On a side note, a Turkish friend of mine writes: “Local elections in Turkey on this Sunday. 37 of the candidates against Erdogan are running for office from prison. They are very popular ones in large cities. Erdogan shut down all opposition media outlets. Everyone opposing him is labeled as terrorists
Turkey: Want to Win an Election? Bash the Jews!
by Uzay Bulut • March 28, 2019 at 4:00 am
- The Turkish president repeated a long-standing falsehood, claiming, “We have never persecuted any Jew here in this country. We have never done to the synagogues the things you do [to mosques]. Do not provoke us.”
- Contrary to Erdoğan’s assertions, anti-Semitism in Turkey is actually widespread — not surprising, given the open anti-Semitism expressed in Turkey by Erdoğan, members of parliament, journalists and political activists.
- Then there is the anti-Semitism expressed by Erdogan supporters, claiming that Fethullah Gülen — the self-exiled, U.S.-based Turkish Muslim cleric whom Erdogan blames for the failed 2016 coup attempt — is actually a Jew.
- Erdogan’s implied threat to the Jews of his country, that they might suffer negative consequences as a result of the actions of Israel, should be viewed with deep concern.
In the run-up to the Turkey’s local elections on March 31, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has taken his diplomatic brawl with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a new level, even issuing a veiled threat to Turkey’s 15,000 Jews.
During a rally of supporters on March 13, Erdogan said tauntingly, “Hey Netanyahu, behave yourself. You are a tyrant…who massacred seven-year-old Palestinian children.” Erdoğan went on to refer to the unrest on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem — Judaism’s holiest site, and the location of the Al Aqsa Mosque — by implying that if Israeli soldiers and police continued to “enter our sacred places with their combat boots,” Turkish Jewry would pay a heavy price.
A few days later, at a ceremony commemorating the Battle of Gallipoli, Erdoğan compared Netanyahu’s son, Yair, to the white supremacist who murdered 50 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand the previous week.