No More Jews in Afghanistan

With the departure of Tova Moradi and her many grandchildren, now Afghanistan really has no more Jews

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Afghanistan
An American airlift from Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: EPA-EFE/STRINGER

Following the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, Zebulon Simantov was said to be the last Jew in the country. However, reports now name 83-year-old Tova Moradi, who fled Afghanistan last month, as the holder of that title. Whoever was the last to leave, what is now certain is that Afghanistan has no more Jews. The country once hosted a healthy Jewish community numbering some 50,000.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Moradi left Kabul in October with more than 20 grandchildren. Their escape was organized by the Israeli human rights organization IsraAid. Moradi was herself one of 10 children. At the age of 16, she ran off and married a Muslim. The Jewish community ostracized them. She never adopted her husband's religion, but kept Jewish traditions, her daughter told the Associated Press. She was known as a Jew in her neighborhood. Several brothers live in Israel, and her parents are buried in Jerusalem. The elderly woman, who is even distantly related to Simantov, first flew to to Albania before being taken to resettle in Canada. She also desires to visit relatives in Israel.

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