Pro-Israel Groups to Rally Against Qatar's Financing of Terror

Protesters seek to raise awareness of Qatar's 'corruption and terrorism,' before the gulf state hosts the World Cup in 2022.

Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim
Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin this week. Reuters

Pro-Israel activists are planning to protest against what they say is Qatar’s funding of terrorist organizations this coming Sunday. The protest will take place outside the Qatar embassy in London.

Organized by the Sussex Friends of Israel and the Israeli Forum Task Force, the rally will be the first in a series of events to make the general public aware of Qatar’s involvement in terror. Qatar is due to host the football World Cup in 2022.

“When there are so many football-related reasons and so many political reasons why Qatar is not fit to host the World Cup in 2022, ordinary people must stand up and protest the unification of corruption and terrorism,” said media lawyer Mark Lewis, who will speak at the event.

“It is wrong for football, it is wrong for freedom and it is wrong for FIFA.”

“It’s about time that people woke up and looked at those who finance terror, and as such enable terror attacks, not just at the organizations themselves,” says IFTF director Anat Koren. “Qatar not only finances known terrorist groups, but also harbors their leaders. Such a state cannot be allowed to host a world class event such as the World Cup.”

Qatar owns significant properties and assets in the United Kingdom, including the prestigious Harrods department store, the former Olympic Village, the Shard building, no. 1 Hyde Park (the world’s most expensive block of flats), 20 percent of the London Stock Exchange, 20 percent of Camden market, shares in Barclays Bank, Sainsbury’s supermarkets and more.