‘It’s very exciting to see such demand for Passover programming in the Gulf this year,’ Emirati rabbi says
Jewish communities in the Gulf region will be receiving 650 pounds of matzah imported to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait ahead of Passover, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reported over the weekend.
The shipment is the latest development in the warming of ties between Jewish communities in the region following the historic Abraham Accords that cemented normalization deals between two Gulf Arab states and Israel.
The Association of Gulf Jewish Communities, an umbrella organization that was founded in February, will coordinate the shipment, JTA reported.
The association facilitates and promotes Jewish life in six Gulf countries, which host several hundreds of Jews in total.
“It is very exciting to see such demand for Passover programming in the Gulf this year,” Jewish leader in the United Arab Emirates, Rabbi Elie Abadie, said as quoted by JTA.
The Emirates has enjoyed a flood of Israeli tourists since it signed a landmark peace treaty with Jerusalem, and has even instated kosher food in many of its establishments.