| 5 March 2024, Tuesday |

Qatar’s Emir: Principle of Self-Defense Doesn’t Apply to Israel’s Genocide in Gaza

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani inaugurated on Tuesday the 44th Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Doha affirming his genuine confidence in the capability of Gulf nations in contributing to resolutions of regional crises.

The Emir said that the summit convened amid an ongoing tragedy and unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip, adding that inaction by the international community in halting the conflict was “shameful”.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad stressed that the principle of self-defense does not apply to Israel and does not allow the crimes of genocide committed by Israel. He condemned the targeting of civilians of all nationalities and religions.

He said that Israel violated humanitarian and moral standards in Gaza, targeting the fragile infrastructure and cutting off all vital supplies. He renewed the call for an international investigation into the massacres committed by Israel.

The Emir underscored that tragedies could have been avoided if Israel realized the right of the Palestinians to their state. The Gaza issue is not separate but requires an end to the occupation on Palestinian territories, he stated.

He said that Israel must be forced to return to credible negotiations for a two-state solution. The negotiations should not be open without a time limit.

Al-Thani concluded saying that efforts are ongoing to renew (the truce) and to alleviate the burden of the people in the Gaza Strip, but truces are not an alternative for a comprehensive ceasefire.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat