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17 Yemeni Jews Secretly Airlifted to Israel

Radical Islamists have endangered the lives of almost 90 Jews still in Yemen. On Wednesday, 17 of them were secretly airlifted to Israel, 63 years after the ‘Magic Carpet’ brought over 49,000 Yemini Jews.
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Yemen A father and son are reunited at Ben Gurion Airport following an airlift that brought 17 Yemeni Jews to Israel

Yemen A father and son are reunited at Ben Gurion Airport following an airlift that brought 17 Yemeni Jews to Israel
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Seventeen Yemeni Jews were airlifted to Israel in a covert operation on Wednesday.

Four of the Jews were flown directly from Yemen to Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday, Haaretz reported. The rest were taken clandestinely from Buenos Aires after being smuggled to the Argentinian capital by a group of Satmar Jews in August 2011, living in the Satmar community there. The Satmars have been involved in smuggling Jews out of Yemen for several years, according to Haaretz.

Several of the Yemenis reunited with family members in Israel.

The operation, a coordinated effort among the Jewish Agency and the Israeli ministries for the interior, foreign affairs and immigration absorption, was prompted by growing concern for the safety of the Jews in Yemen, according to the Jewish Agency. Anti-Semitic violence has been a growing problem since the 2011 ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The airlift brings to 45 the number of Yemeni Jews who have been brought to Israel this year and 151 since 2009.

Fewer than 90 Jews remain in Yemen, with about half of them living in a guarded structure in the capital, Sa’ana, Haaretz reported.

The 17 Yemeni Jews will be housed in Jewish Agency immigration absorption centers in southern Israel.

Some 49,000 Yemeni Jews were brought to the nascent State of Israel in Operation Magic Carpet in 1949-50.

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4 Responses to “17 Yemeni Jews Secretly Airlifted to Israel”

  1. Alan Kardon says:

    Shalom. Glad that you will be with your family in Israel.

  2. Tany Berman says:

    What a wonderful true story.
    Mazel Tov

  3. mohshinhabib says:

    holy job done by the authority. pleasure to see and read. it gives me relief from hundreds of years agony. like a movie ending with reunite.

  4. Only Israel This is the reason Jabotiinsky believed the importance of the military.

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