Washington calls for release of Yemeni Jewish citizen

Washington calls for release of Yemeni Jewish citizen

 

Alsahwa Net- The United States Secretary of State Department, Mike Pompeo called on Wednesday for the release of Levi Salem Musa Marhabi, a member of the Yemen’s Jewish minority.

“Houthi rebels in Yemen continue to persecute religious minorities. Levi Salem Musa Marhabi, a member of Yemen’s Jewish community, has endured four years of wrongful detention,”. Pompeo wrote on his Twitter account.

“We call for his immediate release,” he said.

For its part, the US Department of State said in statement that the USA “stands with the Yemeni Jewish community in calling for the immediate and unconditional release” of  Marhabi. 

It said that Marhabi has been wrongfully detained by the Houthi militia for four years, despite a court ordering his release in September 2019. 

“His health continues to deteriorate as he languishes in a Sana’a prison, where the threat of contracting COVID-19 is a real possibility,” according to the statement.

“Marhabi is one member of an ever-shrinking community of Yemeni Jews, who have been an important part of Yemen’s diverse social fabric for thousands of years.  We call on the Houthis to respect religious freedom, stop oppressing Yemen’s Jewish population, and immediately release Levi Salem Musa Marhabi,” the statement read.

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