NewsWorldThe last known member of Afghanistan's Jewish community leaves...

The last known member of Afghanistan’s Jewish community leaves the country and takes dozens of women and children with him


(CNN) – The last known member of Afghanistan’s Jewish community left the country on Friday and took 30 other people with him, including 28 women and children, on a five-day mission to safety, according to the group that carried out the evacuation.

Zebulon Simentov lived and maintained the only synagogue in Kabul, surviving in part thanks to donations from abroad. A well-known figure in the Afghan capital, Simentov, who is in his early 60s, had lived through decades of conflict and political turmoil, including the previous Taliban rule in the country between 1996 and 2001.

Simentov and 30 others traveled by truck over Afghanistan’s mountainous terrain and negotiated with multiple Taliban checkpoints before entering “a neighboring country” on Monday, the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashana, said Moti Kahana, a businessman. and Israeli-American philanthropist who arranged his escape.

Simentov is credited with helping save dozens of children by refusing to leave them behind in Afghanistan, Kahana said.

Zebulon Simentov, the last known Jew living in Afghanistan, closes the window of the synagogue he cares for at his Kabul home on August 29, 2009.

Historical evidence suggests that Afghanistan was once home to a sizeable Jewish community. It reached 40,000 in the mid-1800s and began to decline around 1870 with the passage of anti-Jewish measures, according to the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, a nonprofit group. Most of Afghanistan’s remaining Jews left after the creation of Israel in 1948 and then in 1979 after the Soviet invasion, the group said.

Simentov’s status as the last remaining Jew in Afghanistan has received wide media attention in recent decades, with numerous reports detailing his persistent refusal to leave the country, even after his wife and children moved. to Israel.

During an interview with CNN in 2010, Simentov recounted past experiences with the Taliban and described how the group “interfered in everyone’s business.” Simentov told CNN that he was arrested four times during the previous Taliban rule and that he was beaten while in custody.

The recent US withdrawal and subsequent takeover by the Taliban led to an exodus of thousands of people from the country, including foreign nationals, Afghans who had worked with US and British forces, and long-persecuted ethnic and religious minorities, such as the Hazaras, who feared he would be assassinated once the Taliban returned to power.

Despite the danger, Simentov initially refused to leave his home, Kahana said.

However, his neighbors convinced him that it was not safe, and that if the Taliban did not reach him, the Islamist group ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K) could use him to set an example. They had told him that people were talking about him and that they were going to kill him, Kahana said.

He believed Simentov finally relented “when he could hear more gunfire in the area, and when the Americans left and the airport was closed.”

Afghans’ migration to the European Union worries 2:47

Kahana runs a US-based organization called GDC Inc., which provides humanitarian diplomacy and security and logistics consulting in difficult regions of the world. He facilitated the escape of the last Jewish families from Aleppo into Syria, and organized buses from Syria to Israel in 2016 so that women and children could receive medical check-ups.

The original plan was for Kahana’s security team to take Simentov and 18 other people out of the country. But when they arrived, there were about 100 more people with him.

In the end, 30 people besides Simentov were allowed to go, almost all women and children, Kahana said.

The departure from Afghanistan was “terrifying and dangerous,” Kahana said. The long journey consisted of sleeping on the ground and passing through Taliban checkpoints.

At the first border crossing they were told that they could not enter as a group of 31, only three people could cross at a time, Kahana said. Simentov refused to let the group part, so they had to drive 14 hours to the next border crossing, he said.

It followed a nervous 24 hours for Kahana when the group lost communication for a day before they finally reached safety on Wednesday night. You are hiding the name of the country for your safety.

“He saw the opportunity to help his neighbor’s children by leaving and it was becoming too dangerous to stay,” Kahana said of Simentov. “He really saved the kids by taking them with him.”

And the only synagogue in the country? Simentov’s neighbors told her they will continue to support her, Kahana said.

CNN’s Paula Hancocks contributed to this report.


  1. Download Italoconnection – Metropoli Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Onkel, Schwan & 2ZG – Sportkassette Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Exotic – “Nulladik Lemez” (Isten Hozott!) Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Various Artists – Neo Psych Rock Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Shelly Quarmby – Beauty Survives Album Mp3 Zip
    Download David Matthews – Only a Graze Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Bloodred Hourglass – Heal Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Young Igi – Trappist Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Suzanne Santo – Suzanne Santo on Audiotree Live – EP Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Tell Tale Tusk – Through the Morning – EP Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Africali – Taught of a Culture Album Mp3 Zip
    Download An Erotic End of Times – Love Is the End – EP Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Boogie T – Soul’d Out – EP Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Lola James Harper – With Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Epik High – WE’VE DONE SOMETHING WONDERFUL Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Joe Farmer – Harvest – EP Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Shiner – Oso Polar (Banda Sonora Original de la Película) Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Impak – The Truth Is Out There . – EP Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Abelarda Suaso – Silencios del Alma Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Namie Amuro – namie amuro 25th ANNIVERSARY LIVE in OKINAWA at 宜野湾海浜公園野外特設会場 2017.9.16 Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Porn – The Ogre Inside – Act I Album Mp3 Zip
    Download SCANDAL – Koisuru Universe – EP Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Alejandro Collas Paucar – Nuestras Promesas Album Mp3 Zip
    Download nafla – ANGELS Album Mp3 Zip
    Download Rene Junior – The Secret Moment Album Mp3 Zip

Comments are closed.

Latest news

The star of the jockey screens is expecting a second child: After a year, she is PREGNANT AGAIN! –

Romana Dang Van became the mother of daughter Linh just last year. She gave birth to her longtime...

They implement a reliable control system for Granada’s future particle accelerator – Granada Hoy

The 'DIBA' project has implemented this Tuesday a reliable and secure delivery scheme for critical data and control signals...

Covid today Lazio, 614 cases and 5 deaths: 361 infections in Rome

There are 614 coronavirus infections in Lazio today, 16 August 2022, according to Covid numbers and data from the...

Piero Angela, today the funeral: crowd in the Capitol

Hundreds of people waited in line in Piazza del Campidoglio for the opening of the funeral home to pay...

Vladimir Putin targets the United States and offers weapons to Latin America, Asia and Africa

Is Putin capable of using Russia's nuclear power? 1:10 (CNN Spanish) -- A little less than six months...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you