De rol van Qatar met betrekking tot terroristische groepen wordt steeds duidelijker.
Niet alleen financiert Qatar Hamas en chanteert het de leider van Hamas, Meshaal, maar ook werd ISIS gesteund en wie weet welke terroristische organisaties nog meer. De Moslim Broederschap van Morsi werd flink gesteund door Qatar en hun afzetting in Egypte was een zware slag voor Qatar. Nu proberen ze via Meshaal de rol van Egypte, waarmee ze sinds de val van Morsi gebrouilleerd zijn, te ondermijnen. Egypte zet zich in voor een langdurige wapenstilstand tussen Israel en Hamas. Die rol misgunt Qatar Egypte en het probeerde Egypte al buiten spel te zetten. Er zijn al enkele wapenstilstanden of aanlopen daartoe tussen Israel en Hamas gesneuveld door Qatar via chantage van Meshaal.
Meshaal, de officiele leider van Hamas, woont tegenwoordig luxueus in Qatar, maar kan natuurlijk makkelijk Qatar uitgezet worden. Meshaal woonde eerst in Syrie, maar koos de verkeerde kant in de burgeroorlog en moest halsoverkop Syrie verlaten. Qatar, dat ook allerlei verwante groepen in Syrie steunt, leek de aangewezen nieuwe broodheer voor Meshaal.
Qatar wordt gezien als de financier van de terreurtunnels en de raketten in Gaza, die handen vol geld kosten. Ook heeft Qatar geld toegezegd aan de bewoners die hun huis verloren. Dat lijkt alleen maar positief, maar het verschaft Hamas de mogelijkheid op dezelfde manier voort te gaan:
Huizen van burgers worden misbruikt voor tunnelstartplaatsen en wapenopslag naast misbruik van VN-scholen, ziekenhuizen en moskeeen. Burgers worden gesust met geld uit Qatar.
De rol van Qatar in allerlei terroristische zaakjes begint op te vallen en Qatar zag zich genoodzaakt betrokkenheid bij terrorisme te ontkennen en vooral hun financiering van ISIS te verdoezelen. Er lijkt een merkwaardig bondgenootschap te zijn ontstaan: Qatar en Turkije bewandelen min of meer dezelfde weg. De NAVO mag zijn bondgenoot Turkije wel wat beter in de gaten houden.
Is de beëindiging van het Patriotproject in Turkije misschien een eerste aanloop tot inzicht in het ware gezicht van het huidige Turkije en zijn bondgenoot?
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Israel’s UN envoy: Stop Qatari terrorism funding
In NY Times op-ed, Prosor says tiny emirate bankrolling Hamas, undermining Israeli efforts to achieve ceasefire in Gaza
By Times of Israel staff August 25, 2014, 10:14 am 1
Israel’s United Nations Ambassador Ron Prosor published a fiery criticism of Qatar Monday, accusing the oil-rich Persian Gulf emirate of directly funding terror organizations, such as Hamas and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria, in order to assert and amplify its global influence.
In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Prosor urged international powers to work forcefully to halt Qatar’s ability to bankroll the terror groups, specifically Hamas.
“Today, the petite petroleum kingdom is determined to buy its way to regional hegemony, and like other actors in the Middle East, it has used proxies to leverage influence and destabilize rivals,” Prosor wrote.
“Every one of Hamas’s tunnels and rockets might as well have had a sign that read ‘Made possible through a kind donation from the emir of Qatar,’” he added.
Prosor also accused the Qatar-based news network Al-Jazeera, which is funded by the emirate’s ruling House of Thani, of spreading “radical messages that have inflamed sectarian divides” across the Middle East.
“In the early days of the Arab Spring, Al-Jazeera’s coverage of popular uprisings earned the network millions of new followers and solidified its status as a mainstream global news network,” Prosor continued.
“Qatar capitalized on this popularity by advancing its own agenda — namely, using the Arabic network to promote the views of extremists who were undermining the region’s more pragmatic elements,” he said, later singling out the Muslim Brotherhood as the main group enjoying Doha’s support.
Prosor said that Qatar was deliberately undermining Israel’s efforts to end Hamas’s ongoing rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip by “pulling the strings” of the Palestinian organization and forcing the group to reject ceasefire proposals.
“According to a report last week in the pan-Arab daily newspaper Al Hayat, Qatar even threatened to expel [Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal] if Hamas accepted Egyptian proposals for a long-term ceasefire in Gaza,” he said.
It was “all because Doha wants a starring role in any ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel,” Prosor asserted.
The report in the Saudi-owned Al-Hayat could not be independently confirmed. Mashaal has been based in Qatar since 2012, having left Damascus after Hamas broke with President Bashar Assad over the Syrian civil war.
The Israeli ambassador suggested that “in light of the emirate’s unabashed support for terrorism,” FIFA should reevaluate its decision to name Qatar the host of soccer’s 2022 World Cup.
Prosor concluded that the international community must realize that while “Qatar has spared no cost to dress up its country as a liberal, progressive society,” it was in actuality “aggressively financing radical Islamist movements” and destabilizing the region.
“Qatar’s continued sponsorship of Hamas all but guarantees that, whatever happens in this round of hostilities, the terrorist group will rearm and renew hostilities with Israel,” he said. “The only way forward is to isolate Hamas’s last major backer.”
Last week, Germany’s Development Minister Gerd Mueller suggested that Qatar was financially supporting the Islamic State terror group, which has carved out a self-declared Islamic caliphate covering wide expanses of territory on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border.
In a television interview with public broadcaster ZDF, Mueller said it was important to examine who is financing the group, and that “the key word is Qatar.”
German officials, however, quickly tried to smooth over that allegation.
Mueller spokeswoman Katharina Maenz said Friday that he had merely been referring to media reports about Qatar’s involvement. Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schafer said German diplomats in the Qatari capital Doha had met with Qatari officials to reassure them that Berlin considers the country a partner and that “if there were misunderstandings then we regret this.”
Qatar was one of the first Middle Eastern countries to condemn the recent beheading of American journalist James Foley, saying it was “a heinous crime that goes against all Islamic and humanitarian principles, as well as international laws and conventions.”
Qatar hits back at claims it backs Islamic State, Hamas
'Qatar does not support extremist groups, including ISIS, in any way,' says Qatari FM, adding it is 'repelled by their views.'
The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports Hamas and the Islamic State extremist group, saying that "determined, collective action" is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria.
The energy-rich OPEC member has come under renewed scrutiny over its ties to militants, including the Palestinian Hamas and Syrian rebel groups. A German official last week suggested that Qatar may also play a role in funding the Islamic State group, which is fighting in Iraq and Syria and was behind the recent beheading of American journalist James Foley.
Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah unequivocally denied funding the extremist group.
"Qatar does not support extremist groups, including ISIS, in any way," he said in an emailed statement dated Saturday, using an alternative name for the group. "We are repelled by their views, their violent methods and their ambitions. The vision of extremist groups for the region is one that we have not, nor will ever, support in any way."
Qatar has also come under fire over its perceived support for Hamas.
The Gulf state is home to exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and is a key financial patron for the Gaza Strip, which Hamas controls. Qatar denies financially backing Hamas, however, and has sought to play a role in brokering a truce to end fighting between the group and Israel.
The Qatari emir, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, last week held talks in Doha with Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah movement has strained relations with Hamas.
Qatar was one of the first Middle Eastern countries to condemn Foley's murder, saying it was "a heinous crime that goes against all Islamic and humanitarian principles, as well as international laws and conventions."
The tiny Gulf emirate has supported Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad. The Islamic State group is battling Assad's forces, but it has also clashed with other rebel groups that don't embrace its extreme interpretation of Islam.
The group has carved out a self-declared Islamic state, or caliphate, taking in wide expanses of territory on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border.
Experts say the group generates at least some of its funding from kidnapping, extortion and other criminal business enterprises. Germany's development minister, Gerd Mueller, on Wednesday suggested that Qatar could also be supporting the group.
In a television interview with public broadcaster ZDF, Mueller said it was important to examine who is financing the group, and that "the key word is Qatar."
German officials quickly tried to smooth over that allegation.
Mueller spokeswoman Katharina Maenz told reporters Friday that he had merely been referring to media reports about Qatar's involvement. Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schafer said German diplomats in the Qatari capital Doha had met with Qatari officials to reassure them that Berlin considers the country a partner and that "if there were misunderstandings then we regret this."
In his statement, al-Attiyah said the killing of civilians and the forced flight of hundreds of thousands of people threatens both Iraq's existence and "the peace and security of the entire region." He called for collective action to end the sectarian violence raging in Iraq and Syria.
"There is no single answer but it must include cutting off the flow of funds to support extremist groups throughout the region," he said.