Jewish Journal

Meet Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo, Bahrain’s Jewish U.S. ambassador

By Natasha Mozgovaya, HAARETZ Service

Posted on Mar. 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

The appointment of Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo (46), the first female Ambassador from Bahrain and the first Jewish Ambassador of an Arab country in Washington, was praised by U.S. diplomats when it was revealed recently in one of the Wikileaks cables.

It’s not rare to hear in diplomatic circles in Washington about the “smart move” the Bahrainis made, sending to the U.S. a Western-educated woman who represents a tiny minority of the kingdom’s population.

One of Bahrain’s 36 Jews, Nonoo told the “Moment” magazine, a national magazine dedicated to Jewish politics, religion and culture founded in 1975 by Elie Wiesel, that she never experienced religious prejudice in her home country. “I had a normal Jewish upbringing. I was born into Judaism. It’s no different from growing up like a Jew in America. It’s my religion.”

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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