The Jobar synagogue just outside Damascus was largely destroyed in recent weeks (Photo: The Daily Beast)
Update: The Jerusalem Post signals that the refugees are a mixed Jewish-Muslim family.
family has been secretly smuggled into Israel and out of harm's way in a
dramatic rescue operation, Ynet News has revealed. By Point of No Return's calculation, this leaves just two Jews still in Damascus. (With thanks: Michelle)
was the first time in over three years of the Syrian civil war that a
Jewish family has left the war-torn country for Israel. They made the
secret journey in a number of phases until they were reunited just before Independence Day at the beginning of May
The story has been known for some time now, but because the
operation was still taking place, it was put under censor. Even now, the
story's full details cannot be published.
In the first stage the mother and the eldest son crossed into Turkey
with the help of both Israelis and non-Israelis who cannot be
identified. After a few weeks additional family members made their way
A source closely involved in the issue told Ynet that "what is
amazing is that out of nine million Syrians who have been left without a
home, these nine have a home and it is the State of Israel. We must
understand that if they wouldn't have made it to Israel, they would have
"When they left they were afraid, but more from the possible ramifications it could have on Israel.
According to assessments, only a handful of Syria's
once-thriving Jewish community still lives in the country. Like the holy
sites of Christians, those belonging to Jews have also been targeted or
at least fallen victim to fighting.
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Syrian Jews would have been slaughtered