Turkey's Illegal Occupation of Cyprus

Turkey’s Human Rights Hypocrisy

The Turks are the very same people who continue the massive crime against humanity in the form of the Famagusta ghost town. Born in ethnic cleansing, it is the enduring testimony to the illegal land grab on Cyprus by Turkey, the mass expulsion of the ethnic Greek Cypriots from the northern 40% of the island, the theft of their property, and an unknown number of murders.

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The ghost town lies near the very center of the city, just outside the Venetian walls.  But it is home only to snakes, scorpions, and rats of a hundred varieties.  Signs on the fences around the ghost town show armed Turkish soldiers threatening those who dare to take photographs with arrest or worse.  The crumbling buildings inside the perimeter are frozen in 1974, as if they were in an episode of the Twilight Zone.  Nothing has changed since central Famagusta was converted into the ghost town by the military invaders.

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It is said that the car distributorships in the ghost town even today are stocked with vintage 1974 models.  For years after the rape of Famagusta, people told of seeing light bulbs still burning in the windows of the abandoned buildings.  The few who have been allowed to enter the ghost town (called Varosha) tell of homes with uneaten breakfasts still on the tables and unmade beds.  Books are opened to the exact pages where they were being read when the barbarous invasion commenced.  Hollywood studios could clothe whole movie sets with the 1974 fashions still in the closets of the homes.  Three years after the invasion, the scene was described by Swedish journalist Jan-Olof Bengtsson. In the newspaper Kvallsposten, about his visit to the Swedish UN battalion in the port of Famagusta in 1977, he wrote: “The asphalt on the roads has cracked in the warm sun and along the sidewalks bushes are growing. Today – September 1977 – the breakfast tables are still set, the laundry still hanging and the lamps still burning. Varosha is a ghost town.”

The Turks, although they currently place themselves at the forefront of the assault against Israel for its “illegal occupation” of its own Jewish homelands, and for supposedly mistreating Palestinians, are the very same people who continue the massive crime against humanity in the form of the Famagusta ghost town. Born in ethnic cleansing, it is the enduring testimony to the illegal land grab on Cyprus by Turkey, the mass expulsion of the ethnic Greek Cypriots from the northern 40% of the island, the theft of their property, and an unknown number of murders.  The illegal “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” is recognized by absolutely no one, not a single country besides Turkey itself.  Since its brutal invasion, Turkey has moved countless thousands of its own citizens and regular troops onto northern Cyprus.  This is the very same Turkey that venomously denounces Israel when it builds “settlements” in the suburbs of Jerusalem for Jewish civilians on lands they have purchased legally.

Famagusta was first erected in the 13th century BC.  During the Iron Age, it was known as Salamis, and its kings traced their ancestry to the Teucer, brother of Ajax, a hero of the Trojan War.  Phoenicians came and went, as did the Assyrians and Persians.  Greek settlers came to dominate its population. The Romans turned Famagusta-Salamis into a port of significance and major administration center.  Some Jews migrated in from their homeland, producing the wine used in the Jerusalem Temple described in the Talmud, and later, manufacturing silk.

The Byzantines strengthened the town’s defenses after it became a target for raids from Arab Moslems.  In one of these, the mother of the Prophet Mohammed accompanied the troops and died during the raid.  She is buried near the Cyprus airport, and the site has become a shrine of pilgrimage for Moslem believers.  Crusaders from northern Europe took the island in the Middle Ages, but positioned their capital to the west of Famagusta.  The town remained the main port for the entire island.

Crusader knights took refuge in Famagusta after being expelled from the Holy Land by the Saracens.  In time, the island was taken over by Venice, in part to prevent her Italian rivals in Genoa from grabbing control of the strategic island.  The Venetians gave the center of Famagusta its defining character, with its massive defensive bulwarks, gates, and towers.  The winged lion of St. Mark, the patron of Venice, still looks down from the walls.  Shakespeare’s mythical Othello served as ruler of Famagusta, and the largest Venetian fortress in the wall is obligingly called Othello’s Tower even today.

In 1571, the Ottoman Turks lost patience with their Venetian allies and seized the island, taking Famagusta only after a nine month siege.  It was the last Christian stronghold to fall.  The majority ethnic Greeks of the island maintained their cultural identity, speaking their own language, and stubbornly preserving their Christian Orthodox faith in spite of attempts by the Latins and Ottomans to expunge it from their midst.  The impressive main cathedral of Famagusta was converted into a mosque, and remains so to this day.

The Turkish colonialists turned the island over to the British colonialists in 1878 as part of a deal to get Great Britain to back the Ottomans in their fight against subjugation by the Russian Czar.  Britain wanted Cyprus to serve as a naval base to guard access to the Suez Canal, and they governed the island with a policy of benign neglect.  In the 1940s, the British grabbed ships filled with Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler and seeking refuge in the Land of Israel.  They imprisoned the Jewish refugees on the island in camps around Famagusta.

After an armed campaign by Cypriots to drive the Britain from the island, the Brits left in 1958 and Cyprus became a republic.  Things were not well, however, in the inter-communal relations between Cypriot Greeks and Cypriot Turks, with growing incidents of atrocities and violence taking place.  Crimes were committed by both sides.  After a particularly horrific set of attacks, and partly in response to attempts by some radical Greek nationalists on the island to seek amalgamation with Greece, the Turks invaded the island militarily in the summer of 1974.

9 thoughts on “Turkey's Illegal Occupation of Cyprus”

  1. Turkey get your hands out of Northern Cyprus. Even the name is Greek as are the churches and buildings in Salamis, Famagusta etc., You have stolen this part of the island as usual with blood and no guts. You are thieves Turkey. What’s new?

  2. no. fuck the whole greeks. fuck them all from the behind. they will was be fucked by Turkey and turkish cypriots. and also fuck the araps. fuck them from a to z. cyprus is turkish and will stay turkish. if these greek bastards are so tough which they are not they are just cowards. come and take cyprus if they can. greeks are wankers and motherfuckers

  3. ı think u all are sick. whatever turkish cypriot greek israilen or who wite yhis bullshit article… u all re ingnorance and loosers.. sorry but ı feei so pitty for u guy.. go and look ur self in the mirror. u all so ugly and not human at all…

  4. Turkish general confesses to burning down a mosque, blaming it on non-Muslims

    In Cyprus in 1974. This is reminiscent of how CAIR and others have not hesitated to stoop even to fabricating “hate crimes.” They want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.

    “Retired general confesses to burning mosque to fire up public,” from Today’s Zaman, September 24 (thanks to Jihad Watch):

    A retired general who has recently been accused of having conducted an assassination attempt on the life of Turkey’s eighth president, Turgut Özal, has inadvertently confessed that he ordered the burning of a mosque as part of psychological warfare operations in 1974.
    In remarks published in the Haber Türk daily yesterday as part of an interview with Gen. Sabri YirmibeÅŸoÄŸlu, who led the Special War Department in 1971 and also worked to mobilize civilian resistance during Turkey’s military intervention on Cyprus in 1974, said: “In Special War, certain acts of sabotage are staged and blamed on the enemy to increase public resistance. We did this on Cyprus; we even burnt down a mosque.” In response to the surprised correspondent’s incredulous look the general said, “I am giving an example,” in an attempt to clear things up. […]

    The confession brings to mind the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot, allegedly drafted by a clique in the military to undermine the government. Dozens of military officers were arrested, although most were later released during the investigation into the Sledgehammer document, which includes plans to bomb the Fatih and Beyazıt mosques and down a Turkish jet over the Aegean to fuel problems with Greece with the ultimate aim of discrediting the government.

    When allegations regarding the Sledgehammer plan first arose after the document was leaked to the press earlier this year, then-Chief of General Staff Gen.Ä°lker BaÅŸbuÄŸ dismissed the accusations as nonsense. BaÅŸbuÄŸ said a military whose troops are known for shouting “Allah Allah” as they attack the enemy could not possibly think of burning the house of God. However, YirmibeÅŸoÄŸlu’s revelation shows that this has actually been done before.

  5. The secret report on Turkish atrocities in Cyprus

    Europe News

    Freedom & Justice in Cyprus 25 September 2011
    By Panos Ioannides

    Breaking: The secret report from Council of Europe on Turkish atrocities in Cyprus during their 1974 invasion has been recovered. This report documents the systematic and extensive human rights violations perpetrated by the Turkish army against the Greek Cypriot population, raping an murdering thousands in order to force a mass exodus and an ethnic cleansing of the northern third of Cyprus. Turkey has never been held responsible for these atrocities and, in spite of all principles of international law, is still permitted to be in control of the fruits of their 1974 aggression, the so-called Turkish Republic of North Cyprus.

    The report in full is available for download at Cyprus Action Network.

  6. A Turkish proverb says,”How do you know the person ? Like myself, I know..” You !! The darkness in you..You show us as darkness..To reflect that the definition of psychology.As a result, you should see .. all of you are sick and treatment.

  7. ???

    “definition of psychology?”

    Psychology was invented by Sigmund Freud, a Jew.

    If you can point to any verse in the Koran re psychology please do so.

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