Jewish Agency to aid Bahrain's community following normalisation of ties

Local leader Ebrahim Nonoo asked the group's chief Isaac Herzog for cultural and educational support during call


Israeli Labor Party leader and co-leader of the Zionist Union list for the upcoming general election, Isaac Herzog (L) talks with citizens on the phone to try to convince them to vote for them, at the party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on March 15, 2015, two days ahead of the elections. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

The Jewish Agency for Israel has announced it will seek to provide educational and cultural assistance to Bahrain's Jewish community, following the normalisation of political ties between the two nations last week.

Speaking via phonecall on Saturday night, Isaac Herzog discussed collaborating with Ebrahim Nonoo, the head of the Jewish community in Bahrain - which is believed to number around 50. 

In a statement, the agency said Mr Nonoo asked to be provided with the tools to “enhance Jewish identity and cultivate community life.”

Mr Herzog said that he was “happy to congratulate my friend of many years, Ebrahim Nonoo, who will soon be able to visit Israel freely with his family.

“The Jewish Agency can now support another Jewish community in the Middle East, just as we support all Jewish communities around the world.”

A team lead by Jewish Agency CEO Amira Ahronoviz will be established in the coming days to work with the Jewish community in Bahrain.

Mr Herzog also congratulated the leaders of the two nations and the United States for the political agreement that had allowed for the collaboration. 

On Friday, US president Donald Trump announced the two nations would normalise political ties - the second to do so following the United Arab Emirates in August.

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