Houthis Detain Yemen’s Remaining Jews In “Ethnic Cleansing,” Report Says

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Yemenite Jews arriving in Israel in 2016 (Photo: Arielle Di-Porto for the Jewish Agency)

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The Iranian-backed Houthi rebel group in Yemen has reportedly rounded up Yemen’s few remaining Jews as part of an ethnic cleansing campaign, according to a report in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Mesryoon.

The Houthis allegedly forced the Jews in the Kharif District, northwest of the capital of Sana’a, to sell their homes and land to Houthi leaders, imprisoned them, and are pressuring them to leave Yemen.

According to the report, the Houthis have long engaged in systematic discrimination and violation of human rights against Yemen’s Jews, currently estimated to number only about 100.

Houthis have reportedly stolen from Jews, prevented them from leaving their homes, and cut off their supply of electricity and water.

Yemenite Jews arriving in Israel in 2016 (Photo: Arielle Di-Porto for the Jewish Agency)

The Houthis also persecute also religious minorities, according to Al-Mesryoon.

Most of Yemen’s Jews, once numbering over 500,000, immigrated to Israel after the founding of the state in 1948. In 1949-1950 about 49,000 Yemenite Jews were airlifted to Israel in Operation Magic Carpet.

In 2016, a group of Yemenite Jews landed in Israel after being rescued through a complex covert operation coordinated by the Jewish Agency due to increasing attacks against them in Yemen and the country’s descension into civil war.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


8 COMMENTS

  1. Why is the story not being treated like the genuine emergency it is (if the report is true)? Dust off the old Entebbe courage and skill and get them the hell outta there before they’re butchered!!!

  2. Surprising and very disconcerting!
    It’s been reported that the
    few Jews who refused to be rescued in 2016 were hold up in the American and Russian compounds and were safe there. They numbered in the 60s. They refused to leave their home which offered them safety.
    Now this???

  3. evbazarov: Satmar probably wants them to stay…
    Here we go… Bashing Satmar, because you have a better solution. What have YOU done to help these unfortunate Jews? Did you say a chapter of “Tehillim” for these poor souls?
    Satmar under the name “Rav Tov” rescued hundred of Iranian Jews in the past, so don’t blame them.

  4. Dear Sick and Tired,
    Thank G-d we have the Zionist Government who tries to rescue these Jews, from their terrible fate. It is the Satmar ideology that tells them to stay where they are and dont go to Israel. Yes, a better solution is that they ignore the silliness of Satmar ideology and go to Israel.