Posted by: Lister | June 4, 2008

Houda Nonoo

Bahrain’s first Jewish ambassador.

Bahrain has appointed a Jewish woman as an ambassador, believed to be the Arab world’s first Jewish envoy.

I’m surprised if that’s true historically, but certainly in modern times.

Nonoo, a businesswoman and mother of two children, has served as a legislator in Bahrain’s all-appointed 40-member Shura Council for three years.

Nonoo lives in both Bahrain and London and is the first Jewish woman to head a local rights organisation, the Bahrain Human Rights Watch.

She is Bahrain’s third woman ambassador – the first being appointed to France in 2000 and the second to China.

Bahrain is a predominately Shia Muslim state but has Sunni rulers who are allied to the US.

About 40 Jews live in Bahrain, where there is one synagogue.

The authorities in Bahrain are currently planning to grant full citizenship rights to Jewish returnees, according to local reports.

(Via Ali Eteraz).



  1. I met with the Minister of Finance and the New Bahraini Ambassador to the US last week. I find them to work well together. They are both very intelligent and thughtful people; who represent the people of Bahrain very well. We hope this will be an example for the rest of the Gulf Region.
    Ashraf Sabrin

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