Report: Qatar Signs $50,000 Contract to Court American Jews

Qatar reportedly hired a U.S. public-relations firm in order to 'build bridges to the Jewish community'

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani addresses a press conference at the European Parlimanent in Brussels on August 31, 2017.
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani addresses a press conference at the European Parlimanent in Brussels on August 31, 2017. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP

Qatar, the oil-rich Gulf emirate known for supporting Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, has reportedly hired a leading U.S. public-relations firm in order to improve its image among the American Jewish community. According to a report published this week on O'dwyer's Report, a website specializing in news about the advertising industry, Qatar will pay Stonington Strategies $50,000 a month for such purpose. 

The report said Qatar signed a contract with the public relations firm aiming "to strengthen its relationship with the U.S. and build bridges to the Jewish community." Stonington Strategies is headed by Nick Muzin, a Republican consultant who had previously worked as a senior adviser to Republican Senators Ted Cruz (TX) and Tim Scott (SC). Muzin also led a public campaign against the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. 

Muzin was quoted in the story saying that "Engagement with Qatar can only be in the best interests of the United States and the Jewish community, as we cannot allow Qatar to be ostracized by its neighbors and pushed into Iran’s sphere of influence." 

Qatar is currently suffering from regional pressure and isolation as a result of its' ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and other leading Arab countries, which accuse the rich emirate of supporting terror organizations and using its' influential satellite channel, Al-Jazeera, to encourage revolutions in other countries. Israel has also accused Qatar of supporting Hamas and hosting the organization's senior leadership. 

Steve Rabinowitz, a Washington-based political consultant working with Qatari opposition leaders against the emirate regime, told Haaretz :"Qatar has its own billion dollar world-wide whitewash, I mean PR effort, that includes its own television network. Half-a-million-dollars a year to court American Jews is chump change - and we Jews are the chumps if we buy any of it." He added that Qatar is "the one country that alone is funding Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Nusra Front."