A Saudi citizen who allegedly helped an Israeli journalist enter the holy city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia were arrested
Gil Tamari violated the total ban on non-Muslims from accessing Saudi Arabia’s Mecca and the sanctity of the holy city by infiltrating Islam’s holiest site.
On Monday, the Israeli channel 13 News aired a 10-minute report in which journalist Tamari drove past the Haram, which houses the Kaaba, and climbed Jebel-e-Rahma (Mountain of Mercy).
Tamari, who works for Israel’s Channel 13, continued to generate hostility on Saudi Arabia’s social media on Wednesday, two days after he tweeted this and a day after he apologized for any offense. which he could cause.
The Mecca Regional Police “handed over a citizen” to prosecutors for alleged complicity in “transferring and facilitating the entry of a (non-Muslim) journalist,” a police spokesman said in comments released by the official Saudi Press Agency.
SPA did not name the journalist, but said that he is a US citizen, whose case has also been transferred to the prosecutor’s office “to take the necessary measures against him in accordance with applicable law.”
Tamari, who was accompanied by a local guide whose face was blurred so that he could not be identified, lowered his voice as he spoke to the camera in Hebrew, and sometimes switched to English to avoid impersonating an Israeli.
AFP reports that in her roughly 10-minute video, Tamari visits Mount Arafat, where pilgrims gather annually to pray during the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage.
Tamari makes it clear that she knows what he is doing is illegal, calling the site “a place not allowed for non-Muslims” and stating, “I am the first Israeli journalist on site to broadcast these images in Hebrew.”
Users took to social media to express their outrage at Tamari’s violation of the ban on non-Muslims entering Mecca.
Twitter user Avi Kaner also expressed outrage at Tamari’s actions.
“You have shown disrespect to your kind hosts as a publicity stunt. You have revealed absolutely nothing. There are many videos about Mecca in the public domain. You had the opportunity to make a proper apology, but instead you chose to defend yourself. You should be ashamed.”
The dispute arose after US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia last week.