January 21, 2013
(JTA) — A group of Jews from Yemen arrived in Israel via Doha on a Qatari flight, the Iranian Fars news agency reported.
The Fars report on Sunday cited the Palestinian Arab-language weekly al-Manar, which quoted “informed sources” as saying that the undetermined number of Jews from Yemen had landed in Israel.
Israel is planning to bring more Yemeni Jews in the coming months, according to Fars.
The Jewish community of Yemen last year numbered an estimated 130, with 50 living in the capital Sana’a in a compound secured by the government and the remainder in Raydah, the Jewish Agency told JTA last year. Some 100 Yemenite Jews made aliyah between 2009 and August 2012.
Attacks on Jews in Yemen by Islamist extremists have increased in recent years.
The Fars article suggested that Israel has been “transferring” Jews from around the world to Israel as part of “a Judaization plot to change the identity of the region.”