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The last Jew in Afghanistan

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posted on May, 10 2010 @ 12:40 AM

Zablon Simintov is always guaranteed the best seat in his local synagogue here, but the privilege comes with a downside: he's the last Jew in Afghanistan. The country's 800-year-old Jewish community -- an estimated 40,000 strong at its peak -- is now a party of one. But Simintov, for his part, isn't going anywhere soon. For more than a decade, he has refused to join his wife and two teenage daughters in Israel.

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MSNBC source

This is just wild!! I couldn't believe it when I read it. So only one Jew left in an entire country, that is something to really think about. Anyways I thought I would share this crazy story with you all, cheers!

posted on May, 10 2010 @ 12:46 AM
His quotes make him sound like a bitter, sour prick honestly.

Just like the broader tragedy that is the nation of Afghanistan, this case could be viewed as a consequence of Islamic fundamentalism -OR- exploitation of foreign interests since WWII. I lean towards the latter.

posted on May, 10 2010 @ 01:30 AM
reply to post by SteveZ

Curious that the synagogue has survived when so much has been destroyed. Afghanistan was actually a very pretty place at one time- very modern. Western. I knew when all that went to hell, but I've forgotten why.
It made me think of Iran under Mossadegh.

posted on May, 10 2010 @ 01:33 AM
He's not the only Jew in Afgh.
There are hundreds in the US Military
Occupational Forces.

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