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Parents of Slain Yemenite Jew Make Aliyah

The parents of Moshe Nahari, a Yemenite Jew who was murdered in 2008, arrived in Israel.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/19/2013, 5:16 AM

Moshe Nahari's parents arrive in Israel
Moshe Nahari's parents arrive in Israel
Jewish Agency

The parents of a Yemenite Jew who was murdered five years ago have made aliyah and arrived in Israel on Monday. They were assisted by the Jewish Agency.

In 2008, Moshe Nahari, a leader in the Jewish community in Yemen, was executed by Islamists in the market in Amran because of his faith.

Nahari, who was 35 years old at the time of the murder, was buried in Yemen and five of his children made aliyah to Israel. Last August, his widow made aliyah to Israel as well, along with Nahari’s four remaining children.

Moshe’s parents, Yaish and Taranja, had worked over the years to bring their son’s killer to justice. The murderer was sentenced to death but the punishment has yet to be carried out.

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 Sanaa Jewish community, Aharon Zindani, was stabbed to death. His body was brought to Israel for burial in a in a protracted and complicated operation.

Several weeks ago, members of Yemen's small Jewish community said that one of its members 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.

Reports in January indicated that a group of about 60 Jews from Yemen had arrived in Israel from Doha on a Qatari airline.

The operation was carried out under the auspices of the State of Israel and is intended to extract the remaining 400 Jews from Yemen.

Dr. Yigal Ben-Shalom, who heads an organization which preserves the culture and heritage of the Yemenite Jewry, told Arutz Sheva in the past that it is imperative that the Jews who still remain in Yemen be brought to Israel in the wake of the constant anti-Semitic attacks in the country.