The dismissal of the prominent Moroccan journalist, Abdel Samad Nasser, from the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel, on which he worked for more than two decades, turned into a public opinion issue and a resounding scandal by all standards. Because the reasons for this chapter have nothing to do with what is professional; Rather, it is a matter of settling scores because of a post on his Twitter account, in which he responds to the Algerian official media, which attacked Morocco and abused its women and children in an outrageous manner.
And since Abdel Samad Nasser’s tweet did not please the Algerian lobby, which seems to have influence in the higher circles within the Qatari channel, he moved to force him to delete that tweet. And when he refused the matter on the grounds that his tweet had nothing to do with the professional field or the channel to which he is affiliated, but rather it was a personal opinion, through which he exercised his natural right to expression and to respond to the abuse suffered by Morocco’s people and state. By making the dismissal decision without regard to his past and his pioneering role in it, and without regard for the ethics of the profession and the law regulating it.
I will not talk about the overwhelming wave of solidarity with the famous journalist as a broadcaster and presenter of programs on the Qatari channel, and I will suffice to point out that he highly valued this solidarity campaign with him. This solidarity campaign was not limited to social media and Moroccan professional organizations; Rather, it expanded outside the country, whether in the Arab world or in Africa, and perhaps beyond that.
Since we put the scandal as the title of this article, what is this scandal? Its most prominent title is the double standard with which the Qatari “pig” (this is the name given to it on social media) dealt with the Moroccan journalist. The Mossad agent and Sharon’s concubine, Khadija Ben Qinnah, has previously insulted Morocco more than once, and no one asked her to delete what she wrote or to apologize for it. As for the Al-Kabranat trumpet, called Hafeez Al-Darraji, his offensive posts against Morocco are countless. The Qatari “BeIN Sport” network never asked him to stop insulting Morocco.
And if the believer is not stung from the hole twice (honest hadith), then the Maghreb has been stung more than once because of his generosity and high morals, so it is valid for him to say: “Beware of the evil of those you do good to.” Algeria, which was found in the city of Oujda and its inhabitants, has been an incubator for the Algerian resistance since the era of Emir Abd al-Qadir, who ended up being a close friend of France after he dragged Morocco into the battle of “Wadi Isli,” which ended with the defeat of the Moroccan armies. And the city of Oujda remained the headquarters of the Algerian resistance leadership until they gained their (formal?) independence in 1962. Only a year later, the Algerian authority pushed some of its soldiers to attack a Moroccan center for the auxiliary forces with the aim of deluding the Algerian fighters, who refused to surrender their weapons and barricaded themselves in the mountains, that the borders of their country in danger; This was admitted by Ahmed Benableh himself in the “Witness to the Age” program, I think, which is broadcast by Al-Jazeera. This adventure resulted in what is known as the Sand War, in which the Algerian forces suffered heavy losses in their lives. And he voted with a sling, “The Moroccans hated us, hated us,” and he still witnesses that.
As for Tunisia, the Moroccan King Mohammed VI settled there for ten days, along with members of his family, as an expression of his support and assistance in the ordeal it went through, after it was subjected to a terrorist operation aimed at hitting tourism there. King Mohammed VI was walking around the streets of the Tunisian capital, as a message to the world that security is established and that the country is stable. However, Tunisia, during the era of Qais Al-Saeed, did not take into account that chivalrous stance, and was drawn to the side of the figurehead Algerian President Abdel Majeed Tebboune.
And Qatar did not break the rule. King Mohammed VI, who bravely broke the blockade that was imposed on it by its Gulf neighbors, without caring about what might harm Morocco’s bilateral relationship with these neighbors, was not taken into account by Qatar, and left the state-owned Al-Jazeera channel (and even if this was not the case, it is its responsibility list for its existence on its territory), tampering with the map of Morocco according to the whims of those who control it. This, without forgetting the great role played by Moroccan security in securing and organizing the World Cup in Qatar…
As we review these examples, we do not wish to be credited to anyone; What Morocco has done is consistent with what it believes in, and finds its foundations and justifications in its history, morals, civilization and wise policy. However, we did not present these examples without thinking of recording the extent of the ungratefulness of some Arab leaders.
Returning to the case of Abd al-Samad Nasser, we affirm that the arbitrary expulsion he was subjected to makes the Al-Jazeera scandal have multiple dimensions. including the ethical dimension, the human rights dimension, and the legal dimension; Before this and that, there is the political dimension. This is because the Algerian lobby stands behind the decision, which serves the agendas of the tripartite alliance represented by Algeria, Iran and Qatar. The Iranian project is only hidden from the fools and the ignorant.
Here, the question of the responsibility of the Qatari state arises in the case of Abdel Samad Nasser. The canal is owned by the state. its general manager is Qatari (I think Amir); Thus, the responsibility of the Qatari state is fixed and cannot be shirked. The Algerian lobby would not have been the decision-maker if the sponsoring state had not given it free rein in the channel.
It seems that the short-sightedness of the influential people in Al-Jazeera channel made them not imagine the consequences of what they did against a Moroccan journalist whose blood “Tamgrabit” runs in his veins. They wanted to take away from him the right to defend the honor of the women of his country who were insulted by the official Algerian unsanitary media, so his response was decisive, whether to his direct boss, the director of Algerian news, or to the general manager of the channel, who is of Qatari nationality.
They never imagined the reaction of the Moroccans to this stupid step, which would cause severe damage to the island. And all the current moves, both official and unofficial, in order to contain the crisis, indicate the extent of the stupidity of those responsible for it (i.e. the crisis). They succeeded in making Abdel Samad Nasser a hero in every sense of the word, and turned him into a symbol for all Moroccans, and put Algeria and Qatar in the dock in front of Moroccan, Arab, African and Islamic public opinion.
In sum, Al-Jazeera has fallen into the evil of its actions. It seems that she is currently experiencing a real flop. So far, she has not issued an official decision to dismiss, and she has been silent. No official came out to announce the decision – the scandal.
Meknes on June 6, 2023
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