Bahrain Names Jewish Woman Ambassador

News story here.

MANAMA, Bahrain – Bahrain’s king has appointed a woman believed to be the Arab world’s first Jewish ambassador as the country’s envoy to Washington.

Bahrain — a pro-Western island nation with Sunni rulers and a Shiite majority — is a close U.S. ally and hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. It has about 50 Jewish citizens among a population of roughly half a million people.

Nonoo has served as legislator in Bahrain’s all-appointed 40-member Shura Council for three years.

Nonoo replaced her cousin, who held the Shura Council seat for four years. A businesswoman who lives both in Bahrain and London, Nonoo also is the first Jewish woman to head a local rights organization, the Bahrain Human Rights Watch.

And on a slightly related note, something I read a few days back while I was researching something completely different reminded me that Tariq Aziz, the Iraqi foreign minister and deputy prime minister (and de facto head of government) under Saddam Hussein, was a Christian. I must remember this for a future trivia quiz.


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