The former leader of Al Jazeera called for a blacklist of pro-Israel journalists, writers, and analysts
The former leader of Al Jazeera that owned and funded by Qatar state has also appealed for a blacklist of journalists, writers, and analysts who he says that they support the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain’s deal to normalize relations with Israel, indicating the presence of two Saudi Arabian and Emirati writers.
Indeed, Yasser Abu Hilala, the former managing director of Al Jazeera Arabic from July 2014 to May 2018, said in a tweet on Friday: For the purposes of documentation, who are the journalists, writers, and politicians who supported the Emirati and Bahraini normalization #normalizers_list? I remember Turki al-Hamad from Saudi Arabia, Abdulkhaleq Abdulla from the UAE, and Zaid al-Obeidat from Jordan … the rest of the list:
The tweet of Abu Hilala looked like a direct attack on his colleagues from neighboring Arab countries, and then he asked his followers to give proof of those who looked to support the historic peace agreements signed between Israel with Bahrain, and the UAE. He said: Thank you all for your response, we want the name of the writer or journalist attached to a picture of his article, post or tweet, not just the mentioning of their name.
Moreover, when one user said in a tweet in a response to Abu Hilala that all journalists at Al Arabiya and Al Hadath Channels must be included, the former head of Al Jazeera answered and said it was an unknown generalization and that he needed the journalist or writer’s name attached to an article, post, tweet, or position.
In a new event, Bahrain like the United Arab Emirates, it decided to on Friday to normalize ties with Israel. The White House reported that Trump published the news in a tweet after that he spoke by phone to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Otherwise, Qatar that funds and owns Al Jazeera, has avoided commenting directly on Bahrain’s peace agreement with Israel. However, it’s emir on weeks ago said to the White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner that Doha supports the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which appeals to remove its borders before the 1967 war in exchange for diplomatic ties with Arab states. After weeks of launching a huge campaign in order to influence Arab public opinion via media channels that Qatar funds, its media have reacted steadily to the Bahrain-Israel agreement.
Furthermore, the coverage of Al Jazeera Arabic focused its overnight coverage through its al-Hasad news program by showing that Bahrain and the UAE’s agreement with Israel was done in order to help US President Donald Trump’s re-election efforts. Wasel Abu Yousef, who directed the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), a group that has been a nominated terrorist organization by the United States, was one of Al Jazeera Arabic’s guests overnight.
It should be noted that Bahrain became on Friday the fourth country after Jordan, Egypt, and the UAE to normalize relations with Israel.