Our Enemies Are Known, The Emir Of Qatar Is Not One Of Them
15 August 2013
By Khalid Amayreh
I am not accustomed to praising rulers and political
leaders. I always thought that doing this would be
demeaning to the dignity and integrity of true
journalists who should be true and loyal to their
conscience and moral rectitude first and foremost.
However, sometimes one feels prompted to stand for
truth and honesty, even if doing so might be
interpreted as taking the side of a specific ruler.
Last week, a number of Palestinian students burned the
effigy of Sheikh Hamad ibn Khalifa al Thani at the
Khaduri Institute in the northern West Bank,
generating a lot of consternation among Palestinians
The Palestinian Authority (PA) denounced the
provocative feat, calling it irresponsible and saying
it didn't represent the Palestinian people.
However, many people had expected the PA reactions to
be much stronger.
Sheikh Hamad is not Omar ibn al-Khattab or even Khalid
ibn al-Waleed or Salahuddin. However, he is certainly
not Bashar el-Assad or Husni Mubarak.
Hence, to caricature the Emir of Qatar as the worst
Arab leader and number-one enemy of the Palestinian
people is nothing less than a malicious lie on the
part of these misguided and brainwashed youngsters who
embarked on this stupid act.
As far as this writer knows, Sheikh Hamad never killed
or ordered the killing of any Palestinian. On the
contrary, he always hastened to help the Palestinian
people in time of need when nearly everyone else
watched us passively languish in pain, whether under
Israeli bombardment or under hermetic siege, designed
to bring us to our knees.
Sheikh Hamad visited Gaza when no other Arab ruler
dared to set foot on the soil of the coastal enclave,
which proved itself a perpetual thorn in Israel's
He paid hundreds of millions of dollars for rebuilding
Gaza, utterly destroyed by Zio-Nazism eager to repeat
the genocidal heroism of Old Testament savagery
against the thoroughly tormented and thoroughly
starved people of Gaza.
Qatar has also been a constant donor for the PA
government in Ramallah, despite the latter's
ingratitude and repeated castigations of the Qatari
In our Islamic culture, we say "he that doesn't thank
people, doesn't thank God."
In fact, those who behaved offensively toward Qatar
and its gallant emir proved themselves not only
ungrateful and ignorant but truly disoriented, not
being able to distinguish their friends from their
Their stupid behavior is tantamount to biting the hand
that feeds them.
In comparison to the emir of Qatar, the Hitler of
Syria, Bashar el Assad, has been indulging in a
genocidal war of extermination and ethnic cleansing
against both the Syrian and Palestinian peoples. In
addition to the estimated 80,000 Syrians murdered on
the hands of his sectarian thugs, hundreds or perhaps
thousands of innocent Palestinians have been murdered
by the criminal forces of Assad.
The Palestinians are not really involved in the Syrian
quagmire. Nor are they eager to. However, because
Palestinians are mostly Sunni Muslims and because the
Assad regime has been blinded by the sectarian plague,
the Assad forces don't flinch from killing innocent
Palestinians in droves or bombing Palestinian refugee
camps in order to satiate their hatred with Sunni
Which brings us to the real question: Why do these
ignorant Palestinian students refrain from burning or
hanging the effigy of Bashar el-Assad?
Or is el-Assad being more humane and more patriotic
than all other Arab rulers? Are you that much stupid,
disoriented and ignorant?
The great Arab poet, Abu Attayeb al Mutanabi,
described those who are themselves' enemies, saying:
"The tears of the eye betray a man, when they hanker
after his enemies"
On behalf of Palestinians who understand the meaning
of gratitude and who don't betray their friends, I
apologize to Sheikh Hamad for the ignorance and
recklessness displayed by these kids.
I hope he will accept the apology.
Khalid Amayreh is an American-educated journalist
based in the occupied Palestinian territories.