Canadian who immigrated to Israel and served in the IDF says lessons of the Holocaust drove her to protect the Kurds and other Middle East minorities menaced by Islamic State • She cites growing Iranian influence as reason for returning to Israel.
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A Canadian-born woman who served in the Israeli military and later joined a Kurdish militia fighting the Islamic State group has returned to Israel.
Gill Rosenberg told Israel’s Army Radio Monday that after eight months of fighting in Syria, it was time to come home. She said her Jewish values compelled her to “do the right thing not just by our own people, but by any human being.”
Rosenberg served in the Israeli military and was previously a pilot in Canada. She spent time in a U.S. prison for her part in a phone scam before joining the Kurdish militia last year. She was among the first female volunteers to fight in the Syrian civil war. Later, there were false reports that she had been captured by Islamic State group.
The 31-year-old said the lessons of the Holocaust drove her to help protect the Kurds and other Middle East minorities menaced by Islamic State advances.
“I think we as Jews, we say ‘never again’ for the Shoah, and I take it to mean not just for Jewish people, but for anyone, for any human being, especially a helpless woman or child in Syria or Iraq,” Rosenberg told Army Radio.
“But in the past few weeks I think a lot of the dynamics have changed there, in terms of what’s going on in the war. The Iranian involvement is a lot more pronounced. Things changed enough that I felt that it was time to come home.”