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Only One Jewish Resident Left in Afghanistan, Says US State Department

Edwin Mora CNS News 10/13/2011 21:54
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There is only “one known Jewish resident” still living in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department.



That is despite the fact that Jews have lived in Afghanistan for nearly three millenia, and had a local population that was 40,000 strong as of the mid-1800s, according to the Jewish Virtual Library, a division of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.

By 1996, when the Islamist Taliban regime came to power, there were only 10 Jews still living in Afghanistan.

By 2005, four years after the U.S. invaded the country and overthrew the Taliban, there were only two Jews still living in Afghanistan, according to the Jewish Virtual Library.

Now, the latest State Department Report on International Religious Freedom says: “There is one known Jewish Afghan” left in the country,  “only one known Jewish resident.”

Afghanistan is 402,356 square miles in size and estmates of its population range from 24 to 33 million.


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