What would life for Jews be like if Israel was ruled by Muslims?

Look at the atrocities done against Jews by Muslims in 1934 for an answer: Attaturk, Reza Pahlevi and the Jews of Turkey.

Ezequiel Doiny, | updated: 07:31

Ezequiel Doiny
Ezequiel Doiny
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There are those who believe that if only Israel had not been created from Ottoman land, if only the Muslims had continued to rule, then the current problems would not exist.

But what was life really like for Jews under Ottoman rule? Look at the atrocities done against Jews by Muslims in 1934.yektauzunoglu.com reports:

May 10, 1934

The main ideologist of Turkish Islamists in Turkey of those days, dominated demonstratively by one party, one nation, one language, one religion and one leader, Cevat Rifat Atilhan. With the aim of attracting greater favour of Nazi Germany, he distributed the Hitlerian Crosses to all students of the University of Istanbul, he passed them out himself, together with his followers, and ordered all of the students to wear them.

You should not forget that the University of Istanbul was the most important Turkish university of those days.

May 22, 1934

Some of the Jewish intellectuals were too naive. They wrote an official application addressed to the Turkish government asking to stop the hateful campaign against Turkish Jews, run by the pro-governmental or even governmental magazine The National Revolution.

May 25, 1934

The Jewish community in Turkey, in despair and fear of coming pogroms, approached the Prime Minister Ismet Inönü himself and the Minister of Interior Affairs Sükrü Kaya and appealed for protection provided by state authorities, against the attacks by crowds, goaded by unknown forces… The appeal was never answered.

June 14, 1934

The Turkish government responded in a special way, by approving a shameful fascist law aimed especially against the Jews and their properties.

The law begins with a quotation:

"This law has been approved to make sure that one language is spoken in the country, there is one thought, one and identical feeling and consciousness, especially for the Islamic homeland, and therefore:

a) The areas where Turkish culture represents a minority are nationalized
b) All of the areas and regions, where representatives of Turkish culture could be relocated, are nationalized
c) All of the buildings, facilities, including houses and factories belonging to those who are not Mohammedan, are nationalized. They will serve for our health, culture, politics, army and civil guard.
Section 11 of the same law states:

 “Those who do not speak Turkish as their mother tongue have no right to set up new neighbourhoods, new villages, new workplaces, artistic groups or societies, new schools, and they have no right to cede their trade, their professions or companies to their descendants, relatives or people of the same origin.”

June 21,  1934

The Turkish Government issued the Surname Act

All minorities living in Turkey were obliged to accept the Turkish surnames they were assigned etc. They were the Jews, Kurds, Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Roma, simply all of them. A new wave of forcing minorities to become Turks began and it continues until now. Just exceptionally, a member of such a minority succeeds in making the Turkish authorities to approve the change to the original surname.

In recent years some of them may have succeeded in claiming the original surnames back but it happened only due to bribes, but the ban is still in force. The order was not related just to peoples’ names but also to the names of mountains, rocks, streams, animals, plants or even flowers.

Immediately, after the law was passed, many Jews dwelling in the European part of Turkey, i.e. near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria, were relocated to the steppes of Central Anatolia, under the pretext of intelligence activities.

June 21, 1934

In the City of Dardanelles, where nearly 1500 Jews lived at that time, attacks were started against Jewish shops. “Unofficial” guards were standing in front of the shops and did not let citizens enter. They placed notices on Jewish house doors, with a threatening appeal saying that the people must leave the city immediately to avoid being murdered.

June 25, 1934


One of the witnesses described the arrival of “the Father of the Turkish Nation” Atatürk, just on the fatal day when the Jewish residents were forced to leave the city,..
All of the Jews of Dardanelles and the city of Gelibol left the cities and were allowed to take just personal belongings with them… On the same day, “purely by coincidence”, the city was visited by the Turkish President Atatürk, the Father of all Turks, accompanied by the Iranian Shah Riza Pahlevi… they came as conquerors. And they were greeted by applause and cheering by the fanaticized crowds…

One of the witnesses described the arrival of “the Father of the Turkish Nation” Atatürk, just on the fatal day when the Jewish residents were forced to leave the city, saying:

“… the crowd cheered at Atatürk’s arrival, shouting “May he live forever!” and Atatürk’s car stopped among the cheering crowds, he got out of the car, more self-confident than ever, his appearing put the crowd to the heights of ecstasy. Atatürk enjoyed the feeling of being admired, as the person giving wealth to his pears, he walked among them, stopped for a while, and at that moment a citizen broke away and ran towards him. The guards tried to stop him but Atatürk, believing that the man is one of his admirers, ordered the guards to let him come and they had to obey.

"The disillusioned citizen knelt down on the ground and raised both arms towards heaven, saying in despair:

'-My Pasha, for the God’s life, are they driving us out of our own city? Where are we to go? What shall we do, oh my God?'

Atatürk understood immediately who the man was and what he expected from him, nevertheless he asked him ironically and in a mocking way, 'Who are you?'

“'My Holy Pasha, I am a local Jew from Dardanelles, Avram Palto.'

'And who is driving you out? The Government? The Laws? The Police? The Gendarmerie? Go ahead, tell me!'

"The Jewish citizen of Dardanelles, who was to lose all his property on that day and to leave his own city, replied in despair,

'No, my Almighty Pasha, the people are driving us away!'

And Atatürk started laughing and then said with a strict look:

'Well, if they are the people, nothing can be done, if the people wished, they could drive away even myself' and he returned to his car where there was his guest, the Shah of Iran.

June 29, 1934

US Ambassador Robert P. Skinner reported to his Minister’s office in Washington saying, “all of the Jewish residents of Dardanelles, Silivri and the European parts of Turkey have been expelled to places outside their region, the Turkish Government keeps giving no respond to our inquiries regarding the exile, Turkey is probably also ready to send  troops to the area."

The Jews were expelled from the Cities of Dardanelles and Silivri, on June 25, 1934. On June 28 the expulsion continued. They were being expelled from cities in the European part of Turkey, having a high Jewish population, the cities Edirne, Keşan, Uzunköprü, Babaeski, Lüleburgaz and Kırıklareli (they are Turkish names for ancient towns)..


The Jews were expelled from the Cities of Dardanelles and Silivri, on June 25, 1934. On June 28 the expulsion continued.
They had to leave some cities within 24 hours, somewhere within two days, and, exceptionally, in the case of Uzunkprü, they had three days available… They were leaving with personal belongings only and they left behind everything that many generations had built up, hoping that their lives, their existence would be tolerated in exchange for the superhuman devoted work…

 The pogrom was described by Hayim Begar in his book of memories like this:

„Every time I walked home from school I was attacked and beaten up so much that I was bleeding. They greeted me, ‘Salam al, Jew!’ I greeted them in their manner, but they continued beating me and ’a box with nails’ used to be added…”

 June 2, 1934

The hysterical crowd in the city of Edirne where the Jews used to live for centuries, attacked the Jewish shops, workshops, doctors’ offices and they beat up everyone they met. The ones who were rich and owned cars set for a journey immediately, in the direction to Istanbul, those who were less well-off walked towards the Greek or Bulgarian borders…

And what about the ones who were not strong or courageous enough to leave the city? The bakeries stopped selling bread to them, they could not buy food even if they had money,  they could not get water,  and some of them tried to contact the authorities after all, but they were driven away and got a frightful advice to leave the city like the other had done…

The story of Rabi Kiriklareli is one of the scary, monstrous events that came down to our times.

The crowd, goaded by the state, motivated by robbing “wealthy Jews”, attacked all the Jewish shops, including many doctors’ offices, and then even the house of the local Rabbi Moshe Finza. They stripped him naked, shaved him with a razor, tied him to a rope and walked with him around the square through the crazy crowd, whoever could, beat him. In the meantime, a part of the state-controlled bandits raped his wife and daughter and stole everything the Rabbi had at home and they left him somewhere on the ground when he could not walk after all the beating.

And they caught some Jewish girls in the streets and cut off their fingers to get gold rings. In the evening all of the 400 Jews that were still left there were sent to the station. They found out that there was a train with 16 carriages waiting for them since the morning to deport them to Istanbul. And the city was finally “clean”…  Let me add the information that trains for Istanbul used to have only four carriages at that time but on that day there were 16 carriages and the train was even waiting from morning till late evening at the station…"

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Remarks:

There are 57 Islamic States (see members of Organization for Islamic Cooperation) but only one Jewish State smaller than New Jersey. Why can't Jews have a safe haven where they are free from Islamic persecution?

If you think nowadays Muslims treat their minorities differently, look at what they are doing to Christians in Nigeria.In Nigeria the soldiers of President Muhammadu Buhari ran away when the Islamists attacked Christian villages.

This is what would have happened in Israel if the Israeli soldiers had rrun away instead of stopping the "protesters".

On July 24, 2018 Jack Kerwick wrote in Frontpage magazine

"...how many people know that just last month, over a span of four days, militant Islamic Fulani herdsmen embarked on a killing spree that reduced a dozen Nigerian villages to dust and claimed the lives of at least 200 Christian men, women, and children?  

Open Doors, an organization dedicated to serving persecuted Christians throughout the world, describes these targeted villages as Nigeria’s Plateau State, and describes the region as “the epicenter of Christianity in northern Nigeria’s Middle Belt.”  The organization is still trying to piece together the events surrounding the genocidal attack of Nigerian Christians on June 25th,

According to reports, 120 villagers were hunted down and hacked to death by machete-wielding Muslims while traveling home from the funeral of an elderly villager in the Nigerian ward of Gidin Akwati.

Also slaughtered that day was a Christian pastor, the Reverend Musa Choji -  murdered by these savages along with his wife and son. 

These terrorists scorched the entire community of Gidin Akwatito the ground.  Reports claim that some of those forced to flee their homes are now hiding in the Bush - remaining ever vulnerable to future attacks.

In a neighboring community of Gidin Akwati , another Christian pastor reported “more than 50 heavily armed Fulani herdsmen” laid waste to his whole village via fire and murdered 100 of his neighbors. Predictably, these Islamic militants destroyed that town's Christian churches while also laying waste to all the homes in the community. Remarkably few people managed to save themselves that day.

This pastor’s wife’s childhood home was also “decimated” - home to 15 people and another unlucky 13 visitors.  

World Watch Monitor reports that the two soldiers and one police officer who was present in the village of Nghar during the attack fled when the Islamic militants invaded... 

Community members insist that these attacks are part of “a grand plan to Islamize Nigeria.”  According to a Dr. Soja Bewarang, the murders are “no longer farmer and herder clashes” but, rather, a “deliberate attempt to conquer and occupy the land of the people’s ancestral heritage.” 

Reverend Gideon Para-Mallam maintains that the violence, constituting as it makes a steady pattern, is “another Boko Haram in disguise.” 

And speaking of Boko Haram, though the terrorist organization remains alive and well, no one, least of all “the Resistance” and “MeToo” crowd, has shown the inclination to utter a peep about it. 

Yet,  in addition to engaging in the destruction of villages and churches and the perpetration of mass murder, from 2009 to the present, Boko Haram has kidnapped as many as 3,000 women and girls. There are concerns that it is spreading throughout Southeast Africa.

In predominantly Christian Mozambique, throughout June, the members of a Sunni Muslim sect visited a reign of terror upon the residents of the villages that they targeted. Armed with AK-47s and machetes, groups of Muslim men destroyed hundreds of homes and murdered several people—all while loudly reading Arabic words from the Quran..."

Ezequiel Doiny is author of "Obama's assault on Jerusalem's Western Wall"


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