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Turkey on a collision course with Europe

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Turkey on a collision course with Europe. When will the latter stand up?

When religious sentiments are inflamed by Turkish authorities, some Muslims living in Europe may develop delusions, which can make them think they are oppressed or suffer for being Muslims.

It’s no wonder that some of them already feel that complying with western civil laws undermines their rights, just like non-Muslim minorities in most of the countries of the Islamic world face outrageous discrimination.

Videos found on online open sources may reveal how Turkey is trying to lead Muslims while presenting itself as a protector of their rights. By watching the Turkish TV that broadcasts in Arabic, one can observe a systematic effort to stir Muslim people’s opinions through the propagation of fallacies and sheer lies.

The above video, titled “France protects Jews and punishes Muslims“, focuses on the case of an Algerian worker who refused to deliver meals to Jews, thus resulting in his deportation to his country of origin. TRT, the Turkish public broadcaster which uploaded the video on YouTube, accuses France of being in a “defective equilibrium”.

The main subject of the video is “Antagonizing Muslims is acceptable, but Anti-Semitism is forbidden”. Then, the video adds a photo of the French President Emmanuel Macron, wearing a Kippah to reiterate the issue of anti-Semitism being illegal in France.

While a Kippah is commonly offered as a gesture of respect and as a way to make non-Jewish guests feel like they are part of the celebration, analysts can often identify that these photos are actually being used to highlight false Jewish conspiracy theories that incite violence against Jewish targets.

Is that what Turkey wants to achieve through this film?

The other ironic aspect of the video is that it wants to show how an Algerian delivery driver who refused to deliver Kosher foods was victimized because he was a Muslim. Would anyone with two cents of common sense expect the French company to promote an employee who refused to perform his duties and negatively affected the company’s revenue? A possible analogy of this sort could in fact lead one to deduce that Turkey is truly in a state of imbalance.

The Turkish controlled-media always tries to paint a contradictory picture, i.e. as if Turkey were a defender of democracy and civil liberties, whereas the reality is quite different.  No wonder Turkish leaders continue to issue statements about Turkey’s virtual place in Europe.

The question here is whether the Turkish government believes that its confrontational rhetoric will benefit its trade in the region or will bring it closer to the European Union?

In this other video, Turkish TV accused the German parliament and some extremist German parties of  “refusing to protect mosques by rejecting a proposal made by a left-wing party”. The irony is that Turkey constantly tries to create false claims that mosques are being attacked in Germany under the protection of German laws or authorities.

On the other hand, facts on the ground suggest that Turkey has a systematic policy targeting historic churches by turning them into mosques, as was recently the case with the Hagia Sophia Church, the main cathedral of Eastern Orthodox faith.

In the above video Turkey, once again, tries to play the role of the protector for Islam while fomenting hatred against Greece, its historical enemy, by feigning alleged Muslim grievances against the head of the Greek Orthodox Church.

In an interview highlighting, the role played by the church in the Greek revolution of 1821, Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and all Greece referred to Islam as a political party rather than a religion.

Many observers believe that Turkey should be reminded constantly that the latest terrorist attacks against France and Austria will not promote any peaceful coexistence between Muslims and the rest of the European people.

Instead of trying to convince Muslims that they are victims of violence in Europe, it must address and explain the reasons that make Europe such a magnet for Muslim immigration.

Millions of Muslim Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey are eager to escape to Europe, so why is “the caring Islamic country” so reluctant to welcome and embrace them, rather than accuse Europe of being unfair to Muslims?

It is long overdue to remind Turkey that its genocide against the Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks set a horrible precedent for Hitler to perpetrate the Holocaust.

While Germany had to face retributive justice for its heinous crimes against Jews in the Holocaust, Turkey remains in a state of impunity for what it did to Christians during World War I.

It is important to constantly point out Turkey’s brutal history against the Christian minority, especially to those who overlook the recent efforts by Turkey to revive the Islamic caliphate as a tool to dominate the region.

Here is a MEMRI video that captured the remarks of a Maronite cleric who simply talked about Turkey’s crimes against Christian minorities and its starvation policy in Lebanon.

In this other video below, the renowned Egyptian writer Ibrahim Eissa debates “ that many Muslims today blame the failures of the Islamic world on a Western conspiracy against Islam”, although Muslims living in the West are way better off than those living in their countries of origin.

This also confirms that Turkey is desperately trying to prod Muslims living in the West into feeling hate towards the countries they choose to live in in order to also attract successful and renowned Muslim personalities to Turkey as the ideal place for them to live as Muslims.

Here, the renowned German soccer player Mesut Özil  (born to Turkish immigrants) is lauded as a Turkish national hero for playing with a Turkish team rather than playing for the English prestigious Arsenal Club.

Ironically, developed nations strive to devise solutions that serve humanity, whereas some Turks have still dreamed of taking over Vienna and decorating the Vatican with the flag of Islam.

While China, India, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates are racing to assist the United States, Russia, the European Union, and Japan in making Mars habitable for humanity, Turkey hopes to inspire Muslims to weep over the return of the Ottoman Empire.

Samir A. Zedan is a former Senior Counter-Terrorism Analyst at the US Department of State, and a former Development Outreach and Communication Specialist at USAID/Iraq. He has contributed to hundreds of articles published in major media outlets with assignments in the Palestinian Areas, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and Europe.

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