U.S. Reps. Circulate Letter Asking Qatari Ambassador to Address Ties with Hamas
JNS.org – U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and John Barrow (D-GA) are recruiting their fellow members of Congress to sign a letter asking Qatar’s ambassador to the U.S., Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Rumaihi, to address “serious allegations” regarding the oil-rich Middle East country’s relationship with Hamas.
Qatar reportedly pledged more than $400 million to the Palestinian terrorist organization in October 2012 during a visit to Gaza by Qatar’s ruling emir at the time, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.
“As you know, longstanding, strategic bilateral relations between the United States and Qatar, including a strong defense pact, are of critical importance to both countries. However, we believe that Qatar’s relationship with Hamas empowers, legitimizes, and bolsters an organization committed to violence and hatred,” a draft of the letter to Al-Rumaihi states, according to a copy obtained by JNS.org.
The Emiri Court of Qatar in March 2012 funded a mass wedding for Palestinian terrorists who deported to the country as part of the exchange of Hamas captive Gilad Shalit for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.
“Failure [by Qatar] to condemn such brazen incitement undermines our shared interest of regional stability and prospects for a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty,” the congressional letter says.