Jun. 5, 2018
While visiting Israel, Pakistani journalist Ibrahim Rashid (via Point of No Return) had a chance encounter with a bus driver who was also from Pakistan. It was a stunning moment for Rashid who had never imagined there could be Pakistani Jews:
He spoke about growing up in Karachi – the city my family is from – and fearing for his life during his stay. He was harassed in the street, his synagogue was targeted and along with the rest of Karachi’s Jews, he had to flee to the only country that would take him, Israel.
As we parted ways and I made my way for the Wall, he was all I could think about. We come from the same land, speak the same language, and he could even pass for one of my relatives but because of his religion, our country failed him and now he’s in Israel, the only place where he feels safe . . .