Michael Oren pose 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren on Thursday night hosted an Iftar dinner at his official residence in Washington D.C. which was the first breaking of the Ramadan fast celebration hosted by an Israeli ambassador in the United States.
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Guests broke the fast in the traditional Islamic manner, with dates, apricot juice, and soup. After prayer, a full Middle Eastern-themed dinner was served. The menu was Halal.
Oren stressed the importance of Muslim-Jewish dialogue, and his desire to build bridges of understanding and mutual-regard that can extend from Washington to the Middle East and beyond.
The ambassador noted that Israel has a respected and vibrant Muslim community and that Israel has Muslim members of the Knesset. He went on to say that in Israeli hospitals, Jewish and Muslim patients are treated by Jewish and Muslim doctors alike.
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity,” Oren said, quoting from the Bible.
After Oren spoke, Hannah Rosenthal, special envoy to monitor and combat
anti-Semitism at the US Department of State, said a few words. “Hatred
is hatred, it doesn’t matter who the target is,” she highlighted.
The guests in attendance included individuals, imams, academics, and
businessmen from across the Muslim-American community, White House and
US State Department officials; and representatives from the Jewish