The Washington Times has described Qatar as a hospitable base for the Muslim Brotherhood and many of the world’s most virulent Islamists.
“Qatar has been the Brotherhood’s most hospitable base of operations…Brotherhood Islamism would soon emerge as Qatar’s de-facto state ideology, as the ruling dynasty of al-Thani welcomed the Islamists with lavish funding, the highest state honors, and the establishment of new Islamist institutions that would seek to indoctrinate thousands,” David Reaboi the senior vice chief for strategic operations at the Washington-based think tank Security Studies Group, wrote in his opinion article.
Reaboi also accused the Qatari network of Al-Jazeera of pushing extremist Islamist ideology, with the Brotherhood playing a “crucial role in programming and setting the editorial line,” he said.
“Even it claims to be a legitimate, journalistic enterprise, Al-Jazeera is an instrument of power projection for the Qatari regime. Its mission has always been to support Qatar and the Brotherhood while attacking its enemies in the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates,” he said.
“In other words, Al Jazeera pushes a stream of vile, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and attempts to rile up religious and extremist Muslims against attempts at positive, human rights reforms in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states,” he added.
In June 2017, each of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, a non-GCC member, imposed a diplomatic and economic boycott on Qatar over claims that Doha supports terrorism.