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Friday, April 12, 2013

Attitude Toward Jews in the Turkish World

Nadene Goldfoot
Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been trying to curry favors with the Muslim Brotherhood by bashing Israel, but he has found that this has not gone over with the Western world. It's not a winning idea in Turkey, either.    It was Turkey who first recognized Israel as a state on April 15, 1948, so to have Turkey turn against Israel has been a sad outcome of the Arab Spring.   The flotilla disaster caused a break in a long-standing friendship between the two countries.  This was where the Turkish sponsored ship Marmara sided with the Palestinians and tried to break Israel's blockade of Gaza.

There have been Turkish citizens that are rebelling against the radical element of Islam and that are speaking up for Jews.  Sinem Tezyapar, a TV producer and host  in Turkey is a brave young lady who understands the Koran and its supplemental literature and has a beautiful understanding of it.  " She is an Executive Producer at a Turkish TV station.  She is also a political and religious commentator, columnist and peace activist.

Sinem is in a complete 180 degree opposition to people like Sheik Yusuf al- Qaradawi of Egypt, now Qatar.  He is a theologian who only speaks of terror for Jews.  Sinem's article, "New Muslim vision For Temple Mount" tells about allowing Jews and Christians at the site in Jerusalem since there are other mosques where this is allowed.

Adnan Oktar is also speaking out against such fatwas saying that Muslims are obligated to kill Jews, which Qaradawi insists upon in his speeches over Al Jazeera TV. Adnan is a nightly talk show host, which Sinem is also.  He's also making it clear that there is no source in the Koran that calls for murder of the Jews as well as no justification for it.

It's as if someone has opened a window and let in fresh air to read about these two people who know their religion and can do without any radicalism that others seem to find.  I'm glad Sinem isn't alone in her views. I wish both these people well.  May they live till 120 years.   There's hope for the world after all.  Now if only Iran will come around in their attitude before it's too late, things will really look up.  North Korea is ready (?) and has threatened  USA bases with a nuclear tipped missile and their cohorts, Iran are right behind them in readiness to attack Israel and the USA, as well.

Resource:,7340,L-4360226,00.html,DB7611A2-02CD-43AF-8147-649E26813571,frameless.htm on Qaradawi

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