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A SYR­IAN Jewish com­mu­nity leader liv­ing in Amer­ica has con­demned the Jewish Agency’s de­ci­sion to refuse refuge to Jewish women who con­vert to Is­lam.

The rabbi, who wished to re­main anony­mous, said Daesh would kill the women if they found out they were born Jewish – re­gard­less of whether they con­verted to marry Mus­lims. In the early days, it was not un­com­mon for Jewish women to marry of­fi­cers in Syria to avoid sus­pi­cion. One 17-yearold mar­ried an of­fi­cer in As­sad’s army so her fam­ily could flee the coun­try.

He said Jewish-born women in the re­gion should be granted asy­lum in Is­rael. He said: “If Daesh find the women, and know they are born Jewish – what do you think they will do to Ethiopian IDF soldier them? The Sochnut have made a mis­take.”

A JA spokesman ar­gued that it was eas­ier to bring Jews out of other Arab coun­tries be­cause of the lower lev­els of in­ter-mar­riage and con­ver­sion. He also said the JA was fa­cil­i­tat­ing the im­mi­gra­tion of 9,000 Ethiopi­ans, whose Jewish iden­tity has been ques­tioned.

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