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Top Israeli rabbi prays for safety of UAE ruling family

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef opens Jewish nursery school in Dubai

Zein Khalil   | 20.12.2020
Top Israeli rabbi prays for safety of UAE ruling family

JERUSALEM

Israel's top Jewish rabbi inaugurated a Jewish nursery school in Dubai on Sunday and made a special Jewish ritual for the safety of the ruling family in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Israeli media.


The Sephardi Cheif Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef arrived in the Gulf state on Thursday, marking his first visit to an Arab country.


The official Israeli Twitter account - Israel in Arabic - published photos for Rabbi Yosef while inaugurating the new Jewish school in Dubai.


As part of his visit, Rabbi Yosef named Levi Duchman as rabbi of the Jewish community in the UAE, and inaugurated a new synagogue in the capital city of Abu Dhabi, according to the Times of Israel newspaper.


The Jewish rabbi also met with UAE officials, including the ministers of tolerance, culture and health.


According to Israeli figures, some 3,000 Jews live in the UAE, mostly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


Israel and the UAE signed a US-sponsored deal in September to normalize their relations, a move that was followed by Bahrain and Sudan, and recently Morocco.


The normalization agreements have drawn widespread condemnations from Palestinians, who say the accords ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.


*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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