Al Jazeera strongly condemned a recent order from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) that requires AJ + to register as a foreign agent, saying the designation was a prerequisite for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to “normalize »Diplomatic relations with Israel.
In a letter dated Monday, the DOJ said AJ + should be subject to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), saying the outlet was engaging in “political activities” on behalf of the government of the United States. Qatar.
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, FARA’s determination would only apply to AJ + English based in the United States.
In his argument against Al Jazeera, Jay I Bratt, the DOJ’s head of counterintelligence, said in the letter that the Qatari government provides funding for Al Jazeera and appoints its board of directors.
“Journalism designed to influence American perceptions of an issue of domestic politics or the activities of a foreign nation or its leaders is referred to as ‘political activities’ by the statutory definition,” Bratt wrote.
FARA’s designation of AJ + follows relentless lobbying efforts by the government of the United Arab Emirates, 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 fostering ties with Iran, claims Qatar strongly denied.
At the start of the Gulf crisis, the blockade quartet issued a long list of demands that Qatar would have to comply with for the blockade to be lifted, including the closure of Al Jazeera.
In a statement to the New York Times, Al Jazeera said, “The UAE confirmed that it presented the United States with preconditions before announcing the Abrahamic Accords, and we received the letter from the DOJ the day before the signing. agreements by the UAE ”, referring to the standardization agreement signed Tuesday at the White House.
“Beating on Al Jazeera was one of the main conditions of the UAE’s blockade against Qatar and the Justice Ministry just gave the UAE what it wanted,” the statement said.
The Palestinians criticized the normalization between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as a betrayal by other Arab states, further undermining their efforts to achieve self-determination and leaving them isolated in a new framework of regional “peace” dictated by the Trump administration which also views Iran as meanness.
Palestinian leaders want an independent state based on de facto borders before the 1967 war, in which Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip and annexed East Jerusalem.
Arab countries have long called for Israel’s withdrawal from already illegally occupied lands, a just solution for Palestinian refugees and a settlement that leads to the creation of a viable and independent Palestinian state in return for establishing ties with it. .