Qatar’s UN ambassador denied human rights posts after anti-Semitic, homophobic tweets

Qatar’s UN ambassador denied human rights posts after anti-Semitic, homophobic tweets

Qatar’s UN ambassador denied human rights posts after anti-Semitic, homophobic tweets

Qatar’s UN ambassador in Geneva, Hend Al-Muftah, has lost her bid to head a UN human rights forum, following revelations that she had previously made a series of anti-Semitic and homophobic comments.

Qatar lobbied to place Al-Muftah as chair of the upcoming Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, which is due to take place in November and open the same week Qatar will controversially host the FIFA World Cup.

The Qatari bid was resolved, however, after UN Watch, an independent human rights monitoring organization based in Geneva, uncovered dozens of discriminatory and conspiratorial tweets between 2011 and 2021, including blaming Israel for 9/11, calling the Jews “our enemies”, and calling gays “disgusting”.

In her place, Bahamas UN Ambassador Patricia Hermanns will lead the forum.

UN Watch’s director, Hillel Neuer, praised the decision and said denying the post of “ambassador of hate” was “the right thing to do”.

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“Hend Al-Muftah is a rabid anti-Semite who has spent over a decade tweeting vile hatred against Jews and gays while spreading malicious conspiracy theories about Western countries. She is the last person in the world who should lead a UN forum on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Neuer said.

Qatar’s UN ambassador denied human rights posts after anti-Semitic, homophobic tweets

Branding is seen near the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, in Doha, Qatar, March 31, 2022. (AP Photo/ Darko Bandic)

UN Watch said Qatar had used its deep pockets to curry favor at the United Nations, including a $20 million “Hall of Qatar” located next to the Human Rights Council Chamber in Geneva.

UN Watch had previously written an open letter to UN Human Rights Council President Federico Villegas, expressing “serious concern” over the nomination of Al-Muftah.

Among a series of anti-Semitic tweets in both Arabic and English, most of which are still available online, Al-Muftah wrote that “the Jews” focused investment in industry and the media, “and that is why they dominated, tyrannized and ruled the world. “

“The American Zionist controls the American media,” and “it is therefore well targeted to achieve their anti-Islam everywhere… We learned from a young age that the Jews are our enemies!” Al-Muftah said.

Al-Muftah was the first woman appointed to Qatar’s Shura Council, named Qatar’s most influential social media figure in 2016, and honored by the British Council in 2019.

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