Israel is facing a new front with the Arabs. A terrorism that is fought with roses. They target young, vulnerable Jewish girls and they often pretend they are Jewish. “He wore a kippa and said Amen to brachas,” explained Sara, a girl who was rescued from a village. I had no idea he wasn’t Jewish until he took me to his home.”
Jewish girls all over the country and from every class and nationality are falling into these traps. “It has definitely hit the frum world, explained Patty Kupfer from Learn and Return (www.learnandreturn.org.il) No one is immune. They target the most vulnerable girls who are lacking love and acceptance and shower them with gifts and attention. Before she realizes it, she is hooked and he takes her into his village never to return. The abuse these girls suffer is unbelievable”, explained Kupfer.
Organizations estimate that there are over 10,000 Jewish girls in Arab villages. Though they may go willingly at first, they are not free to leave. Hotlines in Israel receive over 1,000 calls a year from girls begging to be rescued. “What percentage does the 1,000 phone calls represent? How many girls are really trapped and how many can’t get to a phone? “asked Kupfer.
Learn and Return tries to prevent girls from getting trapped be reaching out to them when they are still in the relationship stage. They have saved over 300 girls to date. For more information or to donate, please go towww.learnandreturn.org.il