Yemenite Jews arriving at Ben Gurion airport
Update: This Arutz Sheva article claims that 60 Yemenite Jews have been airlifted to Israel via Qatar.
The Yemeni government has cut
off funding for the remaining 100-odd members of the country’s ancient
and internally displaced Jewish community, a Sanaa-based NGO said on
According to the Sawa’a Organization for
Anti-Discrimination, Yemen has halted housing and basic services
allocations for Jews, a move the organization called “unfortunate and
Sawa’a demanded that the “National
Reconciliation Government… restore these allocations again, [and]
provide [Jews] with housing and safe living, as they are considered to
Most of the remaining Jews in Yemen now live
in a guarded compound in Sanaa after they were driven from their homes
in Saada by al-Qaeda-aligned anti-government forces in 2007. According
to Sawa’a, media access to the compound is restricted, and, in October,
several Sawa’a staff members were arrested during an attempted visit.
“The return of Jews to Saada currently is not
possible,” as such a move would entail “a direct threat to their lives,
their safety and security,” the organization said.
Sawa’a, in conjunction with current community
rabbi Yahya Yusuf, was working to restore Jewish property lost to the
al-Qaeda insurgents, Israel Radio reported Sunday.
In December, Sawa’a protested
the exclusion of the Yemeni Jewish community from a national conference
that was meant to promote dialogue between various groups in the civil
war-torn country. At the time, it was
reported that the organization had issued a report documenting the
discrimination against the country’s Jews, including their political
disenfranchisement and lack of access to jobs and education.