For starters, while the video news report below appears to legitimate, some have been suggesting that the new emir of Qatar has decided to expel Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf Al-Qaradawi and prominent Hamas figure Khalid Meshaal as a result of Mursi’s ouster in Egypt. That theory seems to be belied by the date this YouTube video was uploaded – June 29th, several days before Mursi was ousted. However, perhaps Qatar’s new emir, Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa saw the writing on the wall.
Further bolstering the argument that Qaradawi was told to leave on June 29th is the report from Daily News Egypt that he was attending demonstrations in Egypt on June 30th:
According to Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi’s official Facebook page, the Muslim cleric will attend demonstrations at Rabaa Al-Adaweya Mosque in support of President Morsi on Sunday at 5 pm.
The shiekh landed in Cairo International Airport Saturday night, amid rumours that Qatar’s new Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had asked him to leave. Al-Qaradawi’s official Facebook page denied these reports.
Here is the video report from June 29th that talks about Qaradawi’s expulsion from Qatar and Meshaal being given 48 hours to leave.
Al-Jazeera, which is headquartered in Doha, Qatar will likely have to find a replacement for Qaradawi, who had his own program on the network. The Arab media giant, which purchased Al Gore’s CURRENT TV earlier this year, will probably be looking over its shoulder a bit more often.