The Dönmeh and Other Minorities

The Dönmeh-led Derin Devlet as founded by the ethnically Dönmeh Mustafa Kemal Ataturk has historically had a hostile relationship with some minorities in Turkey, including Alevis, Bektashis, Sufis, Kurds and Armenians. This is peculiar since all those groups should have been natural allies of the Dönmeh community. However, all this is due to the personal attitude of Ataturk himself a century ago which was anti-religious and viewed Kurds as backward. There is however still no explanation for the hostility against the Armenians. Ataturk also massacred tens of thousands of Alevis in Tunceli (Zazaki: Dersim) in 1937-38 in response to a local rebellion.

As the Derin Devlet incrementally lost power in the past two decades, did the situation of the Dönmeh community increasingly become more precarious. Should there be a full Islamist takeover in Turkey would the Dönmeh community no doubt be liquidated by AKP intelligence. Other Median Jews (Alawites, Alevis, Alians, Bektashis and Yezidis) may suffer the same fate under neo-genocidal Jihadist Anti-Semitic rule of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Derin Devlet should not only strive to fully take back control over Turkey but should also permanently abandon intolerant aspects of Kemalism. The Derin Devlet should overcome its baseless hostility against the Kurdish people and build a coalition of minorities in Turkey to oust the Islamists from power. There is no reason whatsoever why the Turkish Kurds and the Turkish Zazas should not be granted autonomous regions within the internationally recognized boundaries of the Republic of Turkey. The Dönmeh and the Derin Devlet are now in a relatively speaking weak position where they need both domestic and international allies in their struggle against the international Muslim Brotherhood regime in Ankara. The post-AKP new Kemalism 2.0 should be multiethnic and multicultural as reflecting the diversity of Turkey’s society.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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