Persian Gulf

  • Amnesty Int’l Urges Yemen to Protect Its Jews

    Amnesty International has written to a government official in Yemen urging the country to protect its Jews. The human rights organization said in a statement last week that it is “deeply concerned for the safety of members of the Jewish community in northwestern Yemen following the killing of one member of the community and anonymous… More ▸

  • Reaching out to Jews, Bahrain Posits Model for Regional Cooperation

    Bahrain, the little Persian Gulf nation where pluralism has been the exception to the regional hegemonic rule, is learning that the best way for democracy to survive is to replicate. Without explicitly saying so, Bahrain is softly encouraging the U.S.-led push for democratization in the Middle East as the means toward stabilization. Its rulers have… More ▸

  • Peres Praises Saudi Peace Plan

    The Saudi-led peace initiative is a “serious opening for real progress,” Shimon Peres told a United Nations gathering. “We cannot change the past. However, we can shape our future,” Israel’s president said of the conflict between Israel and ts Arab neighbors during an address Wednesday to the U.N. interfaith dialogue summit. “This seems more feasible… More ▸

  • Jewish Leaders Meet Saudi, Bahraini Monarchs

    U.S. Jewish organizational leaders are meeting with the Saudi and Bahraini kings. The meetings are taking place in New York this week during an interfaith dialogue held under the auspices of the United Nations and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, who has pressed in recent years for greater interreligious understanding despite resistance from his kingdom’s Islamist… More ▸

  • Rabbi: What I Saw at Saudi-led Interfaith Conference in Spain

    When King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced his intention some three months ago to reach out to the leaders of the main religions of the world to convene an interfaith dialogue and to work together to address major global challenges, understandably there was no shortage of skepticism. Saudi Arabia is the heartland of Islam and… More ▸