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En gruppe arabiske intellektuelle har startet en aksjon for å få bannlyst Al Jazeera fra Europa. De hevder at Al Jazeera gjør ekstremister av unge europeiske muslimer, og undergraver kontinentets frihet.

Aksjonen er et interessant eksempel på den ideologiske kampen som raser innen islam. Her er det intellektuelle fra den islamske kultursfære som slår alarm. Europeere flest har ingen forutsetning for å vurdere anklagepunktene. Al Jazeera kan operere fritt takket være moderne satelitter, men myndighetene i Europa, for ikke å snakke om borgerne, vet lite om hva som formidles via paraboler til millioner av muslimske hjem. Ofte er satelittkanalene deres viktigste nyhetskilder.

Nå kommer altså intellektuelle fra Al Jazeeras egen sfære og sier de gjør ekstremister av av de unge, at Al Jazeera undergraver friheten i Europa.

Det representerer en ny konstellasjon: liberale kulturmuslimer vil redde Europas kultur. Hvordan vil Europa reagere?

Også flere irakiske nettsteder er med på aksjonen. Irakerne mener Al Jazeera systematisk har opptrådt fiendtlig mot Irak etter Saddams fall. Derimot gir de stgor plass til jihadister og deres budskap. Al Jazeeras ideologiske huslærer er Yusuf Qaradawi som omtaler vestlige og kristene som vantro.

Al-Jazeera is Exploiting Europe’s Democratic Environment in Order to Wholeheartedly Oppose Freedom and Respect
«One cannot remain silent in the face of the dangerous insinuations broadcast by Al-Jazeera, that are aimed at trying to show that there is an extremist religious campaign against Muslims in Europe.
«One cannot remain silent, given the statements of European political and cultural researchers as to Al-Jazeera’s dangerous influence on the Arab youth in Europe.
«One cannot remain silent in the face of [Sheikh Yousef] Al-Qaradhawi calling Christians and Westerners ‘infidels’ on Al-Jazeera, [and in the face of] his calls for violence.

«European governments cannot but note Al-Jazeera’s record in the Middle East, and the restricting orders issued against it in countries such as Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. Perhaps these countries are not models of the kind of democracy found in Europe – but their judges and media personnel presented clear and irrefutable evidence of Al-Jazeera’s involvement in actions unbefitting a media outlet.

«One cannot remain silent in the face of Al-Jazeera’s continued exploitation of the European continent’s democratic environment in order to practice a media policy that is wholeheartedly opposed to the freedom and respect that European principles promote.

«It is not our intention here to mention further examples of the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel’s extremism. We will leave it to every free and sincere Arab individual to remember the many hours of anger he has spent viewing Al-Jazeera’s destructive discourse.»

«Sign Your Name With Us and Take a Stand Against Hatred and Extremism»

«Who is behind this campaign?

«This is a campaign of Arabs and Europeans aimed at implementing peaceful pressure against European governments and the European Union to stop broadcasting by the extremist Al-Jazeera satellite channel on European cable networks, as a first step towards stopping the channel from broadcasting over the European satellite [service] Hotbird…

«This is an appeal to all Arabs and Europeans, those who live in the European continent and those outside it, to add their names to the campaign.

«This is an appeal to all academics and intellectuals, to provide us with their testimony regarding the terrorist channel.

«This is an appeal to all lawyers and rights specialists, in Europe and elsewhere, to help us with their legal expertise in order to draw up a legal paper that we can present to the European parliaments and the EU.

«This is an appeal to you, as an Arab and a European, and as a consumer, to join us in pressuring the European cable networks to remove Al-Jazeera…You do not want yourself, or anyone close to you, to turn to extremism and to hatred for the countries that have given us so much love.

«Sign your name with us, and take a stand against hatred and extremism. Sign on to our campaign for ‘a Europe without Al-Jazeera.’

«Sign at this address: stop_aljazeera_in_eu@yahoo.com.»

Nå må det sies at motivasjonen for å forby Al Jazeera i et land som Saudi-Arabia ikke nødvendigvis er aktverdig. Man kan heller ikke utelukke at det står krefter bak boikott-oppropet som ikke akkurat er frihetselskende.

Men at den ideologiske kampen om islams fremtid forflyttes til Europa er tankevekkende og bemerkelsesverdig. Vi bør ta oppropet seriøst.

European Arabs Launch Campaign to Stop Al-Jazeera Broadcasts in Europe