Bin Yamyen Umran al-Nahari, age eight, is a member of the Jewish community who went missing and was believed kidnapped in the city of Raida, 70 kilometers north of the capital Sana’a, in Amran directorate.
Yahya Ya’aish, leader of the Jewish community, has commented that the boy’s disappearance was an accident, and talk of his abduction was a misunderstanding. Bin Yamyen disappeared in mysterious circumstances during the shabat day last week, in which Jews do not engage in work, on the grounds that Saturday is a day off to worship and fast.
Bin Yamyen was kidnapped around the same time a death sentence was given to Abdel Aziz al- Abdin, who was accused of killing Masha al-Nahari, according to a source in the Jewish community.
Two years ago, Jewish Yemeni Masha al-Nahari, was killed by Abdul Alaziz al-Abdin. The court gave him the death sentence after their appeals of the former sentence. The Judge, Abdul Bari Abdullah Oqba, gave him a sentence of five million and five hundred thousand riyals since the killer appartenly suffered from mental illness. Thus, he had been referred to a mental institution, according to the report of the prosecution.
There are only 290 Jews in Yemen, and most live in the city Raida north of the capital Sana’a. According to Yahya Ya’aish, the number of Jews continues to decline, especially after Israel and American Jewish institutions have recently organized flights for Jews’ evacuation because they are exposed to danger if they remain.
After the death of Masha Ya’aish, the leader of the Jewish community in Yemen last year, about 110 Jews have been deported.
The majority of remaining Jews stay in Yemen and Raidah city due to their desire for performing their prayers, feasts, and other rituals together, as well as establishing schools to teach their children the Torah and Psalms.
According to Yahya Ya’aish, son of Rabbi Ya’aish Bin Yahya, stable faith among the Jews in Yemen is stronger compared to other majority of Jews. He confirmed Jews do not want to migrate out of Yemen and they wish to stay to preserve the traditions of thousands of years.
“We live peacefully with Muslims.
They do not discriminate between Muslim and Jewish communities in terms of living and housing, and their political rights. The Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh announced in 1996 that Yemeni Jews are entitled to their political rights,” Yahya Ya’aish said.
Currently, Jews in Yemen have two temples, and two private schools were established by Jewish American associations in the Raidah and Kharif regions. The two schools teach the children of the Jewish community Hebrew, Arabic, and English language, in addition lessons on the Jewish faith.
Also, there are a few Jews living in Sa’ada in the area of Aal Salem. A year ago, they were seven families consisting 45 persons in al-Haid Gareer village in Aal-Salem region. They left after they had been threatened with death by members of the “al-Shabab al-Mu’mineen” organization, led by Abdul Malik al-Houthi.
Abdul Malik al-Houthi gave them only a week to leave the area and he stressed that the threats were actually intended to make the Jews flee.
Abdul Malik reported that the people of the region were complaining of the Jews for their involvement in regional affairs and their bad morals. Therefore, the authorities provided housing for these families before they were moved to Sana’a to escape fighting between the rebels and government forces and in order to calm the international fears about Jews in Yemen.
In the capital Sana’a, authorities approved their Easter Holiday and housed Jewish families in the heart of the capital, at the “tourist city.”
After riots against the Jews in Yemen in the forties of the last century, when the State of Israel was established in 1948, there were sixty thousand Jews living in Yemen – most of whom promptly migrated.
An estimated 48 thousand fled to Israel in the so-called “Operation Magic Carpet” over the next three years, according to media sources. In the meantime, the Jewish Agency and the Yemeni authorities negotiated on their departure.