Houthi Crisis Sheds Light on Antisemitism and Plight of Jews in Yemen
JNS.org – As Shi’a Muslim Houthi rebels continue overtaking Yemen and the country’s capital, Sana’a, after the escape of Western-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour, the Houthis vowed to take revenge on “the Zionist Saudi regime” in their country.
This is not the first time the rebels have used the term “Zionist” or other pejorative slogans referencing Israel and Jews, such as their use of “Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews” on flags and other propaganda materials. Last week, a suicide bomber blew up a Houthi mosque where the crowd had been shouting “Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse upon the Jews. Victory to Islam. Allahu Akbar,” The Times of Israel reported.
Meanwhile, Yemen’s small Jewish community finds itself in a precarious position amid the ongoing conflict.
“The situation is very bad here. Every day—there is danger. We want to sell the house, but can’t. No one wants to buy. The [non-Jews] want us to leave without getting money. We want to get out of here as quickly as possible,” said Avraham, 40, a father of five from the city of Rayda, reported Israel Hayom.
“We know that you in Israel are worried about us and are thinking of us. Our country is being taken over and there isn’t much we can do. We want to move to Israel but we have matters to finish tending to and everything here is very difficult,” said Yehiye, 35, a father of six from Sana’a.
Both Iran and the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah, which are siding with the Houthi rebels, have condemned the airstrikes launched by Saudi Arabia on Yemen to try to stop the rebels. “This aggression will have no result except to spread terrorism and extremism, and increase insecurity throughout the region,” said Iranian Foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham. Hezbollah condemned the strikes as “unjust aggression,” Reuters reported.