A Kurdish Jew who escaped Iraq after her Muslim husband threatened to turn her in to ISIS was reunited with her relatives in Israel this week, Channel 2 reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, Liza met with the Avrahami family at the home of her grandmother in Moshav Patish in southern Israel, after a difficult and complicated journey out of Iraq, via Turkey, and finally to the Jewish state.
Liza recounted that her husband, a successful — secular — Muslim businessman, recently became religious and demanded that she follow suit. “He told me, ‘If you don’t obey, I will hand you over to ISIS, and your fate will be that of the Yazidis in captivity,’” she said, adding, “He told me that I behave like a Jew.”
She continued: “I feared for my life… because I saw what they do to Yazidi women — kill them only because they are not Muslims.”
According to Channel 2, picturing the horrors that awaited her if her husband followed through on his threats, Liza absconded, leaving behind her four children. She managed this, she said, by blending in with the masses of refugees fleeing Iraq for Turkey. When she arrived in Turkey, she was able to make contact with her relatives in Israel.
Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayoob Kara, an Israeli Druze and Likud MK, made the connection between Liza’s family — who had immigrated to Israel from Iraq in the 1950s — and an Israeli liaison with ties to the Turkish government. According to Channel 2, a weeks’-long effort to bring her to the Jewish state finally bore fruit when Interior Minister Aryeh Deri personally intervened to grant her an entry visa.
As The Algemeiner reported in March, a non-Muslim Iraqi parliament member, who serves as a kind of caretaker and sponsor for the remaining eight or so Jews in the terror-torn country, was in touch with Kara about protecting them from attack or helping them to make aliyah.
Watch Channel 2‘s footage of Liza’s family reunion below: