UAE demands Al Jazeera apologize for fabricated Israel-UAE story
Dr Anwar Gargash, the minister of state for foreign affairs, has called on the Qatari news network Al Jazeera to apologize for allegedly publishing fabricated news about the UAE’s involvement in Israel’s war on Gaza.
The Arabic language version of Al Jazeera and other Qatari publications such as the English-language daily The Peninsula recently ran news reports alleging that Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, foreign minister, met the Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman in Paris recently and offered to pay for its war on Gaza in an effort to eliminate the territory’s Hamas rulers.
Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum was later cited by Palestinian media as saying on his facebook page that he regretted that “some news outlets” had published such rumours “about the brotherly UAE”.
Most of the Qatari reports cited the Al Sharq newspaper and the Arabi21 site, both of which in turn cited Israel’s Channel 2 as the primary source of the information. Both Al Jazeera and The Peninsula cited the secondary sources.