It is tempting to take this news item from the Jerusalem Post with a pinch of salt: as far as is known, Aleppo has not had any Jewish residents for some years, and the number of Jews in Damascus has been fewer than 20. Certainly, Ayub Kara's figure for Jews in Bahrain is wrong: there are not 7, but 35. His message, however, is clear: 'Jews and Druze are allies'.
The now destroyed Eliyahu Hanabi synagogue at Jobar
Likud Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara, the acting minister of the Regional
Cooperation Ministry, spoke with a Syrian Jewish leader who informed him
that there has been a sharp drop in the numbers of Jews in two main
cities in Syria.
Out of around 140 Jews who lived in Damascus,
the capital, and the city of Aleppo, only about 50 remain, the
unidentified Jewish leader told Kara on Tuesday.
In Aleppo, there are only eight women and no men.
Kara told The Jerusalem Post in
an interview on Wednesday that the Syrian Jews are reticent and scared
of speaking freely, adding that he is one of the few people from
Israel in touch with them.
The Syrian Jews
are interested in speaking with me, a Druse, he said, because they
have close relations with the Druse community there, which also is
under threat from Islamic State and other Islamists.
Most of the Jews in Syria are elderly and so it is difficult for them to flee, he said.
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