Hundreds of young Jews leave Turkey

It may be harder to fill the Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul in years to come. This photo was taken in 2003.

Hundreds of young Jews are leaving Turkey for the U.S. and Europe
because of increased perceptions of anti-Semitism and Ankara’s tensions
with Israel, a senior member of the immigrant community in Israel has
told Hurriyet Daily News.

Nesim
Güveniş, the deputy chairman of the Association of Turkish Jews in
Israel, told the newspaper that the mass exodus was a response to the
actions of the Turkish government, including remarks of leaders against
Jews for the waning relations between Turkey and Israel and the
worsening of conditions for the nearly 15,000 Jews living in in the
country.

“Look
at the environment of Turkey at the moment. We are uncomfortable with
being ‘othered’… I am more Turkish than many. But we couldn’t make them
believe it,” Güveniş described, according to Hurriyet.

Güveniş
himself immigrated to Israel in 1981 because of the political tension
in Turkey during the 1970s and the effect it was having on his children.
“They didn’t want to go to university where leftists or other groups
were putting pressure on them to take sides at school… The first two
years in Israel were difficult, and we had to learn the language. But I
don’t regret it,” he explained to the Turkish paper.

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Hurriyet Daily News

2 Comments

  • With Erdogan + co running Turkey, it's amazing there are any Jews left in the country.

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  • Of course they are better in Israel!!!That is one of my lasting regrets not to be with the Israelis. Why ? because after all the horrors of Nazism some parties are ready to attack not only Jews but other ethnic groups as well. Look at Greece with its far right who salute with the Nazi salute, and they are not the only ones.
    sultana

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