Posted by: Lister | January 22, 2007

Jews Threatened in Yemen

Yemenite Jews flee their homes following threats by extremists – Haaretz

Some 45 Jews of Sa’ada county in Yemen left their homes after being threatened by radical Muslims, the Saudi daily Al Wattan reported on Monday.

According to the report, the extremists told the Jews to leave their homes within ten days, after which time they will be exposed to abductions and looting.

The Jews moved into a hotel in the town of Sa’ada, north of the Yemenite capital Sana. A formal complaint was submitted to the Yemenite President Abdullah Salah, the report said.

[…] The message also said that the threats are based on surveillance conducted on the Jews, and that “Islam calls upon us to fight against the disseminators of decay.”
The Jews under threat contacted local authorities and demanded fair treatment as ordinary Yemenite citizens. They told the authorities among other things that Islam imposes taxes on Jews in return for protection and security.

[…] Following the incident, the community was forced to evacuate the homes in which they lived for generations, and leave their home town under the protection of tolerant local sheikhs.

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