Qatar did everything that makes a solution to its crisis with its neighbors and with Arabs unlikely. Before that, it did everything that contradicted with Arab countries’ stances and national principles. This is in addition to its involvement in affairs that threaten the interests of the region’s countries and their security.
The anti-terror quartet’s boycott of Qatar has entered its ninth month. Meanwhile, the Qatari regime insists on its positions and rejects to retreat from its actions or to amend its stances. The crisis thus worsened and further complicated. Doha keeps getting afar from reaching a solution, and it’s becoming closer to a stranger than a neighbor.
How can Qatar be deluded that the world believes its lies? After the Qatari ambassador was kicked out of Gaza, the Qatari regime should have been ashamed of itself and it should have stopped exploiting the Palestinian causeMohammed Al-Hammadi
The quartet’s stance has been clear since day one. Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry confirmed this position during his meeting with an American delegation visiting Cairo. Shoukry said it was important that Qatar implements the 13 demands, commits to fighting terrorism and ends its hostile policies.
The boycott revealed things about Qatar that nobody knew. No one even expected that an Arab and Gulf state could be involved in matters it’s not supposed to be involved in.
Exploiting the Palestinian cause
What has been revealed about the depth of the Qatari normalization with the Israeli entity came as a surprise to everyone. It turned out that Qatar was donating millions of dollars to support and help Israel while claiming it supports Hamas and the Palestinian resistance.
Qatar did not only support Palestine but also Israel, which occupies it. Those killing “the children of the stones” and the heroes of the Intifada were receiving support from the Qatari regime.
How can Qatar be deluded that the world believes its lies? After the Qatari ambassador was kicked out of Gaza, the Qatari regime should have been ashamed of itself and it should have stopped exploiting the Palestinian cause.
Qatar, which skillfully exploited international human rights organizations for years, is now facing the truth and paying the price for its conspiracies. On Sunday, the entire world saw the hundreds of people who gathered in Geneva in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations to protest Qatar’s participation in the 37th session of the Human Rights Council.
Protestors demanded a stance against Qatar because it supports terrorism. They demanded the expulsion of the Qatari delegation because Doha is involved in terrorist operations, and it finances terrorism. They also called for referring Qatar to the International Criminal Court for supporting and funding terrorism, violating human rights and committing crimes against humanity.
After it has done everything that damages it and its people, Qatar still bets on lost causes, therefore wandering far away while the solution lies in Riyadh.
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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