Dubai police commander creates Controversy over ‘invasion of Qatar’ tweet

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General Dhahi Khalfan, Dubai’s head of security and police chief sparked controversy by calling for an invasion of Qatar and the normalisation of ties with Israel in a series of tweets.

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut all diplomatic, travel and trade ties with Qatar in 2017, after accusing it of supporting terrorism. Doha has denied the claim.

The four countries then produced a joint list of demands to be carried out by Qatar within 10 days, including cutting diplomatic ties with Iran and shutting down Al-Jazeera, its affiliated channels and other outlets funded by Qatar.

Translation: When you call for the invasion of the very small Qatar, this is an admission that the four ‘blockade countries’ have failed to try and invade Qatar and they need an even greater alliance. On the whole, Ibn Zayed knows Qatar does not buy weapons and missiles to place in museums.

Translation: How does Twitter allow such tweets, which are a clear and explicit threat to state security? Will we see any action from Twitter or will they turn a blind eye to this and other similar tweets which have gone unnoticed?

In a tweet, Khalfan stated that “not recognising Israel has no meaning, Israel is a state built on knowledge, prosperity and relations with all the countries of the developed world. Who are you to not recognise a nation with the international status of Israel…”.

In another tweet, Khalfan called for the use of the term “Israeli friend” instead of “Israeli enemy”.

Translation: Instead of using the term Israeli enemy, use the term Israeli friend…what’s the issue?

Khalfan had previously caused controversy online when he called on Doha to give up the World Cup.