Just hours before she was to convert to Islam and marry an Arab, 15-year-old Nofar Ben Hamou was found Sunday by Israel Police in an Arab village located within the Green Line.
The girl, from the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod, was reported missing two months ago. Her heartbroken parents, Sigal and Shalom, contacted the police and Yad L'Achim, expressing concern that their daughter had run off with an Arab boyfriend she took up with a year and a half ago.
She was found by police in an area known as The Triangle, a group of Arab villages located near Hadera.
Mrs. Ben Hamou told Besheva magazine in a recent interview that her daughter was not the only Jewish girl in Lod to get involved with Arabs. “Girls here are exposed to minorities daily, on the way to school and back," she said. "It definitely can happen to anyone. My daughter was perfectly normal; she had a zest for life and plenty of friends. But she was a victim.
"We live next to Arabs who are always trying to entice our innocent girls. They give them iPhones, expensive jeans, jewelry, gold watches and what not. That’s how they blind them. Unfortunately, there is no immunity to anyone. In my worst nightmares I never dreamed it would happen to us.”
Throughout her ordeal Mrs. Ben Hamou was in touch with Yad L'Achim's counter-assimilation department. Yad L'Achim officials announced Sunday that they would remain at the family's side until they are fully rehabilitated.