Canadian-Israeli Woman Fighting With Kurds Against ISIS (AUDIO)
A Canadian-Israeli has recently joined Kurdistanis fighting against ISIS in northern Syria, Israel Radio said Monday.
“I decided to do my part in the Kurdish national effort,” the 31-year-old woman, a former IDF soldier, said in a telephone interview.
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“I’m on the Iraq-Syria border, and we’re currently about 3,000 meters from ISIS,” she told the interviewer during the call. “I was given an RPG by the Kurdish army.”
The woman joined up with the Kurds via the internet, similar to hundreds of foreign fighters who opted to join ISIS’ ranks in recent months, including Israeli Arabs, some of whom are facing jail terms.
“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.
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.