The Arab Federation for Human Rights and the Arab Organization for Human Rights in the UK and Europe have condemned a recent threat made by a Qatari professor to use chemical weapons against Qatari citizens if they acted against the Doha regime.
Mohammed Saleh al-Misfer, a political science professor at the University of Qatar and Qatari Emir’s adviser, issued the threat on Oct. 9 in an interview broadcast on state television.
In the interview, he warned Qatari tribes not to plan to overthrow the Qatari regime.
“The war of Dahis and Ghabra is over, and the Basus war is over (too), and the tribal gathering will not do anything,” Misfer said.
“If 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 or 200,000 men gather, a single bomb of poison gas will crush all these tribes,” he added.
The two Arab bodies expressed deep concern about the statements and the serious message that has been conveyed to Qatari citizens.
The statements are of particular concern as the interview was broadcast on state television, which reflects the official position of the Qatari government.
The two bodies called on the international community to intervene and take necessary measures to prevent such threats in a letter sent to the UN Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
In this context, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash called on Qatar to drop its terror-supporting policy.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Gargash wrote “Qatar’s hosting of World Cup 2022 should include a repudiation of policies supporting extremism & terrorism.”
For his part, Kuwaiti political Analyst Dr. Ayed al-Mannaa’ told Asharq Al-Awsat that Misfer’s statements reflect his stances against the Gulf and its unity and come in line with his hostile positions.
“I am not surprised by the hostile language used by Mohammed al-Misfer against groups of Qatari society,” Mannaa’ said.
“Misfer is known for his stances that are always against the Gulf and the efforts of Gulf rapprochement. He was against Kuwait’s policy during the period of the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait and beyond, and his positions were always in support of the former head of Iraqi regime, Saddam Hussein.”