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The Sawa’a Organization for Anti-Discrimination posted on Facebook on Saturday
that the Yemeni government had stopped payments to Jews who left Saada in 2007,
also complaining that these Jews are still unable to return home because of
religiously motivated violence against them by Shi’ite Houthis.
states that “their return to Saada will be a direct threat to their lives, their
safety and security.”
The organization goes on to say that it demands
that the government restore their allocations for housing and protection. It
also insists they be removed from “what is like house arrest on Yemeni citizens,
who don’t commit an offense.”
These actions “violate the Constitution and
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was ratified by Yemen” and the
“principles of the tolerant Islamic religion,” Sawa’a said.
the organization were arrested last October for visiting the rabbi of the Jewish
community in Sawa’an, according to the statement.
Sawa’a complained back
in December that the government was excluding Yemenite Jews from an upcoming
National Dialogue Conference and called on President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to
include them, according to a report in the Yemen Observer. Jews were said to be
barred from political participation, suffering from a lack of jobs and
The Iranian Fars news agency reported on Sunday that Israel is
trying to “Judaize the ‘occupied lands’ by transferring Yemeni Jews to Tel Aviv
and other cities,” according to unverified sources. The report claims the Jews
are being transferred in coordination with Qatar, quoting Palestinian
Iran is historically at odds with the Sunni Arab countries and
tying Qatar to the supposed mission could be part of the media battle it is
trying to wage.
National Yemen reported earlier this month that 50 Jews
were residing in a guarded compound called “Tourist City,” situated across from
the US embassy – the remnants of the Jews expelled by the Houthis from
Their homes were looted, as was a library that contained valuable
manuscripts and a rare copy of the Torah, according to the report. In addition,
Jews were said to be cutting off their sidecurls to avoid being targeted.