It says Saudi individuals and foundations have been heavily involved in spreading an “illiberal, bigoted Wahhabi ideology”.
What’s astonishing is how for a month Donald Trump has danced to the tune of the Saudis and their Middle Eastern allies to isolate Qatar as the villain of the piece.
For this week, Ayoob Kara, the Israeli communications minister, revealed plans to take away the credentials of Al Jazeera’s Israeli-based journalists, close its Jerusalem bureau and take the station’s broadcasts from local cable and satellite providers. Bibi Netanyahu long ago accused Al Jazeera of inciting violence in Jerusalem, especially in its reporting of the recent Jerusalem killings – but since just about every foreign journalist in and outside Israel who has dared to be critical of the state has at one time or another been accused of incitement as well as anti-Semitism and other lies, this is just par for the course.
This, announced Ayoob Kara – an Israeli Druze (and thus an Arab Likud minister) who is a lifelong supporter of the colonisation by Jews of Israeli-occupied Arab land in the West Bank – would “bring a situation that channels based in Israel will report objectively”. Personally, I have found Al Jazeera’s reporting from Israel pretty pathetic, its fawning reverence for the state all too painfully illustrated when its Qatar anchorwoman expressed to an Israeli government spokesman live on air her channel’s condolences on the death of Ariel Sharon, the monstrous Israeli ex-defence minister who was held responsible for the massacre of up to 1,700 Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacres of 1982.
The twist came exactly a month after a Saudi-led alliance announced a diplomatic and transport blockade of the tiny Gulf state over its alleged links to terrorist extremism.
But yesterday’s findings by the Henry Jackson Society said Saudi Arabia was top of the list of countries in the Gulf providing financial support to mosques and Islamic educational institutions linked to extremist preachers and the spread of hate material.
Rihanna has been the topic of discussion this week, and contrary to what you might think, it's got nothing to do with a release of a new song, or a hot music video ... The popular Barbadian songstress was spotted with Saudi national Hassan Jameel in Spain this week.
Photos of the couple getting up close and personal in a pool have since gone viral.
To bring Saudi head-choppers and Israeli occupiers into alliance is, after all, something of an achievement. When the wealthiest Saudis fall ill, they have been known to fly into Tel Aviv on their private jets for treatment in Israel’s finest hospitals.After the news broke, it was only natural to see it make the rounds online. Several people began tweeting their reactions via a trending hashtag titled #Save Rihanna ... But it’s an odd business when the Saudis set the pace of media suppression only to be supported by that beacon of freedom, democracy, human rights and liberty known in song and legend as Israel, or the State of Israel or, as Bibi and his cabinet chums would have it, the Jewish State of Israel.So let’s run briefly through the latest demonstration of Israeli tolerance towards the freedom of expression that all of us support, nurture, love, adore, regard as a cornerstone of our democracy, and so on, and so on, and so on.