samedi 4 février 2012
Bahrain: A Jewish ambassador of an Arab emirate.
In June 2008, King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain issued a decree appointing a Jewish, Huda Nunu, as Ambassador to the United States. Aged 40 years, Huda Nunu graduated management in Britain. The emirate of Bahrain has only 37 Jews, for a total population of 530,000 Arab Bahrainis.
"His appointment confirms the choice made for reforms in Bahrain, a country that does not distinguish between man and woman when it comes to hold government positions and who do not distinguish between its citizens because of their faith," stressed a Bahraini official.
Ms. Nunu is the third woman in Bahrain to hold the post of ambassador. A member of the Royal Family, Haya Al-Khalifa, a Sunni Muslim, had held the post in Paris and Aloui Bibi, a Shiite Muslim, has been appointed in recent months Bahrain Ambassador in Beijing.
Ms. Nunu, who was active in an association of human rights, had been appointed to the Advisory Council in 2006. She has replaced her cousin Ibrahim Nunu who served in the Assembly from 2002 to 2006.
The Nanny is one of the few Jewish families in Bahrain, a small Gulf kingdom which included hundreds of Jews in the late 1940s. Many Jews left Bahrain after Israel's creation in 1948. Ibrahim Nunu, Houda's grandfather, was a member of the City Council of Bahrain in the 1920s when the British colonial authorities accepted the formation of the council taking into account religious and ethnic composition of the population of the archipelago.
The board consisted of representatives of Sunnis, Shiites, Jews, Christians and members from populations of Persian and Indian origins who lived together in harmony in the old pearling counter.
In August 2008, the king of Bahrain met in London the Jews exiled from his country and asked them to return to their homeland.
During this meeting with Jewish community of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa who has contacts with the Israeli authorities called the Jews who left his kingdom to return home, saying that those who migrated are full citizens.