Bahrain’s king condemns Arab boycott of Israel

September 19, 2017 Agencies
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Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa has condemned the Arab world’s boycott of Israel, saying its citizens are free to visit the Jewish state, in a declaration of worldwide religious tolerance facilitated by the Los-Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa with President Donald Trump May 21. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Although the Persian Gulf nation has no diplomatic relations with Israel, the king’s announcement was unveiled last week at the centre’s interfaith event in California.

Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, who head the centre, said the Bahraini king issued the declaration during their visit to the country’s capital city of Manama earlier this year.

“The most exciting part of the visit was listening to His Majesty outline his vision for a new Middle East — one solidly based on the principles of inclusion and human dignity that rejects extremism,” Hier said.

“May the day come soon when His Majesty’s plane lands at Ben-Gurion Airport, and when the anthems played here tonight will be heard around the world ushering in that long-awaited era of lasting peace and tranquility,” he added.

At the event, several guests formally signed the Bahrain Declaration, including the king’s son, Prince Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa.

The prince was accompanied by a 40-person delegation that also joined him during a visit to the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance built by the Wiesenthal Center.


One Response to “Bahrain’s king condemns Arab boycott of Israel”
  1. Erica edelman says:

    Well, well, well. You just never know what’s around the corner
    Do you? Arabs shoving it up Arabs in effect.

    Can’t wait for the next move. With a bit of luck Qatar will
    Be pulled into line, more treaties will be signed and our
    Peace-loving Israel will be able to get on with the business
    Shana Tova! Hashem is GREAT!

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