House Intelligence Committee member Representative Eric Swalwell was recently revealed to have held two separate meetings in the last nine months with the Qatar Foundation, a charity with links to terrorist organizations.
The Qatar Foundation, according to the Washington Free Beacon, spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year to influence US universities.
In April, Swalwell and other House members traveled to the foundation’s headquarters during a four-day trip. During the trip, hosted by the US-Qatar Business Council, the delegation "met with Qatar’s emir, government leaders, and Qatar Foundation officials to discuss business opportunities for the members’ districts," according to the Free Beacon.
During the April trip, one topic of concern was the FIFA World Cup, which is set to be held in Qatar next year. According to the trip itinerary, representatives met with Qatari officials to discuss event security and business opportunities.
Attending this trip were Representatives Ruben Gallego, Sara Jacobs, Lou Correa, and Lisa McClain.
Swalwell also visited the foundation’s headquarters last October during a trip to Doha with two Democrats.
Founded in 1995, the foundation looks to promote "scientific research and educational advancement in the Middle East and across the globe," according to the Free Beacon.
Concerns regarding the foundation have been raised over its alleged links to Hamas and the Muslim brotherhood, and well as their funding of satellite campuses for US schools.
The New York City-based legal group The Lawfare Project wrote in a report last year that the foundation’s "infiltration" of US schools has turned "school teachers into de facto agents of the Qatari government, conveying its political (and anti-Semitic) views to students and the general population without any acknowledgment of the origins of these views."
The Qatar Foundation opened up an academic center in 2009 named after the prominent Muslim Brotherhood figure Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi who live-in exile in Doha.
In 2009 Al-Qaradawi said in a speech that Adolf Hitler "put [Jews] in their place," according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.
Al-Qaradawi attended the 2015 opening of a Qatar Foundation mosque in Doha, which was attended by a number of antisemitic clerics, according to the Daily Beast.
During a ceremony in 2012, a foundation official, Haya al-Nassr, awarded Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh with a "victory shield"
In May, during the weeks-long bombardment from Hamas’ rocket attacks, "professors at the foundation’s Northwestern and Georgetown University satellite campuses called Israel an 'apartheid' state," wrote the Free Beacon.
Swalwell’s visit with the foundation raise addition concerns over his position on the House Intelligence Committee. Swalwell has already been called to have his position stripped once last year over his close relationship back in 2015 with alleged Chinese spy Christina Fang.
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