To the people under blockade , We stand with you توقيع عريضة ضد الحصار على قطر
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اننا نطالب بأنهاء الحصار وجميع العقوبات التي تستهدف قطر ومواطنيها في الآونة الاخيرة خاصة الأسر القطرية مزدوجة الجنسية، والطلاب القطريين الدارسين في دول المقاطعة، وأخيرا وليس آخرا، جميع المسافرين الزائرين أو العابرين من والى المملكة العربية السعودية والإمارات العربية المتحدة والبحرين، وجميع الذين ستتعرض أعمالهم وأسرهم ودراستهم لمزيد من الضرر إذا ما ظل الحصار الحالي قائما على ما هو عليه
“We petition for ending all sanctions and siege that target Qatar and Qatari Nationals. Particularly Qatari dual-national families, Qatari students in the sanctioning countries and lastly but not the least, all visiting or transiting Qatari travelers from and to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain. And All those whose businesses, families and education will suffer if the current siege remained effective.”
On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain declared a full blockade of Qatar by land, sea, and air. They cited Qatar's alleged support for terrorism as justification.
Now, 60 days into this blockade, revelations about the origin of the Qatar crisis provide ample reasons why the world community should no longer remain neutral but stand firmly with Qatar against the actions committed by its neighbors.
During the month of Ramadan, a month when Muslims fast from food and water, neighboring nations blocked off food and water supplies to Qatar, leading to panic. Luckily, Qatar was able to quickly respond to this momentary food shortage. More painful and perplexing was the "human blockade" that quickly followed: Qatari citizens were expelled from the blockading nations, and citizens of these nations who were living and working in Qatar likewise had to leave Qatar.
These measures are extremely harsh, given how intertwined Qatari society is with the societies in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in terms of the long history of intermarriage and family relations. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman are the six nations that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council, a federation of states sharing very similar language and customs.
To this day, no evidence has been provided to justify the claims of the blockading nations. In fact, the State Department's Report on Terrorism for 2016 provides in-depth information on the many ways in which Qatar has denounced and fought terrorism. On July 11, 2017, Qatar became the first country to act in the spirit of the Riyadh Summit 2017 in signing a memorandum of understanding with the United States further strengthening counterterrorism efforts.
In addition, Qatar fights terrorism indirectly by empowering youth through education. Qatar's greatest legacy is its Education City, which houses branch campuses of Cornell, Georgetown, Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, Virginia Commonwealth, and Texas A&M, and graduates thousands of students from all over the Arab world every year.
Although it is a monarchy, like many other nations in the Middle East, Qatar surpasses other Gulf monarchies in its efforts to advance society through education, religious tolerance, and women's rights. It has thus made tremendous strides in commerce, education, arts, healthcare, press freedom, diplomacy, climate change mitigation, and sports. Qatar played roles in providing humanitarian aid for various world crises, educating millions of refugee children, and mediating international conflicts.
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