Jews in UAE not too happy with their new visibility

FROM the outside looking in, one would be forgiven for assuming that the normalisation of ties between the United Arab Emirates and Israel would have made life for the Emirati nation’s Jewish community a better place.

But, according to UAE Chief Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, that is not quite the case.

The 42-year-old, who is also the executive director of the Bronfman Centre for Jewish Student Life at New York University, explained to me, from his New York office: “The biggest change has been the the visibility — within the span of a year, it went from very private to one of the most well-known in the world.

“That kind of visibility, and that transition from privacy to publicity and that hyper-visibility is dramatic.

“People who have lived in the UAE for four or five years prior, they very much still have it deeply ingrained in them not to be public, even though they’re coming from the UK or elsewhere.

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