Members of Yemen's small Jewish community said Wednesday that one of its member had been attacked and badly hurt in an anti-Semitic assault. The victim, Yosef Anati, was hospitalized in serious condition.
The attack took place in the northern Yemen town of Rayda. The background leading up to the attack is not yet known.
Islamists have targeted Jews in Yemen with increasing frequency in the past few years, causing many to leave the country. In 2012, a leading member of the San'a Jewish community, Aharon Zindani, was stabbed to death. His body was brought to Israel for burial in a In a protracted and complicated operation, carried out by Jewish Agency personnel with the assistance of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and accompanied by his widow, Afya al-Ashar, and their five children.
In March 2009, a Yemeni court ruled that a Muslim who murdered Yemeni Jew Moshe Yaish-Nahari, a father of nine from Rayda, would only pay a fine because he was "an unstable extremist."
Witnesses say Abed el-Aziz el-Abadi, a former MiG-29 pilot in Yemen's air force, walked up to Nahari on December 10, 2008 and said "Jew, accept Islam's message." He then shot Nahari five times with a Kalashnikov rifle. Some of Rayda's Jews made aliyah following the incident.
Unconfirmed sources say that Israel's government is attempting to get the small remnants of Yemen's once glorious community out of the country.