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Jews of Eastern Thrace in Turkey were oppressed, expelled in the 1930s

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Submitted by Iskender (United States), Oct 2, 2011 at 01:00

Jon Ozdamar: I did not say that Jews in Turkey were targeted as Dhimmis. They were targeted by the secular nationalists. Read the book of Rifat Bali, a Turkish author of Jewish descent, and learn how the 9000+ Jews of Trakya (the European part of Turkey) were expelled from the cities in a planned pogrom (The name of the book is "Trakya Olaylari", the events of Thrace). The events were very similar to the 6-7 September events of 1955 in which Greeks were targeted but in which Jews and armenians also suffered collateral damage. You statement that "Jews were not Dhimmi" is not accurate. In Turkey, secularism did not protect the minorities: an infidel, is an infidel is an infidel at all times.

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