Mecca regional police have arrested an unnamed Saudi nationwide who helped sneak the Israeli reporter into Mecca.
A Saudi man who allegedly helped a Jewish Israeli journalist enter the holy metropolis of Mecca has been arrested, police within the kingdom have stated, after a backlash on social media.
The journalist, Gil Tamary of Israel’s Channel 13, posted on Twitter a video of himself on Monday sneaking into Mecca, Islam’s holiest metropolis, in defiance of a ban on non-Muslims.
Mecca regional police have “referred a citizen” to prosecutors for alleged complicity in “transferring and facilitating the entry of a (non-Muslim) journalist”, a police spokesperson stated in feedback reported by the official Saudi Press Company late on Friday.
SPA didn’t identify Tamary however stated he’s an American citizen, implying he had entered the nation utilizing his American passport because the kingdom has no formal ties with Israel.
His case has additionally been referred to prosecutors “to take the mandatory procedures in opposition to him in accordance with the utilized legal guidelines”, regardless of the Israeli nationwide now not being within the kingdom.
Whereas Muslims of any nationality and background can enter Mecca, non-Muslims aren’t permitted as a result of a really particular code of conduct and behavior is required of all individuals inside its boundaries, together with sure types of modesty, ritual cleaning and prayers.
In his roughly 10-minute clip, Tamary visits Mount Arafat, the place robed Muslim pilgrims collect to hope throughout the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage annually.
He makes clear he is aware of that what he’s doing is outlawed however says he needed to showcase “a spot that’s so necessary to our Muslim brothers and sisters”.
Tamary left the mount after he stated the non secular police started asking him questions to ensure he was a Muslim.
The general public backlash over Tamary’s go to was fast on social media, with Muslims and Saudis expressing their anger over his deception and obvious disregard for the sanctity of the location.
إذا كان مسلم فأهلاً وسهلاً به بغض النظر عن جنسيته .. أما إذا كان غير مسلم فأتمنى أن يتم التحقيق معه ومع من تعاون معه ومعرفة كيف دخل إلى الحرم المقدس .. ماحرمه الله سبحانه في القرآن الكريم لا يمكن السكوت والتغاضي عنه .. اللهم إنا نبرأ إليك من هذا الفعل ومن رضي به
— عبد الإله🇸🇦 (@MloveM_) July 18, 2022
Translation: If he’s a Muslim, he’s welcome no matter his nationality. But when he’s not a Muslim, I hope that he shall be investigated and with those that cooperated with him and understand how he entered the Holy Sanctuary. What God has forbidden within the Holy Quran can’t be tolerated and ignored.
الإعلام السعودي يصرّ على استغفالنا. أنا أدري إنه صحفي اسرائيلي يحمل جوازا أمريكيا، وأنتم كلكم تعرفون كذلك، والحكومة نفسها تعرف ذلك ومنحته إذنا خاصا للعمل مراسلا لشركة اعلامية اسرائيلية ضاربة بعرض الحائط نظام مقاطعة اسرائيل، والصحفي نفسه في الفيديو تفاخر بأنه أول اسرائيلي ادخل مكة https://t.co/8GNxQST8Ve
— سلطان العامر (@sultaan_1) July 22, 2022
Translation: The Saudi media insists on ignoring what we all know. I do know he’s an Israeli journalist with an American passport, and also you all comprehend it, and the [Saudi] authorities itself is aware of that, and gave him particular permission to work as a reporter for an Israeli media firm. The journalist himself within the video boasted that he was the primary Israeli to enter Mecca.
The incident comes as Saudi-Israeli ties have been quietly rising amid shared issues over Iran. Publicly, the dominion insists its coverage is that full ties can solely occur when Palestinian statehood and rights are assured.
The reporter and Channel 13 responded on Twitter after the report aired. The information channel, in each Hebrew and Arabic, stated Tamary’s report was pushed by “journalistic curiosity” and a need to witness and see issues first hand.
Police known as on guests to respect Saudi Arabia’s legal guidelines, notably relating to Mecca and Islam’s holiest websites within the kingdom.