Monday, May 18, 2009

Daughter of Hamas Sheikh coming from Israel to speak about her moving life story

I went to an event in Flatbush tonight for Yad L'Achim, an organization that rescues Jewish women from abusive relationships with Arab men. Since September 2008, there have been at least 700 rescue missions that took place.

Tonight I heard Maya speak. She is the daughter of a Jewish mother and an Arab father involved in Hamas. She spoke about how at the age of 15, she was married to an Arab cousin who would hit and beat her and caused the miscarriage of their child. At 16, she managed to run away and lived homeless on the streets of Jerusalem for more than a year. Eventually, she was helped by Israeli Social Services and by Yad L'Achim. Today, she is a charedi married woman with three children, and she helps the organization in many of its rescue missions.

Maya will be speaking in other New York areas this week - click here for dates and locations.

For more information about Yad L'Achim - click here.