Why Alevis are not Muslims

Israeli law grants the right to immigrate to Jews but not to Jews who are affiliated with other religions. Yezidis, Yarsanis and Druze are clearly and undisputably non-Muslim but Alevis, Bektashis and Alawites are a somewhat different case since they have an Islamic veneer and on occasion pretend to be Muslim.

Alevis do not practice any aspects of Islam. The only thing “Muslim” about Alevis is that their Haggada, their musical recital during Cem mentions the names of Islamic figures. Does that veneer qualify as belonging to Islam? It does not since Alevis do not believe in Islam and do not practice Islam. The vast majority of Median Jews in the Middle East are Alevis and hence is this a critical issue for Israel’s future. Cem should be liberated from Islamic references and be re-Judaized. This will once and for all clear up this issue and remove the doubt that Alevis somehow are “Muslims”. Alevis practice comprehensive crypto-Judaism and in no way practice Islam, they are fully Jewish and entitled to immigrate under Israel’s Law of Return.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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