EMIR OF QATAR REVEALS PRESIDENT TRUMP OFFERED TO HELP END THE BLOCKADE OF HIS COUNTRY BY BRINGING HIM AND HIS ARAB NEIGHBORS TOGETHER AT CAMP DAVID, THIS SUNDAY ON “60 MINUTES”
Qatar’s Leader Tells Charlie Rose His Neighbors Are Not Responding
A Clip from the Interview Appeared Today on “CBS This Morning”
Nearly five months into a suffocating blockade of his country, the Emir of Qatar reveals President Trump offered to bring him and his Arab neighbors together at a Camp David meeting aimed at ending the blockade. The Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, tells Charlie Rose he has had no response from the countries imposing the blockade, in the interview to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Oct. 29 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Qatar is an important American ally in the Middle East and home to one of the U.S. military’s busiest air bases supporting missions across the region and containing 10,000 Americans and coalition forces. The Emir met with President Trump in New York at the U.N. recently, where he says President Trump suggested the meeting at Camp David.
“The president showed he is committed to find an end to this crisis…he suggested that we come and I told him straightaway, ‘Mr. President, we are very ready, I’ve been asking for dialogue all along,’” he says. “It was supposed to be very soon this meeting, but I don’t have any response [from the other countries].”
Qatar is also home to Al Jazeera, the television network whose independent news often sheds harsh light on the region’s dictators. The four countries say they are blockading Qatar because the tiny nation is supporting terror groups such as the Taliban and Hamas, financing Islamists in Syria and is too friendly with Iran. In short, they say Qatar is playing too many sides, especially with Iran.
The Emir tells Rose, “Iran is our neighbor…we have lots of differences and foreign policies with Iran, more than them,” he says. “But let me tell you one thing, Charlie. When those countries, our brothers, blocked everything. Blocked medicine, blocked food, the only way for us to provide food and medicine for our people was through Iran. And when they talk about terrorism, absolutely not. We do not support terrorism.”
The real reason for the blockade he says, is “They don’t like our independence…we want freedom of speech for the region…they think that this is a threat to them,” he says. When Rose asks whether Qatar will bend to their demands to shut down Al Jazeera and sever ties with Iran, the Emir responds, “Our sovereignty is a red line. We don’t accept anybody interfering [with] our sovereignty… No, we’re not going to shut down Al Jazeera.”
But the Emir is more than willing to sit down with his antagonists. “If they going to walk one meter toward me, I’m willing to walk 10,000 miles towards them,” he tells Rose.
“60 MINUTES” LISTINGS FOR SUNDAY, OCT. 29
THE GOD OF WAR – How close is North Korea to having the technology to strike the U.S. mainland with a nuclear missile and how would the U.S. defend against it? David Martin is the first to bring TV cameras into the intelligence center that tracks Kim Jung Un’s missile launches. Mary Walsh is the producer.
THE BLOCKADE OF QATAR – The Emir of Qatar speaks out about the blockade his neighboring Arab nations have imposed on his tiny country, which is a crucial American ally. Charlie Rose reports. Draggan Mihailovich is the producer.
THE FORGER – Ninety-two-year-old Adolfo Kaminsky and his fellow forgers created fake identity documents that saved thousands of Jews in France from certain death at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. Anderson Cooper reports. Katherine Davis is the producer.
ON “60 MINUTES,” FRENCH UNDERGROUND FORGER ADOLFO KAMINSKY TALKS ABOUT HOW HE MADE FAKE PAPERS THAT SAVED THOUSANDS OF JEWS IN WORLD WAR II
To this day, 92-year-old Adolfo Kaminsky feels guilty he survived the Holocaust, despite the fact that his remarkable work as a forger during World War II saved the lives of thousands of Jews. On 60 MINUTES, Kaminsky recounts how he skillfully created fake identity documents that helped thousands of Jews escape certain death. Anderson Cooper reports on this little-known World War II hero, on the next edition of 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Oct. 29 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Adolfo Kaminsky was just a teenager when his family was rounded up and sent to Drancy, a concentration camp outside of Paris. There, he witnessed the horror of the Holocaust firsthand, watching thousands of Jews being loaded onto trains and sent to Auschwitz. “Every week, I saw a thousand people be deported. It was horrible suffering…there was just a huge, unimaginable quantity of people murdered,” says Kaminsky.
Miraculously, Kaminsky and his family were released from Drancy after three months. Though they were Jewish, they were citizens of Argentina, which at the time was neutral in the war. After their release, Kaminsky’s father decided the family should split up and adopt false identities. He sent young Adolfo to pick up their false papers from a member of the French resistance. When the resistance fighter learned Kaminsky had worked in a dry cleaner and knew how to remove ink stains, he recruited the teenager to become the chief forger of the Paris lab. Kaminsky’s forgery skills proved invaluable in removing the permanent blue ink used in official documents. “It was very important because that enabled us to use…papers that were real and you could erase things from them without leaving any trace,” he tells Cooper.
Kaminsky ran his secret lab in the center of Paris, right under the nose of the Germans. There, Kaminsky and three others used chemicals and other tools of the trade, pretending they were artists to avoid drawing the attention of neighbors. “We had paintings on the walls and paint brushes and all kinds of colors,” says Kaminsky.
They had to work quickly and help people disappear. Their work involved removing the word “Jew” from identity documents. It was a matter of life or death. “Having Jew stamped on anything meant you were in danger,” says Kaminsky. But Kaminsky didn’t just alter documents; he also created new documents from scratch – including identity cards, food ration cards and birth and marriage certificates.
Remarkably, Kaminsky and the resistance networks he worked with are responsible for creating fake documents that saved an estimated 14,000 Jewish men, women and children. Kaminsky says by saving others, he saved himself. “If I couldn’t have saved so many people, I would not have survived myself. Most of my friends who were survivors committed suicide. So many people were treated like animals with no respect. It’s just really hard to bear.”