Iran-Backed Houthis in Yemen Issue Student Cards Saying “Death to Israel”
Nadwa Dawsari, a specialist on conflict and tribes in Yemen, posted a photo of one of the cards on social media on October 9.
The Houthis are a large clan originating from Yemen’s northwestern Saada province, and almost took control of Aden in 2015, threatening the country’s most important cities. The Houthis are backed by Iran and their proxy war on the region has seen nuclear power plants, civilian airports and oil tankers all targeted.
The Post reported that the rebels have increasingly incorporated anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric into their speeches, as part of the growing network of Iranian-backed proxy forces in the region, including Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.The Houthis have adopted their “strident anti-Western rhetoric” from Iran, TIP Senior Fellow, Julie Lenarz, explained in the Tower Magazine in August 2017. “Their violent credo has left a trail of bloody footprints that leads all the way to Tehran,” she said.
According to a report on Monday, the Houthi rebels are preventing ships from unloading critical fuel and food supplies at Hodeidah port, a gateway accounting for at least 70% of Yemen’s aid and the illegal flow of Iranian weaponry to Houthi fighters.
In an op-ed published in The Jerusalem Post in August, Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of TIP, praised the decision by the United States to reimpose sanctions on Iran and limit the cash flow to Tehran’s proxies across the Middle East, including to the Houthi rebels. “Yemen is living with the consequences,” of Iran’s imperialist ambitions “every day” he said.