Photo Credit: Suleiman Maswadeh / Kan via Twitter screen grab
Saudi journalist Mohammad Saud, closely guarded at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, just prior to the start of violence by Jerusalem Arabs

A disgraceful display of Arab violence Monday against an Arab journalist from Saudi Arabia showed the foreign visitor precisely what kind of oversight the Jordanian Waqf provides at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Islamic portions of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

Visiting Saudi journalist Mohammad Saud was attacked by screaming Jerusalem Arabs who hurled chairs and other items at him while cursing and spitting at him while calling him a “traitor” and a “piece of trash Zionist,” as they threw him out of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz are slated to meet Tuesday with the visiting members of the delegation of Arab journalists and bloggers, including Mohammad Saud.

In addition to Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, their itinerary includes visits to the Knesset and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum where they will certainly be received with far more respect and dignity. They are also scheduled to visit sites in northern Israel and in Tel Aviv.

The visitors are also expected to meet with other Israeli lawmakers as well as with senior Foreign Ministry officials and academicians, in order to get a clear, uncensored view of Israel’s positions on political and geopolitical issues, and unfiltered exposure to the various parts of Israeli society.

The visit was initiated by the Foreign Ministry’s spokespersons’ division.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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