Yemen reportedly imprisons 2 for helping smuggle out Torah

By JTA
March 25, 2016 05:26

 
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The Yemeni government reportedly has imprisoned a Jewish man for allegedly helping smuggle a historic Torah scroll out of the war-torn country and into Israel.

The man and a Muslim airport worker were arrested for their suspected roles in moving the more-than-500-year-old sefer Torah, of which the government claims ownership, the  London Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday.

According to the Chronicle, the two are believed to have been arrested after local authorities saw media coverage of Sunday’s covert airlift of 19 Yemeni Jews that was carried out with the assistance of the Jewish Agency and the U.S. State Department. The coverage included photos of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reading the Torah scroll with the rabbi of the newly transplanted community.

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