When this reporter went to Syria to study advanced Arabic, she was warned that she had two strikes against her: She was American and a Jew.
Being an American it turned out wasn’t such a liability and pretty easy to duck. But being Jewish… well, that seemed more risky.
So, she kept a low profile until she discovered a semi-secret community of Jews who assured her it was okay to be Jewish as long as she followed certain rules. She thought she understood, and things were all right until one of the elderly leaders broke her own rules — and then no one knew what to do.