ATILLA: YOUR POSSIBLE SABBATEAN-JEWISH ANCESTRY - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yakub Kerido
    • 27.08.07 | 01:35 (IDT)

    Dear Atilla, Thank you for your frank response. If your family comes form a 'Greek' region, it is probably either from Saloniki area or Crete, most of whose emigrants in 1924 "exchange" were of Sabbatean-Sephardic origin. Being Jewish - and Sephardic - is an ethnicity, of which religion is only a part. The Turkish nation is a mosaic composed of many ethnicities. Even if your ID says Muslim, being a Turk of Sephardic-Jewish ethnic origin is no different that being a Turk from another ethnic origin. Unfortunately some Turks of such ancestry are embarrassed and worried of being accused of not being a true Muslim. Some of them, even resort to openly anti-semitic behaviour just to "hide" their Jewish origin! As you know, Turks of Sephardic-Jewish ancestry have contributed more than any other ethnic group in developing the values, culture and economy of modern Turkey. If this is your origin, be proud of it and others in Turkey will respect you too!

    from the article: Peres to Turks: Our stance on Armenian issue hasn't changed
    First published 00:00 26.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 26.08.07
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