The offices of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team were set on fire early Friday in an apparent arson attack, police said, a day after four of the club’s fans were charged with anti-Muslim chanting at a recent game. Tensions have been bubbling ever since the team announced last month it would sign on two Muslim Chechen players — Zaur Sadayev and Gabriel Kadiev — in a break from the team’s unofficial tradition of not signing Arabs or Muslims. (Bernat Armangue/The Associated Press)
Another historic day for women in Saudi Arabia: Sarah Attar became the first female track and field athlete to represent the country at an Olympics when she competed in the 800 metres heats on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old, who wore a white head cover, a long-sleeved green top and black leggings and sported luminous green running spikes, received a generous ovation from a capacity crowd at the Olympic stadium as she trailed in last of the eight runners.
"It’s an incredible experience,” Attar, who has dual United States citizenship and is a student at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, told reporters. “It is the hugest honour to be here to represent the women of Saudi Arabia. ”It is an historic moment. I hope it will make a difference. It is a huge step forward. It’s a really incredible experience.“