The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 8 November 2003 / 13 Heshvan 5764

Reunion of Brothers

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Reunion of Brothers

Avraham Yassin, a Lebanese convert to Judaism residing in a northern Israel community, was recently reunited with his brother Achmed. The latter fled Lebanon together with his four young sons and asked for political asylum.

Both brothers had collaborated with the Israeli forces in southern Lebanon. After 20 yeas of such service, Avraham crossed over to Israel, converted and is now studying in a yeshiva. Achmed remained behind secure in the knowledge that his collaboration was unknown.

When his wife recently reported him to the Lebanese police as a past collaborator he began to feel the Hizbullah breathing down his neck. When a summons came from the police he feared for his life and fled with his sons. After the security forces in Israel determined that he was on the level, they allowed Achmed and his sons to join their converted relative while their request for asylum is being considered.

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