‘Hanukkah in the UAE was eight days of miracles,’ says local rabbi as joint events in both countries are latest sign of growing ties since signing of Abraham Accords in 2020
Gulf-Arab initiative ‘Sharaka’, which aims to promote normalization and peace between Israel and Arab states, recently visited the San Francisco Bay area for a host of meetings with locals, blowing the minds of progressives with their unpredictable take on the conflict
“The accords, in my humble opinion, are the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict.” That was the optimistic assessment shared by Dan Feferman, a former IDF intelligence officer and now the global affairs director of Sharaka, a nongovernmental organization, with an online and in-person audience gathered at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette on Monday.
“Even when politics fail and political deals collapse, we want to have enough of the social and cultural relationships between people so that they always have something to fall back on,” said Chama Mechtaly, an Amazigh-Moroccan activist and artist.
Sharaka delegation from UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, and Israel finds US audiences long on hope but short on information
Contrary to the wave of more than 200,000 Israelis who have already visited the Emirates, tourists from the Gulf are just starting to arrive to Israel.
During the first delegation of Bahrainis organized by the NGO Sharaka, young Bahraini influencers had their preconceptions of Israel challenged – and laid the foundation for more meaningful peace.
Activists and officials from new Gulf partner, hosted by NGO seeking to deepen ties created by Abraham Accords, revel in warm reception, shrug off Palestinian residents’ hostility
They met with government officials and visited holy sites in Jerusalem before seeing other cultural, religious and historic places throughout Israel during their whirlwind tour.
The visit was the first by an exclusively Bahraini delegation, which also became the first group to receive the Holocaust Center’s new teaching guidelines in Arabic