Al-Jazeera accused of anti-Semitism and inciting religious hatred by UAE minister

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Al-Jazeera has been accused of anti-Semitism

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A United Arab Emirates official has accused Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera of anti-Semitism, discrimination and inciting religious hatred.

This comes after the United Nations warned against acceeding to demands by a Saudi Arabia-led alliance to shut the broadcaster, saying this would violate basic freedoms, according to The Express Tribune.

In response to the warning, the UAE's foreign affairs minister, Anwar Gargash, wrote a letter to to UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, which was published in a statement.

Gargash said the broadcaster “promoted anti-Semitic violence by broadcasting sermons by the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yusuf al-Qaradawi."

The minister also claimed Al-Qaradawi “praised Hitler, described the Holocaust as ‘divine punishment’, and called on Allah to ‘take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people…and kill them, down to the very last one'.”

The letter also suggested that the broadcaster was inciting "hostility, violence and discrimination" and had propagated speeches by Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Closing Al-Jazeera is just one of 13 demands made by the Saudi-led alliance to Qatar. it claims that, if the demands are met, diplomatic channels to the country will be reopened.

Saudi Arabia and its allies cut their ties with Qatar after it claimed it was too close to Shia-ruled Iran and it was funding terrorists.