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From Texas to the Taliban, the Dark Politics of Fundamentalism Is Rising

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02.09.2021

The late journalist Marie Colvin once described it to me, dismissively, as the “story every Western journalist in Kabul does.”

At that time, it was the story of the last two Jews living in Afghanistan, not speaking to each other due to some long-forgotten slight, maintaining their broygez in separate parts of the old shul in Kabul.

In the last few weeks, as the latest episode of the Afghan tragedy enfolded, journalists, both Israeli and international, eager for yet another personal angle on the saga returned to the story. This time, it was to the last Jew in Kabul, as Yitzhak Levi had died in 2005, leaving his old enemy Zabulon Simantov alone among the moldering relics of what was once a proud community.

Would Simantov flee the country with the departing Americans? If he remained, how would the Taliban treat him? Why wasn’t he packing and queuing up outside the airport?

Compelling questions which thankfully were laid to rest by Haaretz’s Sam Sokol and Tzivka Klein of Makor Rishon when they reported that the real reason Simantov is holed up in Kabul has little to do with preserving Jewish history and everything to do with him being a massive piece of shit.

Simantov has a wife and two daughters living in Israel whom he has not seen for over two decades. The poor woman has for many years been begging her useless husband for a get, a traditional bill of divorce, which would have allowed her to resume her life without him.

Simantov however, who obviously has unlimited reservoirs of spite, which fed his dispute with Levi as well, refuses to grant her a get. If he were to emigrate to Israel, which is probably the only country that would have him, he would be exposed to various sanctions for his actions.

There are countless tragic cases of individual Afghans in........

© Haaretz


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