With Islamic State closing in, the last Syrian Jewish family in town makes their exit, assisted by Muslims

The stunning tale of the escape of Aleppo’s last Jews
by Cathryn J. Prince
November 12, 2015

And then there were none. Last winter, under cover of darkness, the Halabi family closed the door of their home and piled into a minibus. Behind them lay a Jewish presence dating back thousands of years. Ahead lay 36 hours of perilous travel to Syria’s border with Turkey. The last Jews of Aleppo were bound for safety. Moti Kahana, an Israeli-American businessman living in New York, orchestrated the covert operation. But, as he stresses in a conversation with The Times of Israel this week, it was a team effort, necessarily kept secret until now to protect the safety of all those involved. “Moti Kahana did not go in all Special Forces and put them on my back and take them out,” said Kahana, 47. “It was good Syrians who did it. It’s really important to understand that – it was the Muslim people who helped save the Jews.” READ MORE

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