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Audio: Jews Under Ottoman Rule: Extortion and Bribery

Under Ottoman rule, Jews weren't allowed to build a synagogue, own a gun, or even ride a horse.
7/26/2013, 8:43 AM

A7 Radio's "The Tamar Yonah Show" with Tamar Yonah
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What was life like for the Jews living in the Land of Israel when it was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire? Jews weren't allowed to build a synagogue, own a gun, or even ride a horse.  Legal rights they were supposed to receive were only obtained through having to bribe Ottoman and Arab officials.  Kidnappings, ransoms and  thuggery were common.  How did these Jews survive the injustice and brutalities?  Lior Pasternak is an Israeli that lives in Japan. He is in the process of publishing a book that outlines all the Jewish history in the land of Israel in the last 3,000 years.  He joins Tamar and gives us all a detailed picture of what life was like under Turkish/Ottoman rule.
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Tamar Yonah is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Her father survived the Nazi brutalities and after liberation, made his way to the shores of the the Land of Israel, where again fighting for his survival, fought in Israel's war of Independence. This made a great impression on her life and she too has been fighting for Israel by serving in the Israeli army & air force, and afterwards by becoming an activist for Israel and the Jewish nation.  She has been a vocal beacon of light since beginning a prolific career in radio. She hosts The Tamar Yonah Show - Israel's most popular English language radio talk show.  She also writes a biting and sometimes humorous, award winning blog that discusses current events, religion and politics. www.israelnationalnews.com/Blogs/Blog.aspx/3#  You can email Tamar at:  TamarYonah@gmail.com
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