ALBAWABA – The last Jew of Afghanistan finally arrives in Istanbul. The social media is buzzing with his arrival. The fact that Zabulun Simantov is the only and last Jew in Afghanistan is news by itself.
He arrived to Istanbul Airport, Sunday, on a scheduled flight from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad according to Anadolu news. Simantov, who was born in the Afghanistan province of Herat on the Iran border and had been living in Kabul, was evacuated when the Taliban took over the country back in August.
Simantov (62), who is on a 90-day visa to stay in Turkey, was welcomed by Mendy Chitrik, the Ashkenazi rabbi of Istanbul, and some of his relatives, and later left in a private car. He is understood that he will be staying in the country for quite some time.
Son Yahudi olarak biliniyordu... Türkiye devreye girdi— Star Gazete 🇹🇷 (@stargazete) October 17, 2021
📌 Afganistan'daki son Yahudi olarak bilinen Zebulun Simantov, Türkiye'nin vize vermesinin ardından tarifeli uçakla İstanbul'a geldi https://t.co/X8OzFmsVhx
There is much interest in Simantov worldwide. He had been living in Kabul’s only synagogue before being evacuated and its reported he has two daughters and a wife who are currently living in Israel. There are some reports who suggest he had refused to grant his wife a divorce on religious grounds.
Hopefully he can give his wife a divorce; there is a back story about this. "Zebulun Simantov, 62, has refused for two decades to grant a religious divorce to his wife in Israel and could face legal repercussions if he flees to Jewish state" https://t.co/nm745Ja5b0— Louis Fishman لوي فيشمان לואי פישמן (@Istanbultelaviv) October 17, 2021
It is suggested that the man worked as a carpet dealer and he once owned a restaurant and was looking forward to going to the Queens neighborhood of New York. However, presently he is happy to be in Istanbul.
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