Yemeni immigrant fined for Torah scroll

Israel’s suffocating tax policy appears to appeal to holy items as well: A Yemeni Jew arrived in Israel recently with a Torah scroll rescued from the enemy country. While Yemen’s authorities let him leave with the scroll, as did Egypt when he passed through, the Israeli authorities were the only ones to cause problems.The man, Yosef Hamadi, left the city of Rida along with 22 other Jews. All of them, apart from him, decided to immigrate to London.

Before leaving Yemen, he decided to take with him a Torah scroll written in the local synagogue about 10 years ago. Due to the recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Yemen, he was afraid that the scroll would be burned or looted in riots and so decided to bring it to Israel.


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