By Anshel Pfeffer, January 7, 2010
The threat of permanent closure of the American and British embassies in Yemen has heightened fears for the safety of some 200 Yemenite Jews.
The main channel of contact with the community has, in recent years, been the American State Department.
American diplomats have helped Jewish groups transfer aid to the community and keep abreast of its condition. Last year, Moshe Yaish-Nahari was murdered by a former Yemeni Air Force pilot after he refused to convert.
The fear of al Qaida and other Islamic movements has caused many rural Jews to move to the capital, Sana’a.