| GEO World|
| Jewish teacher gunned down in Yemen|
| Updated at: 0355 PST, Saturday, December 13, 2008|
SANA'A: Moshe Nahari, a Torah teacher and a well-known figure in Yemen's Jewish community, was murdered in Reida, a city north of the capital city, Sanaa. According to the Arabic daily.
Nahari's friends said he had never attempted to hide his Jewishness. He hung a star of David on the door of his home and wore long peyot (sidelocks). One of his brothers is a leading rabbi in the Yemenite community.
The murderer fired on Nahari several times, made sure he was dead, and then waited for police to come. Ash-Sharq il-Awsat identified the killer as Abed el-Abdi, a former pilot. El-Abdi murdered his wife two years ago, but was not imprisoned because he agreed to give his wife's family financial compensation.
Nahari also forged contacts with Jews around the world and gathered donations for Yemen's small Jewish community, including Torah scrolls and other holy books. He remained in Yemen in order to strengthen the local Jewish community despite opportunities to relocate to Israel or the United States, friends said.