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the Magic Carpet operation between June 1949 and September 1950 brought 49,000 Yemenite Jews to the new state of israel.

Je savais qu’il y avait encore quelques juifs à Saada, mais je n’imaginais pas leur état de dénuement, des juifs tout droit sortis de l’ancien testament. j’en reparlerai dans mon histoire sur le mythe des dix tribus perdues d’Israel.

the Magic Carpet operation, which took place between June 1949 and September 1950, and saw the transportation of 49,000 Yemenite Jews to the newly-formed state of Israel. The operation was initiated by the Israeli government, which sought to provide a safe haven for Jewish communities in Yemen that were facing persecution and hardship. Many Yemenite Jews were eager to leave the country, and saw the opportunity to move to Israel as a chance to start a new life. The operation was not without its challenges, however. Many of the Yemenite Jews who participated in the Magic Carpet operation had never been on an airplane before, and the process of transportation was often chaotic and disorganized. Nonetheless, the operation was largely successful, and helped to establish a vibrant community of Yemenite Jews in Israel. Despite the success of the Magic Carpet operation, however, Yemen’s Jewish community did not disappear entirely. In fact, as recently as 1985, there were still Jewish families living in the country. One of these families was located in Saada, a city in northern Yemen. The family in question was one of the last remaining Jewish families in the country, and had lived in Saada for generations. Although they faced challenges and discrimination from the broader Yemeni community, they were proud of their heritage and committed to maintaining their traditions and culture. Today, Yemen remains a complex and often challenging country, with ongoing conflicts and humanitarian crises affecting many of its citizens. However, the legacy of the Magic Carpet operation and the enduring presence of Yemen’s Jewish community serve as a testament to the resilience and diversity of the country’s people, and a reminder of the importance of preserving cultural traditions and supporting those who are facing persecution and hardship.

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