By Hosting Hamas, Qatar Is Whitewashing Terror

(Newsweek) Kate Havard and Jonathan Schanzer - Doha, Qatar, is home base for many Hamas figures. Its new political leader, Ismail Haniyeh, is now on his way to Doha from Gaza, along with a coterie of aides. When Hamas military leader Salah al-Arouri was forced to leave Turkey, he made his new home in Doha in 2015. Ezzat al-Rishq, the spokesman for Hamas, calls Qatar home. Qatar is also Hamas' ATM. Earlier this year Haniyeh announced that Qatar would pay out $100 million to Gaza in 2017 alone. In short, Qatar doesn't merely tolerate Hamas - it serves as the group's financial and political patron. And it is now Hamas' marketing consultant, too. Its fingerprints are all over the political document Hamas released last week in Doha. Qatar is sponsoring terrorism. It is time this country chose sides. Kate Havard is a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where Jonathan Schanzer is senior vice president for research.

2017-05-12 00:00:00

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