Al Jazeera has recently strongly condemned the US Department of Justice (DOJ) order that compelled AJ + to register as a foreign agent, saying the designation would allow the United Arab Emirates (UAE) A precondition was to “normalize” diplomatic relations with Israel.
In a letter delivered on Monday, the DOJ said AJ + should be subject to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which claims that Qatar engages in “political activities” on behalf of the government.
AJ +, which is part of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network, produces videos for social media in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. With offices in Doha and Washington, DC, the FARA determination will only apply to AJ + English in the US.
In making his case against Al Jazeera, the DOJ chief, JI Brat said, the letter stated that the Qatar government provides Al Jazeera funding and appoints its board of directors.
“Journalism is designed to influence American perceptions of a domestic policy issue or the activities of a foreign nation or that its leadership qualifies as ‘political activities’ under the statutory definition,” Brat wrote.
The FARA designation of AJ + follows relentless lobbying efforts by the UAE government, which has long tried to pressure Qatar to shut down the Al Jazeera media network.
In 2017, the United Arab Emirates along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar accusing Doha of supporting extremism and boosting ties with Iran, with Qatar strongly denying the allegations.
At the beginning of the Gulf crisis, the Block Quartet issued a detailed list of demands that Qatar would need to comply with to remove the blockade, including the shuttering of Al Jazeera.
In a statement to the New York Times, Al Jazeera said: “The UAE has confirmed that it presented the US with prerequisites before the Abraham Agreement was announced, and the day before the UAE signed the agreement We had received the DOJ’s letter, “the generalization agreement was signed at the White House on Tuesday.
“Hobbling Al Jazeera was one of the top positions in the UAE blockade against Qatar and the Justice Department gave the UAE just what it wanted,” the statement said.
Palestinians have criticized the generalization between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain as a betrayal by fellow Arab states, further undermining their efforts to achieve self-determination and calling them one for regional “peace” fixed for Trump’s administration Isolation has been left under the new structure which also sees. Iran as malice.
The Palestinian leadership wants an independent state based on actual borders before the 1967 war, in which Israel captured and annexed the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. East Jerusalem.
Arab countries have long called for Israel’s withdrawal from already illegally occupied lands, a solution for Palestinian refugees and toward establishing a viable, independent Palestinian state in exchange for establishing relations with it goes.