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Jewish Communities in the Gulf Commemorate Holocaust alongside Muslims

April 8, 2021

by: Dan Lavie~Israel Hayom via JNS

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The flags of the United States, the UAE, Israel and Bahrain flying side-by-side in Israel

Thursday, 8 April 2021 | Jews in the Gulf commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day this week together with Muslims, through a program hosted by the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities (AGJC).

“The event includes young Muslims from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates [UAE] who will share their experience visiting Yad Vashem [in Jerusalem] for the first time and learning about the atrocities of the Holocaust,” said the AGJC statement.

“On Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia (8 p.m. in Oman and the UAE), the AGJC will host a webinar moderated by Emily Judd from the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity featuring young Muslims from Bahrain and the UAE who will discuss their experiences visiting Yad Vashem. Later on, they will be joined by members of the Jewish community in the Gulf and together, they will discuss how Muslims and Jews can work together to create a new Middle East.”

Israel, the UAE and Bahrain have recently signed normalization agreements, paving the way for improving Arab–Jewish relations in the region.

The House of the Ten Commandments (the Jewish community of Bahrain) and the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE) will each hold separate commemoration events in addition to the AGJC one, which they will both participate in.

“Also, for the first time ever, the Jewish communities of Bahrain and Dubai will be participating in the Yellow Candle Project, the global communal effort to remember victims of the Holocaust, whereby members from each community will light a yellow candle in memory of the name of Jews who perished during the Holocaust,” said the AGJC.

The project includes an educational website that allows participants to explore age-appropriate themes within Holocaust education, according to the organization.

“It is truly remarkable that we can celebrate Yom Hashoah so openly this year in the Gulf, both as the broader Jewish community of the Gulf and in our individual communities,” said Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie, rabbi of the AGJC and senior rabbi of the JCE.

Ebrahim Dawood Nonoo, president of the AGJC and The House of the Ten Commandments, said, “Yom Hashoah is both a day to commemorate the travesties which took place during the Holocaust, as well as to look toward the future and build a better world for the next generation so that it does not happen again.”

Jews living in the Gulf, he said, were “blessed” not to have to experience anti-Semitism.

“This is due to our close relationships with our Muslim neighbors as we look out for one another,” he said. “Therefore, it was important for us to also include a component of our program focused on how Muslims and Jews can build a new—and better—Middle East with a united front.”

Posted on April 8, 2021

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by Israel Hayom via JNS on April 7, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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