THE GOLDEN RIVER
Updates:  08/11/2017; 08/07-09/2017 page started THE DONMEH (Also Sabbateans) Donmeh - LINKS ON THIS PAGE https://archive.org/stream/MarcDavidBaerTheDonme.JewishConvertsMusBookZZ.org/%5BMarc_David_Baer%5D_The_D%C3%B6n me._Jewish_Converts%2C_Mus%28BookZZ.org%29#page/n15/mode/1up http://www.haaretz dot com/jewish/features/1.735849 https://www.henrymakow dot com/2015/11/modern-turkey-a-secret-zionist.html http://www.kulanu dot org/turkey/bergdonmeharticle.php https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2011/10/25/the-doenmeh-the-middle-easts-most-whispered-secret-part-i.html https://en.wikipedia dot org/wiki/D%C3%B6nmeh  The Donmeh Books The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks by Marc David Baer Archive dot org:  ebook The Donme: Jewish Converts https://archive.org/stream/MarcDavidBaerTheDonme.JewishConvertsMusBookZZ.org/%5BMarc_David_Baer%5D_The_D%C 3%B6nme._Jewish_Converts%2C_Mus%28BookZZ.org%29#page/n15/mode/1up The Burden of Silence: Sabbatai Sevi and the Evolution of the Ottoman-Turkish Dönmes by Cengiz Sisman Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture) (2016) by Devin E. Naa Links Haaretz: Once a Jewish Sect, Turkey's Secretive Dönme Inspire Conspiracy and Persecution. By The Forward/Nick Ashdown (8/08/2016) http://www.haaretz dot com/jewish/features/1.735849 Began by a Jewish prophet, the Dönme helped educate the founder of modern Turkey, but now remain secretive and afraid due to demonization under Erdogan.  Excerpt:  The shattered tombstone seems sadly symbolic of a small, secretive society founded during the Ottoman Empire but cruelly stigmatized with bombastic conspiracy theories and forced to assimilate into the subsequent Turkish republic or conceal their true identities.  Today, the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party, known as the AKP under its Turkish acronym, do not just control of the government; after defeating the recent attempted military coup, its leaders are feeling empowered. Their push to bring Sunni Islam ever closer into public life in Turkey has intensified, making many religious minorities, including descendants of the Dönme, feel ostracized. http://www.haaretz dot com/jewish/features/1.735849 Henry Makow:  Modern Turkey: a secret Zionist state controlled by the Dönmeh.  By Wayne Madsen (11/29/2015) Note from The Golden River 08/09/2017:  Makow might be a CIA agent or some other kind of dis/misinformationist/Psyops agent.  He is one of several big voice anti-Illuminati types found scattered across the Internet. Notice the visual imagery he uses regarding Satanism, which is a type of dramatic grabbing of attention; it also creates a type of buzz around the information before you even start reading it.  In addition, he seems to have issues with women (ie, protect the world against feminists) and might be a religious fundamentalist with both Islamic and fundamental Christian leanings - which might explain the apparent “male-first” mentality.  He puts or allows trashy ads on his website.   Nonetheless, his excerpt by Madsen deserves attention because it suggests a link between Jews, Muslims, Turkey, Greece and old genocides of several old Christian groups as well as ostracism or control tactics against the original Turkish Muslims in the early part of the last century.  Use the information to get possible ideas about the Donmeh, but then try to find reliable backup sources. https://www.henrymakow dot com/2015/11/modern-turkey-a-secret-zionist.html Kulanu: The Donmeh: True Believers, Jewish Heretics or Untrustworthy Moslem Converts? By Irwin M. Berg (2008) http://www.kulanu dot org/turkey/bergdonmeharticle.php Excerpt:  Today, if they wish to be identified at all, they call themselves “Sabbateans.” Sabbateans are the descendants of Jews who converted to Islam in the 17th Century to follow the example of their messiah, Sabbatai Zevi. At that time they called themselves Ma’aminim, or True Believers. The Jews called them Minim, or Heretics. The Turks have always called them Donmeh, which is a term for an untrustworthy convert.  In 1666 Zevi sailed from his home town of Izmir for Istanbul. He led his followers to believe that he would inaugurate the messianic era by replacing the Sultan. Instead, when Sultan Mehmet IV gave him the choice between death and conversion to Islam, Zevi chose to convert. Although outwardly he professed to be a devout Moslem, to his close followers he preached a melange of Jewish, Islamic and some distinctively Sabbatean rites. He died in exile in Ulcini, Montenegro, in 1676.  What were the conditions that would permit pious Jews of Spanish descent living in the Ottoman Empire to honor Zevi’s mission to such an extent that they would follow their messiah into Islam? Two hundred families were known to have done so in 1666 and an additional 300 in 1683 — seven years after Zvi’s death. This is a complex subject. A simplified answer is that belief can be so intense that nothing — no matter how contrary to expectations — can defeat or weaken it. Some historians explain Sabbateanism by emphasizing the travails of Spanish Jews with forced conversions and expulsion which brought them to the Ottoman Empire. Yet Sabbateanism also spread into Ashkenazic Eastern Europe, where a group of them, under the leadership of Jacob Frank, converted to Christianity.  For approximately 250 years Salonica, Greece, which was a part of the Ottoman Empire until 1912, was the center of Sabbateanism. After the population exchange of 1924, that center moved to Istanbul. The Sabbateans outwardly practiced and professed Islam; inwardly, they observed a Sabbatean faith which contained mixed elements of Orthodox Judaism, Kabbalistic and Sufi mysticism, and customs and beliefs of their own. Among their singular beliefs were that their messiah, Sabbatai Zevi, did not die but was in hiding and would return; that with the arrival of the messiah they were no longer subject to the laws of the Torah; and that to conquer evil they must experience it.  In time the Sabbateans divided into three sects — the Kapandjis, the Karakashis, and the Yakubis. By the end of the 19th Century, their religious zeal began to wane, and they became increasingly secular and increasingly identified with Turkish nationalism and culture. Many thought to be Donmeh descendants became wealthy and obtained high positions in the Ottoman Empire and later in the Republic of Turkey. Today, one original characteristic remains: to the extent that they are able to do so, they hide their origins. No one knows how many Turks can trace their ancestry to the Donmeh, although estimates range from 20,000 to 50,000. There is also evidence that, although they are no longer a religious community, some still maintain contact with each other through private, social activities.  This reluctance to advertise their origins has a sound basis. There is a segment of Islamists who believe that the Donmeh are secretly Jews; and with help from professing Jews, they control the Turkish government and society. From the establishment of the secular Republic of Turkey in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, there has been a conflict between the secularists and the Islamists over the nature of the State. In the course of this 85-year struggle, many have come to believe that the Donmeh are the main obstacle to the creation of an Islamist state. http://www.kulanu dot org/turkey/bergdonmeharticle.php Shavei:: The Underground believers descendants of the followers of the false messiah sabbatai tzvi in turkey https //shavei org/the-underground-believers-descendants-of-the-followers-of-the-false-messiah-sabbatai-tzvi-in-turkey/ Strategic Culture:  The Doenmeh -  the middle easts most whispered secret part I (10/25/2011) https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2011/10/25/the-doenmeh-the-middle-easts-most-whispered-secret-part-i.html Excerpt:  There is a historical “eight hundred pound gorilla” lurking in the background of almost every serious military and diplomatic incident involving Israel, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Greece, Armenia, the Kurds, the Assyrians, and some other players in the Middle East and southeastern Europe. It is a factor that is generally only whispered about at diplomatic receptions, news conferences, and think tank sessions due to the explosiveness and controversial nature of the subject. And it is the secretiveness attached to the subject that has been the reason for so much misunderstanding about the current breakdown in relations between Israel and Turkey, a growing warming of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and increasing enmity between Saudi Arabia and Iran… Although known to historians and religious experts, the centuries-old political and economic influence of a group known in Turkish as the “Dönmeh” is only beginning to cross the lips of Turks, Arabs, and Israelis who have been reluctant to discuss the presence in Turkey and elsewhere of a sect of Turks descended from a group of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th and 17th centuries. These Jewish refugees from Spain were welcomed to settle in the Ottoman Empire and over the years they converted to a mystical sect of Islam that eventually mixed Jewish Kabbala and Islamic Sufi semi-mystical beliefs into a sect that eventually championed secularism in post-Ottoman Turkey. It is interesting that “Dönmeh” not only refers to the Jewish “untrustworthy converts” to Islam in Turkey but it is also a derogatory Turkish word for a transvestite, or someone who is claiming to be someone they are not. The Donmeh sect of Judaism was founded in the 17th century by Rabbi Sabbatai Zevi, a Kabbalist who believed he was the Messiah but was forced to convert to Islam by Sultan Mehmet IV, the Ottoman ruler. Many of the rabbi’s followers, known as Sabbateans, but also “crypto-Jews,” publicly proclaimed their Islamic faith but secretly practiced their hybrid form of Judaism, which was unrecognized by mainstream Jewish rabbinical authorities. Because it was against their beliefs to marry outside their sect, the Dönmeh created a rather secretive sub-societal clan. The Dönmeh rise to power in Turkey Many Dönmeh, along with traditional Jews, became powerful political and business leaders in Salonica. It was this core group of Dönmeh, which organized the secret Young Turks, also known as the Committee of Union and Progress, the secularists who deposed Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II in the 1908 revolution, proclaimed the post-Ottoman Republic of Turkey after World War I, and who instituted a campaign that stripped Turkey of much of its Islamic identity after the fall of the Ottomans. Abdulhamid II was vilified by the Young Turks as a tyrant, but his only real crime appears to have been to refuse to meet Zionist leader Theodore Herzl during a visit to Constantinople in 1901 and reject Zionist and Dönmeh offers of money in return for the Zionists to be granted control of Jerusalem. Like other leaders who have crossed the Zionists, Sultan Adulhamid II appears to have sealed his fate with the Dönmeh with this statement to his Ottoman court: “Advise Dr. Herzl not to take any further steps in his project. I cannot give away even a handful of the soil of this land for it is not my own, it belongs to the entire Islamic nation. The Islamic nation fought jihad for the sake of this land and had watered it with their blood. The Jews may keep their money and millions. If the Islamic Khalifate state is one day destroyed then they will be able to take Palestine without a price! But while I am alive, I would rather push a sword into my body than see the land of Palestine cut and given away from the Islamic state.” After his ouster by Ataturk’s Young Turk Dönmeh in 1908, Abdulhamid II was jailed in the Donmeh citadel of Salonica. He died in Constantinople in 1918, three years after Ibn Saud agreed to a Jewish homeland in Palestine and one year after Lord Balfour deeded Palestine away to the Zionists in his letter to Baron Rothschild. One of the Young Turk leaders in Salonica was Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. When Greece achieved sovereignty over Salonica in 1913, many Dönmeh, unsuccessful at being re-classified Jewish, moved to Constantinople, later re-named Istanbul. Others moved to Izmir, Bursa, and Ataturk’s newly-proclaimed capital and future seat of Ergenekon power, Ankara. Some texts suggest that the Dönmeh numbered no more than 150,000 and were mainly found in the army, government, and business. However, other experts suggest that the Dönmeh may have represented 1.5 million Turks and were even more powerful than believed by many and extended to every facet of Turkish life. One influential Donmeh, Tevfik Rustu Arak, was a close friend and adviser to Ataturk and served as Turkey’s Foreign Minister from 1925 to 1938. Ataturk, who was reportedly himself a Dönmeh, ordered that Turks abandon their own Muslim-Arabic names. The name of the first Christian emperor of Rome, Constantine, was erased from the largest Turkish city, Constantinople. The city became Istanbul, after the Ataturk government in 1923 objected to the traditional name. There have been many questions about Ataturk’s own name, since “Mustapha Kemal Ataturk” was a pseudonym. Some historians have suggested that Ataturk adopted his name because he was a descendant of none other than Rabbi Zevi, the self-proclaimed Messiah of the Dönmeh! Ataturk also abolished Turkey’s use of the Arabic script and forced the country to adopt the western alphabet. Modern Turkey: a secret Zionist state controlled by the Dönmeh Ataturk’s suspected strong Jewish roots, information about which was suppressed for decades by a Turkish government that forbade anything critical of the founder of modern Turkey, began bubbling to the surface, first, mostly outside of Turkey and in publications written by Jewish authors. The 1973 book, The Secret Jews, by Rabbi Joachim Prinz, maintains that Ataturk and his finance minister, Djavid Bey, were both committed Dönmeh and that they were in good company because “too many of the Young Turks in the newly formed revolutionary Cabinet prayed to Allah, but had their real prophet [Sabbatai Zevi, the Messiah of Smyrna].” In The Forward of January 28, 1994, Hillel Halkin wrote in The New York Sun that Ataturk recited the Jewish Shema Yisrael (“Hear O Israel”), saying that it was “my prayer too.” The information is recounted from an autobiography by journalist Itamar Ben-Avi, who claims Ataturk, then a young Turkish army captain, revealed he was Jewish in a Jerusalem hotel bar one rainy night during the winter of 1911. In addition, Ataturk attended the Semsi Effendi grade school in Salonica, run by a Dönmeh named Simon Zevi. Halkin wrote in the New York Sun article about an email he received from a Turkish colleague: “I now know – know (and I haven’t a shred of doubt) – that Ataturk’s father’s family was indeed of Jewish stock.” It was Ataturk’s and the Young Turks’ support for Zionism, the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, after World War I and during Nazi rule in Europe that endeared Turkey to Israel and vice versa. An article in The Forward of May 8, 2007, revealed that Dönmeh dominated Turkish leadership “from the president down, as well as key diplomats . . . and a great part of Turkey’s military, cultural, academic, economic, and professional elites” kept Turkey out of a World War II alliance with Germany, and deprived Hitler of a Turkish route to the Baku oilfields.” In his book, The Donme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries and Secular Turks, Professor Marc David Baer wrote that many advanced to exalted positions in the Sufi religious orders. Israel has always been reluctant to describe the Turkish massacre of the Armenians by the Turks in 1915 as “genocide.” It has always been believed that the reason for Israel’s reticence was not to upset Israel’s close military and diplomatic ties with Turkey. However, more evidence is being uncovered that the Armenian genocide was largely the work of the Dönmeh leadership of the Young Turks. Historians like Ahmed Refik, who served as an intelligence officer in the Ottoman army, averred that it was the aim of the Young Turks to destroy the Armenians, who were mostly Christian. The Young Turks, under Ataturk’s direction, also expelled Greek Christians from Turkish cities and attempted to commit a smaller-scale genocide of the Assyrians, who were also mainly Christian. One Young Turk from Salonica, Mehmet Talat, was the official who carried out the genocide of the Armenians and Assyrians. A Venezuelan mercenary who served in the Ottoman army, Rafael de Nogales Mendez, noted in his annals of the Armenian genocide that Talat was known as the “renegade Hebrew of Salonica.” Talat was assassinated in Germany in 1921 by an Armenian whose entire family was lost in the genocide ordered by the “renegade Hebrew.” It is believed by some historians of the Armenian genocide that the Armenians, known as good businessmen, were targeted by the business- savvy Dönmeh because they were considered to be commercial competitors. It is not, therefore, the desire to protect the Israeli-Turkish alliance that has caused Israel to eschew any interest in pursuing the reasons behind the Armenian genocide, but Israel’s and the Dönmeh’s knowledge that it was the Dönmeh leadership of the Young Turks that not only murdered hundreds of thousands of Armenians and Assyrians but who also stamped out Turkey’s traditional Muslim customs and ways. Knowledge that it was Dönmeh, in a natural alliance with the Zionists of Europe, who were responsible for the deaths of Armenian and Assyrian Christians, expulsion from Turkey of Greek Orthodox Christians, and the cultural and religious eradication of Turkish Islamic traditions, would issue forth in the region a new reality. Rather than Greek and Turkish Cypriots living on a divided island, Armenians holding a vendetta against the Turks, and Greeks and Turks feuding over territory, all the peoples attacked by the Dönmeh would realize that they had a common foe that was their actual persecutor. Challenging Dönmeh rule: Turkey’s battle against the Ergenekon It is the purging of the Kemalist adherents of Ataturk and his secular Dönmeh regime that is behind the investigation of the Ergenekon conspiracy in Turkey. Ergenekon’s description matches up completely with the Dönmeh presence in Turkey’s diplomatic, military, judicial, religious, political, academic, business, and journalist hierarchy. Ergenekon attempted to stop the reforms instituted by successive non-Dönmeh Turkish leaders, including the re-introduction of traditional Turkish Islamic customs and rituals, by planning a series of coups, some successful like that which deposed Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan’s Refah (Welfare) Islamist government in 1996 and some unsuccessful, like OPERATION SLEDGEHEMMER, which was aimed at deposing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2003. Some Islamist-leaning reformists, including Turkish President Turgut Ozal and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, died under suspicious circumstances. Deposed democratically-elected Prime Minister Adnan Menderes was hanged in 1961, following a military coup. Wikipedia: The Donmeh https://en.wikipedia dot org/wiki/D%C3%B6nmeh  The Donmeh
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