The Saudi drama about "restoring relations with Israel" has been the subject of controversy

The Saudi drama about "restoring relations with Israel" has been the subject of controversy

Posted on Apr 30, 2020

Palestinians have sharply criticized Saudi Arabia's TV drama series, which seeks to normalize relations with Israel.

According to Al Jazeera, the drama series Umm e Haroon and Exit 7 Show is being broadcast on the Dubai-based Saudi TV network Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC).

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Hazem Qasim, a spokesman for the Hamas group that rules the Gaza Strip, said TV dramas should "express the people and their views and not propagate a particular ideology."

He told the Turkish news agency Anatolia that some of the Arab dramas produced this year did not respect the issue.
 And they spread bizarre ideologies that demand coexistence with the occupation and question Palestinian goals.

"Israel is a threat and will always be the first enemy of the Arab nation," the spokesman said.

Musab al-Barim, a spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, also condemned the controversial drama, which was broadcast on a Saudi broadcaster, calling it a "historic blow" to all Arabs and Muslims.

"It reflects a mindset that governs the institutions and the states are behind such production (broadcasting); it (Saudi Arabia) seems to have strayed from all its moral principles," he said. ۔

Salma Maruf, head of the government's press office in the Gaza Strip, said such broadcasts reflected a shift in Arab attitudes toward the Palestinian cause.

He said the demand for normal relations with the Israeli occupation was immoral and morally degrading, especially since the drama was being broadcast by countries and parties that should be involved primarily in Palestinian rights. ۔

Authorities in Saudi Arabia declined to comment.

It should be noted that US President Donald Trump had announced a peace plan for the Middle East under which Jerusalem would remain the "undivided capital" of Israel, while the Palestinians would have a capital in East Jerusalem and half of the West Bank. Will not be divided into sections.

In response, the Palestinian Authority rejected a controversial US peace plan for the Middle East, severing all ties with Washington and Israel, including on security issues.

The subsequent OIC declaration appears to be a complete negation of the US president's plan, but Bahrain's hosting of a conference on the Palestinian conflict and the willingness of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates to participate do not support the declaration.

Bahrain's willingness to host the conference was, in fact, a manifestation of the trilateral relationship between the United States, Israel, and the Gulf states.

Despite the boycott of Palestine, the hosting of the conference, the willingness of the Arab countries to participate was a departure from the traditional Arab position on Palestine.

On the 11th of this month, the Saudi government had filed terrorism cases against dozens of Palestinians, accusing them of having links with Hamas.

Cases have been filed against 68 people from Palestine and Jordan in a special terrorism court in the capital, Riyadh.

"Our people are facing cases without any legal assistance and the detainees were arrested by the Saudi secret police in April last year," said the families of the victims.

It should be noted that Muhammad al-Khudari was the representative of Hamas in Saudi Arabia for decades before the current leadership came to power in Saudi Arabia and at that time there were pro-Palestinian governments, but now the situation is the opposite.

Hamas is generally recognized in the Arab world as a legal resistance movement against the Israeli occupation.

Experts in the region's affairs said that the Saudi government's policy towards Israel is understandable in the context of the exchange of leadership.

King Salman, the 84-year-old ruler of Saudi Arabia, became head of state in 2015, after which he handed over vast powers to his 34-year-old son Muhammad bin Salman, who announced reforms and made several changes.

According to Professor Mahjoob Zawahiri, Muhammad bin Salman is eager to gain control of Saudi Arabia, which is in dire need of political cooperation from outside, especially from the United States and Israel.

"I am not surprised that the Saudi government has arrested Palestinians for supporting Hamas," said Mahjoub, a professor at the Center for Gulf Studies at Qatar University.

A statement from Hamas condemned the arrests and said that Saudi Arabia was "investigating" the allegations against Palestinians.


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