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Israeli reporter trending on Twitter amid outrage over his sneaking into Mecca

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)

Channel 13 reporter Gil Tamari is trending on Twitter in Israel and beyond amid outrage over his decision to sneak into Mecca, defying a ban on non-Muslim entry, and broadcast from the Muslim holy town while in Saudi Arabia to cover the GCC+3 summit.

Tamari was one of three reporters from the Israeli press who were allowed into the country for the regional conference.

Mohammed Saud, a prominent pro-Israel social media activist from Saudi Arabia tears into Tamari in a video uploaded to Twitter. “It’s like if I were to enter a synagogue and read the Torah. Channel 13 is a disgrace,” he says in the Hebrew video.

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