Our enemies remind us why Turkey needs to join the EU ASAP:
Gabay discussed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s establishing nine councils, the members of which he appointed, and who are responsible for “offering policy proposals, ideas and strategies to the president” on the economy, foreign policy, education and law.Among those appointed to official positions within these councils, Gabay wrote, are well-known public figures who have made blatant anti-Semitic statements.
In an interview with the Turkish journal Yörünge in August, for instance, author Alev Alatl?, now a member of Erdogan’s culture and art council, said that the “anti-Erdogan forces of the world” are led by Jews and motivated by millennia-long Jewish teachings. “The real project [of the Jews] is to cleanse the universe of goyim,” she said, referring to “goyim” as those “for whom there is no place in the world unless they serve the Jews.”
In another interview the same month with the newspaper Takvim, Alatl? said:
“American imperialism and Jewish alliance (Evangelism and Jewish) have once again stepped into action today and are dragging the world into chaos. Their first target is Turkey.”
Last year, Professor Burhan Kuzu, a former MP of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), tweeted:
“Kennedy took the mandate for printing the U.S. dollar from the Jewish bank and gave it to the state’s central bank and got killed; the killer remains unidentified.”
Kuzu is also now a member of Erdogan’s law council.
Erdogan’s appointment of anti-Semites, such as those mentioned above, should not come as a surprise. When U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Erdogan responded by referring to a hadith (a saying by Islam’s prophet, Mohammed) about Judgement Day:
“Those who think they are the owners of Jerusalem today will not even be able to find trees to hide behind tomorrow,” he said, during a Human Rights Day event in Ankara on December 10.
Anti-Semitism and physical assaults against Jews have a long history in Turkey. In Istanbul’s Neve ?alom Synagogue, for example, Jews were victims of three terrorist attacks: in 1986 (by the Abu Nidal Organization); in 1992 (by Turkish Hizballah); and in 2003 (by Al-Qaeda). There are currently fewer than 15,000 Jews in Turkey and their number reportedly keeps declining.