In a Friday, March 11, 2022 sermon in Sana’a, Yemen that aired on Al-Eman TV (Houthis – Yemen), Houthi Islamic scholar Ibrahim Al-Ubeidi criticized Turkey for recently hosting Israeli President Isaac Herzog. He mocked Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, and he described atrocities carried out by the Ottomans against the Yemeni people, including raping Yemeni women and using elaborate forms of torture against Yemenis. He also said that the Turks in Yemen had consumed alcohol and practiced homosexuality, against Islamic law. Al-Ubeidi claimed that Turkey today wants to revive its destructive influence on Yemen by means of its ideologies and its TV dramas.
In addition, he claimed that Turkey invited President Herzog because it saw how the U.S. “stuck its head in the sand” regarding the Ukraine-Russia war and because it believed that Israel could “replace” America and influence the Russians. Al-Ubeidi said that the Yemeni people will not accept Turkey’s gestures towards Israel and will continue to chant “Death to America” and “Curses upon the Jews,” until the Jews willingly pay the jizya poll tax to the Muslims and are humiliated. For more about Ibrahim Al-Ubeidi, see MEMRI TV Clips no. 9301, no. 8831, no. 8795, no. 8732, no. 8630, no. 8218, no. 7978, no. 7929, and no. 7897.