UAE financing incitement and spreading hatred
The UAE system is funding incitement and spreading hatred, which is evident in successive reports that have been published periodically by the international media.
In the latest of these scandals, the New York Times reported that after the imposition of the blockade on its neighbor Qatar two years ago, the UAE funded expensive campaigns in the British capital, London, in order to deprive Qatar of hosting the 2022 World Cup.
The newspaper revealed that those campaigns focused on exaggerating the concern about workers’ rights in Qatar, and the UAE-funded campaigns also included accusations of Qatari officials paying bribes to win the right to host the World Cup.
She explained that after the imposition of the blockade on Qatar in June 2017, the blockading countries called on FIFA to strip Qatar of the right to host the matches.
It stated that in 2014 the UAE hired a former National Security Agency analyst to pirate computers for Qatari and FIFA officials, hoping to find evidence condemning Qatar, according to Reuters news agency revealed last week.
It is noteworthy that last July, a British press report revealed an attempt to bribe two former English stars in exchange for criticizing Qatar for hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
The British newspaper “Times” reported that the former international players Sol Campbell and Stan Collimore refused to participate in a conference to be held in the capital, London, with the aim of questioning Qatar’s right to organize the World Cup 2022.
Campbell – who has played for Tottenham, Arsenal and the England national team and is currently a coach – said that they contacted him to attend the conference as a speaker for an amount of money, but he refused after he felt suspicious of the matter.
While the Liverpool and former England national team player, Colmore, who is a sports broadcaster, revealed that he had received several offers to present the conference, he refused after it was confirmed that the organizers ’stated goal was to fabricate stories against Qatar.
Last month, Facebook accused Saudi government agencies, an Egyptian company, and Emirati companies of working to create misleading and targeted political content for other countries.
And Facebook said in its statement that it had closed hundreds of pages and Instagram accounts, producing misleading and “non-authentic” content.
These pages targeted several countries in the Middle East and North Africa, from Morocco, Tunisia and Libya, to Qatar, Jordan, Syria, Comoros, and Turkey.
The content that these pages and accounts were producing and publishing aims to “mislead” the public about what the above three countries are doing and their goals according to Facebook.
As for Twitter, it announced a few days ago its closure of 4,519 accounts operating from the UAE on the platform, publishing content supporting Saudi Arabia and attacking Qatar and Iran, and talking about various regional issues, including the war in Yemen.