Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Breitbart: Dr. Andrew Bostom discusses Turkish President Erdogan praising Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s presidency and his history of Jew hatred (re-post)

To listen to this discussion with learned scholar Dr. Andrew Bostom, kindly click  on the link:


To read the article by Dr. Bostom mentioned in the discussion, kindly click on the link:


Upon returning from a visit to Saudi Arabia late on Thursday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cited a striking example to illustrate his quest for consolidation of executive powers.

From the article:

I maintain, consistent with the historical data adduced in The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, that ceasing the disgraceful and delusional behavior epitomized by the 2006 ADL award to Erdogan begins with putting an end to the hagiography of Jewish life under Ottoman rule (including Jews living within Istanbul’s ghettos and Ottoman Palestine), and using precise, accurate, and appropriate terms that describe this half-millennium of history: jihad, sürgün (forced population transfer), and chronic dhimmitude.
When the Ottomans accepted a relatively modest number of Jewish refugees from the Spanish Inquisition in the late 15th century, it was not out of “humanitarian” motives. Much larger numbers of Jews were accepted in other parts of Christian Europe itself. Indeed, these skilled Jewish refugees whom the Ottomans re-settled in their burgeoning empire conveniently filled the vacuum created by the Ottoman jihad conquest of Byzantine and Venetian territories, and their Jewish populations – i.e., Jews who were subjected to the Ottoman jihad, including massacre, pillage, enslavement, forced conversion, and surgun deportation. Joseph Hacker’s seminal research (as summarized in The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism) highlights the 1523 book of the Talmudist Eliyah Kapsali (Seder Eliyah Zuta, composed in Crete) and its embellishment by the 17th century Egyptian chronicler Rabbi Yosef Sambari (in Sambari’s Divrei Yosef)—rather crudely redacted characterizations which became the version accepted by modern historiography of the history of the Jews in the Ottoman Empire:
…the sürgün [forced population transfer] phenomenon and all its attendant [discriminatory] features was not considered at all. If the sürgün was mentioned at all in the writings of the [Jewish] scholars of the Empire, it was held to be an insignificant, indecisive episode in the history of the Jews. The relations between Jews and Ottomans were thus felt to be both idyllic and monotonous from their very inception, no distinction being made either between kinds of Jewish populations or between one period and another throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Kapsali conceals all criticism and tries to cover up and obliterate inconvenient facts… This is also apparently the reason for his utterly ignoring the Romaniot [Byzantine] Jews and their fate at the time of the conquest of Constantinople, and of the suffering of the others exiled there after the conquest.
Hacker portrayed he 16th century dhimmi Jewish leadership’s deliberate misrepresentation of the actual plight of Ottoman Jewry with obvious contempt. More ominously, comforting happy talk narratives also ignore the chronic, grinding Jew-hatred and vestiges of dhimmitude to which Turkey has subjected Jews throughout the history of 20th century Turkey, even before 1950, and Turkey’s open embrace of Islamic revivalism. These phenomena include the large, government organized Thracian pogroms of 1934, and the deliberately pauperizing varlik vergisi taxation scheme and later deportations of Jewish business leaders to “Turkish Siberia” during World War II.
Such persisting discrimination contributed to the rapid exodus of 40% of Turkey’s Jews after WWII to Israel within two years of its creation. This flight was followed by the steady,continuous attrition of the Turkish Jewish population—their departure accelerating again after the notorious Istanbul pogrom against Greeks, Armenians, and Jews in 1955—so that only 17,000 (or fewer) of Turkey’s 77, 000 post-WWII Jews remain.