For decades, any public discussion of the destruction of European Jewry in Arab countries has tended to revolve around either Holocaust denial, accusations that Israel is emulating the Nazis in its treatment of Palestinians, or the convoluted assertion that Palestinians are indirect victims of the Shoah. This year, something very different happened in the two Gulf states that have normalized relations with Israel. The Times of Israel reports:
Holocaust Remembrance ceremonies were held Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, to coincide with the official ceremony in Israel—the first time such events have been held in an Arab state. The local Jewish communities organized the ceremonies in the two countries, which last year signed normalization agreements with Israel.
Images of the events shared on social media showed dozens of people participating.
The ceremony in Dubai included a delegation of Jewish and Arab Israelis. . . . [This] evening, the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities will host a webinar with young Muslims from the UAE and Bahrain “who will discuss their experiences visiting Yad Vashem,” the group said in a statement.