"Skyline" Warns against Repercussions of Hate Speech on Palestinians, Lebanese, and Jordanians in Saudi Arabia
Skyline International is deeply concerned about the discrimination campaign and hate speech flourishing against Palestinians, Lebanese, and Jordanians in Saudi Arabia.
The Stockholm-based International foundation observes clear sings of incitement spreading in Saudi media against Palestinians and other Arab nationalities, while at the same time there are accusations at Saudi Arabia for normalization efforts with Israel through producing a number of Ramadan series that serve this purpose.
Skyline also is monitoring several incitement campaigns on social media, especially Twitter, some of which are racist and degrading, in violation of international human rights standards and relevant international agreements.
Examples include publishing an article entitled (Palestinians: a sea of hatred that does not end) by the writer Muhammad al-Sa’id, who works in Okaz newspaper. Other examples of hate speech and discrimination are also found on Twitter campaigns under the tag #Palestine_ is _not _my _cause' that include comments of incitement to Palestinians, suspending their support, and calling for the expulsion of Palestinians among others.
"Skyline" warns against the consequences of hate speech and media incitement against Palestinians and Lebanese living and working in Saudi Arabia, noting that it has complied dozens of testimonies from people complaining of being degraded and ill-treated.
For instance, a Palestinian living and working in Riyadh at a local restaurant claims that he has been increasingly exposed to bullying and discrimination since the beginning of the media campaign, and feels he is suffering the consequences since some clients asked the restaurant management to fire him. In another case, A Palestinian with Lebanese nationality working for a cable provider complaints about racist and disparaging insults when he meets Saudi customers.
In a similar case, a Jordanian citizen living in Jeddah, also reported that three Palestinians working in his personal commercial facility were exposed to hate and discrimination speech from clients, and when he intervened to defend them, he was attacked and asked to leave the kingdom.
Skyline foundation warns of the persistent hate speech on the already deteriorating human rights conditions in Saudi Arabia that is fueling racist speech in state and social media in general in contravention of international human rights conventions.
Accordingly, Skyline international highlights that Article 2 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which states that "any call for national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence is prohibited by law."
"International human rights law" calls upon governments to prohibit "any call for national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence." The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court also allows for the prosecution of anyone who practices direct and public incitement to commit genocide.