Israeli Consulate locates Ben-Gurion's Turkish home

Ben-Gurion decided that the best way to promote Zionist interests was by running for Turkish parliament.

November 14, 2007 00:11
1 minute read.
Israeli Consulate locates Ben-Gurion's Turkish home

ben gurion home 224.88. (photo credit: Istanbul Consulate General)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Ninety-three years after David Ben-Gurion was forced to leave Turkey, the Israeli Consulate here recently identified the house in which Israel's founding father lived during the three years he spent in a local law school. The site was discovered by Dr. Emre Oktem - a graduate of Istanbul University's Law School, the same school where Ben-Gurion studied - who recently finished writing a research paper on Israel's first prime minister's life in Istanbul. Ben-Gurion arrived in the city in 1911 at the age of 26 after deciding that the best way to promote the interests of the Jewish community in Israel was by attending an Ottoman law school and then running for the Turkish parliament. Together with his friend Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, later Israel's second president, Ben-Gurion traveled to Istanbul and studied there until 1914. "Ben-Gurion was an excellent student," said Mihal Gur-Aryeh, Israel's deputy consul-general in Istanbul. "Rumor has it that he learned Turkish in a mere three weeks." After locating the home in the Turkish metropolis's Beyolu District, the consulate turned to the Istanbul Municipality and asked that a plaque be placed on the building's façade. Last Thursday, the consulate and the city held a ceremony during which the plaque was unveiled. In attendance were Consul General Mordehai Amihai and Beyolu Mayor Ahmet Misbah Demircan. The consulate then opened an exhibition at the Schneider Temple Arts Center, displaying excerpts from Ben-Gurion's life. Dr. Nathan Aridan from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba said at the exhibition that the Turkish philosophy and way of life had had a major impact on the young Ben-Gurion. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, President Shimon Peres visited Istanbul's Neveh Shalom synagogue, which was targeted in a terrorist bombing in 2003. Peres addressed the congregation in Hebrew after being received by leaders of the local Jewish community.•

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

A seasteading design contest winner, initiated by the Seasteading Institute
April 18, 2019
U.S.-Thai couple could face death penalty for living at sea