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Azerbaijan’s Tourism Attache to Israel Jamilya Talibzadeh speaking at a Rosh Hashanah gathering at Beth Israel Congregation in Netanya. (Image: Facebook)

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On September 21st at Beth Israel Congregation in Netanya, the Netanya Municipality, a Rosh Hashanah gathering – Azerbaijani style – was conducted in honor of the Jewish New Year. About 100 members of the Azerbaijani Jewish community and the Israeli community attended. Held by the Descendants of the Caucuses organization and the Center for Near East Policy, the event opened with the lighting of candles in memory of the Azerbaijani soldiers who were killed and maimed during the recent confrontation between Azerbaijan and Armenia.  

In his opening remarks, Oleg Alhazov spoke about the strong connections between the Azerbaijani and Jewish people, and why they are relevant on Rosh Hashanah. He is the head of For the Descendants of the Caucuses and works for the Netanya Municipality and has done a number of prominent shows at the Netanya Cultural Center and other places.

Afterwards, I greeted the audience on behalf of the hosts. “We would love to wish the Azerbaijani nation and the Jewish community worldwide a wonderful sweet new year. We hope that you enjoy the wonderful cuisine, the wine, the singing and the dance performance by our wonderful dancers from Bereket.”     

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As I explained, “Although some people may not be aware of it, Azerbaijan is a multi-cultural, pluralistic and tolerant country, whose leadership routinely greets the Jewish people and celebrates with them on Rosh Hashanah every year.

“Azerbaijan is one of the few countries where Jews do not need extra security for the Jewish High Holidays and do not need to lock up the synagogues after the Rosh Hashanah services conclude.   For this reason, as we head into a new year, let us celebrate the Azerbaijani-Jewish friendship and look forward to a bright and beautiful year that stands ahead of us.” 

I reflected on the opening moments of the event and that 80 Azerbaijani soldiers were killed and 282 were injured. According to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, out of 282 wounded servicemen, 43 rejoined the army after being provided with first medical aid, with the rest still receiving treatment.   

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In condemning Armenia for its violent aggression against Azerbaijan, I noted: “Unfortunately, many Azerbaijani and Israeli soldiers were killed over the past year. In recent days, fighting broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan, leading to many Azerbaijani soldiers getting slain and wounded. We pray for the souls of the deceased and wish the wounded a speedy recovery.”

Turning to the occasion, I concluded “We hope that next year will be a year of peace, prosperity, success and most importantly, happiness, as being happy is the most important thing in life. Being happy is more important than all of the jewels and treasure in the world. And on this note, I want to wish everyone L’shana Tova.”  

David Bedein, head of the Center for Near East Policy Research, led a blessing for the Jewish New Year. In conclusion, Jamilya Talibzadeh, Azerbaijan’s Tourism Attaché, addressed the audience:

“Thank you for lighting candles in memory of the Azerbaijani soldiers. There are the flags of two nations and it is not by coincidence. Israel and Azerbaijan were always close friends anyways. I thank the Dona Gracia Center for Diplomacy, the For the Descendants of the Caucuses organization, the Netanya Municipality and the Center for Near East Policy Research for these candles. I am happy to participate in this special event.”   

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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