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Saudis Deny Visas For Israeli and Jewish Reporters Covering Trump Visit

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Accompanying President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia is the endless propaganda about Islam and its tolerance, mercy and peace. Over the weekend, Arab News reported on Saudi King Salman (above) taking President Trump and Melania on an exhibition about tolerance and co-existence among faiths.

And today King Salman lectured the President and the world: “Islam is the religion of mercy and tolerance and co-existence as confirmed by brilliant precedence.” And this was after the Saudis denied visas to several Israeli and Jewish reporters who had been approved by the White House to cover Trump’s historic visit.

Their contempt for the West and the truth is without parallel.

 

The Forward, May 17, 2017:

Several Israeli journalists planning to cover President Trump’s visit to the Middle East were denied visas to Saudi Arabia and will not be able to board the press plane.

Orly Azoulay, a reporter for the newspaper Yedioth Ahronot, and Gil Tamary of Channel 10 were scheduled to cover Trump’s first overseas visit as Commander-in-Chief, and were approved by the White House to join the press charter plane accompanying the president. But on Wednesday, both were notified that the Saudi embassy had refused to grant them visas to the kingdom, which will be Trump’s first stop. The reason given was their affiliation with Israeli media outlets. Both reporters are U.S. citizens.

Dan Raviv, an American-born reporter in Washington for i24News, a TV channel based in Israel, was also not granted a Saudi visa — despite having been in Saudi Arabia on a past occasion while with CBS News.

“I see it as an act of humiliation aimed at President Trump,” said Azoulay about the Saudi rejection. In 2007, Azoulay joined president George W. Bush on his trip to Saudi Arabia and was granted a visa.

Tamary noted that the Saudi refusal disproves the claim that the Gulf kingdom is warming up to relations with Israel. “Everyone is saying that the Saudis are changing, but when a reporter for an Israeli outlet wants to join the U.S. president’s press corps, he is not allowed on the plane,” he said.

On Wednesday afternoon, Azoulay tweeted at President Trump: “Saudis refused me a visa to come on your trip, b/c I am an Israeli reporter.” She then added: “Take me on AF1!”

The White House has yet to respond to her request.

 

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