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More than 600 people have been killed in Yemen in the past three weeks as a result of Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes and ground fighting. More than half of those killed are civilians, including 74 children. Saudi Arabia continues to do this with the help of 10 other Arab States, not because they were attacked or in self-defense, but to ensure a Sunni pro-Saudi government will return to power in Yemen. I have yet to see any major protests against the horrendous killing of so many innocent lives, a number that will continue to rise!

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If the Yemenis aren’t Arabs then who’s an Arab? The Yemenis don’t need to prove their Arab or Islamic identity, it’s those attacking Yemen that need to search for proof of their Arab or Islamic identity.
—  Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on propaganda against the Yemeni people accusing them of being a “Persian rebellion”. In Arab media today, “Persian” is the new word for Shi'a as “thug” is the new “N word” in western media.

‘Jews in Yemen?’

The above couple are a Jewish couple from Yemen, a place where most people wouldn’t think there would exist a historic Jewish population because well, Yemen is considered an ‘Arab country’ and most of the world always identifies the term ‘Arab’ and the religion of Islam. These Jews call themselves ‘Yehudei teiman’, and many of them aren’t even in Yemen anymore. Between 1949 and 1950, the greater majority of the Yemeni Jews were airlifted to Israel in Operation Magic Carpet, which is one of the many airlifts used by Israel to bring back Jewish populations to Israel. According to tradition, there is 2 ways they could’ve gotten to Yemen:

  1. They are simply followers of the Judaism brought back by the Queen of Sheba, Bilqis, upon her return from Jerusalem.

  2. That with the prophet Jeremiah some 75,000 Jews came to Yemen, 42 years before the destruction of the Temple of Solomon by the Babylonians. (Basically around 545 BC)

While they may just be a mix of both scenarios, it is well known that they are in fact a population with an ancestral tie to the ancient Israelite people, and they are carriers of the Kohanim Marker distinctive of Jewish populations. The Yemeni Jews have a very distinct identity from other Jewish populations for a number of reasons. For one, their form of Hebrew, Yemeni Hebrew, is considered the most accurate modern day form of Biblical Hebrew. Second, they do have their own unique traditions including the marriage traditions as pictured above. The Yemeni Jews aren’t simply some recent phenomenon, it is known that at one point they had power in Yemen. During the 5th and 6th century, they had power over the kingdom of Himyar. In fact the Himyarite King deposed by Negus Kaleb of Aksum was in fact a Jewish man named Yusuf As'ar Yath'ar, who’s Jewish mother was possibly of Mesopotamian origin. The Yemeni Jews of our day in Yemen face an uncertain future, they’re mainly centered around the capital Sana'a, which is currently in Houthi control. The Yemeni Jews have no real say in Yemen, and are as vulnerable as the very structures holding together Yemen as a country.

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The Hijab/Veil Series by Boushra Almutawakel - Boushra appears in the first series with her daughter.

‘I’m not against veiling – I feel comfortable wearing the hijab in Yemen – but I object to excessive veiling and its idea of the ownership of women,’ Almutawakel says. 'It doesn’t really have anything to do with Islam. The solution, instead of covering up women, is to work on the men.’

Read about it here. Or listen to her talk about it in her TED talk here.

Ibn Qayyim رحمه الله said:

“If Allah سبحانه و تعالى had forgiven the one who had quenched the thirst of a very thirsty dog, so what would be the case for he who quenches the thirst, feeds the hungry, and clothes the unclothed from among the Muslims?”

قال ابن القيم رحمه الله: واذا كان الله سبحانه قد غفر لمن سقى كلبا على شدة ظمأه فكيف بمن سقى العطاش وأشبع الجياع وكسى العراة من المسلمين

[Udat al-Sabireen 1/216]

Please take the time to read up a bit about what’s going on in Yemen right now. Major western media isn’t making it an important news story, but Saudi Arabia has been launching air strikes on the country due to Yemeni rebel attacks. They’ve already bombed an airport and are putting thousands of civilians in danger. Please keep the Yemeni people in your thoughts and prayers.

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Yemen’s child soldiers

Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen (April 19, 2015 Update)

Saudi Arabia, with the help of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Sudan, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Somalia, and the United States, continues its attack on Yemen. This is no war due to being attacked, but one to ensure a Sunni pro-Saudi government is restored in Yemen. So far more than 700 people have been killed, most of them civilians, including dozens of children. More than 150,000 people have been displaced around the country, and children, as young as 7-years old, have watched their schools get demolished, and are now holding weapons instead of books. 

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