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Last Jew in Afghanistan Rescued by Private Security Firm and Civil Rights Group

By Michael W. Chapman | September 9, 2021 | 12:16pm EDT
Zebulon Simantov, the last Jew to leave Afghanistan.  (Screenshot)
Zebulon Simantov, the last Jew to leave Afghanistan. (Screenshot)

The last Jew in Afghanistan, who has been residing there for many years, has left the country, rescued by a private security firm and the Tzedek Association, a New York-based civil rights group.

Zebulon Simantov was born in Herat, Afghanistan, and was considered the last Afghan Jew living in that country.

“We are happy to announce that w/ the help of Tzedek 30 Hazaras & Pashtuns (religious minorities) majority women & children together with the last remaining Jew, Zebulun Simantov, have successfully escaped Afghanistan & are safe," tweeted Rabbi Moshe Margaretten of the Tzedek Association.

"We pray 4 those who remain in danger in Afghanistan,” he added.

Moti Kahana, an Israeli American businessman who helped arrange Simantov's rescue, tweeted on Sept. 6, "Would love to share with you all that there NO Jews left in #Afganisthan the last Jewish man, Zevulun, is safe and in route to the USA big thanks to our sponsor @Tzedek_Assoc and all #GDC employees on the ground and the region that continuing to save lives. Shana Tovah."

As reported by World Israel News and Kan News, "Simantov wasn’t afraid of the Taliban, but ISIS and al-Qaeda worried him."

Moti Kahana said, "In his case, it’s the other crazies that emerge each day now. He’s afraid of them."

Zebulun Simantov.   (Screenshot)
Zebulun Simantov. (Screenshot)

World Israel News reported that Simantov may eventually settle in Israel, where he has some family members. 

h/t World Israel News

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