‘Arab’ women return to their Jewish roots

 The Israeli organisation Yad Le’Achim has been helping Arab women with Jewish ancestry return to their roots. Arutz Sheva reports: 

 Arab women (Flash 90)

Yad L’achim announced last week that in January they had several
cases in which Arab women turned to the organization for help and
thereby discovered their Jewish identities.

These women had lived their entire lives as Arabs, grew up in Arab
villages and were taught Arab beliefs, lived as devout Muslims, and
never suspected themselves to be Jewish.

21-year-old L., 40-year-old S., and 30-year-old A. were born to a
Jewish mother and a Muslim father, and did not know their mother’s true
identity. Each woman approached Yad L’achim separately and of her own
accord.

“It’s hard to discover when you’re already older that you have a
different identity,” a Yad L’achim spokesperson said. “These kinds of
situations need to be dealt with differently. This month, we helped
three different women deal with something completely different than what
we’re used to. These women are ‘meeting’ their new identities for the
first time.

“A. was born and raised in the central Arab city of Qalansuwa. She is
a Muslim through and through. A month ago, a relative told her, ‘Your
mother is Jewish.’

“A. did not give up, and did an investigation which proved the relative’s claim to be true. Her entire world was shaken up.”

“When I found out, completely by coincidence, that I was a Jew, I
didn’t know what to do,” A. said. “I began to quietly learn about
Judaism, and people told me that an organization called Yad L’achim
could help me return to the Jewish people.

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