International Saudi Arabia Bans Palestinian Attributes in Mecca, Here’s the Reason News – 3 hours ago


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Saudi Arabia detains worshipers displaying Palestinian attributes at holy sites in Mecca and Medina. This is known from the detention incident experienced by British actor, Islah Abdur Rahman, at the end of last October.

Quote Middle East EyeAbdur Rahman decided to go on the Hajj pilgrimage at the end of October. He has voiced concern over the crackdown on symbols or forms of solidarity for Palestine in Saudi Arabia.

“I was stopped by four soldiers for wearing a white keffiyeh (Palestinian scarf) on my head and Palestinian colored prayer beads on my wrist,” he said on his Instagram account, as quoted Middle East EyeTuesday (28/11/2023).


“I was escorted to an off-site location where they detain people for possible crimes or violations. Once I was detained, there were other soldiers who interrogated me and asked about my nationality, why I was here, where I was traveling from, how long I am here.”

The soldier then asked Abdur Rahman to imitate the way he wore the keffiyeh, while they discussed it and took his visa.

“It was clear that the scarf was the problem,” he said. “They spoke in Arabic but they kept saying ‘Palestinian keffiyeh’ and looking at the scarf.

“Finally, when I was let go, a worker came up to me, took my scarf and said, ‘This is not good, Israel-Palestine is not good, so don’t wear it, it’s not OK.'”

Abdur Rahman was then told to sign a release form and provide his fingerprints, after handing over the keffiyeh he was wearing. According to him, the experience was very surprising.

“Later, my fear turned into heartbreak… the heartbreak worsened when I realized that this was just an ounce of what the Palestinian people had to go through,” he added.

Abdur Rahman described the experience as “deplorable”, especially taking place at a place of worship, and during Israel’s relentless bombardment of Gaza, which since October 7 has killed approximately 20,000 Palestinians.

“This made me realize how much Palestinians in Gaza and in their country have to experience the treatment of the Israeli government, and the harassment they receive just for being Palestinian. This actually broadens my empathy even further than before,” he concluded again.

Meanwhile, since sharing his experience, he admitted to receiving hate messages online from Saudi Arabian citizens. They defended the Saudi soldiers’ decision and said that it was not permissible to display flags or symbols in places of worship.

“There is a universal understanding among Muslims that this is not just any country and that Al-Aqsa in Palestine is one of the holiest sites in Islam… so I think it will be fine. I also got stories from people who have experienced what I experienced and they got into trouble,” he concluded.

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