Some Arabs mourned him as a holy warrior and martyr, while others saw him as a “pillar of evil” whose deadly attacks on the United States unleashed a backlash against Muslims across the world.

From his Saudi birthplace to the Gulf Arab shores and Palestinian territories, the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden highlighted the sharp divide between subjects and rulers, radicals and moderates across the Arab world.

The U.S.-backed Palestinian Authority welcomed bin Laden’s killing as “good for the cause of peace.” Its rival and prospective power-sharing partner, Islamist Hamas, deplored his death.

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