Yemen’s Jews seek way to escape quickly deteriorating conflict

Yemeni Jewish boys read the Torah at a Hebrew school in the northwestern Yemeni town of Raida in this February 20, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah/Files

Saudi Arabia on Thursday launched airstrikes targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels storming the country’s south. Some of the strikes are hitting positions in the capital, Sanaa…

…In the meantime, with the country on the brink of violent collapse, Yemen’s Jewish population was also feeling the effects of the deteriorating security situation.

“We know that you in Israel are worried about us and are thinking of us. Our country is being taken over and there isn’t much we can do. We want to move to Israel but we have matters to finish tending to and everything here is very difficult,” said Yehiye, 35, a father of six from Sanaa.

Avraham, 40, a father of five from the city of Rayda, said: “The situation is very bad here. Every day — there is danger. We want to sell the house, but can’t. No one wants to buy. The [non-Jews] want us to leave without getting money. We want to get out of here as quickly as possible. The moment I can get paid for the house I’m gone. I barely let my kids out of the house. I am worried about them; there is a lot of hatred and racism. If we need something, I jump out, buy it and return immediately”…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’d thought that the UN would have said something already about this ethnic cleansing.

  • But where will they go? Nowhere in that region is safe.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Is that a trick question?

      • They have to go somewhere.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          If only there were a safe, modern, and tolerant homeland for Jews in that area of the world.
          Maybe Israel might take them in?

          I was kind of wondering why they were not already out of there, or at least dancing in celebration at some airport in Jordan by now, on their way to Tel Aviv.

          • They should not have to leave.

            Even if they wanted to, how could they get from Yemen to Israel without being killed?

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Agreed, they shouldn’t HAVE to leave, but it’s like growing up in Detroit.
            Once, it was a nice place to live, now, not so much, and if you are still there, it’s time to move to a better, safer neighborhood.

            The Israelis have done hazardous extractions of threatened Jewish communities before; I’m sure they can still.

          • Of this volume?

            Good luck.

            They have their work cut out for them.

    • DMB


      • Rick McGinnis

        Get them out. Now. This won’t end well.

      • How do they get to there from where they are without having their heads cut off?

        • DMB

          Jews have been living in the middle east outside of Israel for centuries. I believe the ISIS phenomenon has severely exacerbated Muslims hatred of Jews.

  • Waffle

    Oy vey!! They should have left long ago. We Jews are very good at remembering our history (and it just happens to be Erev Pesach) but, as usual, we have failed to learn its lessons.

    Time for another Operation Moses. They probably won’t be able to sell their assets anyway (remember Germany? Remember Spain? Just take the kids and run.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    An argument for renting versus owning.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Always get a feel for the neighborhood before risking that earnest money deposit.

  • simus1

    Procrastination can be a deadly sin but these people are industrial grade puter-offers.

  • Hard Little Machine

    They’ve been offered innumerable chances to leave for Israel for free and they turned it down over and over. Oh well sucks to be you.

    • Frau Katze

      I believe there’s only a few hundred still remaining in Yemen.

  • BillyHW

    Some Jews continue to live in Yemen. Others win Nobel Prizes…