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YEMEN: “We have run out of money” - Jewish Leader (Depend on Yemeni Govt for Assistance)
IRIN ^ | 31 March 2009

Posted on 03/31/2009 3:17:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Members of the tiny Jewish community in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, say they have not received their monthly food rations or any government financial assistance for the past three months.

Rabbi Yahya Yusuf, leader of the 65-member community, told IRIN the Jews had been “suffering terribly” of late; many had been finding it very difficult to even feed their children.

“We have sold everything we possess to buy food for our families. We even sold our women’s gold rings. We have run out of money,” he said.

Yusuf said that two weeks ago they had staged a protest outside government headquarters to demand action.

“Prime Minister Ali Mujawwar has ordered payment of our monthly allowances and so has the minister of finance. But so far we have not received anything,” Yusuf said.

The community has been living in the Sanaa suburb of Tourist City.

The assistance they had been getting was 58,000 riyals (US$290), as well as 40kg of sugar, 50kg of wheat, and 40kg of rice per family, according to Yusuf. Most families had 12-18 members.

Yusuf said the cut in aid could be used as a pretext to remove them from the city.

“When we first lived here [in 2007], we got good food rations plus the financial assistance. But gradually the assistance has been reduced,” he said.

Appeal

“We appeal to aid organisations and benevolent contributors to assist us,” said Yusuf.

Habbob Salem, 27, is a member of the community in Sanaa. He said he and his 18 family members lived in a small apartment with only three rooms.

“We have never gone through this hardship. We have no source of income to rely on and now we have run out of money. This is really very harsh for us,” he told IRIN.

The community was moved to Sanaa in 2007 after a number of Shia rebels in Saada Governorate, northern Yemen, threatened to kill them if they did not leave the area within 10 days.

Yusuf said their property in Saada had been seized by the rebels, though the rebels have denied this. “We have not received any compensation.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Israel
KEYWORDS: 2007; alimujawwar; diaspora; himyaritearabs; jews; northernyemen; queenofsheba; saadagovernorate; sanaa; sheba; shia; shiite; touristcity; yemen

1 posted on 03/31/2009 3:17:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Thats how Muslim countries treat jews that are allowed to live?


2 posted on 03/31/2009 3:20:05 PM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: nickcarraway

There was a program on the “History Channel” some time back about Yemen. In ancient times before Islam, the country was pretty advanced and had a sizable Christian and Jewish population.

There was a huge dam built sometime in the early history of Yemen but it is now just a relic in the desert.

Yemen may be the most virulently Islamic state.


3 posted on 03/31/2009 3:47:39 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: nickcarraway

There are only about 300 Jews in Yemen. There used to be more but most of them left for Israel. Anyone with those ridiculous “coexist” bumper stickers should take a peek at Yemen, cuz this is how the religion of pieces treats the Jews in that country...so much for coexistence.


4 posted on 03/31/2009 3:48:43 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I'm learning Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, and Russian so someday you won't have to)
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To: yarddog

The Himyarite Arabs, who were converted to Judaism and later to Christianity by wandering monks, were a thriving, pre-Islamic civilization based in Yemen. The Sabaeans also lived there, and the ruins of their capital Marib still stand today.

What a shame it’s now an Islamic state and a breeding ground for al-Qaida.


5 posted on 03/31/2009 3:51:33 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I'm learning Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, and Russian so someday you won't have to)
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To: G8 Diplomat

Another interesting tidbit is that Yemen is the location of the ancient country of Sheba, famous for their queen.


6 posted on 03/31/2009 3:55:55 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: yarddog

Yeah. I’ve heard it said that the Sabaeans were the inhabitants of the kingdom of Sheba.


7 posted on 03/31/2009 4:04:30 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I'm learning Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, and Russian so someday you won't have to)
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To: G8 Diplomat

So maybe they should take the hint and get out of Yemen


8 posted on 03/31/2009 4:57:45 PM PDT by JizzWizz
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To: JizzWizz

That’s what I thought as well. Why don’t they just go to Israel like the others did?


9 posted on 03/31/2009 5:01:29 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I'm learning Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, and Russian so someday you won't have to)
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To: yarddog

“In ancient times before Islam, the country was pretty advanced and had a sizable Christian and Jewish population.”
This statement could be made about nearly every Islamic country today.


10 posted on 03/31/2009 9:00:33 PM PDT by tiniyo
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