H.E. Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir al-Thani
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dear Mr. Foreign Minister:
We are writing to express great concern about anti-Semitic articles which appear on a web site that is registered to Qatar's Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs. The web site, www.islamweb.net/english has posted a number of outrageous "reports" in the past month containing accusations of "Zionists of plotting and executing the September 11 attacks on the United States., the "Zionist-controlled media", "the Zionist-controlled FBI" and the "alleged mass-slaughter of Jews during WWII."
A lengthy article posted on October 14, entitled "Zionists Could Be Behind Attack on WTC and Pentagon "claims that the Elders of Zion" (or "EoZ") described as an "international Zionist organization," with 300 members, plotted the attacks of September 11 "to avenge the anti-Israel bashing at the Durban moot (sic)." The group "tasked the Zionist-controlled FBI and the Israeli secret service agency Shabak" to carry out the attacks. The article further alleges that Shabak agents filmed the operation "and were seen dancing." Five agents were arrested, but, the posting alleges, the Israeli Consulate "immediately contacted the Jews in the FBI high command on the issue who directed the investigators not to make the incident public through the media." The posting also offers as evidence that 4,000 Israelis working in the World Trade Center were warned not to go to work, and that "not a single Israeli or American Jew working in the WTC was reported killed or missing." The "EoZ is learnt to have instructed the Zionist controlled media to unleash a vilification campaign against the Muslims portraying them as the perpetrators of the attacks on the U.S. cities." The "facts" in this posting are attributed to the Lahore-based Jihad Times.
A two-part posting from November 11 and November 12, entitled "The Jewish Theory to Rule the World Through the Mass Media " and "Jewish Control of the Mass Media in Britain" claims "it is crucial, in the battle against the Jewish racist totalitarianism, to have a basic knowledge about the Jewish media-dictatorship-monopoly and about the political power the Zionists possess and who are - as Jewish political actors - the leaders of this Jewish power." The posting states that the British media purports to provide different perspectives. "However, where the discussion threatens to touch upon issues considered 'sensitive' to the judaized establishment which controls TV and radio, it is carefully stage-managed so that 'dangerous' viewpoints are excluded. This is particularly noticeable where discussion concerns matters of the Jewish State of Israel and its not so very glorious aspects, when relating to doubts concerning the alleged mass-slaughter of Jews during WWII and when some one tries to discuss the power wielded by the Jewish minority." Pointing to a British television program on anti-Semitism, the author writes, "anti-Semitism itself is a misleading term deliberately adopted by the media-controllers so as to suggest that those thus labeled want to ill-treat innocent Jews, even kill them, for no reason than that they are Jews!, whereas the vast majority of people described as 'anti-Semites' simply oppose what they see as excessive Jewish power all over the world and in the Zionist state in particular."
This week, the State of Qatar is host to the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, providing the world's economic leaders the opportunity to visit your country while discussing global trade and economic integration. It is very unfortunate, that as Qatar is playing host to the international community, a Qatari government ministry is posting information that is representative of age-old anti-Jewish conspiracy theories and accusations. We urge your government to immediately disassociate itself from these canards and take immediate action to remove the slanderous and anti-Semitic postings from a web site sponsored by one of its Ministries.
Abraham H. Foxman
ADL National Director