Three more Yemenite Jews will immigrate to Israel this week, according to Rabbi Yahya Yusuf Musa. The rabbi told the Reuters news agency that he is saddened by Yemen’s dwindling Jewish community. Less than 300 Jews remain in Yemen. Sixteen Yemenite Jews moved this past June, in part to mounting threats to their lives.
The murder of Rabbi Moshe Nahari last December has prompted Yemen’s remaining Jews to emigrate. According to reports from Yemen, Islamists and members of the family of Abdel Aziz al-Abdi, who was sentenced to death for killing Nahari, have been waging a terror campaign against Jews in the country over the death sentence. In the past, such actions by Yemenite Muslims have resulted in fines. This is the first time a Muslim has been sentenced to death in Yemen for killing a Jew.
Sunday marks 59 years to the end of Operation Magic Carpet, in which 45,000 Yemenite Jews were airlifted to Israel.