Hanukkah greetings have poured into Israel and Jews from around the world from a number of unlikely places.
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the miracles surrounding the defeat of the Greek-Syrian empire by a small Jewish army in Israel (led by the Maccabees), who were fighting for religious freedom. The events, which took place in the second century B.C., also included miracles which allowed the Jews to rededicate the Temple in Jerusalem.
Most unusual were the tweets of Hanukkah greetings from the United Arab Emirates embassies in the U.S., UK and France.
Happy Hanukkah from the UAE Embassy in Washington DC! pic.twitter.com/tljkzuJx0t
— UAE Embassy US (@UAEEmbassyUS) December 22, 2019
Using the UAE’s UK embassy’s Hanukkah greetings, a parody site brilliantly poked fun at Jeremy Corbyn, the disgraced UK Labour leader whose party is rampant with anti-Semites and who personally has called the anti-Israel terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah his “friends.”
— The Mossad: Elite Parody Division (@TheMossadIL) December 22, 2019
At the same time, the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, tweeted out an article supporting a budding alliance of Arab states with Israel.
The sheikh tweeted the article, “Islam’s reformation, an Arab-Israeli alliance is taking shape in the Middle East,” from his personal account (to his 4.6 million followers).
Mohammed Saud, a Saudi peace blogger who has visited Israel, sent Hanukkah greetings in the form of the traditional Hanukkah song “Al HaNissim,” which translates as “[We thank You God] for the miracles, the redemption, the mighty acts, the saving acts and for the wonders that You have done for our fathers in those days at this time.”
While posting himself singing the song, Saud wrote: “I greet the Israeli people and Jews all around the world for Hanukkah, and I ask Allah to make peace and to enable us to visit one another.”
— محمد سعود Mohammed Saud מוחמד סעוד (@mohsaud08) December 22, 2019
Turkish President Recep Erdogan — one of the world’s largest sponsors of the terror group Hamas (whose raison d’etre is the destruction of the state of Israel and genocide of Jews) — said in a statement, “I sincerely congratulate our Jewish citizens’ Hanukkah.”
(Ya, we’ll think about that one.)
And finally, there was Congresswoman Rahida Tlaib’s insulting Hanukkah greeting. Tlaib is a rabid supporter of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel.