A dramatic rescue takes a Jewish woman and her two young children out of the clutches of a brutal Palestinian Authority Arab husband with whom she lived for 28 years.
The anti-missionary Yad L'Achim organization, which also works on behalf of Jewish women trapped in relationships with Arabs, revealed the extraordinary story, after "Dinah, the daughter of Leah," was safely back among Jews.
Dinah was born in the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Lod 48 years ago but became estranged from her family during an emotional crisis, which led her to a relationship with an Arab man.
Since then, she was declared as missing, and her family did not know whether she was dead or alive. At one point, Israeli authorities mistakenly thought they had identified her in a morgue.
She lived with her husband in a Palestinian Authority Arab village in the area of Tulkarm, east of Netanya. She said her husband traumatized her and once tied her to a tree for 13 hours, without food or water The husband said he wanted "everyone to see what will happen to you" if she were to leave the house without permission.
Three weeks ago, ties were suddenly re-established with her family, which finally had a sign that Dinah was still alive. They contacted Yad L'Achim officials, who were given her telephone number and other personal information that enabled them to go into action to rescue her.
When they first got in touch with Dinah, she begged them, "Get me back to my homeland."
With the help of Interior Minister Eli Yishai and the IDF, special permits were prepared for Dinah and her children to cross the checkpoint near Tulkarm after the rescue, which was carried out in strict secrecy.
This past Sunday evening, her husband gave Dinah 12 shekels to travel with her two children in a taxi to a clinic for medical care Monday morning.
In a pre-arranged scheme, she and her children got out of the cab shortly after it left the village and hurriedly got into a rescue vehicle that Yad L'Achim sent, with advance permission from a senior IDF officer. Soldiers at the checkpoint had been alerted to allow the vehicle to enter the Palestinian Authority for the rescue operation.
During the journey of nearly an hour to the checkpoint, Yad L'Achim instructed its workers to stop what they were doing and say Psalms for the safe return of Dinah.
The rescue vehicle returned to the checkpoint, and the soldiers confirmed they saw the mother and her two children in the rescue vehicle.
Once past the checkpoint, the vehicle stopped, and Dinah burst into tears, along with the soldiers.
The children begged her, "Mommy, promise us you never will go back there again."
One of Dinah's first actions was to take off her Muslim garb and tell Yad L'Achim officials, "Throw them in the trash can."
The organizations' social workers are treating her and she is staying at a secret location in central Israel, after having made contact with her family.
She filed a complaint with police against her Arab husband's brutality. Police said they doubted that Palestinian Authority police would take any action against him but added that if he steps one foot beyond the checkpoint, he will be arrested.