Jewish woman escapes Iraq before Muslim husband sold her to ISIS


Iraqi Jewish woman reunites with her family in Israel after previously-secular husband threatened to sell her to Islamic terror group if she doesn’t convert.

Arutz Sheva Staff,


Liza – Israel TV2 Screenshot

A Jewish woman was reunited this week with her family in the town of Patish in southern Israel after she fled northern Iraq, following threats by her husband to sell her into slavery with the ISIS terror organization.

According to a report by Channel 2, the woman, a member of the Avrahami family, was married to a previously secular Muslim man, who had recently embraced a radical form of Islam – and demanded she do the same.

When she refused to convert to Islam, her husband noted her Jewish roots, and threatened to sell her to ISIS if she would not accept his demand.

“He told me, ‘If you don’t obey me, I will give you over to ISIS,’” said Liza, a descendant of a Jewish family in Kurdistan. Most of Liza’s family moved to Israel in the 1950s.

“He said I was acting like a Jew,” she added. “I feared for me life, because he was threatening me that if I didn’t act like a Muslim woman and keep the Koran, he would hand me over to ISIS.”

“I was terrified because I had seen what they did to the Yazidi women – they kill them just because they aren’t Muslims.”

Liza fled her home in Iraq, leaving behind her four children, joining a wave of refugees that made their way to Turkey.

Once in Turkey, Liza was able to make contact with her family living in Israel.

After the family turned to the government for assistance, an Israeli official with contacts inside the Turkish government aided her during her stay in Turkey, and ultimately facilitated her move to Israel.


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