Thursday, February 19, 2009

Yemen Jewish family airlifted to Israel in secret

A Jewish family of 10 is set to immigrate to Israel from Yemen today in a covert operation carried out by the Jewish Agency, Haaretz reports: (with thanks: Pablo)

The Ben Yisrael family was extricated from the city of Raida, after suffering from anti-Semitic attacks and repeated death threats.

A few weeks ago, a grenade was thrown into the courtyard of the family's home in Raida, possibly by al Qaida-affiliated extremists.

Said Ben Yisrael, who heads the Raida Jewish community, and his family are due to take up Israeli citizenship upon their arrival. They will be taken to Beit Shemesh, accompanied by a Jewish Agency team.

There are approximately 280 Jews left today In Yemen, 230 of whom live in Raida in the Omran province, and another 50 Jews living in the capital city of Sana'a.

Yemenite Jews have the special protection of the President of Yemen Ali Abdallah Salah. In recent years, however, anti-Semitic attacks against Jews have spiralled out of control.

The tension reached a boiling point last December, when Moshe Yaish Nahari, father of 9, was murdered by a Muslim extremist.

Threats against Jews in Yemen have escalated following Israel's recent three-week offensive in Gaza.

Director General of the Jewish Agency, Moshe Vigdor, said that the Jewish Agency is closely following the situation of the community in Yemen and promises to help in any way possible.

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Jerusalem Post article

BBC news website

Ynet News

2 comments:

heather said...

"A Jewish family of 10 is set to immigrate to Israel from Yemen on Thursday in a covert operation carried out by the Jewish Agency. "

I guess it's not a secret then.

God grant them a safe arrival.

bataween said...

Thanks for your link to the Forward article, grossly informed. Now posted at 19 March.