As part of the Follow the Money Project, the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) released a report: The Ongoing Failure to Report: Yale, Qatar, and Undisclosed Foreign Funding
This revelation comes in the wake of ISGAP’s initial research in 2019, which brought to light the failure of several universities to disclose funds received from Qatar and other Middle Eastern sources. Subsequently, the U.S. Department of Education initiated a federal investigation, resulting in reprimands for each university found in violation. The concrete evidence now presented by ISGAP underscores the persistence of non-disclosure practices, including Yale University, that are still falling short of complying with federal reporting requirements. These findings raise concerns about transparency and accountability within the higher education sector, particularly regarding financial dealings with foreign entities.
The findings reveal that some universities, including Yale:
  • Are potentially defrauding the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) by not fully disclosing the financial support received from Qatar.
  • Are in breach of federal law, particularly after prior warnings and compliance orders.
  • Are evading the disclosure of funding from Qatar, and potentially from other sources.
  • Are potentially engaged in laundering funds through unreported payments in kind or “indirect funding”. 

ISGAP believes that this warrants further federal intervention.

These findings — in combination with ISGAP’s mapping of the Muslim Brotherhood (Islamist)/Qatar network in U.S. universities, the documentation of changing discourse in higher education pertaining to Jewish people, Israel and Zionism, and its connection to funds — all point to a context that is increasingly hostile to Jewish students and faculty. This report argues that these factors play a significant role in the current explosion of antisemitism.

ISGAP’s report was featured today in Tablet Magazine: “What Yale Has in Common With Hamas” can be read here.

ISGAP calls on the U.S. Department of Education to intensify its scrutiny and enforcement measures to ensure that all universities, regardless of their standing, uphold their obligation to disclose financial support from foreign sources. Furthermore, ISGAP encourages a broader public discourse on the potential impacts of undisclosed foreign funding on academic freedom and institutional autonomy.

Click here to read the report.