ALMOST two weeks after the first known direct commercial flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a shipment of kosher meat – believed to be the largest in the UAE’s history – landed for the country’s Jews.
The amount of meat – sent from the United States – will take care of the Jewish community for about a month and a half, Israel’s national broadcaster Kan reported, citing unnamed sources in the UAE Jewish community.
Israel was not involved in the shipment of crates, according to the sources.
The Jewish community in the United Arab Emirates, mostly centred in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is estimated to number about 150 families, with most residents originally from the United States, Europe and South Africa, the Yeshiva World News reported.
A video of the crates of meat was posted on Twitter on a page called Jewish Community of the UAE.
Earlier this month, United Arab Emirates-based Etihad Airways made history, flying a plane loaded with coronavirus aid for Palestinians on a direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv.
The flight struck a rare moment of public cooperation between the UAE and Israel. The countries have no formal diplomatic ties to Israel, but have begun to increasingly cooperate openly after years of rumoured back-channel discussions between them over the mutual enmity of Iran.
An Israeli official said the flight was delivering humanitarian aid provided by the UAE to the Palestinians through the World Food Program, and that the cargo flight was coordinated with the Israeli government.
However, it was later reported that the Palestinian Authority rejected the aid because the Jewish State coordinated the shipment.