Israeli-Canadian woman Gill Rosenberg dispels reports of capture by Islamic State

Gill Rosenberg posing with a friend in a photo which is presumed to have been taken in Iraq and which was uploaded to Facebook on November 9, 2014, (photo credit: Facebook)

Israeli-Canadian citizen Gill Rosenberg posted on Facebook on Monday evening that she was safe, dispelling reports that emerged on jihadist-linked media earlier this week of her abduction by Islamic State operatives…

…The first sign of life from the 31-year-old Tel Aviv resident came after a flurry of reports of her alleged capture near the embattled city of Kobani, in Syria, which both the Canadian and Israeli foreign ministries said they were investigating.

Doubts surfaced Monday over the kidnapping reports, as Kurdish sources told the NRG news site that they were aware of the “wave of rumors” that IS had captured an Israeli citizen in Kobani, presumably Gill Rosenberg, an IDF veteran who had traveled to Iraq to fight for the Kurdish YPG militia.

“This is false propaganda by IS,” the Kurdish sources said. “We can say with a high level of certainty that no Israeli volunteer, or any international volunteer for that matter, arrived to fight in the city of Kobani in Syria.”

…In addition, they said, international volunteers are not placed in combat roles, but instead support the front-line fighters…

  • winniec

    I’m happy Rosenberg is safe. I hope she will have a role to play training Kurdish women to be effective defenders of their homes from the barbarians. She will be in our prayers. Someone, please tell her we are all concerned about her.

    • Justin

      She better leave those Kurds and go home or else some rogue Kurdish muslims may sell her to the bad guys. You never trust these people.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        No, they will treat her well. Earlier this year, Israel sent the legislative aide to a former Druze member of the Knesset to Syria to meet with rebel groups, including the Kurds. When he returned, he was tight-lipped about what was discussed but indicated that the talks went very well. Likewise, Netanyahu indicated that he would be the first to recognize an independent Kurdistan just as Truman was the first to recognize Israel’s independence, and the Iraqi Kurds made at least one shipment of oil to Israel.

        • Justin

          Never trust a muslim even if they are treating you very nicely
          you never know when they will be taken over by the demons of islam and then they will turn against you and it could be very sudden and unexpected.

  • DD_Austin


    Damn i hate dual citizenship

    • David

      I’ll make an exception for this one.

    • Alain

      I found it interesting that she is referred to as an Israeli-Canadian while the same didn’t apply to Muslims or others (including Mulcair) with dual citizenship. Why is that?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I hope that when she returns after the Kurdish victory, she describes herself as saying, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil – ’cause I’m the meanest mother in the valley.”