Murder of Jew in Yemen Raises Fears for Tiny Community (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/23/12)
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The fatal stabbing of a Yemenite Jewish leader on Tuesday has raised
fears for a community that has been living under the spectre of the
Arab Spring uprisings for more than a year, and may no longer be
living under the protection of a government that protected the
More details have become available about the murder of a Yemenite Jew
who was killed in the Yemenite capital of Sana´a on Tuesday.
Aharon (Harun) Yusuf Zindani was stabbed to death in the Sa´awan
market near the U.S. Embassy in the northeastern section of the city.
"We are trying to get more information about what happened,” Foreign
Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told Arutz Sheva on Wednesday. “But
it´s hard to track down details in Yemen. It´s not a very orderly
place at this point.” Zindani made aliyah to Israel during the
1990s. But he later returned to Yemen, citing difficulties in
adjustment to his new environment.
He was reportedly was shopping with his children, and reportedly had
just emerged from a car at the time of the murder. “A man jumped on
him and stabbed him numerous times,” Jewish Agency spokesperson Ariel
DiPorto told the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot newspaper. “He died
A friend of Zindani´s in Yemen told IDF Army Radio in an interview
Tuesday night, “He had an argument with a man from Al Qaeda, and for
them killing someone is like killing a fly.”
The man added that the few dozen Jews living in the city still
apparently “do not feel they are in danger” despite the multiple
murders in recent years, and despite the discrimination by security
officials and the judiciary. The internecine violence and struggle
for control of the government is not nearly ended, despite the
successful toppling of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh´s 33-year
On Saturday, thousands of journalists and anti-government protesters
massed in the capital to demonstrate against the jailing of a
journalist with suspected links to the Al Qaeda international
terrorist organization. Some 90 soldiers were killed and 200 others
were wounded Monday in a suicide bombing attack at a military parade
rehearsal near the presidential palace. It was one of the deadliest
attacks in the city in years.
It is believed that an estimated 200 Jews still remain in the
After Jewish community leader Moshe Yaish Nahari was executed by
Islamists in the market in Amran by Islamists for his Jewish faith
in 2008, Yemenite authorities were concerned about the impact of the
murder on the country´s image internationally – and its subsequent
ability to obtain foreign aid.
It was Saleh who ordered the Jews evacuated from the city, in
response to the international condemnation sparked by the murder. The
president also arranged for the 50 families to each receive a plot of
land in an area east of the capital, San´a. He also allocated to each
a grant of $10,000 with which to rebuild their households.
However, with the Arab Spring uprisings and Saleh´s ouster, official
protection of the Jews can no longer be counted upon.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/23/12)
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