Saturday, November 21, 2009

Yemen foils plot to assassinate Jewish leader

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.The report was picked up by the Jerusalem Post (with thanks: Lily):

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.

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Exclusive: Point of No Return can reveal that a London travel agent has been commissioned to make the arrangements for Yemeni Jews going to Israel. Details must remain secret at this stage.

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