It is ten years since Manny Dahari moved to the United States as a student. He was separated from his family who remained in Yemen and worked for their rescue. He was not reunited with them for 10 years. On the anniversary of his departure, he posted this message on his Facebook page:
“Due to rise of antisemitism and the fact that Jews were not allowed to
attend public schools, my parents sent me to study in the U.S.
Over the last ten years, the Jewish community of Yemen suffered greatly.
They were living in constant fear; afraid to leave their homes or
reveal their identity because they would get attacked or be killed. As a
result, I couldn’t go back home and didn’t see my family for almost ten
In 2007 an entire Jewish community was expelled from
their town, Sa’adah. The Jews were given 24 hours, to either, convert to
Islam, leave their homes or be killed.
In 2008, arabbi in our community was shotto death in front of his house, simply because he was Jewish.
In 2009 many Jewish homes, including my cousin’s, were attacked with grenades.
In 2011, my sister’s father in-law was stabbed to death in the supermarket for being a Jew.
Over the last ten years, three Jewish girls, including my cousin, were kidnapped and forced to marry Muslim men.
With no protection from the government or the local authority, Jews,
including my family, had no choice but to leave everything behind and
flee for their lives. Many of them settled in Israel and some were
taken as refugees by the U.S. and the U.K.
Today, less than 50 Jews are still living in Yemen.”