Murdered Yemenite Jew told his killer: ‘I’ll always be a Jew’

May 11, 2016  

On Wednesday, a state ceremony was held in honor of Moshe Nahari, the Yemenite Jew killed in the town of Raida in 2008.

The event was held as part of Wednesday’s Memorial Day ceremonies for victims of anti-Semitism around the world.

Jewish Agency chief Natan Sharansky, who attended the ceremony, said that the event reflected Israel’s commitment to world Jewry and the future of the Jewish people.

“Israel is responsible for the future of all Jews in the world,” Sharansky told Arutz Sheva.

Nahari was shot to death by Abdul Aziz Yahia Al-Abdi, a Muslim fanatic when the former refused to convert to Islam.

When Al-Abdi demanded Nahari accept Islam, Nahari replied “You will continue to be a Muslim, but I will continue to be a Jew”. After his attempt to convert Nahari failed, Al-Abdi pulled out a submachine and opened fire, killing Nahari instantly.

Nahari’s daughter, who was just 9-years old at the time of his murder, spoke at the ceremony, recalling her father’s caring nature and connection to Jewish tradition.

“Along with my eight siblings, I was born and raised with a [strong sense] of Jewish tradition, in the town of Raida, Yemen. My father was completely dedicated to his family and his community and taught us to treat others with kindness and to love the Torah. One bright day, he went out to shop for Shabbat and never returned.”

“A stranger went up to my father and demanded that he become a Muslim immediately and to give up Judaism. My father refused, saying that he would always “remain a Jew”. The stranger pulled out a gun and fire a burst of rounds at my father. My family, as I knew it, was no longer.”

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