Israel’s Demographic Question

With the annexation of 4 million Median Jews (Alawites and Druze) in Syria and Lebanon after a joint IDF-SDF war against the forces of Khomeinism and Ba’athism will Israel narrowly be able to demographically afford to redeem and enfranchise Judea and Samaria where 2 million Palestinians live. In addition, there are 1 million Median Jews (Yezidis, Yarsanis, Alevis, Mandeans and Bektashis) in Iraq. Most Median Jews in impoverished Iraq will surely want to emigrate to economically developed Israel. 2-3 million Median Jews (Yarsanis, Alevis, Yezidis, Zoroastrians, Bektashis and Mandaeans) live in Iran. They will however not be able to leave Iran for Israel for as long as Iran’s ethnic periphery is still under the control of the Khomeinist regime. There may be 100 000 Median Jews in Bulgaria (Alevis, Bektashis and Alians). There are hundreds of thousands of Median Jews (Bektashis) in Albania. There are 75 000 Median Jews in India (Zoroastrians and Bnei Menashe).

There are over 40 million Igbos in Nigeria, most of whom have converted to Christianity and are therefore tragically lost to the Jewish nation. A minority, possibly still millions still practice Odinani Median Judaism, have not converted to Christianity and do therefore remain Jewish. There are in total some 2 million Maasai in Kenya and Tanzania most of whom have not converted to religious imperialism and do still practice Maasai Median Judaism. There are 300 000 members of Qiangic peoples in Sichuan, China; most of whom practice Qiang Median Judaism and have not converted to other religions. There may be other Median Jews around the world who have not converted to religious imperialism and whom this author simply is still not aware of. 

The greatest source of Median Jewish immigration to Israel is however Turkey and where the numbers are entirely uncertain but they number in the tens of millions and are the Alawites, Alevis, Alians, Bektashis (including Sabbateans), Yarsanis and Yezidis.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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