After Canada’s foreign ministry criticized Saudi Arabia for their deplorable human rights record, angry Saudis threatened the country with a 9/11 style attack.
Earlier this week Saudi Arabia’s state media sent out an alarming tweet with an image of an Air Canada airliner heading toward the Toronto skyline, evoking for many the barbaric September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the U.S.
Now deleted, here a screenshot of the threatening Saudi “infographic” featuring an airliner headed for the Toronto skyline. pic.twitter.com/LrkCLxxjFk
— Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) August 6, 2018
Infographic KSA, a state media Saudi Twitter account, posted the tweet on Monday. After the image began generating outrage it was deleted, and the pro-government Saudi Twitter account has since been deleted, according to multiple media reports. Saudi officials have offered an apology for the tweet, and say they are investigating.
The threat of a 9/11 style attack is particularly alarming when one recalls that 15 of the 19 hijackers who conducted the attack on the U.S. were from Saudi Arabia, and Osama bin Laden, the attacks’ mastermind, was an influential Saudi citizen who still has family in the country.
The alarming Twitter threat came after Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador because Canada’s foreign ministry had called for the release of detained human rights activists in the kingdom.
The Guardian reports that the growing hostility between Canada and Saudi Arabia”began with an expression of concern” via Twitter “by Canada’s foreign ministry over the arrest of Saudi civil society and women’s rights activists.”
Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists.
— Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) August 3, 2018
Newsweek reports on the growing antipathy between the countries:
Saudi Arabia has canceled the scholarships of 16,000 of its students studying in Canada, also ordering them to leave the country and find academic programs elsewhere.
The move comes amid a growing diplomatic row between the kingdom and the North American country, following comments by Canada’s foreign ministry that criticized Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and called on Riyadh to release detained activists. Responding to the criticism, Saudi Arabia also cut diplomatic ties with Canada, frozen all new trade and investment and canceled flights via its national carrier to Toronto.
The Saudi kingdom is a brutal regime that gives out the death penalty for homosexuality, denies women the most basic human rights, and commits many other despicable human rights abuses.
In Saudi Arabia, women are second class citizens, treated more like children than adults. In fact women were not even allowed to drive up until just a few months ago.
Moreover, women are required to dress in black from head to toe, and require permission from a male guardian to travel, work and/or marry.
In addition to the abysmal treatment of women and homosexuals, the Saudi regime is a place where migrant workers are routinely tortured and sexually abused, while young children are frequently imprisoned without trial and executed.
In Saudi Arabia, atheists are considered terrorists, and atheism is prosecuted as a crime, with lengthy prison sentences for anyone “calling for atheist thought” or “calling into question the fundamentals of Islam.”
In Saudi Arabia there is no political freedom, no religious freedom, no freedom of speech. It is, in fact, one of the most repressive regimes in recent history, and an affront to human rights and human dignity.
Saudi Arabia does not have a written constitution or an elected legislative body. There are no elections of any kind. All political parties are banned, as are most forms of association. All critical political expression is forbidden. The press is strictly regulated, and assembly is severely restricted.
Bottom line: Saudi Arabia, a backward and brutal theocracy that should be condemned and shunned, recently threatened Canada with a 9/11 style attack after Canada’s foreign ministry criticized the country’s deplorable human rights record.