THE CATALAN ‘EAST MEETS WEST’ SEPHARDI : FROM ALL AROUND THE MEDITERRANEAN TO WHERE GOLDEN EAGLES DARE IN ‘FORBIDDEN CITY’ ON SACRED MOUNTAINS ALONG SILK ROAD STEPPES (19.02.2018)
My own Catalan Sephardi heritage, which is very old, originally extends around the Mediterranean in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa all of which we have been expelled from.
... once an exile, twice an exile...
We have an unusual heritage for Sephardi because we do traverse the less common cultural ‘divide’ between East and West.
Somehow we have always been excluded by whatever global 'system' of administrative governance there has been.
Our exile and expulsions all over the place, extend to sacred mountains along the silk road steppes near to the old Soviet Union/Russian border after some 'ethnic Kazakhs' were expelled from Kazakhstan by the Soviet Union etc in more recent times.
The persecution of Catalan Sephardi still remains very much hidden, because as 'conversos' can attest (myself included because I have been 'abandoned' and exiled twice by two governments thus far) we have always found ourselves the 'exception' to whatever 'rule' any passing 'populist' has wanted to impose.
The Golan Heights Murdoch & Co 'Genie Israel 'fence':
... the not so silent... treaty of utrecht etc...
I know from my own experience that 'the lists' still do exist because we were excluded from the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, which following the earlier expulsions from 1290 led to the Holocaust.
There is a town/district in the mountains (between Russia and China) where some 'ethnic Kazakhs' were expelled to and Judaism was outlawed in a 'semi-autonomous' zone !! of just more... 'exile' really, that does bear my unusual family name, which is definitively of Catalan Sephardi origin in the Mediterranean.
Wherever there are mountains or the sea around the Mediterranean there are Catalan Sephardi, and further afield where we are few too, we stayed in the mountains.