The invitation to the Met’s exclusive party for Qatari Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani. Qatar is accused of financing terrorism across the Middle East.
As accusations continue to mount over Qatar’s alleged involvement in the financing of terrorist groups including Hamas and Islamic State (IS,) The Algemeiner has learned that New York’s Metropolitan Museum is tonight holding a glitzy, invitation-only party in honor of Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah al Thani. The sheikh is a prominent member of the ruling family in the Gulf emirate and the head of the Qatar Investment & Projects Development Holding Company (QIPCO.)
The black tie event, organized by Lady Elizabeth Anson — a London-based planner of exclusive parties who is also the first cousin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II — is being held to mark the opening at the museum of “Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani collection.” According to Forbes magazine, “no one has amassed a more dazzling collection” of Indian royal jewelry than Sheikh Hamad, who is described in the same article as “a man accustomed to getting what he wants.”
But Qatar’s involvement in the financing of terrorism across the Middle East is casting a shadow over tonight’s launch.
“It is disturbing that at a time when Qatar is playing a role that undermines America’s interests and goals in the Middle East, and has supported not only Hamas but other terrorist entities, one of its leaders is honored with a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told The Algemeiner. “There should be some standard to determine whom our major cultural institutions honor and to whom they pay tribute.”
“Tonight’s event is proof that the United States still isn’t serious about forcing Qatar to end its support for terrorists,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Algemeiner. “The signal we’re sending to the Qataris is that they have their cake and eat it. Qatar’s leadership spends a lot of money patronizing the arts, higher education and other areas, but they haven’t moved away from supporting terrorism. Supporting arts and education is laudable, but incompatible with supporting terrorism.”
The Algemeiner made several calls to the Metropolitan Museum seeking comment, but none of our inquiries were responded to by press time.
After a summer which saw Israel dragged into another war in Gaza as a result of continued Hamas missile attacks, as well as the onslaught of Islamic State terrorists across Syria and Iraq, both Israeli and American officials have highlighted Qatar’s role as a terrorism funder. In an oped for the New York Times in August, Ron Prosor, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, referred to Qatar as a “Club Med for terrorists,” asserting: “Every one of Hamas’s tunnels and rockets might as well have had a sign that read ‘Made possible through a kind donation from the emir of Qatar.’”
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Source:: The Algemeiner