Palestinians protest against the what organizers said was a visit of Bahraini delegation to Israel, in the northern Gaza strip, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
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An interfaith group from Bahrain said it has sent a delegation to Israel to promote "tolerance and coexistence," but insisted that it does not represent the government in Manama.This is the first public visit by a Bahraini delegation to Israel, which Manama – like most Arab capitals – does not recognize. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center NGO which organized the delegation's visit, said it was made up of 25 interreligious leaders from Bahrain.Bahrain issued a statement, carried by Bahrain's state news agency BNA, insisting the visit was unofficial.
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