UANI And CEP Issue Joint Call To Qatar For Immediate Detention And Turnover Of Hamas Leadership To U.S. Or Israeli Authorities
(New York, N.Y.) — Today, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) Chief Executive Officer Ambassador Mark D. Wallace and Counter Extremism Project (CEP) President Frances F. Townsend released the following statement regarding the massacre by Hamas, which killed scores of Israelis and at least two dozen Americans, among others, that was directed by Hamas leadership based in Doha, Qatar:
Qatar and the Al Thani royal family have hosted Hamas leadership for many years. Ismail Haniyeh, the chairman of Hamas’ Political Bureau, his predecessor Khaled Meshaal, and other Hamas leadership are based in Doha, Qatar. Media reports indicate Haniyeh watched the attacks unfold from his office in Qatar. UANI and CEP demand that Qatar and the Al Thani royal family immediately detain Haniyeh and other Hamas leadership based in Doha and arrange for their transfer to U.S. or Israeli custody. We urge Qatar to take this action within 24 hours.
Ambassador Wallace and former U.S. Homeland Security Advisor Frances F. Townsend stated:
“The murderous Hamas leaders that directed the massacre in Israel are operating in plain sight and within reach in the hands of our purported major non-NATO ally Qatar. We should not hesitate to act militarily on Qatari soil to bring to justice Ismail Haniyeh and Hamas leadership.
“In the wake of 9/11, we committed to root out and bring Osama Bin Laden and each Al Qaeda leader to justice, no matter where they hid. Today’s Bin Laden is hosted in luxury by Qatar’s royal family. We must not allow Haniyeh and others to escape justice. We had many regrets when we missed opportunities to capture or kill Bin Laden. It took ten years to finally bring him to justice, at the direction of President Obama, and on the soil of another purported ally Pakistan.
“There can be no morally justifiable reason to fail to act against Haniyeh and others—with or without the assistance of Doha. We owe it to each and every victim of the massacre in Israel—including the children, the elderly, and the vulnerable. American citizens have also been killed and kidnapped. Anything less than such justice is unacceptable. The Al Thani royal family must be prepared to face severe consequences for failing to remand these murderous Hamas leaders into U.S. or Israeli custody. We hope and pray that it doesn’t come to that.”
On October 7, 2023, Haniyeh issued a video address in which he orders Hamas followers around the world to join the massacre and violence. Haniyeh’s address was aired on the Qatar and Al Thani-owned and controlled Al Jazeera network.
On October 7, 2023, the foreign ministry of Qatar, controlled by Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Bin Jassim Al Thani, stated we “hold Israel solely responsible for the ongoing escalation (the Hamas massacre) due to its ongoing violations.”
On October 8, it was reported that Haniyeh watched, celebrated, and cheered for joy on the reporting of the Hamas massacre in Israel as it unfolded on television from his offices in Doha, Qatar.
On January 31, 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that Qatar would be designated a major non-NATO ally—a special designation that provides foreign partners with certain benefits in the areas of defense trade and security cooperation. Israel is also a major non-NATO ally of the United States.
Absent such action to immediately ensure that Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders are remanded to U.S. or Israeli custody, the U.S. relationship with Qatar and the Al Thani royal family must change, and the United States should take the following actions:
- The United States should notify Qatar and the Al Thani royal family that Ismail Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders in Doha are legitimate military targets, and the U.S. should use military force—lethal if necessary—from Al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar to raid and/or strike their residences and/or offices in Doha to bring these Hamas leaders to justice;
- The United States should strip Qatar of its designation as a major non-NATO ally;
- The United States should impose comprehensive sanctions against Qatar and designate Qatar and the Al Thani royal family as state-sponsors of terrorism;
- The United States should ban Qatar and Al Thani-owned businesses from operating in the United States, including, among others, Qatar Airways, which should be denied permission to enter U.S. airspace and service American airports;
- The United States should sanction the Qatari and Al Thani-owned Al Jazeera network under U.S. counterterrorism sanctions pursuant to Executive Order 13224 as it allowed Haniyeh airtime to incite violence in Israel; and
- The United States should expel all Qatari diplomats and the Al Thani royal family from the United States.
Moreover, no responsible American law firm or lobbying firm should seek to represent either Qatar and the Al Thani royal family. We call on all businesses to boycott any such firms if they persist in representing Qatar and the Al Thanis.
UANI and CEP will also be calling on NATO ally Turkey to undertake similar steps or face equivalent consequences if these requests are not heeded, as Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders split their time between Qatar and Turkey.
To read The Wall Street Journal’s report on UANI and CEP’s call to action, please click here.
To read CEP’s report, Qatar: Extremism and Terrorism, please click here.
CEP has also called on Qatar in the past, through its HARBORS Campaign, to expel Hamas leadership. They have not listened and are complicit in enabling terrorist behavior. To read CEP’s HARBORS Campaign Report on Qatar, please click here.
To read UANI’s report Qatar an Impediment to Unity on Iran, please click here.
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