“If the explosions were behind ‘ Sweet people ‘ Like you, do not stop it, please. ”This is how Saudi activist Souad Al-Shammari described a series of accidents and explosions that occurred in Iranian facilities last month, after which a heated discussion began about the repeated appearances of Saudi influencers and journalists through Israeli channels.
Al-Shammari’s remarks came in a television interview with the Israeli journalist “Roi Kess” through the Hebrew “Kan” channel, in which she called for “intensifying economic and commercial cooperation with Tel Aviv.”
The Saudi activist added: “Israel is not our enemy, Iran is our enemy.”
Tweeters: Where does the normalization train go?
Al-Shammari’s comments were widely criticized and rejected the repeated calls for normalization with Israel.
Arab singers have called for Al-Shammari to be held accountable for her statements and to stop the caravan of normalization, which has been led by recent journalists and media activists, as they described.
Saudi activists also rushed to use the # Saudis_popularization tag launched by the official page of a group that says it is “independent and is working to spread the voice of Saudis and Saudi women who reject normalization and all attempts to justify it or prepare for it.”
Those interacting with the marking affirmed their steadfast stance on the Palestinian issue and rejected all attempts at normalization, describing those who attack the Palestinians as “Zionists.”
They pointed out that “their state’s dispute with Iran does not justify the rapprochement of some with Tel Aviv.”
Celebration and justification
In exchange for that condemnation and anger, the “Israel in Arabic” page of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs celebrated the statements of the Saudi activist.
In turn, the Israeli channel praised the interview and Bashmari, warning of the attack and the criticism that will affect it after the meeting.
Moreover, some Saudi commentators defended the right of Souad al-Shammari to express her opinion freely and accused “pro-Iran and its allies” of launching a campaign against al-Shammari and of exaggerating the matter to undermine the kingdom.
They affirmed their support for every step that would protect the interests and security of their country from what he called “the Iranian threat.”
Marriage of interest or a threat?
Activists expected that Al-Shammari’s intervention took place with official approval, especially that it is not the first of its kind.
Activists believe that Al-Shammari’s statements and other Arab activists who expressed their willingness to cooperate with Israel revealed “the resounding decline of the position of some Arab regimes on the Palestinian issue and their relentless pursuit of normalization with the aim of achieving a set of narrow interests,” as they put it.
Other singers monitored the official normalization with Israel, and they recalled what they described as cultural normalization, which they see as some Arab channels promoted during the month of Ramadan through series that they said are falsifying history and broadcasting a new culture entitled Hate the Palestinian in exchange for polishing the image of the Israeli “, according to their expression.
In the same context, people warn of the consequences of these decisions on Arab security, saying that “some people’s rush to normalization is due to their mistaken belief that they will guarantee them American and Israeli protection from their people rising against them because of the policies of oppression and corruption.”
On the other hand, others see a preference for “openness of normalization” instead of “betraying some other countries that secretly trade and trade openly on the Palestinian issue and then point fingers of criticism at Saudi Arabia and its allies,” they said.
In this context, some circulated a tweet for the Emirati Foreign Minister, Anwar Gargash.
On the other hand, Twitter excluded the possibility of “the authorities joining the train of normalization, and refuted some rumors that Riyadh encourages its citizens to participate in press dialogues with Israeli media.”
They quoted what happened with the Saudi activist Hamid Muhammad Ghobein, known for his calls for normalization with Israel and his attack against the Palestinians.
It was rumored that the Saudi authorities had stripped him of citizenship because of his normalization activities, while the Civil Status Authority revealed that he is not a Saudi and obtained the identity documents illegally.
Officially, there are no diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, but recent years have witnessed the visit of Saudi media personnel to Israel, while others appeared as theorists of the idea of rapprochement with Israel.
Not the first time
This is not the first time that Al-Shammari has caused controversy because of her participation in newspaper interviews with Israeli channels.
She had previously appeared in an interview with the Israel Broadcasting Corporation in August 2019 and expressed her desire to visit Israel.
Al-Shammari is one of the most prominent activists who demanded the lifting of guardianship for Saudi women.
She had founded, with Saudi activist Raef Badawi, a site ‘The Free Saudi Liberal Network, “which criticizes the role of the religious authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and was released from prison one year after its arrest, while Badawi remained serving his ten-year sentence.
While some call to ignore Al-Shammari’s statements, describing her intervention formally, other tweeters invoke a saying to the Palestinian poet Ghassan Kanafani that “sitting with the enemy, even in a television studio, is a fundamental mistake in the battle, and it is also wrong to consider this issue a formal issue.” .