Masonic Dictator Mustafa Kemal’s Jewishness Confirmed One More Time

Ataturk’s Turkey Overturned

By HILLEL HALKIN
July 24, 2007

Some 12 or 13 years ago, when I was reporting from Israel for the New York weekly, the Forward, I wrote a piece on Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern secular Turkey, that I submitted to the newspaper with some trepidation.

In it, I presented evidence for the likelihood of Ataturk’s having had a Jewish — or more precisely, a Doenmeh — father.

The Doenmeh were a heretical Jewish sect formed, after the conversion to Islam in the 17th century of the Turkish-Jewish messianic pretender Sabbetai Zevi, by those of his followers who continued to believe in him.

Conducting themselves outwardly as Muslims in imitation of him, they lived secretly as Jews and continued to exist as a distinct, if shadowy, group well into the 20th century.

In the many biographies of Ataturk there were three or four different versions of his father’s background, and although none identified him as a Jew, their very multiplicity suggested that he had been covering up his family origins.

This evidence, though limited, was intriguing. Its strongest item was a chapter in a long-forgotten autobiography of the Hebrew journalist, Itamar Ben-Avi, who described in his book a chance meeting on a rainy night in the late winter of 1911 in the bar of a Jerusalem hotel with a young Turkish captain.

Tipsy from too much arak, the captain confided to Ben-Avi that he was Jewish and recited the opening Hebrew words of the Shema Yisra’el or “Hear O Israel” prayer, which almost any Jew or Doenmeh — but no Turkish Muslim — would have known. Ten years later, Ben-Avi wrote, he opened a newspaper, saw a headline about a military coup in Turkey, and in a photograph recognized the leader that the young officer he had met the other night.

At the time, Islamic political opposition to Ataturk-style secularism was gaining strength in Turkey. What would happen, I wondered, when a Jewish newspaper in New York broke the news that the revered founder of modern Turkey was half-Jewish? I pictured riots, statues of Ataturk toppling to the ground, the secular state he had created tottering with them.

I could have spared myself the anxiety. The piece was run in the Forward, there was hardly any reaction to it anywhere, and life in Turkey went on as before. As far as I knew, not a single Turk even read what I wrote. And then, a few months ago, I received an e-mail from someone who had. I won’t mention his name. He lives in a European country, is well-educated, works in the financial industry, is a staunchly secular Kemalist, and was writing to tell me that he had come across my article in the Forward and had decided to do some historical research in regard to it.

One thing he discovered, he wrote, was that Ataturk indeed traveled in the late winter of 1911 to Egypt from Damascus on his way to join the Turkish forces fighting an Italian army in Libya, a route that would have taken him through Jerusalem just when Ben-Avi claimed to have met him there.

Moreover, in 1911 he was indeed a captain, and his fondness of alcohol, which Ben-Avi could not have known about when he wrote his autobiography, is well-documented.

And here’s something else that was turned up by my Turkish e-mail correspondent: Ataturk, who was born and raised in Thessaloniki, a heavily Jewish city in his day that had a large Doenmeh population, attended a grade school, known as the “Semsi Effendi School,” that was run by a religious leader of the Doenmeh community named Simon Zvi. The email concluded with the sentence: “I now know — know (and I haven’t a shred of doubt) — that Ataturk’s father’s family was indeed of Jewish stock.”

I haven’t a shred of doubt either. I just have, this time, less trepidation, not only because I no longer suffer from delusions of grandeur regarding the possible effects of my columns, but because there’s no need to fear toppling the secular establishment of Kemalist Turkey.

It toppled for good in the Turkish elections two days ago when the Islamic Justice and Development Party was returned to power with so overwhelming a victory over its rivals that it seems safe to say that secular Turkey, at least as Ataturk envisioned it, is a thing of the past.

Actually, Ataturk’s Jewishness, which he systematically sought to conceal, explains a great deal about him, above all, his fierce hostility toward Islam, the religion in which nearly every Turk of his day had been raised, and his iron-willed determination to create a strictly secular Turkish nationalism from which the Islamic component would be banished.

Who but a member of a religious minority would want so badly to eliminate religion from the identity of a Muslim majority that, after the genocide of Turkey’s Christian Armenians in World War I and the expulsion of nearly all of its Christian Greeks in the early 1920s, was 99% of Turkey’s population? The same motivation caused the banner of secular Arab nationalism to be first raised in the Arab world by Christian intellectuals.

Ataturk seems never to have been ashamed of his Jewish background. He hid it because it would have been political suicide not to, and the secular Turkish state that was his legacy hid it too, and with it, his personal diary, which was never published and has for all intents and purposes been kept a state secret all these years. There’s no need to hide it any longer. The Islamic counterrevolution has won the day in Turkey even without its exposure.

(Mr. Halkin is a contributing editor of The New York Sun.)

Source: http://www.nysun.com/article/58997

18 Comments

  1. Cevik BiR said

    you dont know anything about this subject….
    this article is a piece of crap…

  2. Tugrul Yilmaz said

    While you are starting, you say Dictator. This is the first fault of your article. If you have a little bit info about Ataturk, you should know that he had established the parliament FIRST. And all of
    his decisions was based upon this parliament’s acceptance. He had terminated 600 years of bonded monarchi tradition and convert political system to democracy.

    It is not to worth read remains of your article as I am sure that this is a conspiracy theory.

  3. Aysun said

    can you please this article.
    because its full of errors and wrong information.
    Ataturk is not Jewish…
    And HE IS NOT A DICTATOR….
    DO NOT MIX HIM WITH ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD.
    THERE IS NO OTHER MAN LIKE HIM IN THE WORLD.
    REMEMBER THAT…
    HE IS IMPORTANT FOR TURKISH PEOPLE.
    HE IS ONE AND ONLY,……..

    NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO MAKE NASTY COMMENTS ABOUT HIM….

    DELETE IT BEFORE I MAKE A COMPLAIN ABOUT IT!!!!!

  4. Aysun said

    can you please DELETE this article.
    because its full of errors and wrong information.
    Ataturk is not Jewish…
    And HE IS NOT A DICTATOR….
    DO NOT MIX HIM WITH ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD.
    THERE IS NO OTHER MAN LIKE HIM IN THE WORLD.
    REMEMBER THAT…
    HE IS IMPORTANT FOR TURKISH PEOPLE.
    HE IS ONE AND ONLY,……..

    NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO MAKE NASTY COMMENTS ABOUT HIM….

    DELETE IT BEFORE I MAKE A COMPLAIN ABOUT IT!!!!!

  5. turk said

    delete this article before I post you to the Turkish Grand Court

  6. lawrence said

    To the North Korean, Kim Jong Il is a democratic leader, to the outside world he is a dictator. The turkish people have been taught in their secular school since age 6 that Ataturk is ‘ a dear leader’ who gave freedom to Turkey. So actually there is no difference between a Turk and a North Korean. Both are ignorant idiots. The only muslim country which have never been colonised is IRAN. Turkey have been colonised by the Jewish British after WW 1, that is a fact, accept it my friends !

  7. idris said

    ataturk is a hero, ataturk is a muslim.

  8. Ne Mutlu Türk'üm Diyene said

    You don’t know anything about ATATÜRK; though you are denigrating him and telling a lot of wrong things about him. ATATÜRK is an excellent commander, leader, revolutionary statesman and saver. He is also a fascinating example to other countries who wants to get their independence. He saved Turkey from enemies and found the republic of Turkey. He was not a dictator and he was not jewish. He said: “Peace at home, peace in world!” I AM ASKİNG YOU: ” How can I dictator say a sentence like this?” He brought republicanism, secularism, statism, revolutionalism, popularism and nationalism to Turkey.

    Happy is the one who says: “I am a Turk.”

  9. Happy is the one! said

    Hmm, it is not much different theories in Turkey nowadays, some bigot religious intriguers blacken him the same way. Inside enemies outside enemies, which we were warned by Atatürk long before. But if HILLEL HALKIN says something, everybody must listen cause he has a long lasting rancour.
    I wonder one thing, when will this Jews desist taunting others and justifying themselves on everything?

  10. Hmmm! A fight ensuing here over whether Ataturk is a Turk or a Jew. There are other fights elsewhere over whether Turkic Kazarian converts ruling Israel and America feigning support of democracy and freedom are real Jews or fake Jews.

  11. sofian said

    ataturk killed much muslim scholars and islam in turkey ,he was more than dictator is fascist

  12. billy said

    the man is that great that u want to claim him for urselves.
    very good.

  13. muhammad said

    ataturk was not a good man- he was an agent of the British/Zionists to ensure that islam was removed from the lives of Turkish people.whats so good about joining the EU?
    please wake up- you Turks once had the Caliphate, now what do you have that is worth anything?

  14. omer said

    we as turks prefer denying the truth rather than accepting it for just one reason, it hurts. yes it hurts admitting that what we have believed what we have lived for is built by some one else than a turk regardless his or her religion. and i dont see blaming the turk as if they keeping their mouth shut for this situation is fair, muslims all over turkey rioted when the empire was declined and the republic announced, hell there was even a civil war little is known about, i dont see it as a civil war more than a massacre, massacre of the ottoman empire and everyone who supported it, so how did ataturk achieve that?? ofcourse not by the turkish army it self, no turk will ever point a gun at another turk but he did it by armenien and greek gangs, by the allies invasion all these in the big picture were military manouvers, but was it really as the history says?? or just a cover? either ways before we be turks or muslims we are middle easterns, and as for todays middle east nations we are slaves to a handfull of men, they tell us how to live and we obey just like tht🙂 and how they achive it?? thts wat the TV and media for. drop the level of councesness and fear will rule and when u scared you are easy to be directed. its really more than ataturk or the turks.
    SO SHUT UP AND STOP WHINING ABOUT WORLD AND START BY EDUCATING YOUR KIDS AND PEOPLE AROUND YOU, let every man open his eyes and see the reality WAKE UP WORLD WAKE UP

  15. I Love Islam said

    yea he is a god to turkish people lol at least thats how the turks see him

  16. emilio said

    If Kemal was so great, a Muslim at that, why did he try to erase Islam from the face of Turkey? Sometimes people cannot accept truth because they had been lied to for so long. When the Meccan Mushriks refused to accept Islam, saying that they worship what their fathers and forefathers had worshipped, Allah asked them how do they know their fathers and forefathers were doing the right thing? Please search your conscience oh Turkish brothers and sisters, from your land came the best of Kings and the best of armies, that is Muhammad al-Fateh and his army who conquered Constantinopole..a Sultan who never missed one rakaat of prayer, who was just and pious, not to forget a military genious. Will you rise up to be a better nation, or will you all go on living and die without leaving your mark on this earth?

  17. recep said

    that picture of MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATURK is very wird ataturk was muslim and learned to be an KARAMAN and REAL TURKISH

  18. AHMED said

    i just like the way the government of edrogan is dealing with restoring islam in turkey ( slowly but wisely ) unlike the alqaeda who think everything can be achieved by force . . . . the enemies of islam used years of planning to bring down to turkey so you cant just overcome it in a few days

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