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Why Did Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Mourn Khashoggi?

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Amazon head Jeff Bezos stands behind the gravestone for Jamal Khashoggi. Nihad Awad (wearing glasses) in behing Bezos. Hatice Cengiz (C), Khashoggi's fiancee (in the orange hijab) stands next to Bezos (Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)
Amazon head Jeff Bezos stands behind the gravestone for Jamal Khashoggi. Nihad Awad (wearing glasses) in behing Bezos. Hatice Cengiz (C), Khashoggi’s fiancee (in the orange hijab) stands next to Bezos (Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos was photographed with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) founder and executive director Nihad Awad at a recent memorial for Jamal Khashoggi memorial.

Khashoggi was the Washington Post columnist who was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. While critics of Khashoggi condemned the brutal death at the hands of Saudi’s increasingly bold barbarity, they were clear on what Khashoggi represented: The Muslim Brotherhood.

Joined by others, Wad and Bezos mourned the death of Khashoggi, painting a picture that raises some interesting questions:

  • Why is Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man with a net worth of $115 billion, at a memorial for the slain journalist?
  • What interest does Jeff Bezos — a man with a lot of demand on his time and attention — have in a slain journalist?
  • How much access does CAIR now have to the world’s richest man leading one of the biggest commercial portals impacting every home in America?

Here’s how it breaks down.

  1. CAIR is an American offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  2. Khashoggi was a Muslim Brotherhood agent pushing anti-Saudi propaganda through the ruse of being a columnist for The Washington Post.
  3. Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post.

In a stranger twist of events, this week news also broke that Jeff Bezos phone was hacked into via a WhatsApp file sent by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). The two had a history of friendly chats on the popular messaging app.

Saudi Arabia has denied the accusation, which includes the assumption it was attempting to access sensitive information it could use to leverage positive reporting by The Washington Post‘s on Saudi Arabia.

Considering that Saudi Arabia initially denied killing Khashoggi before admitting that it had, it’s plausible to think that the phone hack against Bezos was their doing.

The New York Times reported that Saudi Arabia had previously used spyware to infiltrate Khashoggi’s smartphone.

What’s clear here is that Saudi Arabia isn’t the only party playing by it’s own rules. Media outlets like The Washington Post have their own agenda, as do other outlets. A simple Google search alone on this subject is misleading, with search results pointed readers the crafted findings that paint Saudi Arabia is one broad stroke as a surveillance engine.

Human rights advocate and national security analyst, Irina Tsukerman explains how the strategy here might be a targeted character assassination against MBS:

“The strategy by Mohammed bin Salman’s enemies, from the very beginning of the Khashoggi affair has been to make it appear that the Khashoggi death is not an isolated incident; rather, the claim has been that Mohammed bin Salman has a strategy of surveilling, hacking, physically intimidating, and even trying to abduct dissidents, critics, and opponents of his policies.

“Since Khashoggi death, both the NY Times and WaPo, known for taking conspiracy theories and baseless allegations from the Qatar-funded Arabic and English language media and giving them legitimacy without ever providing counterpoints or raising doubt about these claims, have printed numerous articles giving space to known leftist, pan-Arabist and pro-Muslim Brotherhood critics of the Crown Prince and his Vision2030 reform plan, who reside in Canada, the UK, and the US and who have all claimed that they had been threatened, harassed, or surveilled by Saudi intelligence in the wake of Khashoggi.”

While mainstream media blames Saudi Arabia for playing by its own rules, the simple response is maybe they need to because the opposition certainly is: The media is at war with Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom retains that it is not a “banana republic” subject to foreign rules and codes of conduct. More significantly, Saudi Arabia also understands the nature of the enemy it’s dealing with.

In this case, the world’s most richest man who runs a prominent newspaper.

Bezos is not only in every home in America; a media empire gives him access to most minds in America. That influence operation speaks for itself through some the headlines The Washington Post runs, including the absurdity of calling notorious terrorist Abu Baker al-Baghdadi an austere religious scholar.

If a newspaper had the audacity to put out such an absurd PR spin white-washing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, what stops them from misrepresenting anything or anyone else?

The answer is nothing.

The truth, however, is in the picture of Jeff Bezos together with Nihad Awad, head of the most destructive Islamist organization in America, together mourning Khashoggi.

 

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Shireen Qudosi

Shireen Qudosi is Clarion Project's National Correspondent.

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