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Saudi Arabia 'suspended ministry website following criticism of hateful speech'

Saudi Arabia has shut down its defence ministry’s website and removed online hate content following reports by a Washington-based think tank citing xenophobic and antisemitic quotes by pro-government clerics and platforms.

In a February briefing seen by Middle East Eye, the Institute for Gulf Affairs (IGA) said its investigations into inciteful sermons and textbooks have prompted the Saudi government to take steps to delete the content from the internet.

The IGA think tank has argued in its previous reports that terror attacks committed by Saudi nationals are rooted in “institutionalised incitement and indoctrination” by the ministries of education, justice and defence, posing an extremist threat to Western and US interests.

The content, according to IGA, included anti-Western statements in Saudi military institutions, hateful radio sermons by senior Saudi officials, and education ministry-issued textbooks with lessons preaching discrimination against non-Muslims and Muslims who oppose the kingdom’s policies.

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