Egyptian hard-line preacher Wagdy Ghoneim (right) - Still image from "Qatar Funds Terrorism Video"
CAIRO – 16 June 2017: A short English-language documentary clip has surfaced on social media Monday covering media reports and statements that accuse Qatar of funding terrorism and harboring extremists on its territory.
The 10-minute clip, entitled “Qatar Funds Terror,” was posted by Mirage TV on Youtube and Twitter.
The report cited Egyptian hard-line preachers Wagdy Ghoneim and Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who are wanted in their home country for inciting terrorism, and Qatari Abd Al-Rahman al-Nuaimi, who is accused by the U.S. Treasury of transferring $600,000 to al-Qaeda in 2013. Qaradawi and Nuaimi are based in Qatar, while Ghoneim left the Gulf state in 2014 after long-term residence.
Ghoneim, 66, was detained in Egypt eight times over extremism charges, and was jailed for a year in the U.S. for his inciting statements until he was finally deported. He has issued many fatwas (religious rulings) legitimizing the murder of officers of the army and police, and has appeared to justify the murder of Copts.
Qaradawi, 90, was previously asked on Al-Jazeera satellite whether it is permissible to bomb oneself to target a gathering affiliated with an oppressive regime, knowing that there will be casualties in the ranks of civilians.
He replied that “the norm” in such matters is that suicide attacks are not permissible unless they are planned by a group.
“Normally, a person fights then gets killed. But to bomb oneself, the group must decide it needs this,” Qaradawi said. “If the group believes it is in need of someone to bomb himself in the midst of others, it is a necessary action,” he added.
Nuaimi, 63, also known as “Bin Laden’s successor in Qatar,” was announced a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the U.S. Treasury in 2013 for providing financial support to al-Qaeda, Lebanon-based Asbat al-Ansar, al-Qaeda in Iraq, and al-Shabaab.
Nuaimi is accused of channeling millions of dollars from Qatari-based donors to al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and Iraq. In October 2014, the Telegraph dubbed him as “one of the world’s most prolific terrorist financiers.”
The Qatari crisis erupted when Egypt and a number of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states announced a coordinated diplomatic breakup with Qatar, accusing the peninsular country of funding and supporting Islamist terrorists, in part via the Doha-based al-Jazeera satellite channel.
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