Muslim Country Selects Jewish Ambassador

May 30, 2008


Huda Azra Ibrahim Nunu, a Jewish female lawmaker has been named as one of Bahrain’s ambassadors in what vould be called a first in modern Arab history.

It’s not known where she will be posted, rumors in the news suggest Nunu is slated to become her country’s ambassador to the United States. Bahrain, a small Arab island nation in the Persian Gulf, has had zero diplomatic relations with Israel while there has long been political hostility between Arabs and Jews over Israel.

A decree King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued on Wednesday named Nunu an ambassador.
Bahrain is predominantly Shiite Muslim but has Sunni rulers. It is pro-American and hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. Nunu, a legislator in Bahrain’s Shura Council, is a member of a Jewish community that numbers around several dozen out of a total population in Bahrain estimated to be around 700,000.

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