6 year old child murdered in alleged hate-crime in Medina, Saudi Arabia

A 6 year old child has been murdered in alleged hate-crime in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Zakaria Al-Jaber, around the age of 6, was traveling with his mother in a taxi on their way to the Prophet’s mosque and grave in the middle of the day Thursday.

The taxi driver, for yet unestablished reasons, then pulled over the car, got out, and forced the boy out of the car near a coffee shop in the Al-Tilal neighborhood.

The taxi driver then broke a glass bottle to obtain a shard of glass, which he then used to cut the throat of the child and stab him.

The fact that the mother and child were part of the marginalized and minority Shia group of Saudi Arabia, and the fact that Saudi Arabia has an awful humans rights record has raised questions about this case.

In 2016 the Saudi authorities executed Shia cleric Sheikh Al Nimr and the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (and subsequent failed attempt at covering their tracks), also points to a wider issue of persecution, underreporting and suppression within the Kingdom.

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