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How Al Jazeera called for bombing Saudi, UAE airports ... and got away with it

David Andrew Weinberg
29th August 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Al Jazeera Arabic has been slammed for a lack of professionalism after airing remarks earlier this month that encouraged the killing of innocent citizens of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, amounting to what one media commentator called a “declaration of war.”

A presenter on the Qatari news channel on Aug. 9 repeated comments made by the nephew of ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, calling on militias to target airports in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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Al Jazeera Arabic is still a “counterproductive force” in the fight against terrorism, according to David Weinberg, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security.

Speaking to Arab News in June, Weinberg said: “Al Jazeera routinely praises terrorists as martyrs, provided they are trying to kill Israelis — and that includes those efforts that seek to kill Israeli civilians and not the armed forces,” Weinberg told Arab News.

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al-jazeera, gulf-states, saudia-arabia, uae