Israeli media are pounding their collective chest over a story of one Galit Popok, a renegade Jewish woman who married an illegal Palestinian migrant, moved with him to Gaza, produced six children there, and ran away to Israel with three. Her husband was killed during the Gaza operation and she holds the government responsible for bringing her abandoned children to Israel.
Popok is not alone. By various estimates, ten to fifty thousand Jewish women are married to Muslims. They’re continuously abused both because they are women and because they are Jewish. Many want to escape from their husbands, but the Israeli Supreme Court has abandoned them. According to Israeli law, Muslim families fall under the jurisdiction of Sharia. Sharia proclaims children of Muslim fathers to be Muslim; these Jewish wives converted to Islam in order to marry Israeli Arabs. These children, whom Jewish law recognizes as fully Jewish, cannot leave their Muslim fathers when Jewish women finally realize they must divorce them.
For many years, Kahanists have run an informal organization that protects those women. Despite threats from the Arabs and criminal prosecution by the Israeli government, Jews enter Arab villages and forcibly remove the children to reunite them with their mothers. For years after the divorce, Kahanists guard the women, whose Arab ex-husbands often try to kill them. They have saved thousands of women and their Jewish children—and they need your donations.