Bahrain adalah satu-satunya negagara Arab dan Islam yang mempunyai seorang duta keturunan yahudi dan duta tersebut ditempatkan di Washington – Amerika Serikat. Nama duta tersebut adalah Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo
Sunday, February 20, 2011
AIPAC and Bahrain
“He was referring to Houda Nonoo, Bahrain’s Ambassador to the U.S. – believed to be the Arab world’s first Jewish envoy, who attends services at The Shul of the Nation’s Capital at Lubavitch Center. Joining him were senior representatives of AIPAC, American Jewish Committee, B’nai B’rith International, Anti-Defamation League and other prominent members of the Washington Jewish community.” ( Prof As’ad Abu Khalil – Angry Arab’s Blog )
Houda Nonoo, Bahrain Ambasador To USA
Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo (also Hoda Nono; Arabic: هدى عزرا نونو) is the Bahraini Ambassador to the United States. She was appointed to the position by decree of Foreign Affairs Minister Khaled Ben Ahmad Al-Khalifa. Nounou is the first Jewish person, and third woman, to be appointed ambassador of Bahrain. She is also the first Jewish ambassador of any Arab country, and the first female Bahraini ambassador to the United States. Some local media criticized the appointment, and Radio Canada reported that her nomination was controversial within Bahrain, with some suggesting that a Jewish person might not be the best choice to defend Bahrain’s refusal to recognise Israel. Al-Khalifa rejected these concerns.
Prior to her appointment, she was president of the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society, and had for three years been a member of parliament (40-member Shura Council), after being appointed by King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah. Her appointment made headlines because Houda is part of the small Jewish community of Bahrain. Bahrain’s Jewish community reportedly consists in just thirty-seven people, most of whom are the descendants of immigrants from Iraq and Iran. Nonoo is not the first person in her family to enter Bahraini politics, or member of the Jewish community. In 1934, her grandfather Abraham Nonoo served as a member of the Manama Municipality, the first ever elected municipal body in Bahrain. In 2000, a cousin, Ebrahim Daoud Nonoo was appointed to parliament. The Nonoo family is originally from Iraq having moved to Bahrain over a century ago.
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Bahrain: Tweet Reveals Private Meeting in Washington
Feb 19, (collive) — One a recent snowy evening, guests arrived at the Lubavitch Center in Washington, DC, home of American Friends of Lubavitch, which played host to a private dinner meeting for a visiting foreign dignitary.
“Heading to dinner with a prominent Jewish Ambassador to the United States – will say more after I see if it’s on-the-record,” William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy for the Jewish Federations of North America, tweeted on his account.
He was referring to Houda Nonoo, Bahrain’s Ambassador to the U.S. – believed to be the Arab world’s first Jewish envoy, who attends services at The Shul of the Nation’s Capital at Lubavitch Center.
Joining him were senior representatives of AIPAC, American Jewish Committee, B’nai B’rith International, Anti-Defamation League and other prominent members of the Washington Jewish community.
Daroff’s message on the micro-blogging site sparked interest, and COLlive.com immediately inquired about it. But Chabad Rabbi Levi Shemtov declined to elaborate.
Soon enough, at 8:45 PM, the dinner’s special guest leaked it himself – through Twitter.
Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa tweeted: “Was invited by my friend rabbi shimtov 2 a dinner w/ leaders of the American Jewish community. gr8 discussion abt peace in ME (Middle East).”
“It was supposed to be hush-hush, but, nu, it was tweeted,” Ron Kampeas, Washington reporter for JTA, wrote on his blog.
After learning of the tweet, Rabbi Shemtov told COLlive that the minister said: “People must understand that Israel has a historical presence in the region of the Middle East, belongs there and is a permanent presence in the region.”
The minister added: “Once others will accept these facts, it will be easier to make peace” – a point he was said publicly in the past, but reiterated to the Jewish leaders.
Shemtov told JTA that, especially around Purim time, it’s worth singling out for praise non-Jews who speak truth to power to regional leaders threatening Jewish annihilation.
“There are those, unfortunately too few as yet in the region, who say there is virtue to the Jewish people and if we discover it and explore it we may find the need for conflict is not really there,” Shemtov said.
“His excellency King Hamad and his excellency Shaikh Khalid are such people.”