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July 10, 2012 4:12 pm

30 Years After Fleeing Israel and Converting to Islam, Woman Returns Home

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Reunion in Israel. Photo: Israel's Channel 2.

30 years ago, a Jewish Israeli woman fell in love with a Palestinian man, converted to Islam and moved to the Palestinian town of Tulkarm in the West Bank.  After a chance encounter with her sister recently, and years of abuse at the hands of her husband, that woman (and some of her children) fled back to Israel.

According to the woman, who spoke with Israel’s Channel 2 news, her husband tied her to a tree and beat her following an argument.

“You’re always to be at home, do not go – do not do anything,” she said her husband told her.

Then, 3 weeks ago, when she went to an Israeli hospital for medical treatment, the woman bumped into a familiar face – her sister.  After years of no communication, the woman’s sister, who worked at the hospital as a nurse, said she did not believe her sister, who fled to Tulkarm, was alive.

Upon returning to Israel, the woman brought 2 of her 8 children along.

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