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Government ‘satisfied’ with TV station’s apology over Mecca stunt

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Channel 13's Gil Tamary in Mecca, Saudi Arabia with the Grand Mosque in the background from footage broadcast on July 18, 2022. (Screen capture/ Channel 13)
Channel 13's Gil Tamary in Mecca, Saudi Arabia with the Grand Mosque in the background from footage broadcast on July 18, 2022. (Screen capture/ Channel 13)

Israeli government officials are satisfied with the statements issued by Channel 13 and its reporter, Gil Tamary, apologizing if Muslims were offended by the broadcasting of his visit to the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, while justifying it as a journalistic accomplishment, a source in Jerusalem familiar with the matter tells The Times of Israel.

Non-Muslims are banned from visiting the city under Saudi law and such a move is considered an affront to religious sensibilities.

The source declines to say whether government officials were involved in drafting the apology statements.

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