Monday, April 26, 2010

Britain to admit 200 Jews from Yemen after all

Ynet News confirms rumours that Britain has cut a deal with the Yemeni authorities to take in 200 Yemeni Jews living in the war-torn north of the country. But it is hard to understand why the article spins the move as a victory for the Jewish Agency: the Jews will not be moving to Israel. They have not come under the influence of Neturei Karta, but of the anti-Zionist Satmar Hasidim. As the Satmar live in Stamford Hill in London as well as Monsey, New York, there seems little to choose between them.

The 200 Jews living in Yemen under tight security will immigrate to Britain rather than to the United States as originally planned.

The move constitutes a dramatic change in the State of Israel's battle over the Yemeni Jews against anti-Israeli haredi elements interested in absorbing them in the US. Following secret negotiations, the British government declared three weeks ago that it would take in the Jews.

Jewish Agency officials expressed their satisfaction with the British decision, saying they hoped it marked a victory over the extreme Neturei Karta faction, which is operating among Yemen's Jews with the aim of convincing them not to immigrate to Israel.

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