This is the Woman Who 'Volunteered to Fight ISIS'

Jill Rosenberg made aliyah in 2006. She was convicted of involvement in a US scam targeting pensioners.

Eliran Aharon, Gil Ronen ,

Jill Rosenberg
Jill Rosenberg
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The Canadian-Israeli woman who volunteered to fight ISIS – at least, according to Voice of Israel public radio – is Jill Rosenberg, aged 31. She made aliyah in 2006 and served in the IDF's Home Front rescue unit. She was arrested in 2009 and extradited to the US, after being charged with taking part in an international scam which tricked American pensioners out of funds totalling $25 million.

She was convicted and sentenced to four years in jail, but was released and expelled from the US.

“I have decided to contribute my share to the Kurdish national effort,” the woman told Voice of IsraelShe told Voice of Israel that she joined the Kurdish resistance after contacting them through the internet. She claimed that she left Tel Aviv a few days ago and reached Irbil in Iraq, from which she was taken to the mountains near the border to be trained before being sent to fight. She has crossed the border into Syria, she added.

"I reached the IPG, a Kurdish army in the war against ISIS,” she said. “Now I am about 3,000 kilometers from ISIS.”

Asked what led her to join the Kurds, she replied: “They are our brothers. Good people who love life just like us.” She said that she is undergoing a sort of boot camp and that she has met female Kurdish fighters.

It is not clear what proof she provided Voice of Israel that her story is indeed true.