The World Zionist Organization executive called on the communal umbrella of American Jewry to stop the fundraising effort meant to move Yemenite Jews to a Satmar community in Monsey, New York.
The Jerusalem-based WZO, whose leaders form part of the leadership of the Jewish Agency, disapproves of the United Jewish Communities’ efforts on behalf of the move because the Yemenites will be joining an anti-Zionist community.
“Bringing Yemenite Jews to the Satmar community is an anti-Zionist activity, because it’s bringing Jews to a place that doesn’t really recognize the State of Israel,” said Paula Edelstein, who sits on the WZO executive and is co-chair of the Jewish Agency’s Immigration and Absorption Committee.
The WZO statement, which is being finalized and will only be released tomorrow, “is a strong call for the UJC to stop its activities encouraging the immigration of Yemenite Jews to the US,” according to agency and WZO spokesman Gil Litman.
Some 113 Yemenite Jews are expected to leave Yemen for the United States in the coming weeks, aided by the US State Department and Jewish refugee agencies in the US.
The push to pull the Jews out of Yemen comes in the wake of attacks and threats against their property and lives made by radical Islamist groups or individuals. Most of the Jews currently live under the protection of the Yemeni government.
The Yemenite Jews “don’t really have freedom of choice because they’re under a great deal of pressure,” said Edelstein. “The Satmars have worked on them for a long time.
“We believe they should be offered the option of coming to Israel, and that the UJC, which is a partner of the Jewish Agency, shouldn’t be raising money to bring them to the Satmar community without making every effort to offer them the option of coming to Israel first,” she said.
But UJC spokesman Dani Wassner rejected the criticism, saying, “Edelstein acknowledges that in this case, the Yemenite Jews have chosen to go to the US and, as in the past, UJC supports their freedom of choice, and their rights to immigrate.”
Again we are witness to the Zionists' agenda-based approach to Jews in distress. What the Yemenite Jews themselves prefer matters little to them. They want to help Jews around the world only through bringing them to augment the population of their state, which is quickly falling behind in the demographic race. They are not interested in saving these Jews; they want to use them to fight and die in their battles. These are the same Zionists who, during the Second World War, foiled all attempts to rescue Jews from Europe unless they would be brought to Palestine.
The Satmar activists are to be praised for helping Jews to go somewhere other than the Zionist state. The next logical step, of course, is to help the Jews who are in even greater distress, those living under the Zionist state itself and find themselves caught in the crossfire, to leave that state and find safer places to live.