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January 25, 2007

UPDATED: 'Ethnic Cleansing' Yemen’s Jews

Jan. 25 UPDATE: No major American media outlet or wire service has followed up on this story since it first became known. Ironically, the Arab Gulf News Service and the Agence France Press (AFP) have. Are newspapers like the New York Times looking to repeat their sorry record of under-reporting the “ethnic cleansing�? of Jews?

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Yemenite Jews
Photo: Al-Watan website

Jan. 23 entry: While the plight of Palestinian refugees who left their homes during Israel’s War of Independence is a very popular topic in the world media, the story of the hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees forced from their homes in Arab lands at the same time garners considerably less attention.

Now word comes that the story may be recurring today. Yediot Aharonot reports that:

Jewish residents of the Saada region in northern Yemen have received explicit threats to leave the area within 10 days from followers of radical cleric Hussein Badr Eddin al Houthi, according to the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan.

Following complaints from the threatened Jews, a meeting of the local authorities and the district's sheikhs was held.

The Jews demanded they be treated as equal Yemenite citizens, and at the end of the meeting a religious verdict determining the relationship between them and the Muslims was given.

This verdict, which was also signed by Jews, did not guarantee them immunity from threats.

The report emphasizes that Yemenite Jews do NOT wish to leave their home or Yemen itself:

Yemenite immigrants in Israel have been following these developments. Masoud, a resident of Israel's southern city of Beer Sheva who immigrated to Israel from Yemen six-and-a-half years ago said in an interview on Israel Radio that he was still in touch with his relatives in Yemen.

"Those who stayed are stubborn, they don’t want to come here…on Friday they told me that they got letters saying whoever doesn’t leave their home will be killed and have their children taken," said Masoud.

Regardless of the wisdom of the Yemeni Jews’ decision, it behooves the press to find out more about what may become a form of ethnic cleansing in which “Arab Jews�? are once again victims.

UPI is carrying the story and we hope that other mainstream media outlets will follow suit. Let’s wait and see…

Posted by CameraBlog at January 25, 2007 01:30 AM


Houthis have denied that they threatened the jews. Yemeni Jews live in this area for long time among the Zaidis. The new factor that alQaeda has started playing role in that area.Jews are victims for the dispute between the conflcting parties( the Goverment,Houthis and Qaeda(Salafies) and their agents(Shaikhs).Ther is a dispute between the Govermrnt and the rebles in that are and the goverment try to find a way to lunch a new attak against houthis.

Posted by: yousef at January 23, 2007 07:28 PM

It definitely fits the pattern for the world to forget that Jews were expelled and slaughtered in the Arab/Muslim countries...Those lucky enough to make it to Israel are thriving; albeit it took a while for Israel to upgrade their assimilation of their large Sephardim population. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Dobbin

Posted by: barbara dobbin at January 26, 2007 08:48 AM

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