Turkish Government Takes Land From The World’s Oldest Monastery

San Gabriel is the oldest continuing functioning monastery on earth, dating to around 300 years after the birth of Jesus. The monastery has been in existence for over 1600 years.

The past several years San Gabriel has been involved in a land dispute with the Turkish government and Kurdish village leaders. The Turkish supreme court granted substantial parts of the Monastery to the Turkish Treasury.

Long-buried tensions between an ancient Assyrian Christian monastery and its neighbouring Muslim villagers are coming to a head in South Eastern Turkey.

This week the Turkish Supreme Court of Cassation ordered San Gabriel to transfer lands to the state.
AINA reported, via Religion of Peace:

The final decision of the [Turkish] Supreme Court of Cassation in the legal case of St. Gabriel, ordering it to transfer the lands which the monastery has owned for 14 centuries to the State Treasury marks a major legal scandal. Cynically, it was the same institution which in 1974 ruled against the [non-Muslim] minority foundations in Turkey and has played an important role in intensifying minority problems. The latest ruling, in which the State is designated as the ‘land owner’ and the ‘other’ (being St.Gabriel) as the ‘occupier’ proves that not much has changed in Turkey’s policy towards minorities. The court decision sheds light on an important parameter of the process that has been labeled as “democratization.”

The confiscation of properties, trusts and estates of non-Muslim minorities by the government or by third parties is one of the darkest pages in the history of the [Turkish] Republic. Even though the Law of Foundations has been subject to various revisions within the framework of EU reforms over the last ten years, due to the nationalistic understanding that aims to preserve the existing status quo, the problems of minority foundations have not received a profound and lasting solution. This is very much related to the hegemonic perception that has been formed historically towards minorities in Turkey. Minorities, as a group in Turkey, have been regarded not only as infidel [Turkish gavur] for many years, but also as groups that foster secret ambitions, who “have stolen the wealth that belonged to us,” or as “hostile” and “unreliable” element within the Turkish nation formation. The deep traces of such institutionalized discourses can be read in the reflexes of the judicial and political authorities in the context of the legal trials of Hrant Dink, St. Gabriel and Publishing House.

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  • Tim in Cali

    Is it legal for Benedict Roberts to be on the Turkish Supreme Court also

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  • workingclass artist

    They will kill the monks, deface the cathedral & build minarets…the land will go fallow.

    it’s what they do.

  • It has been very sad to watch Turkey’s spiral over the past 40 years. I was fortunate enough to spend my 7th grade year in Turkey when my dad was on sabbatical. I probably saw it through idyllic eyes. But they still deny their slaughter of the Armenians 100 or so years ago.

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  • coolidgerules

    Glad to have seen the Roman ruins while stationed there. Beautiful along the coast. What a shame. The filthy, moon worshiping goat f*ckers ruin everything they touch.

  • Rachelle

    No Muslim country is fit for democracy.

  • James

    Oh no, roberts strikes again. Maybe he concluded that taking the land could possibly be considered a tax. I think roberts was absent the day they taught law in law school.

  • Georga

    Muslims seem to me to be grossly one sided on every issue but their own. They have characteristics of Satan who is described as him who kills, steals, and destroys. And they seem to think they’re doing God a favor. It boggles the mind that they don’t change even in this modern world of science and technology and global access to know other nations that they persist in their desire to kill anyone who isn’t the right kind of Muslim, but that’s the way they began and that’s how they will end. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

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  • lizzy84

    Erasing Christians history and Christian truth seem to be Muslim specialties.

  • lizzy84

    Jim, I thought you might be interested in this link especially in light of the Colorado wildfires:


    from barnhardt.

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  • American Woman

    This is Islam. This is Sharia Law. It is ludicrous that they are arguing that the property is theirs. but that is what they do. They depend on Western tourists visiting these Christian sites. It is the bread and Butter of their tourism.

    Anyone who is not Muslim is considered an infidel and has no rights. They have no doctrine that preaches love of their fellow man. They seek submission to their hateful ideology.

    Remember this story the next time the bleeding hearts in our left-leaning media push their Islamophobia meme. Islam and democracy cannot co-exist. The leftists seek to destroy America through their multiculturalism doctrine, which seeks to pass off a fascist doctrine of hate as compatible with democracy.

    Take it a step further, Obama and Hillary Clinton have succeeded in turning the Middle East over to the Muslim Brotherhood. Their plan is to reestablish

  • American Woman

    Oops! There plan is to reestablish the Islamic Caliphate in Turkey

  • squeaky

    [….dating to around 300 years after the birth of Jesus. The monastery has been in existence for over 1600 years.] hmmm? and given that mohammed is believed to have been born 540 years after the birth of Christ. the monastery has been in existence 240 years longer than the existence of islam…..praise be to peanut butter and all. that reverting thing is certainly a thing that would even baffle the great houdini.

  • how suppressed are we bg


    “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

    Muslims discovered America, ergo, it’s their land, if the
    Marxists don’t get you, the Islamists will, oh wait.. /s/

    scroll up/down for much more here, in connecting links, and threads..


  • how suppressed are we bg


    re: #18 June 30, 2012 at 6:13 am bg

    US Textbooks: Muslims Discovered America


  • Joe College

    Timbuktu shrine damaged by Mali Ansar Dine Islamists

    The fighters, from the Ansar Dine group, which controls much of northern Mali, attacked the mausoleum of Sidi Mahmoud, one of 16 shrines in the city.

  • how suppressed are we bg




  • how suppressed are we bg


    lizzy84 #13 June 30, 2012 at 12:58 am

    wouldn’t doubt it, but even if they did
    do it, our Gov. would never admit it..

    The Obama Doctrine

    [President Barack Obama had hoped to improve America’s standing in the
    world by crafting a foreign policy vastly different from his predecessor’s. He
    said, for example, that America would reach out to other countries as
    equal partner” rather than as the “exceptional” nation that many before
    him had embraced since the Founding Fathers; that
    “any world order that
    elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail”;
    and that
    “our problems must be dealt with through partnership” and “progress must be shared.”]

    Obama’s Doctrine my you know what.. that theory was around before he
    was born, ergo, tis hopefully becoming more clear to some is the fact that
    Obama did not fall out of the heavens and land on Earth to save it, he was
    “groomed” to play this role, hence, matters not if it’s Oscar worthy.. /truth sarc/

    please scroll thread/s for more here & here, in connecting links, and
    threads, thanks.. yes, i know it can be painful /s/ having to click your
    way through the maze of links, but imho, it’s worth it..


  • how suppressed are we bg


    Joe College #20 June 30, 2012 at 6:21 am

    [Last week, the UN cultural organisation Unesco put Timbuktu on its list
    of endangered world heritage sites, fearing damage following the coup
    which toppled the Malian government in March.

    Islamists regard shrines as idolatrous.

    However, some Muslims, especially Sufis, regard
    them as an accepted part of Muslim worship.]

    that tells me that Obama’s UN NWO Islamists
    have upped their warp speed so to speak.. 🙁


  • how suppressed are we bg
  • Mick
  • bg


    Mick #25 June 30, 2012 at 8:40 am


    they are here, inside our government, armed with our secrets..

    just a wee sample:

    [Abdul-Malik also makes no bones about discussing how the election of President Obama is a step forward in the project of Islamization and the long term goal of Islamist domination which falls right in lock-step with that of the Muslim Brotherhood as revealed in their manifesto.]

    [Islamist-allied operatives appointed by Obama are undermining U.S. security policy – explains counter-Intelligence expert, Prof. Clare Lopez. Aimed at co-opting Americas foreign policy in the Middle East, a network including well-known American diplomats, congressional representatives, figures from academia and the think tank world – with ties to the clerical regime in Tehran – is directing the Obama Administration’s policy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Middle East.]

    [Today, in the White House, there are three members of the Muslim Brotherhood that influence Obama’s policy. One is Rashad Hassan of Indian origin, who is the American ambassador to the 52-nation organization of Islamic countries. Dahlia Mujahid who writes his speech, who comes from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Just day before yesterday, another woman, an academic, was appointed in that circle. This is happening while we sit silent, and I say that as a liberal democrat, as someone who worked and campaigned for Barrack Obama.]


  • bonkersville flash

    sound like someone’s gone “alley oop” on us?

    sound like a “Mean mota scootah and a bad go-gettah,

    ride daddy ride”?


    All of you newcomers pay no attention to chicken little up there. yeah, completely harmless, but goes a little bonkers every election year.


  • mcc


    A magazine published by members of al Qaeda has called for Western Muslims to wage war within the United States, urging them to engage in lone wolf attacks, including setting forest fires. According to ABC News, a recent issue of Inspire magazine has surfaced on jihadi forums with one article titled ”It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb”, which gives detailed instructions on how to build an “ember bomb” in a forest in the United States…

    Don’t bother with Homeland Security or any Democrat…get it to the Republican governors who’ll do something.

    I’d be warning every American citizen – every news organization should run with this. And don’t be bothered by CAIR’s pi$$ing and moaning…

    This is so evil it makes me ill. But I do recall something – in Revelation? – about consuming fire…and preachers saying that could result from a nuclear blast. If you haven’t thought much about praying, this would be a good time to start.

  • mcc

    From barnhardtDOTbiz — a reminder of what our enemy is/does:

    Again, I can personally testify. Earlier this year the video of my burning of the koran that was subtitled in Arabic by the Coptic Christians in Egypt, who are dying in a genocide as we speak, went uber-viral in the Mid-East. It is now flirting with 700,000 views, almost all of them in the Middle East, and Dearborn, Michigan. I see the comments left in English. Let me put them into a nutshell for you. They involve putting me in traction, raping me, and then killing me not by beheading, but by raping me to death with objects – tearing apart my internal organs and puncturing my diaphragm from inside and below. Then, after I was dead, my corpse would be decapitated, then mutilated, then displayed. Think Mogadishu with rape. All on video, of course.

  • how dumbed down are we bg


    when is someone going to utter the 3 least
    stated words on this side of planet Earth??

    “it’s Obama’s fault”

    [“People here are against the United States helping Ennahda,” a
    journalist told Totten. “All Americans who come here are against
    the Islamists, but the American government is supporting them.
    I wish we had a good, modern, respectful Islamic party. I’m a
    Muslim and I’m proud of it, but I’m not proud of this party.”

    The government is seen as far too cozy with radical Salafists,
    looking the other way as the radicals stake a claim to the new
    society. Ennahda members joined the Salafists in a recent rally
    calling for Sharia law in Tunisia.]

    more at links, in connecting links, and scroll
    threads for more, or not, still your choice..


  • squeaky

    [BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Islamist fighters with ties to al-Qaida have destroyed tombs classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in Mali’s historic city of Timbuktu, a resident…]

  • Rose

    There is a certain March – a certain Dance that Turkey must draw to, as she nears her place in Ezekial 38. It is a Dance of Revelation of the true heart of the Nation of Turkey. The Prophecy dates from AT LEAST the Days of Daniel, but actually since before the Days of Abraham.
    5,000 years of Turkish Consistency.

  • There was no Armenian Genocide! Snap out of it! /s

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  • sarmad

    I see a lot of “noobie” comments
    Please …
    1- Turks didnt kill Armenians, rather Greek, Armenians as well as Aramaics (Syriacs / Assyrians) in the genocide, DONT THINK ARMENIANS ONLY
    2- The Aramaic / Syriac area is the oldest area of christianity in the world owned by my grandfathers the Aramaics – Syriacs – called locally ruum orthodox / syriac orthodox – its not a greek nor an armenian property
    3- Still this area is native aramaic area, and it is the OLDEST region of writing in the world, it is NOT and NEVER WILL BE KURDSTAN, it’s ARAMAIC
    4- Whats new to Turkey? this is NEVER the 1st time they take our lands – and later they return it partially
    Turkey is the worst anti-christ nation, specially in the south east – and literally I prefer Qaeda over the south eastern Turkish people (after living there and in Iraq after the war)

    PLEASE TAKE TURKEY OFF NOT IRAN NOT QAEDA BS – they are the evil center