Jerusalem - 85 Year-Old Great Grandmother Returns Home To Israel And Jewish Family After Living Entire Adult Life As A Syrian
Israel - In the latest chapter of a life lived as if it were a script from a Hollywood movie, an 85 year-old great grandmother has returned home to her Jewish family in Israel after living her entire adult life as a Arab woman in Syria.
Israel’s Ch. 2 news (http://goo.gl/ubb4Dy) reports that octogenarian Rachel Elkayam was reunited with loved ones on December 8 courtesy of a complex series of diplomatic maneuvers that included three countries.
Ms. Elkayam’s saga dates back to 1947 when as a 16 year-old girl living in Haifa, she fell in love with an Arab boy named Fuad.
Following a strategic move by her family to Tel Aviv as escalating tensions surrounding Israel’s move for independence heightened, Elkayam secretly returned to Haifa to marry Fuad.
From the day Rachel disappeared from Tel Aviv, her family presumed she had been killed.
A short time later Fuad was killed by sniper fire, after which Rachel—-then pregnant with a son—-fled to Syria with Fuad’s family where she lived out her entire adult life.
Always hoping to return one day to Israel and her Jewish faith, Rachel’s dream was realized after one of her grandsons explained to a staffer at the Israeli Embassy in London that his Syrian grandmother was really an Israeli Jew form Haifa.
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