(UPDATED) Early Thursday morning, the sad news of the murder of a former Talmid of Satmar, R’ Moshe Al-Nahari HY”D who had recently returned to his home in Yemen, reached NY.
Credible sources tell YWN that although the motive behind the murder is unknown, one suspect has reportedly been taken into custody. Leading Satmar Askonim in Williamsburg are in contact with the US Embassy and the US State Department, and are gathering information, and assisting the family. Speculation is that the murder involves the growing conflict between the Muslim & Jewish community in the area.
R’ Moshe Al-Nahari was an active “Osek Bitzarchei Tzibur”, and community activist in Yemen, and worker tirelessly during his time in the USA to help the isolated Jewish community which currently remains in Yemen.
Sources tell YWN that the remaining Jews in Yemen are “scared for their lives”, and Askanim are contemplating on how to handle the situation.
He leaves behind a wife and son R”L.
UNITED TALMUDICAL SEMINARY DECRIES MURDER OF ITS FORMER STUDENT
Rabbi Masha Al-Nahari was a leader in the town of Raidah in Yemen. Where he saw a need, he learned to address it. He led prayer services, taught the Jewish youth and traveled to Israel to learn how to become a Shochet so that he could supply the community with Kosher meat. In an effort to be able to provide the most to his students, he spent time abroad studying, then returned home to Yemen to be able to share his new-found knowledge. He was everything that makes UTS proud of its students.
Today, the community of Raidah is burying this young man. His life was cut short by a bullet. Jewish blood is cheap in Yemen. There is no outcry.
In a turbulent time for the Yemen community, at a time where the US Consulate has curtailed services there, close watch must be made to the safety and welfare of the Jewish community there. UTS decries this murder, and urges the world not to remain silent. Allowing more Jews to be murdered just for their faith and religious practice sends a message that it is open season against the Jews. An outpouring of outrage against this murder might keep the Jews of Yemen from annihilation.
Boruch Dayan Emmes….
(Yehuda Drudgestein – YWN)