The UAE did not face intrigues from any country as much as what it faced from its neighbor Qatar. Every day we discover something new and a suspicious behavior that is not appropriate for the stranger, so what if it is a neighbor, a relative and a sister country ?!
Yesterday, we were surprised at the extent of Qatar’s involvement in supporting the secret organization in the UAE and its relationship with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is classified as a terrorist organization by the UAE. This has disturbed every citizen and resident in the UAE.
Qatar knows the UAE’s position on the Brotherhood and is aware of the great efforts exerted by UAE over the years to uproot the organization’s ideology from the state,
The government and people of the UAE are fully convinced that the Brotherhood is a threat to the country after it has been proven that they have been involved in violence, extremism and the funding terrorism. That is why the decision was taken to eliminate them.
If Qatar did not agree with UAE in this vision, it is its decision and we would not interfere. But what is not its business, is to host fugitives and the ones wanted by justice, and support them in Qatar financially, logistically and through media, and even help them secure travel documents!
This Qatari behavior is strange. It is against all traditions between countries, not the least with regard to sister countries and neighboring ones.
What is strange is that instead of handing over the wanted ones, Qatar receives more of those who go there and generously support them in a suspicious and underhand way.
This was a part of what the courageous Emirati citizen Abdulrahman bin Subaih Khalifa Al Suwaidi, the Muslim Brotherhood dissident in the UAE, said during his bold television interview broadcast yesterday on state channels.
Role of Al Jazeera
Another picture of Qatari intervention in the internal affairs of the UAE is what Bin Subaih mentioned that journalists and trainers from Al Jazeera were sent to present TV training programs for the members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE, teaching and encouraging them to fabricate crises and stir up unrest in the country through the use of social media.
This effort by Qatar extended to assist the fleeing UAE brothers to the extent of contacting the fugitives in Turkey.
Through Al Jazeera channel these fugitives are contacted and identified by international media, while at the same time training them to appear in media to attack the UAE.
Another picture of Qatari intervention in the internal affairs of the UAE is what Bin Subaih mentioned that journalists and trainers from Al Jazeera were sent to present TV training programs for the members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE, teaching and encouraging them to fabricate crises and stir up unrest in the country through the use of social media.Mohammed Al-Hammadi
One the exciting things mentioned by Bin Subaih is his relationship with Mahmoud al-Jaidah the Qatari national, who was arrested and tried, and then was pardoned by the UAE. Bin Subaih revealed the role of this Qatari person in regrouping and arranging the affairs of the UAE secret organization, as well as sending money from the organization abroad.
What is the reason for the Qatari government to do all this? And after all these scandals are out in the open, turn around and ask with all naivety and claim that it does not know why it was boycotted!
We remind Qatar that the GCC Basic Law affirms the principle of good neighborliness and non-abuse of other countries, which was confirmed by the Riyadh Agreement 2013 and the supplementary one in 2014.
And before all this, we wonder where is the guiding principle of Arab and Islamic ethics that rejects the harm of the neighbor and to conspire against him.
This article was first published in Arabic.
Mohammed Al-Hammadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper and Executive Director of editing and publishing at the Abu Dhabi Media Company. He founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic magazine, and has held numerous positions in journalism since joining Al Ittihad in 1994. Al-Hammadi has been a columnist for more than 15 years, including writing a daily column for seven years and producing a weekly political column in Al Ittihad since 2001. He has also worked as a parliamentary editor for seven years, covering the proceedings of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to being an active participant on social networks, Al-Hammadi has an interest in new media and is currently working on a project to ease the transition from traditional to digital and smart media. Al-Hammadi has received numerous awards and is a member of a number of organizations and federations. He features regularly in broadcast media as a regional political commentator and has authored several books including Time of Ordeal (2008), The UAE Democracy (2009) and The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood (2016). Twitter: @MEalhammadi