operation appears complete success. Four liters removed, feel much better. Thanks for your prayers and good wishes. Three to five days in hospital, hope to return to normal life.
Get well soon, Prof. Rubin!
Glad to hear. Hope you have a comfortable convalescence.
Happy to hear that !
Godspeed ! Our prayers are with you.
Thank you for the update.
Absolutely wonderful news. Refu’a shlema!
All the best to you!
Glad to hear the good news!! Good Luck with your recovery.
Wonderful … may you live to 120!
Hi! Refuah schlaima! I remember a Barry Rubin who lived on Fargo and then made aliyah with his parents. Are you tha one and the same? Right now, I am reading the Jerusalem Post with a review and explanation of your book. Looks good.
Will be in your town for a family wedding in October. I will definitely spend some more time in tel aviv than I have in the past, due to your comments. Be well , Eliane ( ezras israel)
Life goes on,thank God !
Julie Aftab is only 26-years-old, but she’s seen more trauma and tragedy than most individuals her age. Ten years ago, while she was living in Pakistan and working as an operator in a tiny office, she was brutally attacked with acid….Aftab recounts the events that led to the vicious assault she faced at the tender age of 16. One day, while she was working at an office in Pakistan, she recalls a man coming in and asking if she was a Christian (he noticed a cross necklace she was wearing). When she responded “yes,” he began to yell at her, claiming that she was hell-bound for refusing to embrace Islam.
Eventually, the man left — but he came back less than an hour later to up the ante on his attacks. He promptly threw a bottle of battery acid on the teenager, burning her face and body instantly. When she tried to escape, a second man grabbed her her and poured the dangerous substance down her throat.
In a description reported by The Daily Mail, Aftab’s teeth began to fall out and her esophagus was substantially burned. As she sought help in the streets outside of the office, a woman poured water over her and took her to the hospital. But the bizarre and traumatic experience didn’t end there. When she arrived for treatment, doctors refused to help her — because she was a Christian.
Inevitably, the hospital turned her away and, as her family desperately sought treatment for her, others did as well. Finally, a hospital agreed to treat her; the damage to her body was extensive. Aftab couldn’t speak or move her arms, she was missing an eye and eyelids and the majority of her esophagus was burned.
Doctors thought the young woman was bound to die, but she survived after nearly one year in the hospital. But her survival — seeing as she was an open Christian who denied Islam — was lamented by many. The Chronicle continues:
“Aftab quickly learned that in her old neighborhood, she was a pariah. Her mutilated face was plastered on the news, associated with insulting Islam. Her family was persecuted, and their house was burned down. ‘They wanted to hang me,’ she said. ‘They thought it would be an insult to Islam if I lived.”
Today, she lives on and is rebuilding the pieces of her life that were taken away from her so savagely. Initially, she was angry, wondering why God would allow such a horrific event to happen to her. Today, she has learned to forgive.
Now, she calls her scars “my jewel, my gift from God.” This month, she is scheduled to take her citizenship test, and she is continuing her studies as an accounting major at the University of Houston, Clear Lake — truly a story of triumph over tragedy.
Dear Prof. Rubin:
You are my favorite writers, and I look forward to reading your emails and colomns daily. I was so sorry to read of your illness. You were in my thoughts and prayers, and I happy that the operation was a success.
Stay positive Mr. Rubin
Thank you so much for taking the time to think of your devoted readers. You are an extraordinary man. Your PJM photo radiates that kindness.
I haven’t written before but I’d like you to know that you have been in my thoughts.
You are turning me into quite the crybaby. First I cried when I read that you were sick, then I cried when I found out you were better!
I was lucky enough to find your blog when you first starting writing it. Whenever something was going on in the Middle East, I always had to see what Barry had to say about it. This was easy because almost every blog I read either quotes you or links to you.
My knowledge of the Middle East comes from a variety of sources, but I always trust a historian first. Only historians can show how the past has affected the present. That is where you come in, Barry. You know a lot more history than I do. I find your input valuable in helping me form my own opinions. Plus, you seemed to have rubbed shoulders with an assortment of other knowledgeable people and this gives your perspective even more weight.
I hope and pray that God is kind to you and us, and that when you die is it from extreme old age.
You have become a part of daily life for me and many other people. Our thoughts are with you.
Just thought to post again, to let you know that we are thinking about you and we keep sending best wishes and prayers.
Thank God you got thru it and are doing well. Would not know what to do with out you …
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