September 21, 2018

Al Jazeera Required to Register As a Foreign Agent Under New Law

Under the recently signed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Al Jazeera and other foreign media outlets are required to register as foreign agents.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the NDAA will force all foreign media outlets – including Al Jazeera – to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a law that requires individuals and organizations to disclose that they’re aiming to shape public opinion in favor of a foreign entity. Russia’s RT America was required by the Justice Department to register as a foreign agent under the law in 2017; YouTube already forces each Al Jazeera video to disclose that they are funded by the Qatari government.

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt argued in an op-ed for The Hill that Al Jazeera is “a major exporter hate against the Jewish people, Israel, and the United States.”

“Al Jazeera also routinely glorifies violence against Israeli Jews, regularly calling Palestinians killed in the act of trying to murder Israelis as ‘martyrs,’” Greenblatt wrote. “The network also uses this term for any Palestinian operative of the armed wing of Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad who is killed by Israeli forces, despite the fact that both of these groups avowedly seek to slaughter Israeli civilians.”

Al Jazeera has previously come under fire for spying on Jewish groups in the United States. as part of a documentary that claims that Jews control the U.S. government. The network has also previously promoted the conspiracy theory that Israel warned Jews that the 9/11 terror attacks were going to occur.

The Qatari government, which funds Al Jazeera, has reportedly warm relations with the Iranian regime and has funded and sheltered Islamic terror groups like Hamas, al-Qaeda and ISIS.