Yemen

  • Amnesty Int’l Urges Yemen to Protect Its Jews

    Amnesty International has written to a government official in Yemen urging the country to protect its Jews. The human rights organization said in a statement last week that it is “deeply concerned for the safety of members of the Jewish community in northwestern Yemen following the killing of one member of the community and anonymous… More ▸

  • Yemen, Moving to Establish Low-level Relations with Israel

    Israeli and Yemeni officials are discussing opening interest offices in each other’s countries as a first step toward establishing official ties. Foreign Minister David Levy on Monday confirmed reports that the director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Eitan Ben-Tsur, had met over the weekend in Europe with Yemen’s foreign minister. “We are maintaining channels of… More ▸

  • Yemen’s Foreign Minister Addresses Jewish Leaders

    A top official of the Republic of Yemen held an unprecedented meeting with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in New York last week. Abdulkarim Al-Eryani, Yemen’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, described his meeting with Jewish leaders and Yemenite American Jews as “turning a page in our relations.” He said… More ▸

  • Visitor Reports Jews in Yemen Are Free but Want to Emigrate

    A French Jew who visited the Jewish community of Yemen says the some 1,800 Jews still living there suffer no discrimination and enjoy complete freedom of movement. Still, a substantial number want to leave to join relatives abroad, said Roger Pinto, who headed a delegation to Yemen last week. Pinto, who is vice president of… More ▸

  • Israel Mute on Reported Plan to Airlift Jews out of Yemen

    Israeli authorities have remained silent about reports that a new airlift is being planned to bring out the remaining Jews in Yemen. The government of Yemen has dismissed the reports, which first surfaced when the Sunday Times of London wrote that Israel intended to mount a rescue operation with or without the cooperation of the… More ▸

  • Jewish Orphan in Yemen Kills Herself

    The forcible conversion of orphaned Jewish children in Yemen has led to tragedy, according to reports brought here this week by members of a pro-Israel Japanese sect, Makopya, who had just visited Yemen. They said a young Jewish girl jumped off a cliff after she and her 14 brothers were forced to convert to Islam,… More ▸

  • First Jew to Leave Yemen in Decades Has Tearful Family Reunion in Israel

    Partially deaf and nearly blind, 87-year-old Yehya ibn Daoud Tsubayri, the first immigrant from Yemen in 38 years, arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Wednesday night for a tearful reunion with family members, including his three children whom he had not seen in almost four decades. Tsubayri came here by way of New York, where he… More ▸