The audacity of this butcher. Erdogan is accusing Israel of apartheid for enacting a law that states the obvious: that Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Israel provides full human rights to all of its citizens, which include Jews, Muslims, and Christians. The Muslims living in Israel represent 15 percent of the Knesset and have representation on Israel’s High Court. Muslim citizens of Israel are entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers, professors, and work in many other fields. Muslims are working in Israel’s vaunted hi-tech sector in much greater numbers as well. Israel is also spending a significant amount of money on education and infrastructure to improve the lives of its Muslim citizens.
Contrast that with modern-day Turkey. Turkey has discriminated against its Jews for decades. Since the early 20th century, Turkish Jews have been subjected to ancestry codes, exclusion from certain professions, pogroms, taxation, and murder. In 2018, Jews are afraid to show any Jewish identity, since they are likely to be subjected to verbal and physical assault. Jews are also subjected to intimidation in their holy places (synagogues) as well. There have been several violent protests outside Turkish synagogues. Many of these protests have been due to Erdogan’s anti-Israel rhetoric, which borderlines on incitement. It is no wonder that Turkey’s 17,000 Jews are leaving Turkey in droves.
In a sensible world, Erdogan’s statements would be discredited. However, in the morally inverted world of 2018, this brutal dictator and human rights violator will be taken seriously by many, particularly from those in the media and academia. Heck, President Obama (whose administration took support of human rights violators to a new level) called Erdogan his “best friend in the Middle East.” What should one expect?
“Turkey accuses Israel of ‘apartheid’ over ‘Jewish nation-state’ law,” Times of Israel, July 19, 2018:
ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkey on Thursday accused Israel of racism and becoming a state based on apartheid after a new law was adopted by the Israeli parliament defining the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
“We reject the Israeli government’s efforts to establish an apartheid state,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter, referring to the segregation of blacks and whites in white-ruled South Africa.
He condemned the law as a “racist step,” describing it as an effort to “legally erase” the Palestinian people “from their homelands.”
“We call on the international community to respond to this injustice that takes place in front of the eyes of the whole world,” Kalin wrote.
Early Thursday morning, the Knesset passed the law, which has been dubbed “the nation-state Law,” with 62 lawmakers voting in favor, 55 opposed, and two abstaining, after hours of heated debate in the Knesset chamber.
The law for the first time enshrines Israel as “the national home of the Jewish people” in its quasi-constitutional Basic Laws.
The nation-state law (full text here) further declares that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, sets the Hebrew calendar as the official calendar of the state, and recognizes Independence Day, days of remembrance, and Jewish holidays. One clause of the law downgrades the Arabic language from official to “special” standing, but also cryptically stipulates that “this clause does not harm the status given to the Arabic language before this law came into effect.”
Israeli government members praised the passage of the law on Thursday morning, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it “a pivotal moment in the annals of Zionism and the State of Israel.” Many in the opposition criticized the legislation.
The Turkish foreign ministry also criticized the law, saying it “tramples on the principles of universal law and disregards the rights of the Palestinian citizens of Israel.”
“The fact that the law presents the right to auto-determination as a right that only applies to Jews is the product of a mentality that is outdated and discriminatory,” it said….
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