How criticizing Doha’s policies cost some their citizenship

Qatari tribes who oppose Qatar’s policy of supporting terrorism and funding extremist organizations have cost some their citizenship. (Shutterstock)

Qatari tribes who oppose Qatar’s policy of supporting terrorism and funding extremist organizations have cost some their citizenship.

Qatar has most recently revoked the citizenship of poet Mohammed bin Futais al-Marri, who holds the title Millions’ Poet, after accusing him of supporting Saudi Arabia at the expense of the Qatari government.

In addition to Marri, Qatar also revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Shafi bin Nasser bin Hammoud al-Shafi al-Hajeri from the Bani Hajer tribe after he condemned Doha’s policy when dealing with Gulf countries.

Hajeri told Al-Arabiya.net that he learnt his citizenship was revoked after meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and tribal leaders.

He also said that Bani Hajer represents one fourth of Qatar’s population and its members represent the largest percentage of employees in the country, adding that they played a prominent role during the era of Qatar’s founder Sheikh Jassem.

On Monday night, a tribal meeting attended by tribesmen from the Arabian Peninsula in Nariyah, east of Saudi Arabia, condemned Doha for targeting the components of the Qatari society and revoking some Qataris’ citizenship due to their stance on the recent crisis with Qatar.

Sheikh Fahad bin Falah bin Hithalayn commended the bravery of al-Murrah tribe leader, Sheikh Taleb bin Lahom bin Shreim, and noted that the latter rejected making threats against Saudi Arabia and its leadership because he is a “a loyal honorable man who has not forgotten his history and people.”

Qatar revoked Bin Shreim’s citizenship along with 54 of his relatives in September.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55
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