(Below are items from SOME of the Military Posts)
BELOW from Alexander Collection (see link below).
. . . . In the history of Eretz- Israel, World War I will be remembered as a dark period of starvation, expulsion and the use of the population as pawns in a confrontation between powerful nation-states.
. . . The Ottoman Empire officially joined the war on the side of the Germans and the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of October 1914. On August 2, the Turks signed a secret agreement with the Germans for reciprocal military support against the Russians. The same day, a military call-up was announced for a general recruitment of soldiers*, beginning in Turkey and then spreading throughout the entire Empire.
On October 1, the privileges of foreign citizens living in Eretz Israel were revoked* – an annulment of previous capitulation agreements. As a result, all foreign consulates and postal agencies in the country, including the offices of Turkey’s allies, Austria and Germany, were closed*.
The old Jewish settlement saw the cancellation of these agreements as a scheme to sever their bond with Eretz-Israel, since their life there depended upon foreign citizenship granted by the European powers. The choice facing foreign citizens was to become Ottomans or leave the country*.
At the beginning of the war, some groups of settlers supported the Turkish war effort*, going so far as to praise the annulment of the capitulation agreement; they believed that, as Jews who agreed to adopt Ottoman citizenship, they would receive better treatment from the governing authorities*.
At the close of 1914, the curtain rose on the war in Palestine*, engaging the region in many parallel events in which 690,000 inhabitants were involved, including 85,000 Jews*.
*(All red font is Editor’s choice)