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Saudi orders media to limit coverage of Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (L) and King Abdullah II (R) watch the military parade in Amman, Jordan on 28 March, 2017 [Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council Handout/Anadolu Agency]
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (L) and King Abdullah II (R) watch the military parade in Amman, Jordan on 28 March, 2017 [Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council Handout/Anadolu Agency]

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed has reported that the Saudi royal court has sent notices to media organisations in the country ordering them to avoid giving US President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel too much airtime.

The instructions were sent to managers of television and radio stations in the country as well as newspaper editors.

In addition to this, both the Saudi and Bahraini embassies in Jordan warned their citizens last night against participating in the protests and demonstrations organised in Jordan against Trump’s decision.

The Saudi embassy in Amman wrote the following on its official Twitter page: “The embassy calls upon its citizens living in Jordan and its students studying in Jordanian universities to stay away from places of public gatherings and protests in order to protect their safety.”

Read: Jordan calls for protests over Trump’s Jerusalem decision

The Bahraini embassy in Jordan also urged its citizens to steer clear of places of public gatherings and protests. In a statement posted on its official website, the embassy said: “The Kingdom of Bahrain embassy in Amman urges its citizens in Jordan to completely avoid areas of public gatherings and protests, and stresses the need to be cautious and vigilant in order to protect your safety and lives from the developments and events occurring in the area.”

The warnings were met with criticism from politicians and activists on social media, who called on the two countries’ citizens to participate in the protests.

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  • Sharhan Alhassan

    Treachery at its peak!

  • WorldObserver

    The root of Muslim problems is kingdomship. As long as they continue to represent Muslims , endurance will never end in Arab lands.

    • Ismail Oliver

      The root of Muslim’s problems is Zionism. As long as the american prostitutes in the white house an the c..k suckers in congress continue to take money(for special services rendered) from their zio pimps, there will never be peace for those zio rats.

      • si91

        Right. It isn’t toxic religiosity, it isn’t tribalism, abuse of women, lack of democracy, lack of rule of law, lack of free speech or press, lack of scientific achievements. No. Jews living in the Jewish homeland is the problem.

        • Implicitly blaming Islam for the things you just mentioned is Islamophobia, “poisoning the well”, and does not change the fact that the Zionists are the occupiers. Trying to take a moral “high ground” by insinuating that Israel will be better administrators just goes to show what a racist you truly are!

          • si91

            The Tibetans are occupied too. When was the last time they blew themselves up in public?

          • Which is why Tibetans will never have their own state because they did not resist. So why didn’t you mention the Rohingya? They too are being slaughtered like sheep and guess what, they are Muslims!

          • si91

            The Palestinians have been “resisting” through murder for decades, and yet, not only are they more widely reviled than the Tibetans, they don’t have their state either, and every intifada they engage in lessens the amount of territory they’d get for their state, assuming they’ll get one at all, which is highly unlikely at this point.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Are you now blaming the Palestinians for being occupied by the white

            man known as the Ashkenazi who likes to pretend to be Israelite? What

            is the reason they are reviled? How is their behaviour different than the

            Algerians when they were occupied by the French? And what good

            reasons do the fake Israelite now have to linger on stolen land?

          • Helen4Yemen

            Therefore,, you did confirm that the Ashkenazi at 99.9% European

            ancestry is in fact an occupier but you are saying the Palestinians need

            to behave and be quiet an submit to the colonization of this white man?

        • Helen4Yemen

          Let’s say all that you mentioned is true, why is it the concern of the

          Ashkenazi who is totally a native of Europe. Guess what?

          Ashkenazi = 0% Middle East ancestry

          Eskimos = 0% Middle East ancestry.

          Can the Eskimos “return” to Palestine? Why not?

          If the Ashkenazi can at 0%, why not them?