By Shelomo Alfassa February 23, 2007

As a Turkophile who understands the history of the inter-relationships between both Jews and Muslims throughout the Ottoman Empire, I am saddened whenever I read an article that mentions or makes indirect reference to that false fact that Jews and Arabs never got along. What is known is that Jews and Muslims, in Arab, Persian and other Muslim countries certainly did get along. The fact that there was never officially sanctioned state-sponsored anti-Jewish attacks in the Ottoman Empire seems to has gotten buried among the piles of propaganda that are continually spewed out in the modern world media.

If one reads books by Sephardic Jewish authors, they will tell you of the many experiences?positive experiences — Jews enjoyed with their Arab neighbors and friends over the centuries. Was it perfect? — never. But there was never state-sponsored hatred of the Jews like there was in Christian countries.