The popular Israeli Arab YouTube star Nas Daily was recently the target of attacks from the Qatar state-owned media outlet Al Jazeera.
The travel and lifestyle vlogger, whose real name is Nuseir Yassin, posted a video on his Facebook page claiming that Al Jazeera falsely portrayed him as working for the Israeli government to try and “make Israel look good.”
In his video, Nas showed how a network of Al Jazeera subsidiaries promoted false reporting about him. Yassin noted that the Al Jazeera post targeting him was sponsored, which increased its view count into the millions.
“So Al Jazeera or its affiliates in another country put government money to spread fake news against an individual,” he said.
Nas, according to his LinkedIn profile, once worked for Al Jazeera as a freelance video journalist for their video channel AJ+.
Nas describes how the Qatar propaganda network portrays itself to Western audiences as a liberal outlet, while it presents to its Arab language audiences “fake news only to generate hate and fear.”
In his video, Nas referenced Al Jazeera’s Arabic language viral video channel, AJ+ Arabic, which came under fire for producing an antisemitic Holocaust-denial video. The video denied that extermination of Jews took place at Nazi concentration camps and accused the Zionist movement of being the main beneficiary of the Holocaust.
“To the English world, they say, ‘Let’s remember the Holocaust and never repeat it.’ To the Arab world, they say, ‘Did the Holocaust really happen?’” Nas notes.
Al Jazeera is known for its parroting of the Qatari regime’s views and advocating for the Muslim Brotherhood. It has a long history of spreading antisemitism, anti-Americanism and support for terrorist groups, including the glorification of Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders.
In 2008, Al Jazeera made an on-air birthday party for Palestine Liberation Front terrorist Samir Kuntar. In 1979, Kuntar headed a group of four terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Lebanon, killed a policeman, broke into an apartment, shot a man to death and murdered his four-year-old daughter by smashing her skull against a rock. Kuntar was released in 2008 in a prisoner swap for coffins containing the remains of two Israel soldiers killed by Hezbollah (Israel was not told ahead of time that the soldiers were dead).
To the sound of festive music, Al Jazeera presented Kuntar with a huge scimitar to slice the cake on which was printed a picture of Kuntar with various terrorists, including Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.
“With thousands of employees, companies like Al Jazeera can do this forever because they have unlimited money – government money that they get every year from a small Arab country,” Nas says.
While Qatar claims to be a U.S. ally, the country continues to provide ideological and financial support to terrorist organizations, all while attempting to influence U.S. opinion through our elite institutions.
Al Jazeera partnered with Northwestern University in 2008 when the Qatar Foundation, a “charity” linked to terrorism and controlled by the Qatari regime, funded the establishment of a campus in Qatar for Northwestern University (NU-Q).
Since 2012, Northwestern University has received over $340 million from Qatar. That is part of the overall $1.5 billion Qatar has donated to U.S. universities during the same time period.
Its influence operations run the gamut from political corruption and manipulating media outlets to funding think-tanks, activist organizations and mosques.
Several months ago, the U.S. Justice Department declared the Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) an “agent of the Qatar government.” The Justice Department also ordered AJ+ to register as a foreign agent.
In the same month that the Justice Department was declaring Al Jazeera as agents of the Qatari government, the State Department aided in helping Qatar seal several agreements with prominent U.S. institutions including NASA, the Smithsonian Institute and the State Department’s Fulbright Scholarship program.
Qatar has a long history of perpetrating influence operations in an effort to subvert America’s interests. The U.S. should take a hard look at its relationship with this nefarious actor.