On the occasion of the official ceremony in Israel, Holocaust memorial ceremonies were held in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Wednesday – the first time that such events were held in an Arab state.
The local Jewish communities organized the ceremonies in both countries that signed normalization agreements with Israel last year.
« A historic first event in memory of the Holocaust, » the State Department said in a statement. “Israeli and Emirati activists lit six candles to commemorate the six million people who perished and are now opposing extremism. We will not forget. »
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned the UAE event during his speech at Israel’s official ceremony in Jerusalem.
Talking about Israel’s normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, Netanyahu said « there is a tremendous change in the Arab world » and noted the Holocaust memorial ceremony in Dubai.
The ceremony in Dubai included a delegation of Jewish and Arab Israelis, Channel 12 reported. Several dozen Gulf social media influencers were due to join them, and organizers hoped they would pass on the stories of survival and memory would.
In both Dubai and Bahrain, the ceremonies were part of the Yellow Candle Project, a global community campaign to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.
On Thursday evening, the Association of Jewish Communities in the Gulf will host a webinar with young Muslims from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, « discuss their experiences during a visit to Yad Vashem, » the group said in a statement Candle Project, the global collective effort to remember the victims of the Holocaust, in which members of each ward will light a yellow candle bearing the name of the Jews who perished in the Holocaust. “
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed last year as part of a pact brokered by the United States to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel under the so-called Abraham Agreement. Morocco and Sudan later normalized relations with Israel as well.
The agreements broke with the longstanding Arab idea that there should be no normalization with Israel until a comprehensive peace deal with the Palestinians is reached.
Since then the UAE and Israel each appointed ambassadors, with Israel already opening an embassy in a temporary location in Abu Dhabi. Last month, on the first night of Passover, Ambassador Eitan Na’eh held the first seder of the embassy in the United Arab Emirates.
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