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‘Muslim’ Boy Escapes Arab Village and Holds Bar Mitzvah at Kotel

‘Yesterday I was a Muslim. Today I am a Jewish man.”

"Last year, I didn't even know I was Jewish," said "S,"born to his Jewish mother who was imprisoned in the home of her Arab husband.

"Last year, I didn't even know I was Jewish," said "S,"born to his Jewish mother who was imprisoned in the home of her Arab husband.
Photo Credit: Yad L'Achim

A 13-year-old boy born to a Jewish mother and raised in an Arab village celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall last week after she had escaped with him and her two daughters from her “prison at home.”

Details of the dramatic rescue mission cannot be published, said the anti-missionary Yad L’Achim organization, which engineered the escape.

The location of the Arab village is not known, and lips are sealed on how the woman, identified as “R,” was able to contact Yad L’Achim despite prison-like conditions imposed on her by her Arab husband. No information has been released about the ages of her two daughters.

The boy, identified as “S,” recited the blessing over the Torah in a tear-jerking celebration last Monday at the Kotel in Jerusalem. On his way to the Western Wall, a social worker who accompanied him asked what he would have said a year ago if told that he would be celebrating his Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel the following year.

“S” replied, “I would have asked, ‘What’s a Bar Mitzvah.?’ My father forbade my mother to speak anything about it, and I didn’t even know I was Jewish.”

“R” suffered two decades in what is a common story of a young Jewish woman falling into the charms, and usually gifts, of an Arab and then marrying him, converting to Islam and becoming a prisoner in his house and a victim of wife-beating.

Her Arab husband prohibited her from making contact with other women in the village, and he did not allow her to step out of the house alone.

After the rescue, Yad L’Achim took the woman and her children to a “safe” house and helped provide the means to help her rehabilitate back into normal life.

Relying on the organization’s legal advice, she filed a complaint with the police, charging her husband with violence, and she nullified her conversion to Islam in a Rabbinic Court.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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16 Responses to “‘Muslim’ Boy Escapes Arab Village and Holds Bar Mitzvah at Kotel”

  1. Stephen Morgan says:

    Praise to the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

  2. I help Yad le-Ahim, in my very modest way with lot of great pride since I heard of this organisation in saving abducted Jewish women and the innocent children born to them from those lyier and criminel Arabo-Muslim bandits.
    I hope more Jewish people will help Yad le-Ahim in order to save all the Jewish women and their children and in exposing those evil Arabo-Muslim men.
    Let the world see what those "poor Arabs" do to our people.

  3. wonderful Jewish family.

  4. Bob Propp says:

    YOU CANNOT HOLD BACK THE TRUTH FROM WHAT THE HEART AND SOUL ALREADY KNOWS- RASHI

  5. Joseph Colen says:

    Ha Shem will bring us all back. The time is great.

  6. Dear Tzvi — Quite unfortunately this article on the Muslim boy's bar mitzvah has some pretty glaring typos. This distracts the readers by forcing us to guess at the actual meaning. Why not pressure your current copyeditor to do a good job, or copyedit yourself?
    Thank you, in all due respect.
    Betty

  7. Hayim Curiel says:

    His topic same like my real life….great the lord of Israel God

  8. Sarah Williams says:

    Mazal tov, S!! Welcome home!

  9. In five years time this young man will be in the IDF defending the country which he and his family love.Shalom Israel we love you

  10. This is awesome! The truth will out!

  11. Rejoice and sing praises to the ELOHIM GOD of our Forefathers and Patriarchs, Avraham (Abraham), Yitzchak (Isaac) and Ya'acov (Jacob) for His Compassion, Grace and Truth..!

  12. Run Guo says:

    Just pray. No more Jewish girl will be so stupid.

  13. Stuart Kaufman says:

    What did this foolish woman expect? Idiot!! Thank G-d she and her children escaped. How many more are still enslaved by Islamic savages?

  14. I wish I had the guts to be as honest with myself and others.

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