An Israeli reporter sparked outrage after he entered the holy city of Mecca and filmed a report within the Muslim holy city.
Gil Tamary, a reporter for Israeli Channel 13, published a video of himself on a drive through Mecca, despite rules forbidding entry to non-Muslims enforced by a system of checkpoints.
He also climbed Mount Arafat, a sacred site where Muslims gather during the hajj pilgrimage. His trip didn’t appear to be authorized or sanctioned by Saudi authorities, and his report was published after he returned to Israel.
Saudi Arabia and the Zionist entity have no diplomatic relations, but ties have been gradually ‘warming’ as the Kingdom has been heading to join several Arab countries in normalizing ties with the occupation regime.
Coinciding with the visit, Saudi Arabia announced that it would open its airspace for all airlines, including for flights to and from the Zionist entity.
The report sparked outrage on social media, with users tweeting the hashtag “Jew_in_the_Haram” (a reference to the Great Mosque “Masjid al-Haram”).