Afghanistan’s ‘last Jew’ plans to leave amid fears of Taliban return

Afghanistan’s ‘last Jew’ plans to leave amid fears of Taliban return


Afghanistan’s “last remaining Jew” may soon flee the country as the prospect of the Taliban’s return to power looms, according to a report.   

Zebulon Simentov, who was born in the 1950s, has remained in the country throughout a Soviet Invasion, imprisonment and the Taliban’s reign — but the group’s potential resurgence may be the last straw, the Jewish Afghani told Agence France-Presse. 

“Why should I stay? They call me an infidel,” Simentov told the news agency.

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Simentov, who lives in Kabul in its only synagogue, said he might move to Israel, where his wife and two daughters live, according to reports. 

He is certain he is the last Afghan Jew in the country.

“I’m the last, the only Jew in Afghanistan,” he said, according to AFP. “It could get worse for me here. I have decided to leave for Israel if the Taliban returns.”

Zebulon Simentov recites the Torah at synagogue, housed in an old building in Kabul.WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images

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