By JPOST.COM STAFFPublished: NOVEMBER 20, 2009 11:03Advertisement
Yemeni security forces have foiled a plot to assassinate the head of the local Jewish community, Yahiya Ben-Yousef, Kuwaiti Al-Siyasa newspaper said Friday.
According to the report, three armed Shi'ite rebels were arrested when they entered the Jewish compound in the Yemeni capital Sana'a.
They were reportedly caught in possession of guns.
Yemen's tiny Jewish community has been in a precarious position in recent years, underscored by the murder of Jewish teacher and community activist Moshe Yaish Nahari last year, in Omran, north of Sana'a. Abdel Aziz Yehia Hamoud al-Abd, a retired Yemeni air force pilot, was sentenced to death for the murder.
In August, Israeli sources confirmed that the overwhelming majority of the final remnant of Yemen's ancient Jewish community was looking to leave.
"About 120 of the Yemeni Jews want to move to Israel, 100 want to move to the US,' a source told The Jerusalem Post. "And between 20 and 30 want to stay."
At the end of last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that the US State Department had recently spirited nearly 60 Jews from Yemen and resettled them in the United States.
According to the report, nearly 350 Yemenite Jews lived in the country before the operation. Those who have already moved to the US are likely to be joined by 100 more, while the remainder will most likely move to Israel.
Haviv Rettig Gur contributed to this report
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