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What citizens of other countries are reading about the Middle East

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January 18, 2016 10:05
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A SYRIAN girl waits with her family, who say they have received permission from the Syrian government to leave the besieged town, as they depart after an aid convoy entered Madaya, this week.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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There is a real problem of ignorance surrounding Saudi Arabia, not only among Western journalists, but also among us Arabs. This was particularly evident in the reaction to the verdict made by a Saudi court to execute convicted al-Qaida terrorists who operated in the kingdom. The British press decided to align with Tehran’s worldview, and focused its reporting exclusively on the fact that among the convicted felons was an Iranian-born Shi’ite sheik. The Europeans followed suit, and all of the sudden the verdict became an all-out war between Sunnis and Shi’ites in the region. Saudi Arabia was presented as a Shi’a-hating country. Not a single word was said about the hundreds of Shi’ites living in the kingdom, working as civil servants, economists, journalists, businessmen and university professors.

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