Yemen's Jews Want Seats in Parliament

By JTA

Published May 21, 2012.

The chief rabbi of Yemen has called on the country’s president to allow the Jewish community and other minority groups to have seats in the country’s parliament.

“I demand the government’s new attention to this, to work to allocate seats for members of the community in the Consultative Council and Parliament, in order to feel real citizenship, non-discrimination, a right guaranteed by our law and the Constitution,” Rabbi Yahia Youssef Moussa said over the weekend in an interview with CNN Arabic.

Moussa said he emphasized to the president the importance of the Jewish community to Yemen and that the Jewish community would like to serve in the government in order to help its own community and all the people of Yemen.



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