Yesterday at Ben Gurion Airport Louza Nahari and her four youngest children were emotionally reunited with her five oldest children, who had previously made aliyah following the murder of her husband in Yemen.
The family had lived in the town of Raida, just north of the Yemeni capital Sana. Moshe Ya’ish al-Nahari, then aged 35, was a prominent member of the town’s Jewish community. He was the community’s shohat (ritual slaughterer) and taught Hebrew. Moshe was shot dead by Abdul-Aziz al-Abdi, a retired Air Force pilot, after he refused demands to convert to Islam. Al-Abdi was caught by the Yemeni authorities, tried and found guilty of murder. Four years later he has yet to be sentenced.
Attacks on Jews by Islamist extremists have increased in recent years, and the Jewish community lives under constant threat, which intensified following the removal of the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. But yesterday, with the assistance of the Jewish Agency, a partner organization of 4Zion, Louza Nahari was united with her five eldest children in Israel.
Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said, “Moshe al-Nahari was killed solely because he was a Jew. His infant was only a few months old when his father was murdered in an anti-Semitic attack. Louza’s Aliyah and her moving reunion with her children are first and foremost the closing of a personal circle, but they are also the closing of a Zionist circle.”