Uplifting Jewish-Muslim Hanukah songs in Dubai

December 15, 2020

Delegations from the UAE and Bahrain prepare to take part in a Western Wall Hanukah lighting ceremony with Israeli orthodox rabbis in Jerusalem yesterday.

 

VIDEO: JEWISH-MUSLIM HANUKAH IN DUBAI

[Note by Tom Gross]

It is worth watching this one-minute video:

https://youtu.be/uITEAzrT_I4

Or here:

https://www.facebook.com/TomGrossMedia/posts/3532629640107863

 

TRENDS THAT CAN POTENTIALLY PROVE GLOBALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE GENERAL MODERATION OF EXTREMISM

It is not just that peace agreements have been forged in the last couple of years between Israel and several Arab governments. More importantly, a remarkably warm peace between peoples is emerging too. There are now countless examples every day, far too many to send out on this Mideast dispatch list.

Crucially this is manifesting itself not just on a national level -- with Arab interest in Israeli society, sport, culture, with Morocco starting to teach thousands of years of Jewish history on its national school curriculum -- but there are also now examples of reconciliation between Islam and Judaism. These trends can potentially prove globally important for the general moderation of extremism, I feel.

As readers of these dispatches know, I have spent considerable time over the past 20 years with people from different walks of life in countries throughout the Arab world, including Saudi, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq and others.

THE VILE AND IRRATIONAL HATRED THAT IS ANTISEMITISM

While of course there are still problems and prejudices (as there are among some Jews too), I’ve always felt and long argued that the worst of the vile and irrational hatred of Israel (no doubt stemming from conscious or subconscious antisemitism) was to be found among some people in Europe and North America (including some journalists, academics and even some European diplomats) -- and not as a general rule among the many middle easterners I have met (with the exception of Muslims who grew up in the west who have also been influenced by western antisemitism).

That is not to say that full peace is about to break out, or there isn’t still a great amount of prejudice against Jews in countries like Egypt or among the Iranian regime.

But there has been remarkable progress over the last two or three years. One can’t help feeling that if the Abraham Accords and other polices that led to this progress had been the result of another president’s polices other than President Trump’s (who handpicked his former lawyers and his son-in-law to come up with them), the western media would have paid a lot more attention and given more positive coverage to these pieces of good news.

(Of course, one understands the reluctance to praise Trump given his sheer obnoxiousness at times, but the media should nonetheless give credit where credit is due.)

UAE AND BAHRAIN GROUPS ATTEND WESTERN WALL HANKKAH LIGHTING CEREMONY

The above photo shows delegations from the UAE and Bahrain preparing to take part in Western Wall Hanukah lighting ceremony with Israeli orthodox rabbis in Jerusalem yesterday.

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, chief rabbi of the Western Wall, said “It is a Hanukah miracle to see the delegation from the UAE and Bahrain here with us participating in the Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony. Who would have believed that peace would come to our house in such a magnificent way?”

Dr. Majid a-Sarah from the University of Dubai, said: “To visit Israel for the first time as part of this delegation is a historic moment. Israel is a prime example of tolerance in the region. This is a new era of peace and stability between peoples.”

Mashaal a-Shamri said: “As a Bahraini woman visiting Israel, it is a great honor for me to be here and also to have met the Israeli president today. We see Israel as a place of peace, success and coexistence.”

 

MEANWHILE IN RAMALLAH

Meanwhile in the West Bank, things are often not nearly as bad as certain western journalists would like to claim:

Here is a new video from Ramallah:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ2qS-BXbew

 

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