Al Jazeera’s culture is not as open and tolerant as it is often made out to be. On the contrary, the organization comes across as secretive and close-mouthed, suffering from cronyism and ‘a feeling that the margin of freedom inside the network has been receding lately’. Its claim to independence is ‘taken with a grain of salt by some of its own staff’.
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Recent discoveries indicate human presence in Qatar in pre-historic times, but for most of its history the arid climate discouraged anything other than only short-term settlement by nomadic tribes. Qatar declared its independence as a separate entity and became the fully independent State of Qatar on 3 September 1971.
The State of Israel is a small country with a surface area of over 20,000 square kilometres. Claims to what Fanack calls Historical Palestine – the site of Jewish kingdoms for a number of centuries BCE – led to the settlement of Zionist Jews in the region from the end of the 19th century. In the course of the 1948 war between Israel and a number of neighbouring Arab states, which broke out after the proclamation of the State of Israel on 14 May 1948, the Israeli forces succeeded in conquering 78 percent of Historical Palestine, including West Jerusalem.