Saudi Arabia Says Will Accept Jewish Workers, But Not Israelis

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

People of all religious faiths are welcome to come and work in Saudi Arabia, including Jews — but Israelis need not apply.

That was the policy statement issued by a Labor Ministry official in Riyadh, as quoted in a Saudi newspaper on Tuesday and translated from the Arabic by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

“We bar entry [into Saudi Arabia] only to those with Israeli citizenship. Other than that, we are open to most nationalities and religions,” said a Labor Ministry source, adding, “For example, if a worker is a citizen of Yemen but practices Judaism, the [Saudi] Embassy [in Yemen] would not object to issuing him a work visa for the kingdom.”

Saudi Shura Council Foreign Affairs Committee member Sadaqa bin Yahya Fadhel said, “We Muslims have no problem with the Jews…Our biggest problem, as an Arab and Islamic nation, is with the Zionist movement, and not with the Jews or Christians.”