Georgetown University Student Harassed For Standing Against School’s Ties To Qatar

Georgetown University, what say you?

By Chris Nethery

As people have become increasingly aware, Qatar has been and continues to be a major funding source for the Hamas, Islamic State, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and Ansar al-Sharia.

What many people may NOT be aware of is that a number of American universities have satellite campuses in Qatar.  In part, they are: Northwestern, Texas A&M, Weill-Cornell Medical School, Carnegie-Mellon, Harvard Law, Virginia Commonwealth and Georgetown.

But here’s the kicker…  Qatar has paid ALL of the costs associated with developing these satellite campuses in Doha – 100% of them.

Considering Qatar’s rising stature and infamy in the specialized, and profitable, clique of terrorism financiers, it seems reasonable that someone at one of these schools might eventually object.

And so, the other day, it happened.  And it was a student, not a member of Georgetown’s Board or other governing body.

On October 3, a bright and particularly well-informed Georgetown freshman named Ari Goldstein published an article in Georgetown’s student newspaper entitled “In Qatar, SFS Subject to Brutal Regime.”

In the comments that followed, readers waged a particularly vicious and equally spurious character attack on the author.  The comments section ended up reading like a virulent anti-Semitic hatefest.

Allow me to share a few ‘gems’ from the comments.  Mind you, these comments are on the website of Georgetown’s student newspaper, The Hoya:

“You’re an idiot.”

“At this point, the author is being entirely biased. And his last name (Goldstein) is not really helping, either. Israel and Qatar do not have a good relationship, and it is true that any passports with Israeli stamp on it cannot enter Qatar.”

“What else do you expect from a Zionist Jew?”

One commenter even took the time to create the moniker “I will never name my kid Ari.”

Many of the other comments consisted of staunch defenses of Georgetown’s entrenchment in Qatar’s ‘Education City’; these comments generally from Georgetown students and staff who presently study or work there or have in the past.  The readers scold the author for bad-mouthing the Qataris, who they claim, have been so very kind to Georgetown and its students.

I am not, myself, a Georgetown alumnus. But I have run into the Qatari royals, from time to time, on the Internet.

Mohammed al-Thani, the sixth son of former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and the brother of the present Emir, informs me in his post that I, much like every other American, am a “slave” to the Jews.

Mohammed also happens to be a Georgetown University alumnus.

But I digress.

The glaring hypocrisy in Georgetown’s cozy relationship with Qatar can be seen by reading Georgetown’s mission statement:

Georgetown is a Catholic and Jesuit, student-centered research university.

Established in 1789 in the spirit of the new republic, the university was founded on the principle that serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures, and beliefs promotes intellectual, ethical and spiritual understanding. We embody this principle in the diversity of our students, faculty and staff, our commitment to justice and the common good, our intellectual openness and our international character.

An academic community dedicated to creating and communicating knowledge, Georgetown provides excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional education in the Jesuit tradition for the glory of God and the well-being of humankind.

Georgetown educates women and men to be reflective lifelong learners, to be responsible and active participants in civic life and to live generously in service to others.

In the end, the world does not care whether Qatar was kind to Georgetown University and its students.

What the world will care about, and REMEMBER, is how Georgetown University responded when they became aware through a brave student’s article informing of Qatar’s deep involvement in the funding of global terror. The real question is how Georgetown University will respond.

Georgetown University, what say you?
CC: Board of Directors of Georgetown University

Paul Tagliabue, (C’62), Chair
Former Commissioner, National Football League

William R. Berkley, Vice Chair
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, W. R. Berkley Corporation

William J. Doyle, (C’72), Vice Chair
President & CEO, PotashCorp

Rev. Joseph P. Parkes, S.J., Vice Chair
President, Cristo Rey High School

Alberto L. Beeck
Managing Partner, VH Properties
Director, Virgin Hotels

David G. Booth
Chair and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Susan L. Bostrom
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Board member of public and private companies and nonprofit organizations

Maurice B.W. Brenninkmeijer, (B’86)

Jane Hopkins Carey, (C’79)
Chair, Georgetown University Board of Regents

George W. Casey, Jr., (F’70)
General, United States Army (Retired)
President and CEO, The Minot Group LLC

Rev. Ernesto Cavassa, S.J.
Rector, Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya

Michael L. Chasen, (MBA’95)
President and Chief Executive Officer, SocialRadar, Inc.

Peter J. Clare, (B’87)
Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

John J. DeGioia, (C’79, G’95)
President, Georgetown University

Rev. François-Xavier Dumortier, S.J.
Rector, Pontifical Gregorian University

Henry A. Fernandez, (C’79)
Chairman and CEO, MSCI

Kaya K. Henderson, (F’92, EML’07, H’12)
Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

John D. Idol
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Kors

Sr. Carol Keehan, D.C.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Association of the United States

Laurie Lapeyre, (B’83)
Vice Chair, Georgetown University Board of Regents

Rev. James McCann, S.J.
Rector, Pontifical Oriental Institute

Frank H. McCourt, Jr., (C’75)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, McCourt Global LLC

Alonzo H. Mourning, (C’92)
Vice President of Player Program, Miami Heat
Founder, Mourning Family Foundation

Rev. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J.
Rector, Jesuit Community 
Professor, Department of Mathematics
Ateneo de Manila University

Aline O’Connor, (C’77)
Managing Director, Agri Experience Ltd.

Hutham S. Olayan
President and Chief Executive Officer, Olayan America Corporation

Timothy J. O’Neill, (L’77)
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.

George J. Peacock, (C’84)
Principal, Compendium Finance

Claire Perry, Ph.D., (F’83)

Antony P. Ressler, (F’82)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ares Management GP LLC

Thomas A. Reynolds III, (B’74)
Partner, Winston & Strawn, LLP

Kara Ross, (C’88)
Owner, Kara Ross New York LLC

Kenneth A. Samet
President and Chief Executive Officer, MedStar Health Inc.

Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson, (F’90, G’90)
President, Selectcom Finance

Justin B. Smith, (F’91)
Chief Executive Officer, Bloomberg Media Group

Rev. Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
President, Seattle University

Laurence A. Tosi (C’90, MBA’94, L’94)
Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
Blackstone Group

Kevin M. Warren (C’84)
President, Global Growth, Xerox Corporation

Victor R. Wright
Northview Group, Inc.


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  • Wise King

    It was very brave of The Hoya to publish Ari’s piece.

  • Anthony Duhe

    It was brave to publish Ari’s piece indeed…and would be braver still and far more appropriate for Georgetown University to cut ties with Qatar…sickened that this is who Georgetown has embraced. We’ve let terrorists buy in to our university with blood money to purchase the mask of decency from us…

    Are their Board of Trustees asleep at the wheel? Cannot imagine throwing in our lot with the Qatari’s, a state funder of terrorism..making us complicit in every single beheading done by Qatari funded ISIS…truly sickened.

    Is Qatar’s money better than every last alums and their Christian donations?? Many of us went to Georgetown as we embraced and live by the Christian principles they once embraced. If they do not change many will be rewriting our final donations…

  • anonymous

    I am not affiliated with Georgetown Qatar however I do live in Qatar. That being said, I also have no personal interest or bias for Qatar as a nation. While it is perfectly okay for one student to express his or her opinion on the matter, I do think that what this person is asking for is not a good idea. At its core, Georgetown (and all the other universities including some from London, Canada and France ) are here to educate. Yes, there might be conflicting interests politically but we all can agree that educating a student body is not going to do harm. What is severely needed is the separation of politics and education. If Georgetown cuts its ties from Qatar, the only service that people here will miss out on is the education. Georgetown is not here in support of the organizations mentioned.

    The comments that were given as examples are absolutely wrong and insulting to the writer, I agree. Nevertheless, there will be no improvement in the situation if the university is taken away. I know students there are most of them are academically brilliant and contribute to improving so many social issues in the country. Some have gone out to other countries and are helping with social issues there as well.

    • Anthony Duhe

      “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” Ronald Reagan

      If Qatar wants an alliance with American institutions …they will remove AlThani.

      He is a thug involved with the drug cartels, trafficking of women and children..and funding of terrorists who cut the heads off of Christians in the Jihad toward a caliphate.

      If Qatar cannot manage to operate like a civilized nation…get OUT of all things American. Our universities, our corporations, our politics. God help those who remain working with them..Americans are demanding a stop the dirty corrupt influence
      America, and Georgetown particularly, are Christian Institutions…Qatar funds and support barbarians. Americans reject that..Get out Qatar…Qatarsnipes from the uncivilized world of radical disgusting, muderous ISIS, AlQaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Al Jazerah, AlNursa, …take your dirty money and GO home Qatar.

      • TooLazyToMakeUpNames

        Wow. Just wow. I wonder how much of your statement you’d still be willing to uphold after actually living in Qatar and inquiring around. No, don’t tell me your friend/relative lived and told you a bunch of stuff. Just come down here and see with your own eyes. You’d be surprised at how much the media (in general) exaggerates.

        [Also, I love how you seamlessly transition from ‘Civilized nation’ to America in you last paragraph… Just food for thought]

        • BillORights

          What would be the point?

          Qatar isn’t funding violent jihadism in Education City.

          They are backing the very enemy we are fighting in the Middle East, who are killing innovent men, women and children.

          No one gives a damn what life is like in Education City, or the rest of Qatar for that matter, aside for Qatar’s nearly 2,000,000 ex-pat slaves.

          The point is that Georgetown is living off the teet of the world’s largest terrorist hedge fund.

    • BillORights

      I think you’re missing the point of this article.

      Are Georgetown’s affiliations and sympathies for jihadism unclear?

  • Skeptical Arab

    Mohamed Al-Thani is a fairly common name in Qatar. I read through the comments of the article you linked. I doubt that a Georgetown and Harvard alumnus would speak in broken English, and spell words like European wrong. You seem quite convinced that your little exchange was with the “sixth son of former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and the brother of the present Emir”, yet just like the majority of the claims you make, you omit direct references, and lack any credibility. Get your act together, Chris, this is lazy journalism.

    • Randall_S

      Umm, do you realize that now Germany, the United States, Denmark, England, Russia, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and several African countries have accused Qatar of financing terrorism and jihad?
      Do ya think that maybe this is a little more important that discovering the real identity of some online Emir?
      Or should we overlook all the death and destruction wrought by Qatar?
      You call Mr. Nethery’s work lazy journalism…. methinks you may not own a mirror.

      • SkepticalArab

        ‘Methinks’ you misunderstand what journalism is. I was merely pointing out one of many flaws in your friends attempt at further propagating Ari’s blatant islamophobic article. Now although the Qatari governmemt have been readily entertaining these allegations, with the Emir going as far as even discussing them in a televised interview, people are still adamantly heated over what I like to call ‘tabloid journalists’ who under the guise of catchy headlines like “Qatar funds terror” loosely justify their claims by saying, and I quote, “…does believe that private individuals in Qatar are helping to finance this group and others like it. And it thinks the Gulf state is not doing enough to stop this.” Now if we’re going to hold the government responsible for the actions of private individuals, then I don’t want to have this discussion any more. I can say with full certainty that there are individuals in every country who behave in a way that contradicts their governments policies. Now we can argue further that we differ on the definition of “terrorist organisation”. Despite us both agreeing that ISIS is one, I assume you think the Muslim brotherhood and hamas are both equally as bad. We differ on this, and under your definition, Qatar does fund “terrorists”. Alas, I don’t want to sit here and argue definitions with you for two reasons: 1. you’re probably stubborn and will never listen to an opposing point, regardless as to how true it is, and 2. I have a degree I need to be studying for.

        I bid you and your islamophobia well.

        • BillORights


          The evidence is out there.

          Georgetown isn’t looking for it or at it, nor do they wish to.

          Please point me to the nearest Georgetown academic paper that places these accusations under the microscope.

          Let me add that Georgetown’s prominence in matters of national security SHOULD demand that they review such accusations with the utmost care.

          Please show me how Georgetown has addressed the issue in any way, aside from ad hominem, denial and changing the topic of conversation to Education City’s virtues as a progressive utopia.

  • Rick Perry

    I wonder if Ari Goldstein had also written an article requesting the US to sever ties with Israel based on the atrocities commiteed by that country.

    • BillORights

      I guess you’re showing your true colors.

      I see that you also commented on the separate post of this article, on Rightsidenews.

      • Rick Perry

        Yes, my true colors. Intelligence, open mindedness and respect for cultures.

        • BillORights

          How nice for you.

          But you’re a novice when it comes to understanding how rogue players influence public policy.

          God help us all, if you’re one of Georgetown’s national security flunkies.

          • Not a hypocrites

            Maybe it should be God and Allah help us all. And you are an expert?. The quality of your links point to an uninformed and rational analysis. Israel is illegally occupying land. Why is that not an issue to you?

          • BillORights


            You’re a perfect candidate for a case study in cause/effect.

            So, here you are, blindly defending Georgetown, either as a present or former student or faculty member of Georgetown, or similarly, professionally, academically or ideologically predisposed to support them.

            Yet, your views towards Israel are identical to those held by the Qataris, who have influence over Georgetown who, in turn, has influence over public policy and national security.

            Thanks for making my point.

          • Not a hypocrites

            Allah help us all.

          • BillORights

            Thanks for proving my point.