[New York] When Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud made a brief visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque earlier this week, he in all likelihood had no inclination that the following ordeal would speedily make headlines across the entire Arab world.
The video showed worshippers atop the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Harim al-Sharif, spitting at Saud and shouting obscenities at him. Thereafter, while on foot via the narrow alleyways of the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, the 29-yr-vintage turned into surrounded by using a mob of Palestinians who assaulted him and accused him of treason for his decision to go to the Jewish nation on the behest of the Israeli authorities.
“May all the youngsters of Palestine spit on you!” members of the mob yelled, as they hurled plastic chairs, footwear, and different items at Saud. “Go back to in which you came from, you and Bin Salman the traitor,” they screamed while referencing Mohammad Bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, who has made supportive feedback approximately Israel including that Jews have a right “to their personal fatherland” within the Middle East.
Touring Israel as a part of a small delegation of six newshounds from the Arab world, Saud, a regulation pupil on the King Saud University in Riyadh, changed into right now transformed into a miles-talked-about – and divisive – social media determine.
“His decision to visit Israel is an assertion of love and aid for the Zionist entity,” claimed Ibtisam al-Saad, a Qatari journalist writing for the pro-government everyday newspaper Al-Sharq.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every Palestinian toddler who attacked and insulted the dog Mohammed Saud,” Kuwaiti blogger Ahmed al-Maimoni posted to social media.
Egyptian Mahmoud Refaat defined the ride as a “replicate[ion of] the widening hole among the Arab leadership, which aligns itself with Israel and America, and the Arab human beings, who oppose this relationship.”
Youssef Skafi, the Palestinian kids who instigated the assault, turned into declared a hero through commentators throughout the place. Photos depicting the 6-year-antique East Jerusalem resident regarded on multiple social media debts, together with a caption celebrating the younger technology of Palestinians who’re dedicated to persevering with “the warfare for the liberation of the Palestinian place of birth.”
The big rage over Saud’s moves began an afternoon in advance, whilst in an interview with Israeli army radio he publicly affirmed that “the Israeli human beings resemble his personal humans,” including that “Israelis are like his family.” The blogger also expressed pleasure in having discovered Hebrew on his very own accord by means of paying attention to Israeli song and sermons of Israel-based totally, extremely-Orthodox Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak.
Amid the heated rhetoric related to Saud’s visit, there had been, by means of assessment, folks who stood by way of the blogger. “Despite my rejection of Saud’s movements, I am surprised through the rude Palestinian conduct,” said Ibrahim Suleiman, every other journalist running in Saudi Arabia. “Even whilst we disagree with others, we should now not neglect our compassion and our morals,” he tweeted.
Muhammad al-Sheikh, another famous Saudi reporter, positioned the blame at the Palestinian Authority. Shortly after the attack, Al-Sheikh ran an online poll to gauge how his followers might feel approximately Riyadh cutting resource to the PA until such time that Saud’s attackers were arrested.