This article was published in 1953 Hazofe newspaper about the extraction of a distant community near Hakkari in south east Turkey.
In wednesday, a group of 11 members of a distant community in south Turkey will sail from Istanbul to Israel. Their existence was not known until 26 of them arrived to Istanbul in the beginning of this month, riding on donkeys, and under police protection. The othe 15 people were accommodated in the synagogue until they will sail next month. Most of the adults’s occupation was weaving but they all say they are willing to do any work in Israel.
The origin of this community is in a small Kurdish village near the Iraqi border. Recently, the 120 Muslim families did a lot of effort to convert the Jews to Islam and six years ago they burned down the synagogue. The Kurds of the Kurkurka did not agree the community will leave to Istanbul and the Jews gathered in their ghetto and kept armed guard for 43 days and nights until the community leader succeeded to sneak between the Kurd neighbors and make his way to the city of Hakkari near by. When he told the mayor what happened he sent the police to get the Jews of KurKurka. They traveled on donkeys for a long time, because there are no roads leading to this remote mountainous area.
When the Jewish people prepared to go on their way, the Kurds kidnapped a 14 years old Jewish boy named Mordechai Dekomanechi. But the boy declared he rather die than convert. When the community arrived to safety they asked the police, the interior affairs and department of justice for help and after an investigation a large force of police officers was sent to free to boy.
THe Jews of Kurkurka claim their ancestors settled in east Turkey before the Babylonian exile and their language is the ancient Aramaic of the Jews of Israel. They keep Kosher food, Shabat and Jewish holidays and have names like Abraham and Rachel. Since the synagogue was ruined they pray in houses and in Kipur they send to bring a Rabbi from a Jewish community in Iraq, across the border. Two years ago the gave two old valuable Tora books to a group of Iraqi Jews who went through their village on route to Israel. When they left the village they left all their belongings there but took Holy books – some very old with them. They say there are in the cemetery ther some gravestones more than 2,000 years old but most of the Jews in the village married local Muslims and assimilated.