An Iranian writer employed by The Times of Israel faced deportation to her native country from Turkey, a proposition that did not bode well for her safety. But Neda Amin's story ends happily, writes Raphael Ahren, as she is now safe in Jerusalem:
Hours after she arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday, Neda Amin, an Iranian-born journalist who feared being deported to her native country, thanked the Israeli government for granting her refuge, adding that she has Jewish roots and would love to live in Israel.
During a press conference at The Times of Israel’s Jerusalem offices, Amin — who blogged regularly and freelanced for The Times of Israel’s Persian site — described her anguish as she feared Turkey, where she had lived as a refugee since 2014, would deport her back to Iran.
Having written critically about the regime, Amin feared she would have been arrested and tortured had she been forced to return to the Islamic Republic.
“I am very happy. Israel is my country,” she said in broken English, adding that she finally felt “safe now” because no one wants to attack or arrest her in the Jewish state...