Delegation of North-African Arab journalists calls Israel ‘Western and free’



A Christian-African man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 21, 2013. (Illustrative photo.) Credit: Neal Badache/Flash90.

( Following an invitation from Hassan Kaabiya, Israel’s deputy spokesman for Arab media, a group of six North African journalists and bloggers is visiting Israel this week as guests of the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

During their trip, the Algerian and Tunisian journalists are meeting with senior Israeli officials at the Foreign Ministry, the Supreme Court and the Knesset. Members of the delegation Monday visited the Old City of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum.

According to Yedioth Ahronoth, the bloggers described their first impressions of Israel as “appearing Western and free.” 

This is the sixth time that a delegation of North African journalists has visited the Jewish state as part of an initiative by Israel’s Arab media representatives. Most recently, in November 2016, seven Moroccan journalists participated in a weeklong trip to Israel sponsored by the Foreign Ministry. The Palestinian terror group Hamas condemned the Moroccan delegation’s visit, calling it a “crime against our people.” 

Posted on March 14, 2017 .