Prior to her appointment, she was president of the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society, and had for three years been a member of parliament (40-member Shura Council), after being appointed by King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah. Her appointment made headlines because Houda is part of the small Jewish community of Bahrain. Bahrain's Jewish community reportedly consists in just thirty-seven people, most of whom are immigrants from Iraq and Iran. Nonoo is not the first person in her family to enter Bahraini politics, or member of the Jewish community. In 2000, a relative by the name Ebrahim Daoud Nonoo was appointed to parliament. The Nonoo family is originally from Iraq having moved to Bahrain over a century ago.
Her government besieged, Bahrain's Jewish envoy to Washington stays mum. Houda Ezra Nonoo is the first Jewish ambassador of an Arab state
Feb 22, 2011; OREN KESSLER Jerusalem Post 02-22-2011 Her government besieged, Bahrain's Jewish envoy to Washington stays mum. Houda Ezra Nonoo...