Zebulon Simantov, 62, had initially refused to leave Afghanistan, despite the Taliban’s complete takeover, but he was eventually convinced to leave with a rescue team organised by Israeli-American businessman Moti Kahana.
After agreeing to leave Afghanistan, Simantov was transported to a ‘neighbouring country’ in the first week in September, alongside a number of other vulnerable Afghans.
Simantov now remains in a hotel while Kahana’s backers attempt to sort out the necessary paperwork to fly him out to the US, according to the NY Post.
However, the NY Post also reports that Simantov could also be resettled in Israel.
Speaking to the outlet, Kahana said: ‘I explained to Zebulon, “It’s not the Taliban to worry about. They may even protect you. But [ISIS] and Al-Qaeda types will try and kidnap you and they will try and ransom you. Or they will just chop your head off because they need the media attention”.’
Simentov lived in a dilapidated synagogue in Kabul, enduring decades of war as the country’s centuries-old Jewish community rapidly dwindled.
But the Taliban takeover last month and withdrawal of US troops left Simentov fearing for his safety.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Charlotte Mitchell and Sam Baker