Some of Yemen’s last remaining Jews have arrived in Israel after a clandestine operation retrieved them from the war-torn country, an Israeli non-profit group said on Monday.
Over the last few days, 19 Yemenite Jews landed in Israel — among them a rabbi carrying a 500-year-old Torah scroll — according to the Jewish Agency, which works closely with the Israeli government and acts as a link to Jews around the world.
Hundreds of Jews have arrived in Israel from Yemen in recent years, but the most recent arrivals could mark the end of this immigration. The 50 remaining Jews in Yemen want to stay in the country, the agency said.
“This is a highly significant moment in the history of Israel,” said Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish Agency. “Yemenite Jewry’s unique, 2,000-year-old contribution to the Jewish people will continue in the state of Israel.”