To the people under blockade , We stand with you توقيع عريضة ضد الحصار على قطر

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اننا نطالب بإنهاء 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 تعرضت أعمالهم وأسرهم ودراستهم للضرر في ظل الحصار الحالي على دولة قطر      

We petition for ending all sanctions and siege that target the State of 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 and Bahrain. And all those whose businesses, families and education suffered under the current Qatar siege.

On June 5th , 2017 Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain declared a full blockade on Qatar by land, sea, and air. They cited Qatar's alleged support for terrorism as justification.

Now, and more than a year 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 half of its Gulf neighbors, which resulted in devastating consequences toward Qatari citizens.

During the month of Ramadan- when Muslims perform their religious fasting, neighboring Nations blocked off food and water supplies to Qatar, leading to a wide panic among its residence. Fortunately, Qatar was able to successfully cover this temporary food shortage. In addition, a more painful suffering was the "human blockade" that quickly followed.

During this “human blockade”, Qatari citizens were deported from the blockading countries, and citizens of these countries were ordered by their governments to leave the State of Qatar.

These measures were extremely harsh, given how intertwined the Qatari society is with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE; with long history of intermarriage and family relations.

In fact, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the Sultanate of Oman are the six nations that make-up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a federation of states sharing common history, religion language and culture.

To this day, no evidence has been provided to justify the claims of the blockading countries. In fact, the USA 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 23 rd 2018, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an order granting Qatar's request for provisional measures against United Arab Emirates (UAE) in cases relating to its unlawful and discriminatory treatment of Qatari citizens.

The court order required UAE to immediately allow Qatari-UAE mixed families, who were separated due to UAE procedures, to reunite.

The ICJ order also stated, that all Qatari students should be given the opportunity to complete their studies in UAE or to retain records of their studies to be able to continue their education elsewhere. The court also ruled that Qataris should be allowed access to judicial services in the UAE.

Last year on July 11th , 2017, Qatar became the first country to act in the spirit of the “Riyadh Summit 2017” by signing a memorandum of understanding with the United States for further strengthening counter-terrorism efforts.

Indeed, Qatar has always fought terrorism indirectly by empowering youth through education , Qatar's greatest legacy is its Education City ; which houses USA branch campuses of Cornell, Georgetown, Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, Virginia Commonwealth, and Texas A&M , that graduates thousands of students from all over the Arabic and Islamic 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, freedom of press, 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 all over the world.

Click on the following links for further important Resources about the Qatar Siege :

Qatar Siege

ICJ decision on UAE-Qatari conflict should put an end to politicized violations
 

International Court of Justice orders UAE to protect Qatari citizens' rights

The world must take Qatar's side against the blockade
 

Gulf crisis threatens to separate Qatari mom from her children
 

Families split as Gulf crisis becomes humanitarian issue



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