Bipartisan Congressional Effort Targets Qatar’s Terrorist Ties

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Qatar has lately emerged as the world’s chief sponsor of Sunni terrorism, overtaking even Saudi Arabia. This has occurred mostly without commentary even as the ruling family’s propaganda channel, Al Jazeera, enters the American market, and as Qatar has managed to entangle the United States in the second of its two Islamist wars in Syria.

This effort may begin bringing awareness to Qatar’s status as a sponsor of terrorism.

A number of United States representatives have initiated a campaigned aimed at asking fellow members of Congress to sign a letter asking Qatar’s ambassador to the U.S., Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Rumaihi, to address “serious allegations” regarding the country’s relationship with Hamas, the JNS news agency reported.

U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and John Barrow (D-GA) are recruiting members of Congress to sign the letter after Qatar reportedly pledged more than $400 million to the Hamas terrorist organization in October 2012 during a visit to Gaza by Qatar’s ruling emir at the time, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

“As you know, longstanding, strategic bilateral relations between the United States and Qatar, including a strong defense pact, are of critical importance to both countries. However, we believe that Qatar’s relationship with Hamas empowers, legitimizes, and bolsters an organization committed to violence and hatred,” a draft of the letter to Al-Rumaihi states, according to a copy obtained by JNS.org.

In March 2012, the Emiri Court in funded a lavish wedding for Palestinian terrorists who were exiled to Qatar as part of the prisoner exchange deal for Israeli captive Gilad Shalit.

Hamas’ soon to be ex-chief Khaled Meshaal and Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi were among those who spoke at the occasion.

Qatar has also been heavily involved in smuggling weapons into Libya and Syria with the complicity of the Obama Administration. It was also a chief backer of Morsi in Egypt.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    Qatar is another Islamic state doing what Muslims do best: sponsor terrorism. We can’t claim ignorance after so many years of involvement in the Muslim world, although the CIA would argue about it, but if it was a marriege of convenience, I believe it is time for a divorce claiming irreconcilable differences. East is East, West is West, and never the two shall meet. Parallel worlds if you will.