Al-Jazeera Correspondent Claims Martyr Abdul Salam Al-Mismari Fuelled Hate Speech – Al Marsad

The correspondent of the Qatari al-Jazeera channel in Libya, Ahmed Khalifa, attacked the martyr Abdul Salam al-Mismari, describing him as “the tomb”, after a number of activists collected signatures against channels such as Al-Jazeera channel for broadcasting hate speech on matters related to Libya.

(LIBYA, 10 June 2021) – Al-Jazeera’s Tripoli correspondence Ahmed Khalifa said in a post on his Facebook page: “On the occasion of talking about hate speech and petition lists … do you remember ‘the tomb’ Abdul Salam al-Mismari? Was his speech at the time conciliatory?”

Al-Jazeera’s Ahmed Khalifa’s original which he later deleted from his Facebook account.

He continued his attack on the late Al-Mismari, by saying: “No, really, I will have a blog on his inflammatory speeches (in which one of the signatories of the petition supported him in a hideous way), speeches that brought Benghazi to the inferno of war and destruction,” as he put it.

The Qatari channel’s correspondent in Tripoli deleted his post after receiving a torrent of criticism on his comments, most of which linked the Muslim Brotherhood to the assassination of al-Mismari.

The political activist Abdul Salam al-Mismari was assassinated in Benghazi on 26 July 2013 at a period then Islamist terrorists groups were conducting a spate of assassinations in Benghazi and Derna, targeting key religious, civic, political, security and military figures.

Al-Mismari was critical of Qatar’s role in supporting extremist groups in the city of Benghazi. He accused Qatar of supplying them with weapons directly outside the framework of the state. Several Libyan voices saw a political motive behind his assassination, and have accused the Muslim Brotherhood for inciting the murder.