Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Looking for Pakistani Bene Israel relatives

 Following the emergence of a second self-identifying Jew in Pakistan - Arie Ben Samuel - Point of No Return has received two anonymous messages. We think both are from a Pakistani Jew now living in Cambodia. Like Ben Samuel, his family moved from Hyderabad during the 1947 war following partition. They continued to practise Judaism but disguised their identities as Muslims. Please contact bataween@gmail.com to discuss in confidence.

A Bene Israel family
"Shalom, and may I kindly just ask if you know any of old Jews from Pakistan? I'm son of a Karachi Bene Israel mother and a Muslim father and my grandfather and his four brothers  moved to Hyderabad from Karachi after they failed to sell their property in Pakistan.

" I'm looking for my mother's relatives and only the older generation know who was left behind in Pakistan. I  just beg  you please to help me find my relatives as I need my children to grow up as Jewish.  I'm not sending my daughter to school for fear that she might get corrupt teaching of other faiths."

 Shalom from Cambodia.

The second message reads as follows:

" Your mother might know my grandfather as well my mother too, they were well-to-do and had a lot of property that they failed to sell and moved to inner Sindh with a new identity as Muslin but practised Judaism,
Note my grandfather was one of five brothers. Please help!"


Joe in Australia said...

There's a Chabad rabbi in Cambodia now. You can find his website here. Maybe he can help?

Unknown said...

Thank you for your advice and Rabbi at Chabad Cambodia have mobilized his time and resources in past three years but there is no success to find a old person those who left Pakistan during mid sixties and seventies as most of Bene Israel live in Ramala an he have no contacts there.