Turkey: Antisemitism Out of Control

From the New English Review

This disturbing report was sent to me by Prof. Barry Rubin of GLORIA Center in Israel. Rubin is a noted Turkish expert. This anonymous report is without attribution for a reason. The writer’s life in Turkey could be in grave danger if his identity was revealed. The current Islamist government of Prime Minister Erdogan is whipping up a frenzy of antisemitism rivaling that of Nazi Germany in the wake of Israel’s incursion in Gaza. After all, Erdogan recently commented that “Qassems Don’t Kill”, further increasing tensions between Turkey and Israel.

The message conveyed by Rubin is that the existence of the Turkish Jewish community may be seriously in jeopardy if these reports prove out.

Even the graffiti used by Turks is eerily similar to that of Nazi propaganda minister, the infamous Joseph Goebbels.

Note these:
Do not buy from here, since this shop is owned by a Jew.” A group put posters on his wall saying that: “Jews and Armenians are not allowed but dogs are allowed.

And not long ago, Turkey’s secularist governments were military allies of Israel. My how things have changed with the onset of Militant Islam in Turkey.

The following has been sent to me by a very reliable friend who has agreed to distribution as long as his name is not used. You are invited to post or send to your list. It is not unthinkable that the future of the Turkish Jewish community is in doubt.—Barry Rubin

The Prime Minister in Turkey has encouraged hatred against Israel in his speeches which has become obvious anti-Semitic propaganda among the general public.

There are people around the clock besieging the Israeli consulate in Istanbul shouting their hatred against Israel and Jewish people. All around Istanbul billboards are full of propaganda posters against Israel like; “Moses, even this is not written in your book” and “Israel Stop this Crime.” On the streets the people are writing such graffiti as: “Kill Jews,” “Kill Israel,” “Israel should no longer exist in the Middle East,” and “Stop Israeli Massacre.”

The week-end before, some people wrote, “We will kill you” on the door of one of the biggest synagogues in Izmir resulted in the closing down of synagogues. Near Istanbul University, a group put a huge poster on the door of a shop owned by a Jew: “Do not buy from here, since this shop is owned by a Jew.” A group put posters on his wall saying that: “Jews and Armenians are not allowed but dogs are allowed.” Some young people are even threatening others with violence if they are seen as pro-Israel in social networking websites such as Facebook and Hi5.

[An] official statement by the minister of education stating that tomorrow [January 14] at 11am in all the high schools and primary schools will instruct the students to pay homage to the women and children dead during the war and furthermore, the teachers of art will organize the session of painting and writing on the subject: “Humanity Drama in Palestine” and the winners will receive awards.

The Jewish community can do nothing in response to what has been going on for the last few weeks, except giving vague statements that the Turkish Jewish Community does not want the war to be continued any more.

We have previously faced some strong reaction regarding previous operations in Gaza and the West Bank but this time is really different from former ones. I feel open anti-Semitism and hatred from all these people. Nobody understood, Even some widely read columnists in Turkey are writing things that lead all these groups toward this hatred becoming much more dangerous day by day.

But I know one thing: that the world should know about the widespread and openly anti-Semitic propaganda which far exceeds anything happening in Europe.
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Europe Reimports Jew Hatred

The mythical Arab Street now reaches deep into Paris, London, Berlin and Madrid.


Give Giancarlo Desiderati credit for his unintellectual honesty. While most left-wing detractors of Israel claim their animosity toward the Jewish state has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, the head of a small Italian union, Flaica-Uniti-Cub, wasted no time with such sophism. Having long called for a boycott of Israeli goods, Mr. Desiderati last week made the logical next step. “Do not buy anything from businesses run by the Jewish community,” his group’s Web site urged Italians.

Jews around Europe are increasingly under attack since Israel decided two weeks ago to defend itself after years of rocket fire at its civilian population. There have been arson attempts on synagogues in Britain, Belgium and Germany. Police last week arrested Muslim protesters who wanted to enter the Jewish quarter in Antwerp. Several Danish schools with large Muslim student bodies say they won’t enroll Jewish kids because they can’t guarantee the children’s safety. In France, a group of teenagers attacked a 14-year-old girl last week, calling her “dirty Jew” while kicking her.

At rallies in Germany and the Netherlands over the past two weeks, protesters shouted, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the Gas.” In Amsterdam, Socialist lawmaker Harry van Bommel and Greta Duisenberg, widow of the first European Central Bank president, marched at the front of one such “peace” demonstration. They didn’t join in the background chorus calling for another Holocaust. Instead, they chanted, “Intifada, Intifada, Free Palestine.” Mr. Van Bommel later insisted this wasn’t a call for Jewish blood but for “civil disobedience” — a laughable defense given that terrorists during the last intifada murdered more than 1,000 Israelis.

Most of the anti-Jewish violence and protests in Europe come from immigrants. In what may have been a Freudian recognition of the changing face of Europe, CNN two weeks ago used footage of anti-Israeli protesters in London in a report about the growing anger in the “Arab and Muslim world.” The mythical Arab Street now reaches deep into Paris, London, Berlin and Madrid.

After a burning car was rammed into a gate outside a synagogue in Toulouse last week, President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a statement that was as morally confused as his judgment of Israel’s Gaza offensive. Mr. Sarkozy, who condemned both Hamas terror and Israel’s attempt to stop it, also blurred the distinction between the victims and perpetrators of anti-Semitism in France.

His country “will not tolerate international tensions mutating into intercommunity violence,” he warned, suggesting that the violence in France comes not only from French Muslims but Jews as well. Mr. Sarkozy’s comments also suggest that the fighting in Gaza is the cause for attacks on Jews in France — that is, that the Mideast conflict is fueling anti-Semitism in Europe. It is exactly the other way around.

The rage against the Jews that is exploding in Europe has been carefully nurtured; it is not spontaneous sympathy for fellow Muslims in Gaza. How else to explain the silence when Muslims in other conflicts, from Darfur to Chechnya, are being killed?

The depth of anti-Semitic propaganda in Palestinian and other Muslim societies is one of the most underreported facts about the Middle East. It is this anti-Semitism that predisposes Muslims in Europe to attack Jews and fuels the Mideast conflict. The hatred predates Israel’s creation. To illustrate this point: The Palestinian leader during World War II, Hajj Amin al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, conspired with Hitler to bring the Holocaust to Palestine. Luckily, the British stopped the German troops in Africa. The Mufti spent the war years in Berlin and was later indicted for war crimes but with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood escaped to Egypt. Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hamas and other Islamists continue what the Mufti had helped to start: a blend of European anti-Semitism and Islam-inspired Jew hatred. The rejection of Israel’s right to exist is what drives their attacks. The media, though, largely ignores Hamas’s ideology and its crimes of hiding its leaders and weapons among its own civilian population, and demonizes Israel’s attempt to protect its citizens.

Hamas and other Islamists are not even trying to hide their ideology. Just read the Hamas charter or check out Hamas TV, including children’s programs, for a nauseating dose of murderous anti-Semitism. Last week, the French broadcasting authorities banned Hamas TV for inciting violence and hatred. Unfortunately, just like Hezbollah TV, which is also banned in Europe for its anti-Semitic and jihadi content, audiences here can still receive these programs due to Saudi Arabia’s Arabsat and Egyptian satellite provider Nilesat.

The Islamist variation of Jew hatred is now being reimported to Europe. Muslims in Europe, watching Hamas and Hezbollah TV with their satellite dishes, are being fed the same diet of anti-Semitism and jihadi ideology that Palestinians and much of the Middle East consume.

This brings a unique challenge to the difficult integration of Muslims in Europe. When it comes to issues like Shariah law and terrorism, one can expect a true “clash of civilizations.” There is no Western tradition that would justify “honor killings.” Anti-Semitism, on the other hand, is not alien to Europe’s culture — to the contrary, the Continent once excelled at it and many still share the feeling.

A Pew study from September shows 25% of Germans and 20% of French are still affected by this virus. In Spain, 46% have unfavorable views of Jews. Is there really no connection between this statistic and the fact that the Spanish media and government are among Europe’s most hostile toward the Jewish state? Is it just a coincidence that Europe’s largest anti-Israel demonstration took place Sunday in Spain, with more than 100,000 protesters?

A 2006 study in the Journal of Conflict Resolution based on the survey in 10 European countries suggests otherwise. Yale University’s Edward H. Kaplan and Charles A. Small found “that anti-Israel sentiment consistently predicts the probability that an individual is anti-Semitic, with the likelihood of measured anti-Semitism increasing with the extent of anti-Israel sentiment observed.”

With little hope that the media coverage will become more balanced and the incitement of the growing Muslim community will abate, the Jews in Europe are facing uncertain times.

Mr. Schwammenthal edits the State of the Union column.

6 thoughts on “Turkey: Antisemitism Out of Control”

  1. fnorg,
    Give me a break, idiot!!! I work in Europe and I see what Rubin describes on a daily basis. Sadly, when I visit my home. which is Australia, I see that KRUDD and Cohorts have been letting muslims who will not integrate into the coutry – we will have the same problems are the Europeans now have with muslims in a short time – evidence is already there when one considers these staged anti-Israel “protests”. Open you eyes, read the news of the world, talk to people, and you just might realise just how serious this problem is.

  2. We do not yet know how far back that archeologists and scientists can go back to in the Middle East to prove the existence of Jews in that part of the world. The Old Testament to an extent may be used as a good indicator of the origin of the Jews. Though the testaments may all have been written and re written a hundred or thousand times like all the other so called Holy books
    ( Man made of course and not Divine in origin for all I care) which were written from time to time to suit the power holders requirements we could surmise that the Jews were part of the Middle East from antiquity.

    Their displacement after the Roman invasion in the mid 1st Century does not mean that they have no right of abode in their Original homelands. It may be interesting at this stage to find out exactly from where the various Arab tribes that ocupy the Middle East came from. Evidence may arise that these tribes may actually have no right of claim to the territories in the Middle East because most of them were nomads prowling the deserts for water and food.

    I am not a Muslim or a Cristian or a Jew. My belief leads me to Super Consciousness and nothing else. Kick all the immigrants out of Europe and the USA ( those late comers) back to their own countries and most problems will end. Israel would of course have the capacity to defend itself to sternity. That is too obvious now.

    The cause for all the problems at an aggravated scale today are those bum sucking activists and NGOs who clamour for Human Rights for these immigrants. The NGOs mean wekll but they lack the clarity to understand Realities.These immigrants in Europe, USA and Australia and Canada are used to tents, camels, sheep, dates, sand and oasis water.

    How do you expect them to assimilate into the European countries when they have already been filled with ‘shit’ in their head for ages such that their brains can think of nothing else but Jihad and the 70 virgins waiting for them in Paradise along with nubile pinkish boys.

    It is best to STOP being goody goody and to tell the immigrants to adopt local culutre and religion and habita or pack up and go back to their own homelands where they can have the pleasure of HUDUD laws and having their hands or lega chopped off and their women stoned for small infractions most often cooked up to enable theMan to get another Woman possibly.

  3. Kaw, thanks for the nice name. I’m living in Germany for a few decades now and I really know about the terrifying muslim immigration. And I know about the latent antisemitism, I’d never deny this fact. Actually it doesn’t stop at the german border or at the european coast… And it’s a simple truth, that antisemitism in Germany, Europe and even in the US, Canada, Australia et al. is spread mostly by the muslim parallel societies and by the extremes left and right of the middle, which all are, in fact, the same coin that’s called “fascism”. I was bothered by Mullahs statement because of Godwins law. The blatant stupidity of comparing contemporary Germany and it’s society to the state we were in in the first half of the last century should be noticed by you. And Mullah.

    We, the western civilisation, have a huge pile of smelly things in front of us: The anti-individual extreme left and right, who want to tell us how societies should look like, all in the name of “the better future” and, of course, my special friends, the muslims, who don’t give a crap for our values and just want us to join the party, submit or die. All those totalitarian groups want the same: crack individual freedom and responsibility and that’s why they keep smooching very intimate – in all our countries, not only in Germany. Therefore I’m tired and a tiny bit pissed of always reading insubstantial and ignorant remarks about my country. Perhaps you can understand that. Yes, we know about our past, and no, there is no reawakening of any beast of Berlin. We’d rather work out joint strategies against the flooding of our countries with totalitarian shitheads and ideas than cultivate old and handed down stereotypes.

    Seriously best wishes for you.


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