November 12, 2013

Last Jew in Afghanistan Not so Positive About Americans

At least he's not a Christian. There are none of them left:

In his 50s, Simintov is the last known Afghan Jew to remain in the country. He has become something of a celebrity over the years and his rivalry with the next-to-last Jew, who died in 2005, inspired a play.

Mindful of Afghanistan's extremely conservative Muslim culture, Simintov tries not to advertise his identity to protect the Balkh Bastan or Ancient Balkh kebab cafe he opened four years ago, naming it after a northern Afghan province....

There are no Afghan Christians left, at least none who is open about it, and the only permanent church is inside the Italian diplomatic compound. There is a small Hindu population, but it is shrinking rapidly....

However resolute Simintov remains about practising his faith, he is embittered - even enraged - by misfortune and by the failure of the U.S-led NATO force to create conditions for peace and security without the threat of the Taliban.

"It is better to see a dog than to see an American," he said. "If the situation in the country gets worse, I will escape."

Right, blame the Americans ... says the guy who's afraid to wear a kippah and is quick to point out that only Muslims touch the food he serves.

Thanks to @pspoole

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:42 PM | Comments |