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Pakistan Jew pens op-dd: Let me come to Israel

Updated: Jul 6, 2018

A PAKISTAN ARMY vehicle carrying the long-range surface-to-surface Ghauri missile passes a portrait of the nation’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in 1999.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Jerusalem Post by Amy Spiro 07/04/2018

Fishel Benkhald tells ‘Post’ he hides Jewish identity from his neighbors.

Fishel Benkhald has one wish from the Pakistani government: To let him travel to Israel.

Benkhald, one of the few remaining Jews still living in Karachi, penned an op-ed on Tuesday printed in the Pakistani Daily Times: “I’m Jewish and Pakistani... let me go to Israel.”

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The activist said that the Pakistani constitution should provide him with the freedom to practice his religion – but it doesn’t.

“Being a practicing Jewish man, I want the freedom to perform my religious duties, a right granted to me and other minorities in the country by the constitution,” Benkhald wrote. “However, the reality is that my Pakistani passport states that ‘this passport is valid for all countries of the world, except Israel.’”

He wondered how Pakistan can justify “prohibiting not only Jews, but Pakistani Christians, Messianic Jews, and even Muslims from traveling to Jerusalem?”

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