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Op-Ed: How the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran are infiltrating the West

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By Rachel Avraham

According to the latest report from the Anti-Defamation League, there were 2,717 anti-Semitic incidents reported targeting American Jews in 2021. According to them, these figures have not been this bad since they began tracking anti-Semitism in 1979. Not surprisingly, many of these anti-Semitic incidents occur on American college campuses. The question is, why?
In an exclusive interview, Mitchell Bard, the executive director of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and author of The Arab Lobby, noted how much Islamists have influenced American college campuses. He claimed that most anti-Israeli professors are concentrated at UCLA, the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Georgetown University, Cornell University and Duke University. Interestingly, all of these universities have received funding from Arab or Islamist sources.
According to Bard, “The Arab lobby succeeded in hijacking the field of Middle East Studies and now has faculty across the country who use their positions to advance political agendas that are typically pro-Arab (often specifically related to the Palestinians), anti-Israel, and uncritical of radical Islam. And the Palestinians have donated $7.5 million towards various American university campuses as well.
Sirwan Mansouri, a Kurdish journalist based in the Middle East, stressed that although the Alavi Foundation is no longer active, the Iranian regime still manages to infiltrate the United States:
“From its first day of coming to power in Iran, the mullahs have tried to spread their sphere of influence to everywhere in the world. As Ayatollah Khomeini said, ‘We must export our revolution to everywhere.’
This is because it is an ideological regime that wants to stand up to the West and to unite the Islamic Ummah against them. For this reason, they send some of their agents disguised as diplomats, cultural figures and so on to the West to be the regime’s voice.
Others become journalists and head organizations to infiltrate the political atmosphere of the country. Examples are Farnzaz Fasihi, Negar Mortazavi and the NIAC organization headed by Trita Parsi.”
Mansouri claimed during the Obama years, 2,500 visas were given to regime agents under the JCPOA who now occupy important and key posts in universities, think tanks, organizations, institutions and even serve in administrations, such as Arian Tabatabaei, Javad Tabatabaei’s daughter who joined the Biden administration as a senior advisor, even though her father was an Iranian official for years.
Another example is Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, who was formerly an Iranian ambassador. He is now serving as the chair of Islamic studies at Oberlin College in Ohio. These cases threaten US security because they pass on important information to the Iranian regime.”
Former Israel Consul General to Chicago Dr. Yitzhak Ben Gad stressed, “The Iranians consider America the Big Satan and Israel as the little Satan. They see that the US is an enemy. But they know that the US is the only country that can hit them seriously as they have a big base in Bahrain, another one in the Emirates and they have their embassy in Baghdad. As a result, the Iranian leadership feels threatened. They would like to develop their atomic weapons to threaten Israel.
The Iranians will do everything possible to damage the US, but they don’t have a chance for the majority of Americans consider Iran to be a hostile a state.” For this reason, the Iranians seek to gradually infiltrate the United States, so that this will change over time and thus America won’t eventually stand in the way of their regional and international ambitions.

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working for the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights, which is run by Mendi Safadi, a former Likud Candidate for the Knesset and a former chief of staff of former Israeli Communication Minister Ayoob Kara. Since 2012, she has been working as an Israel-based journalist and writer, covering Iran, Kurdistan, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other developments in the greater Islamic world.

Her articles have appeared in the Washington Times, the Hill, Front Page Magazine, the Daily Wire, the Christian Post, the Baltimore Jewish Times, the Jerusalem Post, Israel Hayom, Ahval and many other publications across the globe. She received her MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University. She got her BA in Government and Politics with minors in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.


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