Thursday, December 02, 2010

Jewish author named to Bahrain Shura Council

Bahrain made history by being the first Arab country to name a Jewish woman as ambassador to Washington. Now it has appointed another to its Shura Council. That's just over five percent of the country's Jewish population in prominent positions. The Jerusalem Post reports (with thanks: Lily):

One of ten new members appointed to Bahrain's Shura Council following a royal decree by Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa is Jewish historian Nancy Khedhouri.

Khedouri has written extensively on the Jewish community of Bahrain, which has dwindled from over 1,000 to just a few dozen today.

Three other women were appointed to the 40-member consultative council: Supreme Council for Women Secretary-General Lulwa Al Awadhi, Christian human rights activist Hala Qoraisa, and Jameela Nasif.

Two former ambassadors, Khalil Al Thawadi and Mohammed Al Mosalam, were also appointed to the council, as well as former MPs Salah Abdulrahman and Abdulaziz Abul.

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