Looks like one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world is set to become a thing of the past.
Rescue operations have started to bring Yemenite Jews to Israel, the UK, and America. Why are they leaving Yemen?
Quelle surprise: to escape Islamic persecution.
So Islamic aggression is finally proving too much for this small, intriguing Jewish community.
Historians believe that King Solomon’s trading and naval networks brought Jews to Yemen from Judea around 900 BCE. The first evidence of Jewish presence in Yemen can be traced to the 3rd century CE.
Today most of Yemen’s 400 Jews live in Raydah, which is a bout 50 miles north of the capital, Sana’a. They are of all ages, from children to pensioners, and include professional and skilled trade workers. Their languages include Hebrew and Arabic and some have already started learning English.
The costs involved are going to be met by private Charedi Jews who have made fundraising pledges and also set up housing support.
‘It’s a life saving effort,’ said Chanoch Kesselman, executive co-ordinator of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.
Threats to Yemeni Jews have increased significantly in recent months. Last December, yeshivah teacher Moshe Yaish Nahari was shot dead by extremists.
And Jewish homes have also been targeted by local tribesmen who have hurled grenades.
Mr Kesselman has also stated: ‘The situation in Yemen is pretty dire. Their lives are in danger. A lot of Jewish girls are being abducted and forced to marry local tribesmen.’
Of course, you won’t see much, if anything, about this in the international media. After all, who gives a damn if a few hundred Yemenite Jews are living in fear and being attacked every time they dare to leave their homes? The mentality at work here is that as the world does not expect anything better from any Islamic or Arab country, what’s the point in reporting on it?
Whereas of course, the world holds Israel to a moral standard that no
nation on earth can meet. But let’s just translate this. When the world shrieks that Israel must be more ‘moral’ in regards to Gaza, for example, what it’s really demanding is that Israel be more masochistic
For the only thing that the Jewish state could do that would please all Palestinians and many Islamic and Arab leaders, would be to commit voluntary suicide.
As it is, Israel has behaved more calmly than any other nation on earth would. What other country would endure eight years of suicide bombings and rocket attacks, courtesy of an Islamic terrorist group that openly vows to destroy said country?
It’s a double standard like no other. And the worldwide media silence on the fate of the Yemenite Jews is yet one more example of this rank hypocrisy.
The world media is equally disinterested in the fate of Gilad Shalit, the young Israeli soldier who was snatched by Hamas terrorists. The Hamas weasels crawled through one of the tunnels leading from Gaza into Israel, and dragged the already injured Shalit back into Gaza with them.
Hamas has refused to say whether Gilad is alive or dead. They also refuse to let the Red Cross or any other humanitarian group visit him – assuming he’s still alive.
Meanwhile, Palestinian prisoners who have been judged guilty at proper trials, and are now in Israeli prisons, do receive visits from humanitarian groups. I mean, can you imagine the outcry if Israel didn’t allow this?!
But hang on. Hamas is now the elected government of Gaza – surely the group is thus bound by the same rules and standards that apply to say… Israel?
Apparently not. And apparently the rest of the world has no intention of holding the Gaza government to the rule of law.
Let’s try and keep Gilad Shalit in the spotlight.