Muhammad Al-Sayed – Al-Jazeera Net
After nearly two decades since the border dispute between them was ended by a decision of the International Court of Justice, Bahrain’s fabrication of the fishermen’s crisis with Qatar sparked widespread controversy among those interested and following the Gulf crisis, in the midst of efforts aimed at ending the crisis during the talks of the Gulf summit scheduled to be held on January 5 next In Riyadh.
Bahraini analysts and activists have unanimously agreed that the ruling regime in Manama is exploiting the citizens and their problems to attack the State of Qatar through the fabricated fishermen crisis, through which it aims to strike at the Gulf reconciliation, and to escape admission of its lies and political mistakes.
They described Bahrain’s accusations to Qatar in the fishermen’s crisis of trying to escape and throwing responsibility on others, as it reveals what they called the falsehood and elusiveness of Manama, which focuses most of its attention on searching for how to set obstacles to the Gulf reconciliation, and promoting that Doha interferes in the internal affairs of neighboring countries.
Analysts attributed, during a symposium entitled “The suffering of fishermen in Bahrain on the tin of regional disagreements,” held through visual communication, the crisis to the failed policies of the ruling regime in Manama over decades, which caused destruction, which caused the Bahraini coasts to lose their biological components in a way that showed negative results by eliminating Natural fisheries, a frightening decline in fish stocks, and the complete destruction of the mangrove habitat.
The Bahraini political activist, Abdul Ghani Al-Khanjar, explained that the ruling regime in Bahrain is exploiting the citizens and their crises in order to achieve its political interests, asking about the location of the ruling regime upon the death of the late fisherman, Muhammad Hayyan? Why is his position different now on the case and the accusation against the State of Qatar?
Al-Khanjar told Al-Jazeera Net that the Bahraini people are innocent of the ruling regime in Manama, which did not take into account that the people of the Gulf are brothers and brothers linked by kinship and kinship relations, and it also did not observe Arab customs and traditions, teachings and religious concepts.
He added that the fishermen’s crisis is fabricated, and it is an attempt by the ruling regime in Bahrain to fuel the Gulf conflict in light of the approaching reconciliation, and the Qataris have bargained with to achieve some gains, especially since the demarcation of the border between Manama and Doha took place some time ago within an international framework and with the consent of the two countries.
A border dispute took place for many years between Qatar and Bahrain over waters and small islands, and was resolved by the International Court of Justice in 2001. But after the Gulf crisis in 2017, accusations of breaching borders and arresting fishermen occurred.
Al-Khanjar, the spokesman for the opposition “Haq” movement, believes that the worst thing in the Bahraini regime is the imposition of misery and misery on the citizens, and their use in a war in which they are neither a camel nor camel, in addition to breaking all of his promises to provide them with land and housing, besides depriving them of their countries and restricting their entry. To only 4 islands out of 33 islands, most of them turned into the private property of the ruling and influential family.
“What is it for you in the sea and its horrors, and may God bless the sword.” With this proverb inherited from the ancestors, the Bahraini environmental activist and human rights activist, Jaafar Yahya, bemoaned the conditions of fishermen in his country.
Jaafar, a former sailor, considered that the fishermen’s crisis had nothing to do with the State of Qatar, and that it had been intractable for years, and that the main reason for it was the failure of the Bahraini government to carry out its responsibility in preserving the marine environment and fish wealth, as well as opening the way to drilling and burial companies. Which destroyed places rich in fish, in addition to converting most of the islands to private properties.
He added that fishermen in Bahrain are trapped in the east towards Qatar, and in the north towards Iran only, which is a very small area that is not sufficient to practice fishing with 1,300 licenses, which gives preference to large fishing companies compared to fishermen, who withdraw day after day in the absence of Their ability to resist this challenge.
Jaafar explained that all the attempts of the Fishermen’s Association were in vain, and all their demands to reduce fishing licenses and stop burial clashed with the policies of the ruling family and the Crown Prince, which focused on enriching investment projects at the expense of the marine environment.
During the past three years, the State of Qatar has repeatedly warned that it will not allow its maritime borders to be breached, and affirmed its right to deal by legal means with these transgressions.
And Manama had confirmed in 2010 that Qatar’s measures against the Bahraini fishermen violating the law are “compatible” with international law.
In turn, the Bahraini political activist Muhammad Salih stressed that decades of neglecting fisheries cannot be thrown into the dispute between Bahrain and Qatar, and that the fishermen’s problem is an internal crisis related to the way in which the symbols of government manage the issue of marine wealth, which he described as systematic destruction in order to impoverish the citizen and cut off sources His livelihood.
He explained that the regime’s policy in Bahrain is to flee from problems and throw them on neighboring countries, whether Iran or Qatar. However, the regime must address its problems and review its internal policies to find a solution to the problem of the fishermen.
This system does not take into account the interests of its people or its food, economic and political security, and the fishermen’s crisis was provoked at this time and brought to the fore with the aim of stirring up discord among the Gulf states, escaping from reconciliation with Qatar, and not acknowledging his lie and the failure of his policy in the Gulf crisis, according to Saleh.
He stressed that the problems caused by the ruling regime in Bahrain in the absence of oversight over the executive authority are deep and cannot be solved. Except through an elected authority of the people.
While the Bahraini political activist Dr. Saeed Al-Shehabi considered that the fishermen’s crisis is another aspect of the plight of the entire Bahraini people, and this crisis will not be resolved except with the demise of the ruling regime, whose policies threaten to eradicate Bahrain’s history and civilization.
Al-Shihabi said that the regime’s policies have become difficult to reform, as they aim to eliminate the country’s heritage and culture and the true crafts, especially hunting, and to replace the indigenous population with foreign residents who are subject to power.
He added that the ruling regime has a complex with everything that goes back to the true history of the State of Bahrain, as the regime only wants the history of the Al Khalifa, who conquered, built and age the country.
Bahrain is turning to investment projects at the expense of the marine environment, and the worst of that is that the burial operations, which are carried out in an ill-considered and illegal manner, have caused the country to become empty of clean groundwater, according to Al-Shihabi, Secretary of the Bahrain Freedom Movement.