Caught in Strife, Yemen’s Jews Cling Fiercely to Their Ancient Heritage

Yahya Yousuf al-Marhabi idly breaks off leaves from a branch of qat and adds them to the walnut-sized ball of pulp puffing up his cheek. As he sits on the carpeted floor of his living room, the television facing him shows Yemeni soldiers loading an artillery shell into a cannon and firing it toward rebel positions in the hills that surround his former home, Sa’ada. When an on-air reporter mentions the name of the rebel leader — the recently killed Abdul Malik al-Houthi — al-Marhabi spits.


Can Tax-Free Donations Fund Settlements?

An early January announcement that Israeli authorities had approved a new Jewish settlement on the campus of an American-funded yeshiva in East Jerusalem came just weeks after President Obama issued a statement condemning new Israeli construction in the area.


New Research Shows Higher Risk of Cancer Among Survivors

Warsaw Ghetto survivor Binyomin Katz, who saved himself by leaping out of a train headed for Majdanek, a concentration camp on the outskirts of Lublin, Poland, later died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 50.


Obsession With Yemeni Jews Inspires a Mideast Odyssey by College Grads

Josh Berer made a decision when he arrived in Yemen: He would tell people he was Christian. He had taken this precaution before — when he lived briefly in Jordan — but now, in the heart of the Arab world, where antisemitic rants blared at him constantly from loudspeakers and “Jew” was synonymous with evil, it was a necessity.


P.A. Effort Targets Products Made in the Settlements

The Palestinian Authority has begun a campaign to stop, by year’s end, the Palestinians’ widespread practice of buying wine, chocolates, fruits and other items produced in the Jewish settlements.

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