The Bahraini king hosts a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony

Published December 27th, 2016 - 09:14 GMT
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa. (AFP/File)
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa. (AFP/File)

The Kingdom of Bahrain hosted a candle lighting ceremony for Hanukkah, which led to a video of local men wearing kaffiyehs and Orthodox Jews dancing together.

The Muslim monarchy of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa held a candle lighting ceremony on Saturday night attended by the local Jewish community, area businessmen and other local Bahrainis. The Hasidic dancing was captured on video and posted on YouTube.

Last year was the first time that the king of Bahrain marked Hanukkah.

The Hamas group issued a statement railing against the ceremony calling the dancing of Jews and Muslims together  a “disgraceful spectacle.”

Hamas called on Bahrain to “fully stop any form of normalization with the Zionist enemy."

Meanwhile, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued an official Hanukkah message to the country’s Jewish community.

“My best wishes for the Hanukkah festival of all Jews, especially the inseparable part of our society’s Jewish citizens, with whom we have coexisted peacefully for centuries, and I wish them peace,” said the message.

You can check out the video here:

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