Twitter users mock Saudi and UAE's demands, saying they amount to nothing more than a grocery list
Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands, including closing Al Jazeera, reducing ties to Iran, and ending military cooperation with Turkey, an official from one of the four countries said. Here is how users on social media are reacting.
Many took to Twitter, where the Arabic hashtag "the list is rejected" went viral. Some users added goofy demands to poke fun at the list developed by the boycotting countries.
Condition 9: change your flag, we suggest light green. #القائمة_مرفوضة
— غادة بنت علي (@geeak_) June 23, 2017
Some compared the list of demands to a grocery shopping list.
— رٌٱشّےـدُ ٱلےـمِےـرٌيّےـ (@Rashid_86_) June 23, 2017
One user stated that the reason behind the crisis was to make Qatar "another Bahrain".
— _NA97 (@___NA97) June 23, 2017
Others questioned why the boycotting countries wanted the list to remain a secret.
اذا كانت مطالبهم جادة ورسمية يلعنونها للملأ بدل تسريبها لتويتر..ليش تخافون تتكلمون قدام شعوبكم ومنخشين في تويتر و الواتساب!#القايمه_مرفوضه
— محمد الكواري (@BoArhama) June 23, 2017
Translation: If their demands were serious and formal, they should have announced it publicly instead of leaking it to Twitter. Why are you afraid of discussing this before your people and instead using Twitter and WhatsApp?
The blockade on Qatar has entered its third week.
Qatari officials did not reply immediately to requests for comment. But on Monday, foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar would not negotiate with the four states unless they lifted their measures against Doha.
This article is available in French on Middle East Eye French edition.