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History of the Jews in Qatar

Geographic location of Qatar
Map of Qatar

The history of the Jews in Qatar is very limited.

There are few Jews in Qatar.

As an indication of the opening up of Qatari society to Western influence, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that:

A forum on U.S.-Islamic relations in Qatar will feature Israeli and U.S. Jewish participants. Former President Clinton and Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, are the scheduled keynote speakers at the Jan.10-12 U.S.-Islamic Forum in Doha. The forum is sponsored by the Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World, funded by the Saban center, which was founded by American-Israeli entertainment mogul Haim Saban. Participants will come from around the Islamic world, including Syria, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Martin Kramer, editor of the Middle East Quarterly, is the sole Israeli participant, since Saban will attend as an American.[1]


  • US Jewish soldiers in Qatar 1
  • New diplomatic openings to the US, Israel and Jews 2
  • Jews in the Arabian Peninsula 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

US Jewish soldiers in Qatar

A news report describes the preparations for US troops stationed in Qatar:

NEW YORK - The Jewish members of America's armed forces will again receive kosher K-rations this Pesach throughout the holiday, provided by the U.S. Defense Department.

Thousands of packages containing kosher for Pesach MREs (meals ready to eat) have already reached U.S. army and navy supply bases, with special shipments aimed at Jewish troops in Iraq and Afghanistan...

The Jewish Chaplains Council estimates that the number of Jews stationed in Iraq is between 500 and 600. Of the 30 Jewish chaplains on active duty around the world, eight chaplains are stationed in Iraq, including two female rabbis.

Each chaplain stationed in Iraq will hold two seders at base camps, with central seders taking place in Baghdad, Falluja and Tikrit. There will also be two seders at the army headquarters in Bahrain, and air force headquarters in Qatar. Jewish soldiers stationed in remote locations will be able to attend seders led by soldiers who received special training for that purpose.[2]

New diplomatic openings to the US, Israel and Jews

There have been some new openings by the United Arab Emirates as reported in the media. In a 2007 article in [3]

Jews in the Arabian Peninsula

See also


  1. ^ "Israelis, U.S. Jews in Qatar". Cleveland Jewish 
  2. ^ "Jewish soldiers in Iraq get kosher Pesach rations". 
  3. ^ Slavin, Barbara (2007-02-12). "Arabs try outreach to Israel, U.S. Jews". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
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