Saudi Blogger Attacked by Palestinians on Temple Mount

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THE RUNDOWN | Saudi blogger and pro-Israel advocate Mohammed Saud was heckled and attacked while visiting the Temple Mount by Palestinians, who accused him of being a traitor. Our Emily Rose has the story.

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Israeli government officials on Tuesday condemned the actions of Palestinians who hurled abuse and chairs at a Saudi blogger visiting Jerusalem as a guest of the Jewish state.

The Saudi visitor, named by Israeli public radio as Mohammed Saud, was one of six invitees from Arab states brought to Israel by its foreign ministry to give them fresh viewpoints on the country.

Such visits have been held before, but Iraq and Saudi Arabia were taking part for the first time, the foreign ministry said.

Delegates have met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, an official said.

Video posted online showed mainly young Palestinians spitting, cursing and throwing plastic chairs at Saud as he walked on Monday through Jerusalem's Old City.

"Go and pray with the Jews, go and pray in the Knesset (Israeli parliament). What are you doing here?" one man shouted.

Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Netanyahu, described Saud as a "peace activist".

"When he came to pray at the #AlAqsaMosque, Palestinian thugs attacked him & spat on him, thus defiling this holy place," Gendelman wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

Jerusalem and its holy sites are the most sensitive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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