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Qatar trying to arrange meeting with Jewish leaders as part of PR push
Amir Tibon, Haaretz, Sep 12 2017

Qatar is trying to arrange meetings between its senior leadership and the CPMAJO during next week’s UNGA. QATAR has reached out to the presidents of major pindo-Jewish organizations and asked if they would meet with the emir and crown prince while they visit NYC. The offer was made by Nick Muzin, a PR adviser whom Qatar recently hired to improve its image in Pindostan, including within the Jewish community. Muzin, a former adviser to Ted Cruz and Tim Scott, explained last week:

Engagement with Qatar can only be in the best interests of Pindostan and the Jewish community, as we cannot allow Qatar to be ostracized by its neighbors and pushed into Iran’s sphere of influence.

Three sources inside major pindo-Jewish organizations told Haaretz about the invitations on Tuesday. According to last week’s O’Dwyer Report, Qatar is paying Muzin’s PR firm Stonington Strategies $50k/month to improve its image in the pindo-Jewish community. One Jewish leader who refused to meet with the Qataris is Mort Klein, the head of ZOA, who told Haaretz:

It looks very much like this is a public relations attempt to moderate Qatar’s image as a country that supports and funds terrorism. It’s wrong to meet with them without seeing that they’ve made serious movement toward reform and change. Qatar is too close to Iran. They need to stop funding Hamas. They need to change the format of al-Jazeera, their TV station, which incites against Israel. If they did some of those things, at least started, I would be interested in meeting them, but first I have to see serious proof that they really are changing. Why meet with them if they don’t change?

Jonathan Schanzer from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which has been very critical of Qatar for its ties to terrorist groups, told Haaretz:

This outreach campaign from the primary state sponsor of Hamas and the broadcaster of al-Jazeera’a anti-Israel invective is decidedly awkward! The message is essentially: “We love Jews, just not the only country in the world where they are a majority!” Good luck with that!

Qatar is currently suffering from regional pressure and isolation as a result of its ongoing dispute with the Toads, UAE, Egypt and other Arab countries, which accuse it of supporting terrorist organizations and using al-Jazeera to encourage revolutions in other countries. Israel has also accused Qatar of supporting Hamas and hosting the organization’s senior leadership.

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