The Jewish Agency, which is responsible for immigration, said the operation effectively completes the repatriation of the ancient Yemenite Jewish community.
“This is a highly significant moment in the history of Israel,” said Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky. “Yemenite Jewry’s unique, 2,000-year-old contribution to the Jewish people will continue in the State of Israel.”
Most Yemenite Jews, some 50,000, have immigrated to Israel since 1949 in the wake of Arab persecution following the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948. Today, only 50 Jews remain in Yemen, by choice.
The civil war in Yemen prompted this group of 19 Jews to...
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