Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Israel off the beaten track, feel the conflict first hand, understand the security issues and politic realities, and have an unforgettable trip!
JERUSALEM – Many of Yemen’s Jews fled their homes last weekend after receiving death threats from Islamic militants accusing the country’s tiny Jewish community of serving as agents for “global Zionism.”
About 45 Jews left their village in Sa’ada county in Yemen after Dawoud Yousuf Mousa, one of the heads of the local Jewish community, was warned on Jan.10 that if the Jews don’t leave within 10 days they would be exposed to killings, abductions and looting.
Four masked militants approached Mousa and delivered a letter to him warning that the Jewish community had been under Islamic surveillance.
“After accurate surveillance over the Jews residing in Al Haid, it has become clear to us that they were doing things which serve mainly global Zionism, which seeks to corrupt the people and distance them from their principles, their values, their morals, and their religion,” the letter stated.
“Islam calls upon us to fight against the disseminators of decay,” the letter said. The threats have been attributed to disciples of Shi’ite religious leader Hossein Bader a-Din al-Khouty.
Mousa reportedly told local authorities that the militants told him if the Jews don’t flee within 10 days “the Jewish community would bear the consequences.”
According to a recent Yemeni immigrant to Israel with contacts in Sa’ada, the Jewish community there received another letter Friday warning, “whoever remains at his home, will be killed or his children will be taken away.”
Sa’ada’s Jewish community, which had lived in the village for generations, was forced to evacuate their homes and leave some of their possessions with local sheiks.
The displaced Jews are staying at a hotel in the center of Sa’ada, where they have been petitioning local authorities for protection. The Yemen Jews say the government has refused to offer assistance other than to temporarily pay for the hotel stays.
The Jews reportedly spoke of long-term Muslim intimidation and of having to pay special taxes because they were Jewish.
The Jewish community in Yemen consists of several hundred people. According to recent immigrants to Israel, the Yemeni Jews don’t want to leave their country.
Most of Yemen’s Jews were evacuated to Israel in Operation Magic Carpet, a series of semi-secret airlifts between June 1949 and September 1950 that brought 45,000 to the Jewish state with the assistance of Britain and the U.S.
A smaller, continuous migration was allowed to continue until 1962, when a civil war in Yemen put an abrupt halt to any further Jewish exodus. Several thousand Jews remained.
Then in the early 1990′s, after years of petitioning by a group led by Hayim Tawil, a professor at Yeshiva University, most of the rest of Yemen’s Jews were brought to Israel, except the few hundred who decided to stay in Yemen.
About the Author: Aaron Klein is a New York Times bestselling author and senior reporter for WND.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York's 970 AM Radio on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern. His website is KleinOnline.com.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Report: Hamas took advantage of the cease fire to attack IDF soldiers…
The IDF has released names of the soldier killed on Thursday night.
12:30pm Be’er Sheva Region, Ofakim… x2 10:50am Sirens at Eshkol. 10:03am – – Cease fire broken by Hamas – – Hamas fires rocket at Eshkol region. All winners, please collect your bets. No injuries were reported in the rocket strike. 9:30am Hamas hasn’t fired any rockets at Israel yet since the 8:00am cease fire went […]
Curious as to how long Israel has been rocket free? This site will tell you…
Hamas wants the Arabs in Judea and Samaria to join in…
As the 8:00am deadline for the cease fire approaches, Hamas has shot a lot rockets into Israel to get their last licks: 7:32am 08-01-2014 Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne 7:32am 08-01-2014 Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne 7:32am 08-01-2014 Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati 7:31am 08-01-2014 Ashdod, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati 7:31am 08-01-2014 […]
Said Arikat is not just a journalist, he acts more like a lobbyist for the Palestinian Arab cause in daily press briefings at the State Department.
More ugly anti-Semitism in Europe, with the Gaza war serving as the wick for the firebombs of hatred.
Anyone taking bets on how long this cease fire will last, and how many rockets will be fired up to the last minute?
As Gaza terrorists continue to ‘carpet-rocket’ Israel, UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secy of State John Kerry plan another cease fire.
Shuka Dorfman, head of the Israel Antiquities Authority, has passed away at 64 after a serious illness.
There can only be a finite number of tunnels, but the IDF keeps finding more of them…
Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?
Total Voters: 2,097
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/yemen-jews-flee-homes-after-muslim-death-threats/2007/01/24/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: