Dear Mr. Michael Shure and Mr. Antonia Mora:
This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar, the country which owns Al Jazeera, the network which employs you both as journalists. Additionally, both of you are graduates of Harvard University: Mr. Shure of Harvard College and Mr. Mora of Harvard Law School. Harvard is in a multi-year partnership with the Qatar Foundation to host an annual workshop.
We urge to you read the information below, which includes evidence that Qatar is arguably the preeminent sponsor of terror in the world today. It is a benefactor of the genocidal armies of ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram; it is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell; and profits from operating a virtual slave state. Qatar is involved in terror operations from Nigeria to Gaza to Syria to Iraq.
So the public understands why this letter is addressed to you both, who are American citizens and correspondents for Al Jazeera, here is pertinent background on the Doha-based network.
- In 1996, then Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, provided a $137 million loan to start Al Jazeera. Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani was the ruling monarch of Qatar from 1995-2013.
- In July 2013, 22 employees of Al Jazeera resigned after the station “air[ed] lies and misle[d] viewers” (according to Al Jazeera correspondent) regarding the Egyptian revolution on July 4, which ousted Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi.
- Al Jazeera is home to the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader (and Morsi-backer) Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who reaches an estimated 80 million viewers each week.
- Harvard Law School is engaged in a multi-year partnership with Hamad bin Khalifa University to host the Institute for Global Law and Policy. In 2013, this workshop welcomed 140 participants.
In light of Al Jazeera’s consistent and vocal support for the Muslim Brotherhood, we ask that you consider the attached sourced report on Qatar’s activities. The links cited are vetted and credible sources. We hope you take the time to verify the truth of the statements for yourself.
After doing so, the Coalition of the Qatar Awareness Campaign calls on you to exert due influence on the Qatari government to cease any type of involvement in all forms of Islamic terrorism, slavery, and drug trafficking!
Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret)
Paul E Vallely, US Army (Ret)
Chairman, Stand Up America
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Center for Security Policy
& the entire Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition.
** Select signatures as of 9/27. The Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition is comprised of more than 25 journalists, national security experts, publishers, and independent researchers. To view all Coalition participants, please visit the Campaign’s website.
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