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Amran Jews Relocated to Sana'a; President Saleh Grants Each Jewish Family YR 2 Million
  Written By: Moneer Al-Omari ( YEMEN POST STAFF ) 
  Article Date:
January 05, 2009



President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered an immediate transfer of Jews residing in Amran province's Kharef and Raidah areas to Sana'a city after receiving death threats by unknown parties.

Sources from the ruling party, the General People Congress (GPC) noted that relocation process is underway and was due to start last Sunday especially when Saleh asked Jews still living in Amran province to sell their property and move to Sana'a where the state will provide them with houses and monthly financial support.

This move comes after the recent killing incident which targeted a senior Jewish Rabbi in Amran's grand market. Other Jews also reported constant intimidations by locals and unknown people.

Killing the Jewish Rabbi Moshe bin Yahya bin Ya'aish Al-Nahari drew criticism from international organizations interested in human rights and Amnesty International called, then, the Yemeni government and the Ministry of Interior to protect the Jewish minority in Yemen.

Informed sources told the Yemen Post that President Saleh had directed respective authorities to allocate land plots for Jews in Sa'wan area, to east of the capital Sana'a – an area which accommodates the American and British embassies. Saleh also granted each Jewish family, estimated to be 50 families, YR 2 million (some $10,000).

A year ago or so, Jews of Bani Salem district in Sa’ada governorate were shifted to Sana’a after being reportedly threatened and harassed by Houthi followers.