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January 30, 2015 11:17 am

Iraqi Yazidis Appeal to Israel for Military Aid to Fight Islamic State

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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. Photo: Twitter / Screenshot.

An Israeli Orthodox Jew protesting in front of the US Embassy, in Tel Aviv, for Kurdish independence and more support for the embattled Yazidi people. Yazidis have turned to Israel asking for military aid to help fight the Islamic State terror group. Photo: Twitter / Screenshot. – An Iraqi Yazidi military commander has made an appeal to Israel for military aid to help in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.

“We appeal to the Israeli government and its leader to step in and help this nation, which loves the Jewish people,” Lt. Col. Lukman Ibrahim—a fighter in the Sinjar Protection Forces, a Yazidi militia—told Al-Monitor.

“We would be most grateful for the establishment of military ties—for instance, the training of fighters and the formation of joint teams. We are well aware of the circumstances the Israelis are in, and of the suffering they have endured at the hands of the Arabs ever since the establishment of their state. We, too, are suffering on account of them,” Ibrahim added.

Numbering around 1 million adherents, the Yazidis are a Kurdish ethnoreligious group that is linked to Zoroastrianism and other ancient Mesopotamian faiths. Their homeland is centered around Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq.

Last summer, Islamic State jihadists conquered wide swaths of northern Iraq, displacing more than 1.8 million Iraqis, including Yazidis, Christians, and other minorities. Thousands of Yazidis were murdered by the jihadists, while many women and children were taken as prisoners or sex slaves. It is estimated that around 5,000 Yazidis are currently being held by Islamic State.

Another Yazidi fighter, Majdal Rasho, who returned to Iraq from Germany to protect his homeland from Islamic State, said that the persecuted Yazidis are facing a similar fate to that of the expelled Iraqi Jewish community.

“Our people had no choice but to flee. We are not Arabs, nor are we Muslims. We see ourselves as sharing a fate with the Israelis, who went through similar pogroms. Those besieged on the mountain approached me and asked, ‘Maybe our Israeli brethren could lend a hand?'” Rasho toldAl-Monitor.

While the Israeli government has not officially responded to the Yazidi fighters’ calls, Israeli humanitarian groups like IsraAID have been active in the region, providing essential humanitarian goods to Yazidi and Christian refugees.

At the same time, Israel maintains warm relations with Iraq’s Kurds, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backed Kurdish

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  • yo pienso que los kurdos, yasidis serían unos buenos aliados para Israel, en algùn evento futuro. Es importante que Israel ayude a este pueblo que está siendo oprimido por el Estado Islamico.Gracias.

  • Marshall

    Maybe the solution to the Palestinian problem is a population exchange: Palestinian Arab Muslims for Yazidis and Arab Christians.

    • gilgulman

      If only…

  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    Yaziries are in “danger of extinction”, slaughtered by daesh and the world is silent

  • Mandrake

    Why does’t the USA train the Yasidi? At least it is not expected that they may turn around and shoot the Americans as in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. I do not imply that Israel should not help them but the USA has more resources…

    • gilgulman

      Where have you been for six years? The U.S. overtly help anyone?

  • steven L

    The real enemies of the Yazidis and Kurds are the Western powers who prefer to give into Shia and Sunnis Jihadists thanks to out great President whose main allies are Iran, Turkey and Qatar.

    • gilgulman

      All too true…

  • Marco Redwolf

    It may be time for Israel to reach out take an active part in training and equipping the Kurds and Yazidis. ” Boots on the ground ” is a non starter as Israel cannot spare soldiers and certainly not have one captured by Isis. Although not Jews the Yazidis and Kurds share a common history of persecution and more so, no enmity towards Jews or Israel. The Kurds were helped by Israel during the Hussein reign in Iraq and ( disappointingly ) abandoned. . I know some will say somewhat, but as the saying goes, “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades” Israel, under US pressure pulled out. Say thank you to Turkey. I’m hoping that PM Netanyahu mentions the plight of the Yazidis and Kurds when he addresses Congress.

    • Mireille Mechoullam

      I hope so.

  • Reform School

    I sympathize with most victims of Islamism, but I question, “Where was Yazidis sympathy BEFORE the ship hit THEIR fan?”

  • Yonit

    Israel should help