US ‘disappointed’ by Saudi visa denial to Jewish reporter
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US ‘disappointed’ by Saudi visa denial to Jewish reporter

Michael Wilner, a Jerusalem Post employee, does not hold Israeli citizenship

Al Madinah Al Munawarah New International Airport, Saudi Arabia (photo credit: Youtube screenshot)
Al Madinah Al Munawarah New International Airport, Saudi Arabia (photo credit: Youtube screenshot)

The White House said it was “deeply disappointed” that Saudi Arabia denied a visa to a Jewish American reporter working for The Jerusalem Post.

Michael Wilner, the Israeli newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, planned to cover President Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week.

“We are deeply disappointed that this credible journalist was denied a visa,” Bernadette Meehan, the spokeswoman for the National Security Council, told JTA in an email. “We will continue to register our serious concerns about this unfortunate decision.”

Meehan said Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have relations, but Wilner is a US citizen who has never lived in Israel.

Saudi Arabia previously has granted visas to journalists working for Israeli or Jewish news outlets.

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