According to Hebrew reports, for the first time in an Arab country, the first kosher company was established in the United Arab Emirates, which is increasingly involved in normalization with the occupation state.
Last week, the Israeli Foreign Ministry celebrated an Emirati company which works to meet the needs of the Jewish passengers and tourists of kosher food.
“Israel Arabic” page on twitter said that “Marc Schneier,” American rabbi and head of the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding, said that he was impressed by standing in a line for kosher food at an Islamic conference recently held in Abu Dhabi.
Schneier said the company aims to meet the needs of Jewish tourists across the Gulf countries, not just the UAE.
The same page noted that the unprecedented move comes in conjunction with the warm relations between Tel Aviv and a number of Gulf capitals and visits to senior Israeli officials of those countries.
According to Yedioth Ahronoth, the founder of Kosher Arabia, the kosher food company, is Ross Kriel, who heads the Orthodox Jewish community in Dubai.
The service will be limited to dairy products, fish and vegetables, in the present time, the newspaper added.
The newspaper pointed out that the meals were allocated according to Jewish law for Jewish guests who participated in a conference of interfaith dialogue in Abu Dhabi.
The American rabbi has extensive ties with the Gulf countries and many countries in the Muslim world and was appointed by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa as his special advisor in December.
The kosher company established in Dubai is part of the ongoing normalization process, which includes the arrival of an Israeli delegation to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Olympic Games for Athletes with Special Needs.
The UAE authorities also secretly allowed the establishment of a synagogue in Dubai.
After meetings in Jewish homes in Dubai, they rented a villa in a quiet residential neighborhood for three years. The building contains a prayer area, a kitchen and a few bedrooms for visitors or members of the community who do not work on Saturday.
“We’ve come a long way since I first started to go to Dubai 30 years ago,” said Eli Epstein, a New York resident who helped set up the synagogue. ” and I was told to try and avoid using my surname because it sounds too Jewish.”
Rulers of the UAE are keen to show the state in a way that opens up and eases restrictions on religions other than Islam. They appointed a minister of tolerance, which recently sponsored a World Conference on Tolerance, which included 1,200 Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews and others from all over the world.
“I call upon you to work together to eliminate misunderstandings about different religions and cultures, pluralism must become a positive and creative force for development and stability,” Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahayan Ben Mubarak told delegates dining in an outdoor courtyard in Dubai.
Members of the Jewish synagogue in Dubai have long asked visitors not to disclose their location or write about their activities.
“I prefer not to live like Marano,” said Ross Kriel, a Johannesburg-born lawyer, and community leader. “In the 15th century, people in Spain practiced Judaism secretly, after forced conversions to Christianity.
“The government’s attitude to our community is that they want us to feel comfortable being here, praying here, and doing business here,” he said.
On Saturdays and Jewish holidays, worshipers, usually a few dozen of the 150 members, as well as corporate and university visitors, gather in the villa whose windows allow a minaret to be seen, and although the Jewish community does not have a rabbi, They visit it from time to time.
When chanting of the weekly portion of the Torah wraps up, the prayer leader intones a traditional Jewish benediction, tailored to local circumstances: “Bless and protect, guard and assist, exalt, magnify, and uplift the president of the U.A.E., Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, and his deputy, the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, and all the rulers of the other emirates and their crown princes.”
The synagogue was encouraged by Jewish groups such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Dubai Government and Mohammed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, which built the 163-storey Khalifa tower.
When Epstein donated Bible books three years ago, he gave one of them with a velvet cap with an Arabic inscription embroidered with gold for the ferry, which he had known since they ran an aluminum project in the 1990s.
“For decades, anything Jewish was avoided in the Arab world, and explicit signs of Jewishness were risky,” says Ghanem Nuseibeh, a co-founder of political risk consultants Cornerstone Global Associates Ltd., who occasionally visits the synagogue. before the UAE began to change reality.
Recently, the UAE hosted ministerial delegations and Israeli sports teams amid an unprecedented frequency of reports of secret normalization between Abu Dhabi and Israel, particularly in the field of military cooperation and espionage techniques.
The UAE is also openly involved in supporting the suspicious American Century Deal to put an end to the Palestinian cause, despite its recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.