Bahrain celebrates Holocaust Remembrance Day for the first time

For the first time in history, the Bahraini Jewish community marked Holocaust Remembrance Day at a virtual ceremony initiated by the “House of Ten Commandments”.

Just a few months after the signing of the Abraham Convention, of which Bahrain was one of the signatories, a memorable ceremony was held at a Jewish community synagogue, which was recently renovated as part of an initiative by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The ceremony was led by Ambassador Houda Nonoo, a member of a Jewish family who previously served as Bahrain’s ambassador to the United States.

The guest of honor at the event is Amb. Dr. Dore Gold, President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and former Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met with Nonoo during his visit to Bahrain in December 2020.

In the Arabian Peninsula, Jewish communities will host a number of events on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, another sign of warming ties between the Gulf states and their Jewish population.
On Thursday, the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities will host an online seminar on the Holocaust, moderated by Emily Judd, of the Supreme Committee of the Human Brotherhood, involving both Muslims and Jews.

The webinar will be attended by two young Muslims, Fetama al Harbi from Bahrain and Thoufeek Zakriya from the UAE, who will experience their recent visit to the Yad Vashem Museum.

The Jewish communities of Bahrain and Dubai also participated in the Yellow Candle Project, a global community effort to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, in which members of each community lit a yellow candle in memory of the names of Jews killed in the Nazi genocide.

Jeremy Sharon contributed to the report.