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The body of a Yemenite Jewish leader who was stabbed to death in an anti-Semitic attack was brought to Israel for burial.
Aaron Joseph Zindani, 46, was stabbed in the neck and stomach in a market in the capital city of Sana’a in May.
His Muslim assailant accused Zindani of casting a spell on and ruining him, according to reports.
Zindani’s wife and five children accompanied the body to Israel, according to reports. The complicated operation was undertaken by the Jewish Agency with the assistance of the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Some 200 to 300 Jews still live in Yemen, down from a high of 60,000. Most live in government housing in Sana’a, after they were evacuated from other areas for fear for their safety.
A Yemenite Jew was killed in Yemen in December 2008 by a Muslim man who ordered Jews to convert or be killed. The killer was sentenced to death.
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