According to the Yemen Post, at least 10 Jewish girls have married Muslim men in Yemen, says the Chief Rabbi of Yemen, Yahya Yusuf. Note that the traffic is always one-way, necessitating the Jewish girl to convert to Islam. None of the Jews still remaining in Yemen will admit that these marriages and conversions have been carried out under pressure. In fact, according to the harrassed Rabbi of Raida, such marriages are ‘normal.’ How then to explain that the community sits shiva for the girl?
“In recent years, many love stories have spread between Jewish girls and Muslim males in Yemen, which ended in marriage.
“These occasions did not pass unnoticed, but rather witnessed a great uproar. Many outside parties got involved, in which some cases were reported to the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, in an attempt by some extremist Jews to disengage families between those girls and their Muslim husbands.
“Al-Dar Kuwaiti newspaper opened the case ‘Yemen’s Jewish Girls Marriage to Muslim Men’, where it questioned the Jewish rabbi and leader of the Jewish community in Yemen, Yahya Yousuf, asking, do Jews find it critical for Muslims to marry Jewish girls?
“He replied that he doesn’t object this kind of marriage, adding that the objection of the Jewish community in the recent marriage of Laila, the latest young Jewish woman who got married to a Yemeni man, was not as a result of her identity as a Jew, but because she left her Jewish husband, after she was taken to him, then fled after she embraced Islam to marry a young Muslim called, Abdul-Rahman Al-Hodiqi.
“The Jewish Rabbi said that marriages which took place between Jewish females and Muslim males begin when the Jew girls convert to Islam and then they marry Muslim men.
He said “The past years have witnessed nearly ten marriage ceremonies between Jewish girls and Muslim men in Yemen”.
“On the future of marital relations between the two sides, he said there are good Muslims and their life with their Jewish wife culminated in calmness and stability. On the other hand, others have no honor, according to his expression, where the husband treats his wife in a bad way after they have taken her from her family and after becoming a Muslim.
“About the future of the relationship of the Jewish families with their girls who became Muslims, Rabbi Yahya Yousuf said “It’s a normal relationship and there is nothing with that”.
“For his part, Rabbi, Yahya ibn Yaeesh, who lives in Raidah area, which houses the largest Jewish community in Yemen, believes that the marriages of Jewish girls to Muslims is normal and that these marriages are built on love, which happens between the two parties and ends with marriage.
“At the same time, he ruled out that there are religious grounds for such marriages, adding that “Jewish girl’s marriage to a Muslim is a desire generated on both sides in the marriage, further, Jewish women do not marry Muslims for Islam”.
“He added that there are a number of girls of the Jewish community who were married to Muslims after embracing Islam, as this phenomenon has become normal, after the Jewish community has gotten used to it, and that the phenomenon is not negative. If Yemeni Jews choose to travel to Israel, that means they choose to be in the lower class, and Israel turns their children into Zionists, which is an unrelated movement to the Jewish religion, because it is purely a racist movement, he said.
“If a Jewish women in Yemen ran away and announced that she converted to Islam and married a Muslim, always, the members of the Jewish community meet at the girl’s father house and give him condolence, considering the girl dead and that her life ended by her converting to Islam.
The condolences continue for a full week, which is considered by Jews as sympathy for the girl’s family and to all Jews for losing one member of the Jews community.”