Thirteen Yemeni Jews have been introduced to Egypt from Yemen in a cope with Iranian-backed militias that dominated their areas, shrinking the quantity of Jews remaining in Yemen to six, The Times of Israel has confirmed.

Their departure was first reported by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Sunday. The paper mentioned that they had been expelled.

A educated official advised The Times of Israel that the 13 Yemeni Jews — some of the traditional community’s final members — had not been straight compelled to leave the nation. Rather, that they had reached an exit settlement with the Iran-backed Houthi militias, which rule components of Yemen.

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The 13 Jews obtained a suggestion to go to Israel by method of the port metropolis of Aden, which is managed by the United Arab Emirates’ proxy within the war-torn nation, the Southern Transitional Council. But they refused.

“They reached an agreement with the Houthi leadership to go to Cairo. They wanted at first to go to the United Arab Emirates, but that proved impossible, so they went to Cairo. In Cairo, they have family there,” mentioned the official, who spoke on situation of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.


In this Aug. 22, 2020 file photograph, tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels elevate their weapons throughout a protest in opposition to the settlement to set up diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP/Hani Mohammed, File)

Several Yemeni Jewish households have been resettled within the Emirates in current months. The households got what the official termed “very good financial conditions,” together with housing items.

The Yemeni Jewish community — as soon as over 50,000 robust — has dwindled in current many years. Between 1949 and 1950, Israel introduced practically 49,000 Yemenite Jews to the state.

The exodus was precipitated by rising anti-Semitism following the institution of the State of Israel — but additionally by rising anarchy in Yemen itself following a coup try. Zionist sentiment had additionally slowly grown among the many Yemenite community for many years prior to the mass migration, spurred by the community’s religiosity.

Presently, six Jews stay in Yemen, together with one at present in Houthi jail. Diplomatic efforts made to free the imprisoned Jew, Levi Salem Marhabi, have to date proved unsuccessful.

“They want to remain. There were overtures made for them to come to Israel, but for now, they want to stay put,” the official mentioned.

Marhabi was arrested in 2016 by Houthi intelligence forces after allegedly smuggling a uncommon deerskin Torah scroll out of Yemen to Israel, together with 17 members of the Jewish community. The Houthis mentioned the scroll, believed to be at the least 500 years outdated, was a nationwide artifact.

The Jewish emigrants and the Torah scroll got a heat welcome in Israel on the time, together with by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds an 500 hundred-year-old Torah scroll as he poses for an image with some of the Yemenite Jews who have been introduced to Israel as half of a secret rescue operation, on the Knesset, on March 21, 2016. (Haim Zach/GPO)

The United States has condemned Marhabi’s detention; former secretary of state Mike Pompeo warned in a 2020 assertion that the prisoner’s well being was deteriorating.

“Mr. Marhabi is one member of an ever-shrinking community of Yemeni Jews, who have been an important part of Yemen’s diverse social fabric for thousands of years. We call on the Houthis to respect religious freedom, stop oppressing Yemen’s Jewish population, and immediately release Levi Salem Musa Marhabi,” Pompeo mentioned.

Some of the departing relations have claimed {that a} quid professional quo deal was reached that may see Marhabi launched in change for their leaving.

“They gave us a choice between staying in the midst of harassment and keeping Salem a prisoner or leaving and having him released,” one of the expelled relations advised al-Sharq al-Awsat.

“History will remember us as the last of Yemeni Jews who were still clinging to their homeland until the last moment,” the interviewee continued. “We rejected many temptations time and time again, and refused to leave our homeland, but today we are forced.”

The official who spoke to The Times of Israel denied any information of such a quid professional quo.

Both the Israeli and the Emirati overseas ministries declined to remark.

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