By Souad Sbai


Qatar has long been accused of entertaining what, in the film’s jargon, could be defined as “dangerous relations” with radical and extremist movements, such as the Muslim Brotherhood.


In a nutshell, the emirate is accused of supporting international terrorism through heavy funding channeled to foundations, pseudo-charitable organizations, shady entities  all of which referring to the galaxy of the Brotherhood, who is devoted to proselytism in order to spread jihadism.


This happens in Syria, Iraq, as well as in Libya, where the role of the Brotherhood might become increasingly relevant. And it happens in the West, where the activity of jihadist proselytism continues relentlessly. To filter and intercept the flow of funding directed to Brotherhood-affiliated groups is more and more difficult, as it is disguised as charitable donations, money transfers, revenues from commercial activities: everything goes to feed the network of extremist proselytism.


These mechanisms have thoroughly been exposed to the eyes of the world since when Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, and other Arab countries denounced Qatar’s as a global security threat, along with its affiliates and relationships.


The role of Qatar in disrupting the international relations, in addition to other issues concerning Europe, will be addressed during the important Munich Security Conference from February 16 to 18. The discussion is expected to be quite substantial, given that a massive and concrete intervention to thwart terrorism financing at international level can no longer be postponed.


Qatar is the driving the force behind this mechanism, and its role will be under the spotlight, as hoped for some time now.


On top of that, a possible role of Qatar’s high-level exponents in the 2015 Paris attacks could be emerging in the trial documentation relating to a case dealt with in France.


In short, there will be an in-depth look into the phenomenon of the Qatari infiltration into the movements of international extremism.


We will see if the Munich Conference will get to these conclusions, as it seems. Certainly, this hope will be fulfilled in the summit that will be held in Morocco in the next few days, organized and coordinated by groups of women from different backgrounds. They will address the issue of extremism, with a particular focus on the activity of the Muslim Brotherhood in Morocco, North Africa and the Southern Mediterranean.


This is a sign that the attention is growing ever more toward the proselytism conducted by the Brotherhood, as there is the feeling, especially in environments closer to the intelligence, that this kind of activity is about to be expanded. Therefore, effective instruments and policies to counter this threat must be implemented soon.