The Islamic State has claimed that it orchestrated and executed last week’s terror attack on a Shiite mosque in the city of Qatif, Saudi Arabia. The attack was swiftly condemned by the Saudi monarch, all segments of Saudi society and a host of regional observers.
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The visit of Pope Francis to Palestine — and his subsequent recognition of the State of Palestine and canonization of two Ottoman-era Palestinian nuns — has attracted scathing criticism from Israeli observers.
On Sunday, Israelis of Ethiopian descent took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against systemic discrimination.