Many Yemenite Jews have immigrated to Israel (seen here en route during the first half of the twentieth century). Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org) YemeniteÂ Minister of CultureÂ Arwa OthmanÂ is giving away Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award, which she receivedÂ in September, to Yemen’s dwindling Jewish community.
The award honored Othman for her work promoting women’s rights and fighting extremism.Â On Nov. 20,Â sheÂ called for “tolerance,” dedicatingÂ her award to “brothers and friends from the Jewish community,” the Associated Press reported.
There are fewer than 90 Jews left in Yemen, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel,Â andÂ half of them liveÂ in a guarded compound that also protects the U.S. Embassy in the capital city of Sanaa due to threats from Islamic terror groups such asÂ al-Qaeda.Â Othman has been targeted with a smear campaign byÂ hardline Salafi jihadistÂ groups in the countryÂ over her support of Yemenite Jews.
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