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Gill Rosenberg

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Israel (2006–08) Rojava (2014–15)

Years of service
2006–08 (Israel) 2014–15 (Rojava)

Syrian Civil War Rojava campaign

Other work
Civil aviation pilot, fraudster

Battles and wars
Rojava conflict, Syrian civil war

Israel Defense Forces, Women's Protection Units

Exclusive gill rosenberg first foreign female to join kurdish fight against isis

Gill or Gila (Gillian Chelsea Clarissa) Rosenberg (born 1983) is a Canadian-Israeli woman who became internationally known when she became the first female foreigner to join Kurdish PKK and YPG forces fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Islamists claimed that Rosenberg had become an ISIL hostage, leading to significant additional press coverage. These reports proved false.


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Early life

Gill Rosenberg, was born in Canada, and is reported to be from White Rock, British Columbia. She attended a Jewish high school in Vancouver and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). She had worked as a pilot on Boeing passenger aircraft.

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Rosenberg moved to Israel and also acquired Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, living in Tel Aviv. In Israel Rosenberg joined the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 2006 to 2008 as a volunteer where she served a "SAR NCO and instructor at the Search, Rescue and Civil Defense School.”

Criminal conviction

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In 2009, Rosenberg was arrested, extradited to the United States, and pled guilty for her role in a telemarketing lottery fraud which bilked seniors out of millions of dollars. As part of a plea bargain, she was sentenced to four years in prison in a Manhattan federal court. After serving time in prison she was deported back to Israel.

Joining the Kurds

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Rosenberg gained international press coverage as the first foreign woman to join Kurds battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria or Iraq. According to an interview with Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio (Hebrew)) quoted by The Jerusalem Post she decided to join the Women's Protection Units, the female counterpart of the People's Protection Units (YPG), fighters for humanitarian and ideological reasons and "because they are our brothers" who are fighting evil. Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst for the Jamestown Foundation said "Rosenberg is quite popular among the Kurds, especially those [who] sympathize with Israel’s national struggle, and the fact that the Israelis/Jews managed to create their own state, something which a lot of Kurdish nationalists aspire to.”

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The Jerusalem Post states that upon return to Israel she will be arrested and prosecuted, as was the case of several Israeli Arabs who joined ISIL and subsequently returned to Israel. As well, the paper points out Rosenberg breached Israeli law by flying to Iraq, an enemy country, which Israeli citizens are forbidden to enter and has cracked down on those going to fight against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

In Canada, Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney stated that while the government "would not oppose a citizen who is willing to engage in a battle for liberty and helping the victims of barbaric crimes," he believes "the best way to fight terrorism is to support our national law enforcement or national security agencies and eventually get involved with them."

In late November 2014 militants on social media started claiming that Rosenberg has been captured, along with several other female fighters by ISIL perhaps during the Siege of Kobani. This was denied by Kurdish officials who said she was no where near Kobani. The Canadian Government is investigating and refusing to comment on specifics. If reports of her capture are true, she will be the second Israeli dual citizen after Israeli-American journalist Steven Sotloff and the first Canadian to be held hostage by ISIL.

Terror expert Michael Zekulin predicted that the Canadian government will act if Rosenberg is confirmed to be captured. "If they believe that they've identified where she is, and they believe that it’s viable to mount a rescue operation, then ...that's what we would expect to see,"

On December 1, Rosenberg updated her Facebook saying she was safe.

Returning home

Gill Rosenberg returned to Israel 12 July 2015 after 6 months in Syria and Iraq.


Gill Rosenberg Wikipedia

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