Erdogan’s reaction to the right-wing victory in the Israeli elections

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

The Turkish prime minister is worried over the results of the elections that took place in Occupied Palestine

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s prime minister said on Saturday: “Unfortunately, we witnessed that the Israeli’s gave [power] to the right-wing fanatics. This issue makes me worry a lot.”

Erdogan once again emphasized the necessity of freeing the Palestinians from the prison of Gaza. He said: “The present conditions of the citizens of Gaza are very unfortunate and are in opposition to human rights laws.”

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In the parliamentary elections in the Zionist regime, the Kadima party, lead by Tzipi Livni won 28 seats and the Likud party lead by Benyamin Netanyahu won 27 seats. The very fanatical Israeli political group called Yisrael Beiteinu lead by Avigdor Leiberman won 15 seats in the parliament.

Political analyzers believe that the Gaza War caused the fanatic right-wing political parties to be able to win 65 out of the 120 seats because of the security wave that followed it. They have the best chance of establishing the cabinet now.

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The end is close

1. He was sentenced to prison in 1998. His crime was reading a poem with Islamic overtone in a semi-secret meeting of the Welfare Party. His sentence was met with astonishment and criticism because only four years before that, 1994, he was the mayor of Istanbul. High judges of Istanbul announced that Recep Tayyip Erdogan disregarded the principles of secularism by reciting this poem, also the poem ridiculed Ataturk, the founder of secular Turkey.

Tayyip Erdogan was elected as Turkey’s prime minister on the 14th of March, 2003. James Woolsey, the director of the CIA at that time, expressed concern over the election of Erdogan and warned: “Ten years after Najm al-Din Arbikan, the Islamist, secular Turkey should not be faced with Islamists.” James Woolsey considered the Turkish people’s turn towards Islamists as a sign of a huge change in the region which was opened by the Islamic revolution in Iran. In a speech of his, the day after Tayyip Erdogan was elected (15th of March, 2003) and five days before America’s attack on Iraq (20th of March, 2003), which the English newspaper, The Guardian, reported without mentioning his name, he doubted America’s success in the attack on Iraq. He said that if Bush’s purpose in attacking Iraq was to make it a democracy, it must be know that the first principle of a democracy is the general public’s vote. He said that the Middle East after Khomeini’s (r) revolution has changed significantly and if it is left up to the people to vote, they would elect another Khomeini.

2. Thursday, the 29th of January 2009, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, attended an international economical session held in Davos, Switzerland and attended by the heads of various countries. Shimon Perez, the president of the Zionist regime was also in attendance. With the bravery that stems from the faith in his heart he condemned the genocide that Israel committed in Gaza. He named Shimon Perez as the murderer of oppressed children. Erdogan, answering the stupid excuses that the Zionist president gave in defending their crimes committed in the 22-Day-War and as David Ignatius, the moderator of the roundtable, was trying to calm him down, he addressed Shimon Perez and said: “You are a lying criminal and you take pleasure in killing children.” Rajab Tayyip Erdogan continued his verbal attack in a loud voice after his microphone was cut off. The session ended and Friday when he returned to the airport in Istanbul the people of his country flocked to greet him chanting: “Welcome champion!” And: “You are a source of pride for us!” And finally: “Islam takes pride in you.”

Tayyip Erdogan likened Gaza to Karbala in the 22-Day-War and said: “Israeli crimes in Gaza makes one remember the sad events of Karbala.”

3. Imam Khomeini, who has predicted many things that have come true, said in a speech in 1988, on the anniversary of the proclamation to prophethood: “Everything has changed except in the castles of these powers. The world has changed and they still imagine that the world is as it was one hundred or one hundred and fifty years ago. They have not understood or they pretend that they do not understand. Africa has changed. Europe has changed. All of Asia has changed. All have changed except these heads. They will fall. They do not know what to do. They have not understood the people; they have not understood the world. Change your opinions. Now is not the time when you can say one thing and everyone will accept it. Do not imagine that everyone must remain silent in front of you.” (Sahifah Imam, v.20, p.241)

After the 33-Day-War in Lebanon and Israel’s defeat at the hands of Hizbollah, Ziof Shaff, a retired Zionist general of the armed forces and considered one of the most brilliant Israeli political analysts, said that this war broke Israel’s façade of being invincible. He was scared that Ben Gurion’s, the first prime minister of the Zionist regime who, like all other Zionists, was famous for his dishonorable murder of many people, prediction was coming true. The explanation of this is that Ben Gurion, after the Ramadan-Yom Kippur War in June 1967 and after the six-day victory over three Arab states, said: “Israel can be victorious in 100 more wars and not have any problems. But, if it looses one war its death will be near.” Ben Gurion did not see into the future and he entered Hell in the beginning of the 70s. He did not witness the victory of the Islamic revolution. He also did not witness beginning of the intifada in Palestine, the forming of Hizbollah in Lebanon, the defeat of Isreal in the 33-Day-War and the 22-Day-War, the voices of ‘Death to Isreal’ from the protests of people in the countries that are allied with the Zionist regime, and the brave rants of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Davos session. He was not there to see the world change. Ben Gurian did not mention the specifics of the formula – Israel’s first loss will be the start to its end, or at least the media did not mention it. But, Imam Khomeini (r) in the continuance of that same speech that was mentioned before, pulled the curtain of this secret. In Imam Khomeini’s view, oppressive forces and forces that scare the oppressed are showing off their power. He said: “Oppressed nations of the world must stand up to the oppressors; they must not be scared. They should not imagine that they will do whatever they say. They want to scare you with their propaganda.” Today, people, especially Muslims, clearly understood Imam Khomeini’s words: “A nation that has martyrs does not have captives.”

This point showed itself at the beginning of the Islamic revolution, then the eight-year war, then the 33-Day-War, and finally in the 22-Day-War in Gaza.


Israel’s Ultimate Goal

Why does Israel continue to build settlements on the west bank and continue its expansionist policies? The ultimate goal is to capture all of ‘Eretz Israel’. The ‘Promised Land’ extends from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates. It includes parts of Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, a bit of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Yasser Arafat always used to keep an Israeli coin in his pocket showing Israel with the ‘Eretz Israel’ borders, to remind people that they shouldn’t be fooled by the Zionists, as they have no defined borders and continue to expand their land.

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Eretz Israel

Eretz Israel

The Price a woman had to pay to wear hijab

Noura Janan is a woman who wears the hijab was quoted on a Turkish television channel saying: “If something happens to me I will say that I love Imam Khomeini but not Attaturk.” This enraged the secularist groups of the country.

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Raja News narrated from Fars News that Upok News (a Turkish news agency) made a detailed report about this woman.

Who is Noura Janan Bazirgan?

At the beginning Turkish media claimed that Noura Janan Bazirgan was a university student who got into trouble because she protected her hijab. But if one takes a step back they will come across important information.

 When Mrs. Bazirgan did this she was escorted out of the university by police and sentenced to six months in jail. Noura Janan Bazirgan miscarraiged because of the blows that she recieved by the police. Finally, she sought refuge in Canada. She is the first woman to recieve jail time for wearing Islamic clothing in Turkey.

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Turkish Court Annuls Hijab Ruling

A law allowing women to wear the headscarf at university was overturned by Turkey’s constitutional court yesterday, a decision that threatens the ruling party with closure for allegedly promoting Islam.

erdogan and wife

The powerful 11-member court, the stronghold of secularists, voted 9-2 to reverse changes made this year relaxing restrictions on the wearing of the headscarf.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister – whose headscarf-wearing daughters study in the US, where no such restriction exists – had maintained that prohibiting the scarf in higher education was an infringement of women’s rights. But the court said that the changes required to allow the scarf to be worn infringed the secularist principles of the constitution.

In February Turkish MPs voted to amend the constitution to lift curbs on the headscarf in universities by 411 votes to 103. President Abdullah Gül, who helped to found the ruling AK party, approved this two weeks later. Yesterday’s decision has been heralded as a precursor to another case being heard in the same court regarding Mr Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AK). The headscarf vote in parliament is a mainstay of the case against AK, which a top prosecutor wants banned for pursuing an alleged Islamist agenda since it came to office in 2002. He also wants to exclude 71 party members, including Mr Erdogan, from politics for five years. A ruling is expected soon.

The Constitutional Court verdict issued Thursday says amendments that were passed by Parliament in February ran counter to constitutional provisions which say Turkey is a secular republic and that this principle is unalterable, a court statement said.

Secularists claim the move would undermine the secular state.

The headscarf reform plays a central role in a separate court case that seeks to shut down the AK Party for anti-secular activities, and ban 71 members, including the prime minister and the president, from belonging to a political party for five years.

Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek was reported by broadcaster CNN Turk as saying he would comment on the matter once he had read the court’s ruling.

“We must see the justification for the decision,” Cicek, who is also government spokesman, was reported as saying.

Lifting the headscarf ban was one of the most significant moves on religious issues in predominantly Muslim but secular Turkey since a military coup in 1980 that led to a crackdown on individual rights.

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Cheerleading Genocide

With spectacular fanfare and a plethora of highlighted events, Israel celebrated its 60th birthday on 18 May 2008.

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According to an Israeli government website called, the festival included “non-stop entertainment, [a] fashion show, a variety of ethnic food for sale, Israeli folk dancing, arts and
crafts, Israeli and Jewish cultural and heritage pavilions and art exhibits”.

The centrepiece ceremony takes place in West Jerusalem and be attended by Israel’s political and military leaders as well as foreign dignitaries. Among those expected are US President George W Bush,
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Israeli media and non-governmental organisations have already begun celebrations in earnest. For example, Israeli television has begun airing a new series called Shishim (meaning “60”), which looks back at the six decades since Israel was created in May 1948. The series, which began 31 March, is divided into six episodes, each devoted to one of the decades following the founding of the state.

Israel hopes that the high-pitched celebrations will serve as an opportunity to promote Israel and enhance its questionable standing abroad. “It is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements, our
successes, our national being,” boasted Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who was not yet born in 1948.

From the Zionist viewpoint, Israel is a story of success. Today, Israel is a political and military force to be reckoned with, even if its power is based on the patronage of foreign entities. A country of
no more than seven million people, including nearly 1.5 million non-Jews (mainly Palestinians), Israel more or less directs the politics and policies of world’s only superpower, the United States, thanks mainly to powerful Jewish lobbies in Washington.

The power of the Jewish lobby largely explains how massive American financial and military support is to Israel, which is measured in hundreds of billions of dollars. Were it not for this nearly unlimited
financial, economic, technological, political and military backing, Israel would never have been able to survive, especially given its predator tactics.

Israel, which has been mounting a vitriolic incitement campaign against Iran for its acquisition of nuclear technology, is a nuclear power on par with other established nuclear powers, and its military
supremacy — at least until summer of 2006 — has covered the vast bulk of the Middle East from Turkey to Iran and from North Africa to east and central Africa.

Economically, Israel is also a regional economic superpower, with a GNP bordering on $0.5 trillion. In fact, Israel is among a few pioneering states in the field of electronics and the development of
new generations of medicine, with Israeli pharmaceutical firms’ share of the world market reaching billions of dollars.

Notwithstanding all its success and achievements, Israel remains a state based on racism, apartheid and criminality against the Palestinian people whose homeland it seized and whom it is trying to
obliterate to this day. To be sure, Israel has failed. Palestinians remain, both as a human entity and as a national entity.

Israel, in order to achieve its goals, always sought to acquire, by hook or by crook, as much Palestinian land as possible while taking in as few Palestinian people as possible. The policies and tactics employed by Israel to achieve this goal are both blunt and insidious and amount to ethnic cleansing and the international crime of genocide. Israel has institutionalised racism, bulldozed hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages, shamelessly confiscated Palestinian land and property, including private homes, and recently built the so-called “Separation Wall” in the West Bank, aimed first and foremost at annexing to Israel as much Palestinian land as possible.

On top of all of this, Israel has perfected the practice of state-sponsored mass terror; a deliberate policy aimed at making Palestinian life as unbearable as possible with the ultimate goal of forcing Palestinians to leave their homes and land altogether. This is done in broad daylight; in full view of key world powers, such as the US, EU, Russia and China, which either keep silent or issue a few terse and innocuous words about the need to stick to a peace process that has form but very little substance.

Today, as Israel is getting ready to celebrate its 60th birthday, the massive theft of Palestinian land in the West Bank, especially in East Jerusalem and its surroundings, continues unabated. Against all odds, the Palestinian people have survived. Indeed, Palestinian resilience to Israeli oppression is legendary — a trait that continues to baffle and frustrate Israeli strategists. Perhaps it is this resilience that is encouraging influential Israeli political, military and religious leaders to openly call for genocide of the Palestinians.

Recently, Israel’s Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai threatened to “inflict a greater holocaust” on Palestinians. Similarly, a growing number of rabbis associated with the two largest religious camps in
Israel, the Haredi ultra-Orthodox religious sector and the national Zionist religious sector, issuing one edict after the other, permitting soldiers to murder at will Palestinian civilians, including children, on the grounds that in war all among the enemy population ought to be treated as combatants, including children.

One might imagine that this is exaggerated, but it is not. Recently Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, director of the Tsomet Institute, a religious seminary attended by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, declared: “All
of the Palestinians must be killed; men, women, infants, and even their beasts.” And the chief rabbi of the City of Safad, Shmuel Eliyahu, urged the state and the army recently to hang the children of
a Palestinian fighter who last month attacked the Merkaz Haarav Centre, run for Jewish settlers in West Jerusalem, killing eight pre-military Talmudic students in retaliation for the killing by the Israeli army of more than 130 Palestinians, most of them innocent civilians, in the Gaza Strip.

The mushrooming of fascist impulses is not confined to the religious sector. In March, the Israeli media quoted Knesset members and former cabinet ministers as threatening to extend discriminatory laws against non-Jews in ways reminiscent of Nuremberg Laws passed in Nazi Germany. One Israeli Knesset member reportedly told his Arab colleague: “the day will come when we will kick you out of this house.”

Such instances raise no eyebrows in a country where some rabbis, like David Batsri, openly teach that non-Jews are animals and donkeys. A recent opinion survey published this week showed that as many as 75 per cent of Israeli Jews support ethnic cleansing of Arabs from mandate Palestine — Israel proper and the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
Understandably, the poll drew angry reactions from the Israeli Arab community. Jamal Zahalqa, an Israeli Arab Knesset member, suggested that Arabs are being treated in ways similar to the way Jews were treated in the Third Reich ahead of World War II.

“The hateful smell of racism and fascism is wafting everywhere in this country. You must know that we didn’t come to Israel from abroad… On the contrary; it was Israel that invaded us. We are the indigenous people of the land, and we receive our legitimacy from our belonging to this land, not from having Israeli citizenship,” he said.

Zahalqa described the poll as “additional evidence underscoring the growing rampancy of racism and fascism in Israel as a result of the ongoing waves of hate against everything and anything Arab.”

The fears of Zahalqa and other Israeli Arabs are real. Recently, hundreds of Arab residents from Jaffa, Lod and Ramleh took to the streets to protest against the planned eviction by the state of thousands of Arab residents from Jaffa. Authorities had issued warrants for the evacuation and destruction of hundreds of homes, claiming infringements on building regulations. The state also claimed that, “the families [had] lost the right to continue living in their homes, since these homes belonged to their parents … ”

“We are here and we won’t leave. We will either live on this land or die on this land. We will not let you touch our lands or our holy places,” said Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Arab movement in Israel. “All your rulings belong in the trashcan. We are not afraid of you. We will continue to live in our homeland,” he added.

Last year, Richard Falk, a renowned American Jewish professor of international law and practice, wrote an article entitled “Slouching toward a Palestinian holocaust,” in which he warned that Israel was moving towards the perpetration of a holocaust against the Palestinians. “Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalised Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not,” said Falk.

Justifying the Israel-equals-Nazi analogy, Falk argued that developments in Gaza (the blockade against its estimated 1.5 million inhabitants), were especially disturbing because they expressed
vividly a deliberate intention on the part of Israel and its backers to subject an entire human community to life- endangering conditions of maximal cruelty. “The suggestion that this pattern of conduct is a holocaust-in-the-making represents a rather desperate appeal to the governments of the world and to international public opinion to act urgently to prevent these current genocidal tendencies from culminating into a collective tragedy,” Falk wrote.

In sum, from the standpoint of fascism, Israel has much to celebrate in terms of political and military achievements. But in terms of justice, morality and humanity, one struggles to name a country on
earth that so openly practices oppression and racism. As such Israel, on its 60th birthday, remains what it was when born six decades ago: a state built on blood, murder, theft and lies.

Is Israel about to change its ways? Don’t hold your breath, Israeli leaders might say. Unless, that is, you’re Palestinian.

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