Saudis block Palestine's Arab48 news website amid region-wide crackdown
The website for Arab48 was banned across the kingdom, after a number of reports noting Saudi-Israeli relations were published by the publication, mainly one which pointed toward Israel’s welcoming of Mohammed bin Salman’s appointment as crown prince.
The publication, which was neither warned nor provided with a reason for the ban, said it was bewildered that "in the 21st century, in light of the information revolution and the free flow of information, there are those who think that it is possible to cover the sun with sieve, especially with regard to Saudi-Israeli relations".
It said the ban was assumed to be in response to the website’s support for the struggles of the Arab people, including freedom and the fight against sectarianism, as well as its stance against the Israeli occupation.
The latest development comes as international rights organisations condemned the kingdom for its role in a region-wide crackdown on publications amid an ongoing blockade against Qatar.
In June, Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, announced the severing of all diplomatic ties with Qatar over allegations the emirate allegedly bankrolled Islamist extremists and had close ties with Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran.
Qatar, which denies being a supporter of extremism, rejects the "unrealistic" demands as an attempt by the Gulf states to undermine the nation's sovereignty.