Jerusalem-based ‘The Times of Israel’ reported on February 26, 2014, the existence of a Pakistani-born Jew. Marc Goldberg claims that his discovery’s real name is Faisal Benkhald. He was born in Karachi in 1987 to a Pakistani Muslim engineer and his Jewish wife. Faisal’s parents died when he was 13.
Faisal wants to change his name to Fishel Benkhald. He argues that since his mother was Jewish, according to the Jewish law, he is automatically Jewish. Goldberg accuses Pakistani authorities for not accepting Faisal’s claim – considered an apostasy by those Jew-hating Pakistani Muslims.
Interestingly, Goldberg claims that Faisal’s Jewish mother gave birth to four more children – none of whom is interested to adopt their mother’s religion.
Goldberg also claims that there are many other Jews who are living under Muslim names to avoid antisemitism.
Goldberg then shows his Talmudic hatred toward Pakistani Muslims under the cover of his phony Jewish brother who currently lives in Tunisia – but against all antisemitism, still wants to return and live in Pakistan and not Israel, the country he loves the most.
“Fishel is all that remains of what was once a small but thriving Jewish community. Estimated to have numbered about 2,500 people at the start of the 20th century, Pakistani Jewry consisted mainly of migrants from Iraq. Following Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, the central synagogue in Karachi (demolished in 1988) became a focal point for demonstrations against Israel. The majority of Jews left Pakistan for India or Israel around this time,” wrote Goldberg.
On May 1, 2012, the Weekly Press Pakistan, an Israeli propaganda outlet from Canada, reported the story of Yoel Rueben, a Jew from Lahore living in the Israeli occupied town of Lod. Rueben claimed that at the establishment of Pakistan on August 14, 1947, there were not more than 1,000 Jews in Pakistan, living in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar. The 350-strong Jewish community in Karachi had one synagogue, one prayer hall and one graveyard. According to Rueben, the majority of Jews in Pakistan belonged to Bene Israel from India.
According to Karachi City Hall records, the Jewish minority in Karachi didn’t face any discrimination from the Muslim majority. It only began after Israel’s 1967 War of Aggression. Since then, the remaining members of the Jewish community left for India as Pakistan never recognized Israel and Pakistanis are not allowed to travel to Israel on a Pakistani passport.
Marc Goldberg’s imaginary Pakistani Jew living in Tunisia reminds me the story of BBC’s Jewish reporter Wyre Davies, who in 2012 wanted to tell the world that the Tunisian Jewish community did not feel safe under the Islamists rule. However, he was shocked by two of several Tunisian Jews he interviewed. One told him: “No one here is afraid of Islamists“. The other said: “Go to Israel?… I’m not crazy!“.