Surat Al-‘Anfal [verse 17] – And you did not kill them, but it was Allah who killed them. And you threw not, [O Muhammad], when you threw, but it was Allah who
Allah did it. No Turkish Muslim can commit genocide. (Tayyip Erdogan)
Irked Turks warn Germany over Armenian Genocide vote
“Turkey warns Germany over Armenian Genocide vote,” by Siranush Ghazanchyan, Public Radio of Armenia, May 30, 2016
Turkey has criticized plans by Germany’s parliament to recognize the World War I killings of Armenians as genocide, the Associated Press reports.
Germany’s parliament is to hold a vote on a motion describing the deaths as genocide this week.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday that Germany — home to a large Turkish community — should “act with caution.”
He said parliaments should not decide on history and that all countries should make documents available to historians so they can shed light on the killings.
A Muslim religious leader and his wife have been branded liars after their allegations of racism collapsed in court.
The couple had made claims of racist comments being made by a man living close to a mosque after a long-running dispute over parking.
However, the case fell apart at Dunfermline Sheriff Court leading to a not guilty verdict against Richard Hynd.
The case had received widespread publicity last year when the wife of the imam, who claimed he had been racially abused, brought proceedings to halt by insisting on wearing a full-veil when giving evidence.
German ‘genocide’ motion provokes Turkish backlash
Ankara recalls ambassador after German parliament recognizes 1915 ‘genocide’
World Bulletin / News Desk
The German parliamentary resolution recognizing the deaths of Ottoman Armenians in 1915 as genocide drew a fierce reaction from Turkey on Thursday.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the recall of Turkey ambassador to Berlin. “We do not hesitate to take necessary steps, not even a second after seeing the resolution text comprehensively,” he said at an event in Ankara.
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus described Thursday’s vote in the Bundestag as “null and void” from a Turkish perspective, effectively saying Ankara would not recognize the resolution.
In a Twitter post he called for scientists and historians to be allowed to reach a conclusion on the deaths, not politicians.
“As Turkey, we certainly will give the necessary answer to this resolution on all platforms,” he tweeted.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu posted: “The way [for those] to close dark pages in their histories is not to defame the history of other countries through parliamentary resolution”.
The events of 1915 saw some of the Ottoman Empire’s Armenian population side with invading Russian forces, resulting in numerous deaths in the subsequent fighting and relocation of Armenians.
Turkey accepts that many died on both sides but says this did not amount to genocide and has repeatedly called for the creation of an international commission to resolve the issue.