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Jewish man hospitalized in Yemen after suffering anti Jewish beating

By Mason White 7:18 PM February 2, 2013
Few remaining Jews in Yemen 

Yemen’s Jewish community is fuming after one of the few Jews left in the country was beaten in an anti Jewish attack, according to press reports in Israel.

Although the Jewish population of Yemen has long been in decline, the Jews who remained in the nation’s southern Arabian Peninsula remain the target of attacks.

Members of the Jewish community in the Yemen central city of Rada’a, south of the capital Sanaa, said Wednesday that resident Joseph Re’ati was beaten in a  anti-Semitic attack. He was hospitalized in very serious condition.

Jews in Yemen are apparently protected by the government, but in reality the situation has not improved. After becoming targets of attacks by Islamist elements, many Yemeni Jews have chosen to leave their homeland in recent years.

Largely impoverished Yemen has maintained a fragile stability for some time, although the country has seen violence soar since protesters inspired by the Arab Spring took to the streets in January 2011. The uprising led to the ouster of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Foreign media recently reported about Israeli efforts to help the rest of the small Jewish community of Yemen to immigrate to Israel.