Israel brings in 19 Yemeni Jews in final immigration push

March 21, 2016 10:23 AM

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JERUSALEM Israel has brought in 19 Jews from war-ravaged Yemen in what immigration officials described as the last covert operation to move members of a dwindling Jewish community dating back two millennia.

Seventeen people arrived late on Sunday, including a man who doubled up as the rabbi and kosher butcher in the northern Yemeni town of Raydah, carried a 500-year-old Torah scroll, said officials. Two others came in a few days earlier.

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