Seraphic Secret has been writing about the Jews of Yemen for quite a while. An ancient Jewish community, The Jews of Yemen have long been oppressed by their government and their Muslim neighbors.
Soon, Yemen, like the rest of the Arab Muslim world—except for Morocco’s 2,000 Jews—will be Judenrein, forcibly cleansed of Jews.
Here’s the story of two young Jews who have been documenting the last of the Yemeni Jews and remarkably—because no other media outlet has reported on this—inform us that Jew-hatred spews from public loudspeakers on a daily basis.
Think of it, there are just a 67 Jews left in Yemen, yet the Mosques and the government blame Jews for all their troubles.
Hey, I have a fab-u-lous idea, let’s ethnically cleanse Judea and Samaria of Jews and create yet one more dysfunctional radical Islamist state built on pathological Jew-hatred.
They also encountered the strange paradox of living in a place where, they found, the Yemenis as individuals were utterly hospitable and open — even “goofy,” Strecher said — but where antisemitism was rife; where Berer said he often felt “like a criminal, like a fugitive”; where they had to hide the fact that they were Jews.
The experience was not dissimilar from how the Yemeni Jews themselves interacted with their society.
“People who knew them thought of them as the ‘good Jews’,” Strecher said. “But the idea of Jews was repulsive to the general public. I’m not exaggerating. Every week, you heard on the loudspeakers about how the Jews were the cause of all evil, the root of everybody’s problem.”
Partly as a reaction — as a form of “defiance,” as they put it — the two found themselves embracing their Jewish identities as they never had before.
Full story by Gal Beckerman here.
And here’s a lovely and poignant slide show by Rachael Strecher.