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September 28, 2014 7:27 pm

Turkey Surpasses Iran in Anti-Semitism, Opposition Lawmaker Charges

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Aykan Erdemir. Photo: CHP

Aykan Erdemir. Photo: CHP

A senior opposition lawmaker in Turkey has charged that his country’s record of hostility to its Jewish citizens is worse than that of Iran, according to a report appearing in the local Hurriyet daily.

“Our Jewish citizens are unfortunately entering the New Year in an environment where anti-Semitism, discrimination, hate crimes and hate speeches are on the rise,” Aykan Erdemir, a Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy for Bursa said at a press conference on Thursday, in honor of the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

Erdemir noted that “A study carried out by the Anti-Defamation League [ADL] in 102 countries and with the participation of 53,100 persons revealed that Turkey ranks 17th in an index of countries harboring anti-Semitic attitudes.”

He pointed to the statistics that showed that “69 percent of Turkish people harbored anti-Semitic attitudes, much higher than the global average of 26 percent. The fact that Turkey’s average is higher than Iran, 56 percent of whose population has anti-Semitic attitudes, is a warning.”

Additionally, Erdemir said that “There is a rise in anti-Semitism in a country where the state and the government remain indifferent and insensitive toward anti-Semitic hate crimes,” and added that, “despite this environment, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan still argues that there is ‘no anti-Semitism in Turkey.'”

However, in June, Erdoğan loudly compared Israel’s actions in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge to Nazi Germany, and even charged that Israel’s policies in the coastal enclave had “surpassed what Hitler did.”

While Israel has avoided criticizing Turkey and had hoped to renew rocky ties in the four years since the infamous Gaza flotilla debacle, of late, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government is emphasizing Ankara’s ties to terrorist activities in the Middle East – including support for Hamas.

On September 15th, prior to Rosh Hashana and the upcoming Yom Kippur Day of Atonement fast, and Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles) Israeli security officials issued a severe terror alert for citizens warning of potential “attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets around the world,” especially in Western Europe, including Turkey, “by global jihad elements (including ISIS), and specifically by fighters returning home from Syria and Iraq.”

A Turkish pundit writing for Yeni Akit, a publication aligned with Erdoğan, recently called for the country’s Jews to be taxed to pay for reconstructing buildings damaged in Gaza during the fighting.

Faruk Köse said that the “Gaza Fund Contribution Tax” should apply to Turkish Jews as well as foreign Jews doing business in Turkey and any Turkish nationals with commercial ties to the Jewish state.

The columnist even said the tax should apply to any company or business that maintains a partnership with a Turkish Jew.

“The reconstruction of Gaza will be paid for by Jewish businessmen,” he said.

The penalty for failing to pay the tax should be the revocation of the Jew’s business licence and the seizure of his property, Köse said.

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  • zadimel

    Sertan Avdan: You ought to split the above into separate sentences with proper punctuation. Your views would be clearer.

  • Reform School

    Dumb Americans think eating turkey dinners punishes Turkey!

  • Wm. J. Levy

    How can Jews be so complacent in the face of deadly prejudices against them. Jews in these comments just accept their fate and never think of fighting back.

    Don’t ever say “Never Again” because I answer with , “Why Not”

    How can Jews continue to allow themselves to be hated and murdered in Israel, Paris, Brussels, Miami, NY and no one defends the Jews with all their billions in wealth. They can buy an army to defend themselves with deadly force and intelligence to stop the attacks instead of hiding under their beds while the Cossacks rape and murder their wives and daughters.

    The world would be quite different if 600 or 6,000 German Jews out of almost 600,000 German Jews stopped and killed Hitler and the Nazis in the 1920’s

    What are you waiting for?

  • judorebbe

    My Armenian friends have been telling me (for the past forty years) that the Ottoman jihad against the infidels is “unfinished business”.

  • Delve into the vast abyss of history that “Turkey” once being “the Ottoman Empire”,when convo enemy used Jews,when not abused and vilified Jews.
    The Ottoman Empire virtually destroyed in a war of Genocide against Armenia, hundreds of thousands perished.
    Turkey wishes to put on a face of culture,a cosmopolitan country,but in the words of my Bubbe, “Hah they wear clean clothes over dirty underwear “, translated as best I could from Yiddish.
    They are entrenched with any and all fundamentalist and Jihadists ! Not just ideological, but also financially supporting the ignorant while trying to portray a thin veil of sophistication.

  • David Levy

    So what’s new? For years the Jews were Dhimmis under the Ottomans and had to pay punitive taxes.

  • geoff

    This is no surprise coming from a country headed by the arch-antisemite, Erdogan.

  • Eric R.

    If Adolf Erdogan’s Nazi hatred produces even so much as one pogrom, then Israel’s only response can be to nuke Ankara into oblivion. The Turks put Adolf Erdogan in power, so let a million of them die with their Fuhrer.

  • montlasky

    Farak Kose wears jackboots and swastikas when he is in the bath. I can smell him from here!

  • These scum want to join the E.U. NEVER.NEVER,NEVER.

    They should be kicked out of NATO.

    • geoff

      Absolutely correct. Who wants this band of racists in Europe?

  • Prof. Herbert Reginbogin

    Anti-semitism in Turkey is latent because of the lack of education to challenge the literak versus of the Koranand to seek a different interpretation by using both faith and reason. The latter has not been empahsaized enough in the classrooms as well in public discourse. The world has evolved and so do interpretations. A tooth for a tooth is today understood to seek fair and just punishment for crimes and sins and not chopping off a hand because of theft. The people of Turkey are able to hold such a discussion, and so are their religous institutions like DIYANET. What ıs holding them back is the politics. Now statesmaenship is required before segments of Turkey’S population becomes the breeding ground for terrorism.

  • As a first step, Turkey should have its NATO credentials revoked. For this anti-Jewish Nuremberg law, as well as its
    aiding and abetting ISIL by allowing the free coming and going of supporters, and its failure to provide any measure of contribution to the allied opposition forces. In addition, no visas should be automatic but approved only
    on a case-by-case approach. If they persist in mistreating its Jewish population, their banking privileges in the US should similarly be curtailed.

  • steven L

    Erdo the mini sultan, an antisemite of the worst kind.

  • Charalambos Charalambous

    Turkey will never change. Just changing the face of the leader.

  • actually i’m a turkish guy who lives in turkey but its not like you told in here its like living on the heaven with hell because they are people still thinking like racist do, but in other hand the heaven part not similar at all there are too many people as you know and they are not all same i think all the humans from same lineage imagine that you dont know anything about life and look to the humans we are still fighting. Arabs or other non modern countries just need to be educated science is the key and if they educated they will have free thoughts and they can make something about science sun may use as energy just like we need labeling the energy is not easy but if we solve that and know that the moon could be a great place for retreving energy we don t need to kill each other it may sound so innocent but we all could make one at the end it could take some time but our children maybe their children will be happy and having free thougts its just a existence message know that we are exist we are not want to attack anyone exactly i have friends to all religions my favorite actor is seth rogen im not going to talk about my relagion they could kill me in here LOL..