Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): Two months ago, we published a report entitled "Manama: From Champs-Élysées of the Gulf to Tel Aviv" which sparked a lot of reactions.
We mentioned in the report a number of developments on the government's ongoing efforts to build a "Jewish Neighborhood" in Manama and the real estate ownership issue linked to Jewish personalities, amid a systematic approach aimed at obliterating the culture and identity of the Shia citizens, who constitute the majority of the country's population, and even their traditional songs.
Some thought we were exaggerating and that we had employed the information in an "provocative" context. But, here is the ambassador of the occupying state in Manama, Eitan Na'eh, describing this as "Tel Aviv in Manama".
"A song about a city, in another city. Yes you heard right, it's Tel Aviv. ... And yes, in Manama/Bahrain. ... And yes those dancing were cinematography, actors, actresses, directors, writers, television, business, and government officials from across the Gulf. "Tel Aviv" in Manama."
These were the words of the Israeli ambassador himself, not the words of Bahrain Mirror, which he attached to a video of an evening that he said took place in the Bahraini capital, Manama, with the participation of everyone he referred to above in his tweet posted on October 22, 2022 on his Twitter account.
The video shows young men and women dancing and swaying in the dark in a nightclub in dim lighting with colorful neon lights, raising toasts to the tune of Israeli singer Omer Adam's song "Tel Aviv, my love".
The lyrics of the song, released by Adam in 2014 on the occasion of "Gay Pride Week", which was the official song of the event, talk about how attractive Israeli men are and how many opportunities there are for same-sex sex in Tel Aviv. It says "Tel Aviv my love, Tel Aviv/ I'm your beauty/ You're my beast/ Look how many hot men there are around/ Welcome to the Middle East."
To the tune of this song, Gulf and Israeli people were dancing and swaying together in the dim lights of the night club, and raising toasts, "Welcome to the Middle East." Eitan Na'eh was telling everyone about what he called "Tel Aviv in Manama". Yes, you heard it right.