NGO, people in Qatar call for firm action against Israel

June 1, 2010

A Doha-based pro-democracy watchdog has called for strong moves to expose the Israeli “massacre” on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla as Qataris and expatriates said that the Israeli leaders who ordered the attack should be held responsible, Qatari media reported.

Condemning the Israeli raid, Arab Democracy Foundation (ADF) said that the “massacre was the latest in a long list of violations against humanity.”

The ADF called upon all the international forces to expose the massacre and to move against the perpetrators and urged the NGOs in the Arab worlds to pressurise their governments to take a more serious stand in support of the Palestinian people.

Angry Doha residents said that an immediate and firm action against the Jewish state was crucial for world peace.

Husain, a Qatari national, said that the attacks in international waters proved that Israel saw itself as a country above international law because of the “blind American” support for Tel Aviv, Qatari daily Gulf Times reported.

He said that a collective Arab and international movement were needed to bring the Israeli leaders to justice instead of meeting them at negotiation tables.

Yousif, a Palestinian from Gaza, said that it was a shame that Arabs had done nothing to break the Gaza blockade whereas Turkey and Greece were taking the initiatives to help the Gazans.

For Sharif, an Egyptian national, “what happened on Monday morning was another proof that Israel is not heading towards peace but escalation”.

Shafik, a Syrian, said that hat Turkey showed compassion towards the suffering people of Gaza at a time when many Arabs remained silence on the issue.

“The reaction of Ankara to call back its ambassador in Tel Aviv was more courageous than what many Arab states did,” he said. “Arabs should use the current tension between Ankara and Tel Aviv to win Turkey over and make the Israelis feel the loss of a key ally.”

Moroccan born Zakariya said that Israel would not have dared to act in such a brazen manner without knowing that it would escape the consequences.

However, he believed that the strong reaction from Ankara would rattle the Israeli leadership.





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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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