salafist movements, which engage in terror and stealth Jihad. To accomplish his task, he has bought a slice of American and Western academia, and increasingly, the media.
In an expensive (approximately $295K) full-page advertisement published in the Wall Street Journal, Alwaleed Bin Talal stated: “We are dedicated to build a bridge of communication between East and West to achieve a comprehensive tolerance beyond geographical boundaries.”
The ad shows images of academic institutions where the Alwaleed Bin Talal foundation has invested millions, including the Program for Islamic Studies at Harvard University; the Center for Islamic-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University; the Center for the Study of Islam in the Modern World at Edinburgh University, Scotland; the Centre for Islamic Studies at Cambridge, UK; a program for Furthering Understanding Scholarship Scheme at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at Exeter University, UK. These are just some of the Western institutions Bin Talal is invested in. Others include the Islamic Art Wing at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, and the Centres for American Studies and Research at the American University of Cairo (Egypt) and Beirut (Lebanon).
In what appears to be a mission statement at the bottom of the full-page ad, there was this:
Supporting cultural diversity through dialogue, the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation embraces the tremendous diversity of people, religions, and cultures around the world. In support of this belief, the Foundation has established academic and cultural centers at iconic institutions to nurture our common interests and potential. By supporting historical research, open dialogue, and objective analysis, the Foundation lays the groundwork for mutual understanding among nation.
So who is Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, this “philanthropist” who wants to “achieve tolerance beyond geographical boundaries?
Appearing on Fox News on August 26, 2010, Dan Senor, a former Bush administration official hinted that Feisal Abdul Rauf, the “Ground Zero Mosque” imam, received financial support from Alwaleed Bin Talal’s foundation. Although Dan Senor did not mention the prince’s name, he qualified him by saying, “The Kingdom Foundation [Bin Talal’s foundation], so you know, is this Saudi organization, headed up by the guy who tried to give Rudy Giuliani $10 million after 9/11 that was sent back. “ The money was returned because Alwaleed bin Talal had suggested that U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks. Senor also inferred that Alwaleed Bin Talal has “funded radical madrasas all over the world.”
In her February 5, 2010 blog, Diana West asked rhetorically if Fox News should register as a Saudi agent. She wrote: “Alwaleed bin Talal’s charm-blitz through NY, juxtaposing Fox News’ Neil Cavuto’s sweetheart interview with “the prince” and Charlie Rose’s far more revealing conversation – essentially, it’s…all Israel’s fault, and “my” 1.5 billion Muslims are all like the ‘underpants’ bomber’s father [who informed authorities about his terrorist son].”
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