JERUSALEM, ISRAEL -- On Monday, the parents of the late Moshe Nahari made Aliyah (immigrated) to Israel with the assistance of the Jewish Agency for Israel, and were reunited with their four children and twenty grandchildren, including Nahari's children. The two will initially be accommodated in a Jewish Agency Absorption center in southern Israel.
Nahari’s murder in 2008 was motivated by anti-Semitism. His parents, Yisrael (Yaish) and Terneja, who are in their seventies, arrived exactly six months after Nahari’s widow, Louza, arrived last August.
Nahari, 35, was a father to nine children, and served as a Hebrew teacher and shochet (ritual slaughterer) in the city of Raydah in the Amran District of Yemen. In December 2008, Nahari, 35, was shot and killed by a radical Muslim. After his murder and burial in Yemen, five of his children immigrated to Israel. Last August, his widow and four more of his children also made Aliyah.
After the murder, Nahari’s parents remained in Raydah in order to campaign that the killer be brought to justice. Although the gunman was caught and found guilty by a Yemeni court, to this day he has not been sentenced.
Nahari’s murder was followed by a wave of Aliyah to Israel; since 2009, 113 Jews have immigrated with the assistance of the Jewish Agency.
At the Jewish Agency Board of Governors meeting held this week in Jerusalem, Arielle Di Porto, who is responsible for Aliyah from distressed Jewish communities, reported on the status of Jews residing in Arab countries.
Di Porto reported that the Jewish community in Yemen numbers approximately 130 people, of whom 40 live in the capital city of Sana’a with the remainder in Raydah.
Anti-Semitic attacks on the community intensified after the ousting of President Ali Abdallah Saleh. Two weeks ago a Jew in Raydah was attacked and severely beaten by radical Muslims in his own house. In May of last year, Aaron Zindani, one of leaders of the Jewish community was stabbed to death in Sana’a.