Turks step up legal jihad against ancient monastery

* Our ‘friends & allies’, the Saudis, have no such qualms: Only mosques allowed!

* Islam, a work in progress: because the jihad is permanent and relentless

Because cowardly, spineless Western “leaders” will be mute, disinterested and pretend it isn’t happening.

* And when Al Qaeda attacks Jewish owned jewelry stores in Turkey, what kind of half-assed support can e Jews expect from Muselmanic policemen who read the same Koran as the terrorists?


Let them into the EU! Here is an Islamic Tolerance Alert from modern, moderate, secular, beacon-of-democracy-in-the-Islamic-world Turkey. An update on this story. “Turkish State Escalates Legal Battle Against Assyrian Monastery,” by Abdulmesih BarAbrahem for AINA, February 6 (thanks to DW):

Tur Abdin, Turkey (AINA) – Contrary to the expectation that the Turkish authorities might change the course of events and establish some barriers to protect the monastery of St. Gabriel from the arbitrary claims of the neighbouring villages, the state itself is now increasing the legal pressure by filing a new claim at the cadastre court in Midyat, claiming further pieces of land that belong to St. Gabriel.

Across European parliaments, many politicians are observing with surprise and deep worry, how a few neighbouring Muslim villages, with legal support of the state, pressure one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world. Numerous appeals by politicians, churches and human rights organizations sent to the government in Ankara ask for state protection of the remaining Christians and for the freedom of religion in Turkey.

According to European diplomats, Erdogan’s government is aware of the explosiveness of the case. The EU has underlined its strong interest in this matter, particularly expressed through the deployment of the Swedish diplomat Helena Storm as an observer to the trial in late December in Midyat (AINA 1-21-2009). The topic of religious freedom in context of the accession negotiations with the EU is on the agenda. However, what EU observer have witnessed so far does not appear to be evidence of special respect and protection of the Christians as an indigenous population by a country that intends to join the EU.

As previously reported, based on several inspections and oral statements made last year by the heads of the three neighbouring villages, Yaylantepe, Eglence, and Candarli, the state claimed 276 hectares of monastery land. As a consequence, the disputed monastery forest has been allocated to become pasture land for the neighbouring villages. This contradicts the boundaries officially defined in 1938 between the monastery and the three villages. The documents of the monastery, which prove the ownership along with the evidence that the monastery paid property taxes are apparently ignored. Therefore, the monastery submitted a complaint with cadastre court in Midyat, where, after several hearings, the latest was held on December 19th, and decision postponed to February 11th. […]

What is behind this course of action? This question is raised by many observers of the case who cannot decipher the attitude of the government with regards to St. Gabriel. Why is the Turkish government escalating and complicating the problem?

It would probably be too easy and trivial to explain or answer the questions the way many Assyrians do, which is, that Turkey tries to drive out the remaining Christians from their historical homeland. Upon closer examination, the case appears much more subtle and complex, like many issues in Turkey. […]

These hints would strongly suggest that the members or followers of the AKP party, which are influential in southeast Turkey, backed by politicians, are capable of using the state and its judicial system to annex monastery land for the Kurdish villages; they are trying to demoralize the residents of the monastery by a continuous legal battle to compel surrender.

Assyrian organizations in Germany organized a large protest rally on Sunday, January 25th in Berlin, where about 20,000 people from all over Germany and its neighbouring countries participated. Many German politicians, church representatives and human rights groups expressed their solidarity with the Assyrian monastery. Some of the posters the demonstrators carried through the streets of Berlin said: “What have we done to you?” which best characterizes the embitterment of hundreds of thousands of Assyrians living abroad, who themselves were driven out of Turkey over the past decades.

* What indeed, other than being non-Muslims in an increasingly Sharia-influenced state?

Update: Al-Qaeda Robbers Target Jewish Owned Jewelry Stores in Turkey

* What kind of support can they expect from the Muselmanic police?

February 6, 2009


The recent crisis with Israel not only diverted international attention away from the looming danger of al-Qaeda attacks in Turkey but the growing sensitivity toward Israel may actually be motivating groups associated with al-Qaeda to attack Jewish targets in Turkey. In fact, because of the possibility of an al-Qaeda attack, Israel’s El-Al airline recently terminated its flights to Antalya. Zaman reported that the CIA had notified Israeli and Turkish authorities that al-Qaeda operatives had entered Turkey to target Israeli tourists. According to the report, al-Qaeda may be seeking to attack airports in Istanbul, Izmir, or Antalya (Zaman, February 6).

It was said initially that El-Al had cancelled its Tel Aviv-Antalya flights because Turkey did not allow armed Israeli security forces on airplanes coming into Antalya and Israel insisted on having armed security personnel on board (IHA, February 4). Another Israeli airline, Sun D’Or, has also announced that it will cease its flights until March 1 for “commercial reasons” (CNNTurk, February 4). It seems that neither argument reflects the real reason why Israeli airlines have stopped flying to Antalya. The danger of an al-Qaeda attack on an Israeli target could perhaps be the best explanation behind the cancellation of these flights.

The Turkish National Police (TNP) has recently been conducting operations against al-Qaeda members. In December police arrested 38 al-Qaeda members, 22 of whom were jailed. That operation revealed that the organization was planning to hit the Israeli, U.S., and British consulates in Istanbul (Sabah, December 20, 2008). On January 29 four al-Qaeda members tried to rob a post office in the Sultanbeyli district of Istanbul, but undercover police officers who were following the suspects intervened, and a gunfight ensued. One al-Qaeda member was killed and another wounded. Two others escaped (Sabah, January 29). In following days the police arrested 11 suspected al-Qaeda members. After the arrest it was revealed that al-Qaeda militants were organizing an attack on a rabbi in Bursa (Milliyet, February 3).

Al-Qaeda has recently taken to robbing and stealing gold, money, and cars. A recent police action revealed that al-Qaeda members had stolen three cars and robbed a jewelry store and two trucks loaded with cables (Milliyet, February 3). It comes as no surprise that al-Qaeda members would steal cars or trucks for use in their attacks, but robbing jewelry stores and post offices is a new tactic in Turkey.

On July 21, 2008, a jewelry store was robbed by three people carrying Kalashnikovs; police later detected that the robbers may have been members of al-Qaeda (Sabah, December 20, 2008). On January 27 another jewelry store was robbed in Kocaeli Province by four masked men. The police think that those who attempted to rob the post office in Istanbul also might have been involved in the Kocaeli robbery (Hurriyet, January 29). On February 5 in Istanbul’s Maltepe district another post office was robbed (Yeni Safak, February 5). Although it is still unknown whether al-Qaeda was involved, this robbery bares similarities to those committed by al-Qaeda.

The TNP has been closely monitoring the al-Qaeda network since the synagogue bombings in Istanbul in 2003 and have conducted a series of operations against al-Qaeda. The recent upsurge in jewelry store and post office robberies, however, is a new trend. Al-Qaeda spends thousands of dollars for each attack. The recent spate of robberies may indicate that the police have successfully isolated the individual al-Qaeda cells so that they cannot obtain cash from the central body or that the main organization has stopped financing local operations.

If al Qaeda cuts off funding for its local branches so that each group has to find its own means of financing for the attacks, then the recent series of robberies could be a possible sign of a major operation in the making. Although the TNP works hard and prevents most of the attacks in the planning stage, the recent upsurge in anti-Israel sentiment in Turkey may result in al-Qaeda members obtaining more informational assistance about potential Israeli targets from the local population.

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  1. Islamic Apartheid: Coming Soon to Europe

    On the path of Islam, even the trees have died…..

    Jihad Watch

    Zenit News, a Rome-based international Catholic news agency, reports on the latest example of Turkey sliding away from its secular constitution, back toward the intolerance that characterized the Ottoman Empire. No, the Turks aren’t kidnapping first-born boys to serve as janissaries… yet. Here’s what is happening:
    Not even the Mongols of the 14th century, when they killed 40 monks and some 400 faithful, succeeded in making one of the most ancient Christian convents in the world disappear, but perhaps Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan of Turkey, can.
    The convent in question belongs to a church that suffered Islamic conquest in the 8th century, the Syrian Orthodox, and the story of that church and this convent is a microcosm of Islamic intolerance in action. The convent of Mor Gabriel in the region of Turabdin, in southeastern Anatolia, was founded in 397. Zenit notes that Mor Gabriel isn’t just an ancient church; known to Syrian Christians as the “‘second Jerusalem,’ Mor Gabriel is in fact the See of the Metropolitan Mor Timotheus Samuel Aktas and the cultural and spiritual center of the dwindling Syro-Orthodox community of Turkey and of numerous Syriacs who’ve emigrated to the West. Just 50 years ago, some 130,000 Syriacs lived in the region of Turabdin… but today their number has decreased to just a few thousand.” Indeed, the once thriving monastic complex “today houses a small community of three monks and 14 sisters.”

    Now the Islamic supremacists who are inexorably taking power in Turkey (thanks to democratic “reforms”) want to seize and liquidate what little is left of this ancient Christian community. Zenit cites a concerted campaign against Mor Gabriel “initiated in 2008 by the leaders of three Kurdish villages dominated by a tribe supported in Parliament by one of their leaders, Suleyman Celebi, who is a Parliamentarian with the pro-Islamic ruling party of Erdogan.” The Kurds are accusing the monks of:

    Trying to convert Muslims to Christianity (so much for religious freedom in this aspiring EU member state), a charge the monks deny.

    Residing on a site where a mosque once stood, “an unfounded and even absurd accusation, given that Mor Gabriel well precedes the birth of Islam.” Not that such considerations of logic or history ever cut much ice with Muslims before. The “history” in question is part of the jahiliyya, in any case, so what is the point of studying it?

    Stealing Turkish public land to use for farming.

    The last accusation was the only one the Turkish state was able to use against the monks. In a decision made public on Jan. 27, Zenit reports, Turkey’s highest appeals court ruled that “12 plots of monastery land with a total area of 99 hectares (244 acres) are to be considered ‘forests’ and hence belong ‘ipso facto’ to the Turkish state.” This land was what the monks used to grow their own food, and observers characterized the court’s decision variously as “highly political and ideological,” “a spectacle trial” and a “farce.”

    Are citizens of European countries—who might soon be stuck with Turkey as the EU’s largest, most populous member—objecting to this act of historical cleansing? Hardly, Zenit reports. Only in Germany have any politicians raised the alarm. There, “several parties, including the Social Democratic fraction in the Bundestag (Lower Chamber) and even Die Linke (the Left), denounced [the decision]…. Erika Steinbach, spokeswoman of the German parliamentary group for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid… [said] it symbolizes ‘the repression of Christianity in Turkey….The negative trend in religious freedom in Turkey is incompatible with human rights,’ said Steinbach, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.”

    In Turkey, Zenit noted:

    For now, representatives of many religions prefer to stay silent. They fear — as the case of Mor Gabriel demonstrates — attracting the hostility of the authorities and having to face long and above all costly legal battles, only to lose their “de facto” liberty…. [T]he only solution to undo this knot that is “completely incompatible” with the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, is a change in the Constitution and criminal code of Turkey.
    This was also admitted last October by the then head of the “Diyanet” (Directorate for Religious Affairs), professor Ali Bardakoglu. “The solution is to allow a religious institution to be autonomous. Turkey is ready for this,” he said, according to the daily Radikal. The following month, Bardakoglu lost his post.

    For the monks of Mor Gabriel, the only way not to lose their land is, therefore, to follow the example of the ecumenical patriarchate of Constantinople and turn to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Metropolitan Samuel Aktas told the Economist that is just what he’s going to do: “I have remained silent in the face of these injustices; but no longer so.”

    “The purpose of the threats and the lawsuit seems to be to repress this minority and expel it from Turkey, as if it were a foreign object,” the head of the Aramaic Federation, David Gelen, told AsiaNews back in 2009. “Turkey must decide whether it wants to preserve a 1,600-year-old culture, or annihilate the last remains of a non-Muslim tradition. What is at stake is the multiculturalism that has always characterized this nation, since the time of the Ottoman Empire.”

    That last statement might make good politics, and I don’t blame the Aramaic Federation one bit for trying to use such rhetoric to further its case. But it soft-pedals the reality of dhimmitude, the cruel subjection that has always, from the beginning of Ottoman conquest, characterized the treatment of non-Muslims in Turkish lands. He makes a good point, however: In one Muslim land after another, we are seeing that Muslims are not satisfied with dominance and deference. What they want is ethnic cleansing, to render their countries Christrein as they have been since 1948 Judenrein. Perhaps this is because modern mores and world media scrutiny make the literal practice of dhimmitude hard to maintain. Since so far no Muslim country has the stones to collect the jizya, and these captives communities have in many cases been reduced to relative poverty, there is no practical advantage to keeping Christians around. Starving cows give no milk, so you might as well be rid of them—as Muslims are energetically ridding Iraq of its residual Christians.

    The lesson for Europe is clear: Turkey does not belong in the European Union. The case of Mor Gabriel should become one of the talking points of European politicians who are trying to stop this final, most threatening Turkish invasion. They should add the restoration of all such religious property to dispossessed ethnic groups (why not include historic synagogues, even where the local Jews have been driven out?) to the list of non-negotiable conditions Turkey must meet before it is even considered for membership. The more Islamic Turkey becomes, the more intransigent its politicians will be on such issues. Let the cycle of recriminations grow worse and worse, and the gap between Europe and Turkey become so wide that it cannot be patched up by what Turkey-skeptics rightly call A Bridge Too Far.

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