“This is the end of the Jewish Diaspora of Yemen. That’s it.”

November 1, 2009 at 10:58 am | Posted in Antisemitism / Antizionism, Islam | Leave a comment

I mentioned it some time ago: It is most likely that Yemen will soon be judenrein. Now some more Yemenite Jews have left Yemen – after 2500 years there – because life was made unbearable for them. Last year a Yemenite Jew was murdered because he dismissed demands to convert to Islam

Islam used to do be a civilization that does not persecute religious minorities of the monotheistic religions. Whereas Christianity persecuted just everybody. Under Islam Jews and Christians were second class citizens, but they were in some way protected, although acts of violents were not uncommon, and they had to pay a special tex. I really wonder what happened, that all that changed. Why is Islam declining and declining and no end in sight?

What went wrong?

Violence toward the country’s small remaining Jewish community began to intensify last year, when one of its most prominent members was gunned down outside his house. But the mission also hastens the demise of one of the oldest remaining Jewish communities in the Arab world.

Jews are believed to have reached what is now Yemen more than 2,500 years ago as traders for King Solomon. They survived — and at times thrived — over centuries of change, including the spread of Islam across the Arabian Peninsula.

“They were one of the oldest exiled groups out of Israel,” says Hayim Tawil, a Yeshiva University professor who is an expert on Yemeni Jewry. “This is the end of the Jewish Diaspora of Yemen. That’s it.”

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