Posted: 11 Jul 2008 09:30 AM CDT
By Ilan Weinglass
Much has been written elsewhere about the misuse of Title VI funding. For those not in the know, Title VI of the Higher Education Act is a controversial program for funding studies of foreign cultures and languages, including the Middle East. A frequent charge against Title VI is that it provides U.S. taxpayer funds for anti-U.S. or anti-Israel propaganda. Jonathan Schanzer of the Jewish Policy Forum points out yet another extremely anti-Israel organization that receives Title VI funds:
This is not the latest case of U.S. taxpayers bankrolling Palestinian radicalism. Joel Mowbray, among others, have shown that USAID funds have made their way to Hamas-linked entities in the West Bank and Gaza. It’s quite disturbing that this is happening with another federal program, on U.S. soil.
The case of PARC also raises the issue of sub-grants by recipients of U.S. funds. Frequently there are pro-forma vetting procedures in place that are either implemented too late or simply fail. A case in point is a USAID audit of its aid to several Palestinian organizations, including Islamic University in and Al Quds University in Jerusalem. The report admitted that “[s]ubawardees were not always vetted,” and procedures were updated to address this. However, the competency of the vetting process itself is thrown into question by a another statement:
It boggles the mind that a university founded by(the founder of ) can be vetted eight times and get a clean bill of health. This episode says more about the U.S. Government’s vetting standards regarding terrorist links than about the vetting target itself. This should be a cautionary lesson when examining Title VI funding – a lesson the PARC case shows we are not learning.