Why Qatari media finds UAE’s MBZ as a new subject of character assassination?

by Khaled Hamoud Alshareef

The MB are a very patient bunch, they bid their time and worked in the shadows recruiting young impressionable Emarati men and women.

To understand why UAE’s Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ) is the new target of the Qatari propaganda machine we must get back to the beginning.

The Muslim Brotherhood in the Emirates

The establishment of the Muslim Brotherhood’s organization began in the UAE at the end of the 60s to mid-70s, and “Ezz Al-Din Ibrahim” was chosen as responsible for the Brotherhood in the Emirates.

Ezz al-Din Ibrahim (File Photo)

The MB succeeded in establishing one of the oldest NGOs in the Emirates, the “Society for Reform and Social Guidance”. The association received substantial support from the brothers in Kuwait, the ties between the UAE and Kuwait branches continued to grow stronger.

The Muslim Brotherhood continued coordination between the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait, “the Social Reform Society” and its political arm “the Islamic Constitutional Movement” in building the group’s infrastructure in the Emirates.

Their work continued under the guise of charitable aid from Kuwait starting from medical missions in 55-62 and then proceeded to penetrate society. Through their infiltration of education and media sectors between 69-72.

The MB are a very patient bunch, they bid their time and worked in the shadows recruiting young impressionable Emarati men and women, sending them on scholarships subsidized by the government since they controlled education.

Prominent Muslim Brotherhood figures.

In 2013, the MB of the United Arab Emirates began to lose patience as they saw their brothers in arms thrive in Tunisia, Egypt and Kuwait also as Qatar pushed to ramp up their efforts.

They decided to go on the offensive and try to overthrow the government of the U.A.E.

Mohammed bin Zayed personally managed the file of pursuing the group’s activities. Mohammed bin Zayed quietly started pursuing the group’s activities with a small tactical team, some sources suggested that the group was trying to overthrow the government before repositioning due to the uprisings in Egypt and the orders that came from Qatar demanded that efforts must shift to open parallel channels to redirect resources in Egypt to a number of Arab countries, especially in the Gulf, and expand their foothold.

Unfortunately for the MB, Mohammed bin Zayed was one step ahead of the group and decided to hit them as they were weak. The group’s zero hour came after the success of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, with the support of the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, to deal off the death blow to group’s stronghold following the Egyptian popular revolution on June 30th 2013.

Arab leaders focused on security solutions that work in harmony with community projects to eliminate the Brotherhood, end their project and their ambitions in the region.

Shortly Qatari father Emir Hamad Al Thani and son Emir Tamim rushed to Riyadh and signed the Riyadh agreement.

Copy of Riyadh Agreement.

The most prominent of the provisions of the 2013 Riyadh Agreement:

  1. Qatar will stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and work to deport the elements belonging to the MB except the Qatari citizens.
  2. Qatar commented not to harbor extremist individuals and terrorist elements who are citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council states, with the aim of disturbing the Gulf relations.
  3. Qatar pledged not to provide assistance or support to any of the extremist organizations that sabotage internal and external relations.
  4. Qatar will take the necessary steps to adhere to the general political approach adopted by the GCC .
  5. Qatar will shut down facilities that train GCC Citizens to carry out terrorist acts against their countries and the world.

Here’s the whole story and now you can understand why Qatar hate MBS, MBZ, President SISI and the A4 countries.

These countries put an end to a very elaborate project that the MB spent decades into achieving.

Khaled Homoud Alshareef holds PhD in Business and he earned Masters in Philosophy. He regularly tweets under @0khalodi0.