“I found them via Facebook, and told them I wanted to volunteer, and went to Iraq,” she said.
The woman left Tel Aviv a few days ago, and made her way to Erbil, in northern Iraq. From there, she traveled to the Syrian border, and on Sunday, began the training process prior to taking up arms in the battle.
She told Israel Radio that she decided to aid the Kurds because “they are our brothers, and are a good, life-affirming people – like us,” she said, and added that she felt she could contribute from her military experience in the Israeli army.
An Israeli Orthodox Jew protesting in front of the U.S. Embassy, in Tel Aviv, for Kurdish independence and more support for the embattled Yazidi people. Photo: Twitter / Screenshot.
In recent weeks, a small minority of Jewish Kurdistanis called upon Israel to provide them with aid and allow them to emigrate to the Jewish state.
Sami, a Jewish resident of Erbil shared his uncertainty of the future, as many of his countrymen have fled.
“ISIS is about 20 kilometers from Erbil, and all the Israelis – the Jews who were here – they fled their homes and headed for the mountains,” he told the network.
“Those who had ever visited Israel, they were afraid for their safety, and they got out,” according to Sami.
He represents a young generation of Kurdish Jews that want to emigrate to Israel, since they see no future in the ancient area, believed to have hosted Jews since the Prophet Nahum.
Before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Jews lived in the area.
Kurdistan was actually the core of the old Assyrian Empire, the one that carried off the Ten Lost Tribes. Indeed there is quite a lot of literature to suggest that the Kurds are descended from Israelites, according to Algemeiner columnist Jeremy Rosen.