Josep M. Bartomeu i Floreta
FC Barcelona (Press Office)
Avenida Arístides Maillol, s/n
Dear Mr. Bartomeu i Floreta:
This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar. Qatar Airways is the sponsor of FC Barcelona.The State of Qatar is a bona fide state sponsor of terror spanning at least three continents. They are in part responsible for the ISIS genocide that is targeting Middle Eastern Christian populations.
Of all the shirts in professional football, none is more recognizable than FC Barcelona’s “Qatar Airways” jersey. The red and blue striped advertisement for Qatar Airways, with its gold collar, is worn by men, women, and children the world around. Yet given Qatar’s proven financing of mass murder and terror, one wonders who would wear this shirt if they understood that it was Qatar who financed and trained the Islamic State?
Moreover, in 2011, it is alleged that Mr. Mohammed bin Hamman, the former head of the Qatar Football Association, had deposited £2 million into the bank account of the daughter of a Brazilian FIFA official. The money is believed to have been transferred into the 10 year old’s account by the then-president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell. This amounted to a bribe, and Qatar was subsequently awarded the 2022 World Cup.
Here are some pertinent additional facts regarding FC Barcelona, Qatar Airways, and terrorism:
- The football club and Qatar Airways have been in partnership since July 2013. In February 2014, Qatar Airways announced it would fly a Boeing 777 “kitted out in FC Barcelona colors.”
- In August 2013, it was announced that FC Barcelona would receive Eur30.5 million from Qatar Airways, as part of football’s “biggest shirt deal ever.”
- Across the Middle East, Christian minority communities have been targeted by ISIS for horrific, genocidal elimination. A German minister stated in August, “A story like this always has a history… Who is financing these troops [i.e. ISIS]? Hint: Qatar.”
Additionally, Qatar is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell, and profits from operating a virtual slave state. A recent press report explained how a Qatari citizen was the moneyman for an Al Qaeda group in Syria. His alias? Umar al-Qatari.
The QAC Coalition and petitioners ask that you consider the attached sourced report on Qatar’s activities. The links cited are vetted and credible sources. We hope you take the time to verify the truth of the statements for yourself.
After doing so, the Coalition of the Qatar Awareness Campaign calls on you to exert due influence on the Qatari government to cease any type of involvement in all forms of Islamic terrorism, slavery, and drug trafficking!
|Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret)
|Frank J. Gaffney, Jr
Center for Security Policy
|Paul E Vallely, US Army (Ret)
Chairman, Stand Up America
** Select signatures as of 9/27. The Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition is comprised of more than 25 journalists, national security experts, publishers, and independent researchers. To view all Coalition participants, please visit the Campaign’s website.
CC: Press contacts, FC Barcelona