posted by Christopher Holton
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain accuse Qatar of financing “extremist” groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
The four nations sent Qatar a list of 59 individuals and 12 institutions that allegedly finance terrorism and receive support from Qatar.
Among the most prominent names on the list is Abdul Rahman al-Nuaimi, a Qatari who has been designated a terrorist by the United States and the United Nations for providing financial support to terrorist organizations.
The list includes 11 other Qatari nationals, four Egyptians, two Saudis and two Jordanians. It also includes six entities from Qatar, the branch of the Islamic State in Sinai and Al Ihsan Charitable Society, which is active in Yemen.
Qatar’s culpability is illustrated by the fact that one of the men on the list, Mubarak al-Ajii, participated in the Qatari government-sponsored Doha triathlon recently. Ajii has been identified by the US Treasury Department as an associate of Hajjaj al-Ajmi, a known financier of Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate.
Qatar has become a safe haven for Jihadists, including Egyptian leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Many of those who have sought refuge in Qatar are wanted in Egypt and, in some cases, have already been convicted in absentia. The Egyptians say that Muslim Brotherhood leaders hiding in Qatar are destabilizing Egypt by financing terrorist attacks and inciting members of their movement still in Egypt to break the law.
Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, the ideological mentor for the Muslim Brotherhood, and a leading Sunni Shariah scholar with ties to Shariah finance, has been harbored by Qatar for decades. Al Qaradwi is banned from travel to the US, the UK and France due to his ties to “extremism.”
Qatar finances Jihadist activities in Arab countries by sponsoring charities that finance terrorists.
“Many of the Qatari-funded charities and organizations are nothing more than fronts for huge terrorist networks that are active everywhere in the world,” said Saudi political analyst Ibrahim Nazir. “This funding must come to an end for terrorism to stop.”