By Sana Ajmi | Dec 20 2011Al Jazeera channel , american and western interests , ar's support to Tunisia economically , Arab countries , Arab Spring ,
Hama Hamami, leader of Communist Workers Party of Tunisia (POCT), claimed yesterday thatÂ ”The Qatari regime is an enemy to Tunisia and the Arab World,” referring to Qatar’s alleged involvement in theÂ guiding of democratic uprisings of 2011Â in North Africa and the Middle East.
Qatar’s role in the “Arab Spring” has been a source of controversy among politiciansÂ and citizens across the Arabic-speaking world.
Many have claimed that the tiny Gulf emirateÂ has beenÂ promoting its agendaÂ through its television channel Al Jazeera, while others haveÂ claimed that Qatar has broaderÂ motivesÂ for backing and supporting Islamist parties.
The Tunisian Islamist Party Ennahda, whose historic election victory solidified its hold on the largest share of seats in the Constituent Assembly, was accused of having affiliations with, and acceptingÂ financialÂ aid from, Qatar.
The extent of political and economic QatariÂ involvementÂ in Tunisia’s affairs has been a large point of contention in Tunisia since the revolution.Â Hamma Hamami, leader of POCT, stated that Qatar is playing a dangerousÂ game, and is only serving its own agenda. He also added that Qatar is an agentÂ of USA andÂ Israel.
“Qatar is playing a dangerous role under the umbrella of USA; it is a government that serves America’s agenda, andÂ also has direct relations with Israel. Qatar’s intentions are notÂ patriotic,” Hamami said.
Hamami alsoÂ asserted thatÂ Qatar isÂ attempting toÂ guide moderate Islamic parties, which are popular in Qatar, toward the political choices of theÂ USA.
“Qatar is conditioning popular Islamic parties to serve American and WesternÂ interests, and they are managing to achieveÂ that endÂ through the messages that EnnahdaÂ is sending to America and Western society. EnnahdaÂ isÂ basicallyÂ assuring the west that the relationship between Tunisia and the WestÂ will not change. I do not have concrete proof but thisÂ is myÂ political analysis.”
Hamami alsoÂ referred specifically toÂ Al Jazeera, claiming that during the electoralÂ campaignÂ the network wasÂ 90% pro-Ennahda.
When asked about Qatar’s support for Tunisia economically, he said that Tunisia does not needÂ financialÂ aid as much as it needs a, “political economy.”
“Tunisia is a self-sufficient country that is rich with natural resources – it is not about having money.Â A good example is Libya: The country was rich but they were living in awful conditions,” he added.
“The revolutions were authentic, but theÂ USA wants to orient these new democratic movementsÂ in their own direction,” he added.
Samir Dilou, an Ennahda member who is rumored to hold the post of the Human Rights and Transitional Justice Minister (and to be spokesperson of the upcoming Government) disagreed with Hamami.
“I respect what he said, but I do not agree with him. It is his politicalÂ opinion and it lacks any concrete proof.”
He added that Tunisia’s relations with Qatar are no different from Tunisia’s relations with other Arab countries.
“Our relations with Qatar are nothing but friendly, just like any other Arab country. We want what’s in our nation’s best interest, and if that involvesÂ having economic relations with Qatar, or any other Arab country, then we will not be against it. We welcome all Arab investors.”
When asked about Al Jazeera being Pro-Ennahda, he replied,”We actually protested against Al Jazeera before because some of its broadcasts were anti-Ennahda. We respect media but Al Jazeera is sometimes right andÂ sometimes wrong.”