Friday, 21 December 2012
Turkish Jews under Surveillance - Erdogan Alleges “Dual Loyalty”

Turkey's Chief Rabbi , Istanbul Governor and Jewish Community Leaders

International Holocaust Day, January 2012

Source: Reuters

Turkey’s Jews are threatened with accusations of “dual loyalty”, a classic antisemitic canard.  The Erdogan regime is trying in absentia  Israeli military involved with the Mavi Mamara incident off Gaza.   You may recall the tearful visit of Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to a hospital in Gaza City during the rocket attacks against Israel in Operation Pillar of Defense, a demonstration of solidarity with Hamas.  The AKP government of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan is allied with Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt, Qatar and Hamas in Gaza. Turkey’s support of opposition to Syria’s embattled Bashar al Assad is a reflection of Sunni Supremacist objectives for the region. The rise of Islamic antisemitism by the Erdogan regime could end the centuries old comity with Turkey’s remaining 20,000 Jews.

An A-L Monitor Turkish Pulse article by Tulin Daloglu, notes the angst this surveillance by the Erdogan regime has caused in the Turkish Jewish community, “Turkish Intelligence Targets Jewish Population”:

The deteriorating relationship between Turkey and Israel has generated unprecedented and disquieting accusations against Turkey’s Jews. There is a growing tendency in this country — encouraged by the ruling Islamist government — that demonizes Jews and triggers anti-Semitism, consciously or not.

For example, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan surprisingly raised for the first time — just hours before the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was announced on Nov. 21 — the question of the "dual loyalty" of Turkish Jews. Then, daily Yeni Safak, a supporter of Erdogan’s government, claimed in a front-page story on Dec.13 under the headline “Murderers amongst us” that there were Turkish-speaking Israeli soldiers who boarded the Mavi Marmara flotilla on May 30, 2010 and killed nine Turks.

When the readers’ comments on the article warned of physical threats to Jewish citizens, Rafael Sadi, the spokesman of the Association of Turkish Jews in Israel, condemned the news report.

 “While we do our best to help both sides to correctly understand each other and facilitate their communication, how could this be labeled as an act of treason?” Sadi also mentioned that Avital Leibovich, the spokeswoman of the Israeli army, told him that “no Israeli soldier of Turkish ethnicity took part in the [Mavi Marmara] operation.”

Turkish papers reported that the prosecutor’s office in Istanbul that tried the Israeli soldiers involved in the Mavi Marmara incident asked the Turkish National Intelligence Service (MIT) for a listing of Turkish Jews who traveled to Israel two weeks before and after the Mavi Marmara incident. These were put under surveillance. There are allegations that the MIT identified five Jews in Turkey as suspicious, and that they expanded surveillance in Istanbul and Izmir — where the majority of the country’s Jewish population lives.

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 “As a Jew, I can attest to you there is a difference between being a Turk and an Israeli,” Ediz, a Turkish Jew, told Al-Monitor. “But whenever there is fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, the atmosphere in Turkey turns against us, and people start acting as if we committed a crime.” Leri, another Turkish Jew, sounds the same alarm bell. “The media is painting such an image that many won’t even consider us human.”

The Israel Project in a report released today expressed concerns for Turkey’s Jews with this emerging anti-Semitic campaign by the Erdogan regime in Ankara, “Investigation and Monitoring of Jews in Turkey Deepen Persecution Fears”:

 Michael Koplow, program director of the Israel Institute and an expert in Turkish and Israeli affairs, described the move as "a not so subtle effort to intimidate Turkish Jews" and criticized the Turkish government for "threatening an entire minority community for nothing more than being Jews." The announcement of the investigations quickly generated anti-Jewish rhetoric and accusations by a Turkish Islamist group which is tied to terrorism and which analysts have linked to Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AKP) party. Huseyin Oruc, Deputy Chairman of the I.H.H. organization that in 2010 dispatched three ships to break Israel's legal blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, declared that "everyone will know who the Turkish Jews are that served in the Israeli army and killed Turkish civilians on the Mavi Marmara."

Turkey’s Jews saw this current round of anti-Semitism penetrate popular culture.  Today’s Zaman reported on the objections raised by the Jewish community:

The commercial, for a men's shampoo called Biomen, shows Hitler delivering an enthusiastic speech, urging male viewers to buy the product which is “a 100 percent male shampoo.” In the ad, Hitler says, “If you are not wearing a woman's dress, you should not use her shampoo either.”

Turkish Jewish community representatives and Turkey's chief rabbi's office on Monday called Hitler “the most striking example of cruelty and savagery” and said using his image in such a commercial was unacceptable. The statement also demanded a public apology from the advertising company “to repair the damage this commercial has caused to society's conscience.”

With these paranoid anti-Semitic accusations by the Erdogan government, the Turkish Jewish community must prepare t to flee for safety in Israel and their Diaspora.

Posted on 12/21/2012 10:48 PM by Jerry Gordon
21 Dec 2012
Christina McIntosh

Message to the remaining Jews in Turkey: get out.  Now.  Pack, and get out while you still can.

And from 1917, the situation of dhimmis vis a vis Turkish Muslims, and Arab Muslims, in what would become the renewed State of Israel, as observed and summarised by an astute Australian Lighthorseman, Ion L Idriess, in his book 'The Desert Column':

"I think this is the 17th (December, 1917).  Yesterday we rode by numbers of vividly pretty little red-roofed towns.  The inhabitants are very fair-skinned, mostly Jews.  They are by far the most cleanly people we have yet met {Idriess and the rest of the Australian Lighthorse troopers had been campaigning against the Turkish Muslims and the Germans, through Sinai and Gaza - CM}.  They are very hospitable, though they do charge us a hefty price for brown bread, honey, and tobacco.

"Lots of them have had a hard time from the Turks.

"They seem to live between two devils, the Turk and the Arab.

{That is: the Turkish Muslim and the Arab Muslim - CM}.

"Apparently the Turk prevents the Arab from massacring them outright, because the Jews are a very handy people to squeeze taxes from...".

Just bear those remarks in mind - "they [the Jews in 'Palestine', that is - CM] seem to live between two devils, the Turk and the Arab...the Turk prevents the Arab from massacring them outright, because the Jews are a very handy people to squeeze taxes from.." - whenever you hear some blithering idiot going on about the wonderfulness of the defunct Ottoman Empire, or how life for dhimmi Jews - or, for that matter, for dhimmi Christians, was just peachy in the Levant, or anywhere else in the Muslim-dominated Near East, with the Jews and the Christians and the Muslims living peacefully and happily side by side in some kind of timeless idyll, until those pesky Zionist Jooz recreated an independent Jewish State and spoiled everything...CM

22 Dec 2012

I'm tired of the automatic Zionist response to any report of antisemitism anywhere, that Jews should simply pack up and go to Israel.  Zionists tend to forget that even Jews have an attachment to the country where their families have lived for centuries.  All the nationalist nonsense suggesting the contrary notwithstanding, "centuries" is practically equivalent to eternity for most of us, who know nothing of our family history going back only 150-200 years!  That's why Jews choose to stay in places like Ukraine, Hungary, or Turkey, despite the antisemitism that prevails there: despite what some racist ideologues say and some Zionists imply, it is their country too. So I say stay where you are and fight; and that you may fight, do what Jabotinsky exhorted the besieged Jews of Russia in the 1910's and learn to fire a weapon!  It's too early to flee.

22 Dec 2012

Change the first "despite" to "with all the."  Jesus.

22 Dec 2012
Send an emaildymphna

So are the German Turks guilty of dual loyalty? Ort is it the case that Turkey demands their allegiance even though their families have been in Germany for three generations.

Disingenuous to say the least.

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