Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Secret Rescue Flight of Yemen's Jews to Freedom

The West need to welcome and help all non-muslims the world over to escape daily persecution by Islamic regimes.  Non-Muslims should be given priority to immigrate to Western countries, while at the same time, Muslim immigration should be cut off. 

Question is, will our elected representatives have the stones to openly help all those non-Muslims who are persecuted, harassed and murdered by Islamic regimes. Doing so would send the message that the West will not tolerate the inbred hatred of Muslims toward the dhimmis under their control.


The Secret Rescue Flight of Yemen's Jews to Freedom
Gregg Rickman  
November 2nd 2009 Cutting Edge contributor

In November 2007, Ninwe Al Naeti, a  young Yemenite Jewish woman was allegedly kidnapped and converted to Islam against her will in Yemen, home to the oldest Jewish community in the world. As the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, it was my obligation to discover more about this incident and whether it was isolated or part of a larger pattern of harassment and anti-Semitism in Yemen.

After initial investigation and fact finding, I traveled to Saana, Yemen’s capital, in December to examine the situation first hand. What I discovered there was a country beset with strife. A fundamentalist rebellion in the north has been launched by the Al-Houti Shiite. They had nailed a note on the door of a Jewish family in Saada in February 2007, threatening them if they did not leave within days. I also found a government, steeped in ancient tribal structure and boundaries, not fully in control of its own territory.

When I asked to visit the main Jewish community in the northern town of Raida, I was told that the government could not guarantee our safety and therefore, even with government troops, we could not venture up that far into the country. We lacked any tribal permission to enter certain areas. We eventually did travel to the provincial capital of Amran province, accompanied by troops driving a gun-mounted jeep.

On that trip, I was struck by the vastly undeveloped, primitive nature of the country. We saw field upon field of khat, the native-grown hallucinogenic drug that is chewed and sucked on as a wad of leaves in the cheek by many Yemenites. The fields found abundantly in Yemen, are guarded by young men with guns who are holed up in small towers in the fields. The khat fields consume much of Yemen’s diminishing water supply.

When I arrived at the Governor’s office, I was greeted by dozens of armed men waiting to escort me up to the Provincial Governor’s office. The Governor was a firm and imposing man who offered me tea and assured me that “his Jews” were safe in Yemen and that despite what I had heard, Ninwe Al-Naeti had chosen to marry the man of her dreams and that there should be no worries. He did complain about the outside support the Jews received from the United States but that as long as they remained good Yemenite citizens, meaning not offering support for Israel, all would be well for them.

Upon my return to Saana, I met with the Jewish community from Saada that had been housed in the capital, at government expense, a deed that both our Ambassador and I had urgently sought following the Al-Houti threats in February of that year. What I heard were stories of extreme harassment: forced conversions of boys and girls, forced marriages, ethnic intimidation, and cruel unequal treatment. These people were scared and told us so. When I was given a list of over 200 names of people who would leave if they could come to the United States, I knew that something had to be done. The stories, the conditions they were living in and the security situation told me that their time was running out.