web analytics
November 1, 2014 / 8 Heshvan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Turkish Jews Fleeing

Turkey, long a vacation destination for Israelis, is slowly being emptied of its Turkish Jews.
Jews are fleeing Turkey in record numbers

Jews are fleeing Turkey in record numbers
Photo Credit: Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Turkey has long been a vacation destination for Israelis.  But with increasing tension between the current Turkish government and Israel, and what some describe as a level of anti-Semitism condoned by the highest levels of the current government, the tiny population of Jews who live in Turkey is rapidly dwindling.

According to figures from 2013, there are approximately 17,400 Jews in Turkey, a mere .02 percent of the population. The Jewish Virtual Library counts 23 active Turkish synagogues, of which 16 are in Istanbul.

Even tourism has been affected.

Tourism from Israel to, for example, the Mediterranean city of Antalya is back up to approximately 50,000 this past summer, which was down as low as 10,000 following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident in which nine Turks died while attempting to violate the Israeli blockade on Gaza. Although the Turks on the boat brutally attacked the Israeli soldiers before any Israelis resorted to violence, Turkey insisted that Israel apologize and financially compensate the families of those who died.

The Mavi Marmara episode was just one in a string of incidents in which previously warm relations between the two westernized Middle Eastern countries became brusque.

An earler incident occurred during the Davos Conference of 2009.  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan raised his voice at the placid, peaceful Israeli President Shimon Peres, accusing him (Israel) of murdering children on the beach and of Israeli prime ministers having told him “we feel happy when we go into Palestine with our tanks and weapons.”  Erdogan refused to yield the floor despite far extending the bounds of time and courtesy.

And let’s not forget last February, when Erdoğan allegedly called Zionism a “crime against humanity.”

And finally, the recent alleged disclosure of the identity of ten Iranians who had been spying on Iran for the Israeli intelligence service, followed by the fury that the Turkish intelligence chief should be blamed for this leak has brought what had been a lot of background noise to a crescendo.

And now, according to the head of the Turkish community in Israel, Nesim Güveniş, the Jews of Turkey are getting out.

“Anti-Semitism, triggered by harsh statements from the Turkish government, has led to the migration of hundreds of Jewish youngsters from Turkey to the U.S. or Europe,” Güveniş told Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News.

With only a smattering over 17,000 Jews still living in Turkey, it won’t be long before the only Jews left are the few Israelis vacationers.  Until something ominous interrupts that pastime as well.

 

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

11 Responses to “Turkish Jews Fleeing”

  1. 'Tamer TroubleindaHouse says:

    hadi yallah, back to warsaw and to spain! Adio Querida!
    After 600 years of saving your ass, time to grow up!

  2. Nice guy. Now you know why you are not welcome to join the EU.

  3. Abraham Santiago says:

    It is time for the Jewish community to come home and settle in Israel.

  4. Larry H. Gentry says:

    I can not understand antisemitism still being so alive in our world. Some day (soon I hope) God will straighten all this anger and hatred out. How sad that it is as it is.

  5. Larry, unfortunately I think antisemitism will be alive for a long time. I agree this is sad but the saddest is Jews hating Jews. That I have a hard time to deal with and i am a roman catholic.

  6. I am Jew from Chechnya, I was born there. As soon Jewish leaves, you will have the same trouble as all your brothers. You have to be happy if Jewish people leave among you. See what is going on Chechnya, Dagestan and an others countries. Kurd people will show proudest. You can talk now with the. 30 mil Kurdish people under your occupation.

  7. Note 've to see a Jewish perspective of world news

  8. Nice to see is what I typed. Spell check is getting aggressive

  9. Basha Kline says:

    Why do we do it, return to countries who truly do not want Jews in their midst – Turkey, Germany most of Europe and no matter how much is contributed to one's imaginary "homeland" resentment and anger rears its ugly head time and again – Still the smell of evil hangs about in our nostrils from the geman attrocities and again we poke our heads in the sand by living there, even choosing to ignore cartoons, and ridicule over and over – We have our true homeland and even though we were told to go there! we went home and still are being told to leave – This time we should truly mean never again!

  10. All jews are welcome to Greece

  11. Come Here in Greece

    You are welcome to my Country
    I m Greek Jew

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Yehudah Glick on the Temple Mount.
Yehuda Glick’s Condition Stabilizing, “He Was Very Lucky” (1:00 PM)
Latest News Stories
Raining in Jerusalem

Starting the 7th of Cheshvan in the Jewish calendar, Jews in Israel will start inserting the formal request for rain in the 9th blessing of the Amidah prayer.

Yehudah Glick on the Temple Mount.

Doctors are predicting minimal long-term disability to Yehudah Glick following surgery today.

Ikea Instruction

Sweden and John Kerry would make wonderful partners to get lost in the same maze.

Little Heroes

Pictured is an IDF ceremony for graduates of the “Little Heroes” foundation, which works to integrate kids with special needs in society, on October 30, 2014. The annual ceremony is in cooperation with the Logistics Corps in order to strengthen the connection between the IDF and the special needs community.

“It’s serious, there are now genuine questions being asked about whether we will be able to vote Labor next May.”

Does that mean Kerry also will stay away?

He is not in a coma and may undergo another operation today.

Israel’s anti-Netanyahu media might regret their wishes if early elections are held.

Authorities in Peru this week arrested a suspected Hezbollah terrorist who planned to murder Jews. Lebanese citizen Mohammed Hamden was in possession of explosives and other materials when he was arrested, according to the Peruvian Interior Ministry. Police found traces of TNT, detonators and other explosive devices in his apartment. Reports indicate that the suspect […]

Israel decides not to go ahead with huge military purchase from U.S., likely to provoke rumors of continuing feud.

Highlight: Exclusive Interview with Rabbi Yehuda Glick at the Foot of the Temple Mount.

Doctors reported as of 8 p.m. (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday night that there is a “very small” improvement in the condition of Yehuda Glick, gunned down by an Arab terrorists Wednesday night, but that he still is in critical condition and his life remains in danger.

Foreign Minister Lieberman may be playing “chicken.” What happens if France follows Sweden?

Conference of Jewish groups chided the Obama administration for the nasty comments made about Bibi.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) meets with Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon in Halifax, Canada on November 22, 2013.

Israel decides not to go ahead with huge military purchase from U.S., likely to provoke rumors of continuing feud.

Chairman Robert Sugarman and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Feb. 17, 2014

Conference of Jewish groups chided the Obama administration for the nasty comments made about Bibi.

Female tourist injured when struck by rocks thrown by Arabs at the Kotel.

Alleged shooter of Yehuda Glick worked in the Begin Center restaurant.

Disability rights foundation calls on US to denounce using name of a disability as a derogatory term.

Jerusalem police report a shooting outside of the Begin Heritage Center. Man down in serious condition.

U.S. officials should not have called Bibi ‘chicken****,’ administration official said, all other insults OK.

Nobel Prize Winner Malala donates $50K to rebuild Gazan UNRWA schools.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/turkish-jews-fleeing/2013/10/24/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: