September 1st, 2011 | University

Muslim life coordinator attends Iftar hosted by Israeli ambassador

Omer Bajwa
Omer Bajwa Photo by Yale University.

Last Thursday, Yale’s coordinator for Muslim Life, Omer Bajwa attended the first-ever Ramadan Iftar hosted by Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, a former visiting professor at Yale.

The Iftar, an evening meal during Ramadan when Muslims break their daily fast, was held at the ambassador’s residence with approximately 65 guests, including Islamic and Jewish leaders and White House and Congressional officials and advisors, CNN reported.

“There’s a lot of misinformation about Israel, and we want to show we’re open to dialogue and reconciliation,” Oren told CNN. “We can begin to build bridges on an interpersonal level.”

The dinner featured halal dishes prepared in accordance with Muslim tradition.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama also hosted an Iftar dinner at the White House.