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Yemen’s Jews Celebrate Bit of Inclusion in Dialogue Conference

Five seats have been allocated to Yemen’s Jewish community in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) by President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi.

The Sawa’a Organization for Anti-Discrimination published the announcement in a press release on Saturday, according to a report by Yemen Times.

The head of the organization, Fuad Al-Alawi, told the Times that the allocation of seats to Yemen’s Jewish community may be a step toward the inclusion of Yemeni Jews in the country’s political and governmental system.

The conference will discuss constitutional reforms and other matters, and will include 565 delegates.

Yemen’s constitution currently bans the nomination of Jewish electoral candidates.

Approximately 400 Jews live in Yemen, 75% of whom live in the Riada area of the Amran province.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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