An Emirati message of love and peace to the Jewish community in the State of Victoria

November 5, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The United Arab Emirates’ Consulate General in Melbourne has planted an olive tree in the grounds of one of the largest synagogues in Melbourne.

Dr Nariman Al Mulla, Anton Block and Rabbi Yaakov Glasman   Photo: Peter Haskin

Consul General Dr Nariman Al Mulla organized The Peace Tree Initiative to spread the values of tolerance, consolidate peaceful coexistence and enhance social cohesion between different ethnic groups and cultures.

Accompanying Dr Al Mulla was Rabbi Yaakov Glasman, President of the Rabbinical Association of Australasia and former president of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry Anton Block.

Rabbi Glasman told J-Wire: “This peace agreement is called the ‘Abraham Accords’ and is named after our ancestor Abraham or Ibrahim as known in the Islamic faith. Abraham exemplifies the traits of peace and kindness by forging meaningful and long-lasting relationships – so too have Israel and the UAE embarked on a deeply meaningful and what we are confident will be a long-lasting and fruitful relationship.

Some commentators have questioned whether normalising diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE is really that significant given that both countries had been cooperating through back channels beforehand. Again we learn from our forefather Abraham who was the first person to believe in one G-d yet he didn’t simply practice his belief quietly through back channels – he wore it on his sleeve proudly and encouraged others toward Monotheism too. So too Israel and the UAE have shown the world in a most public fashion what peace can and should look like. I am deeply honoured to represent the Australasian Rabbinate to mark this incredible milestone and thank Her Excellency Dr Nariman Al Mulla for joining us today.”

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