Dec 13 2017

95 percent of Jews "linked to terrorism" – pro-Erdoğan columnist

As Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan escalates his anti-Israeli rhetoric, pro-Erdoğan columnists are penning lines that justify anti-Semitism.

All Muslims are being treated as terrorists, while not even 0.1 percent of Muslims in the world are linked to terrorism, wrote İsmail Kılıçarslan, a columnist for leading pro-Erdoğan newspaper Yeni Şafak, “yet, 95 percent of Jews are linked to terrorism and those who have nothing between their ears say ‘anti-Semitism is wrong’.”

The real problem is not Zionism, but Judaism itself, said Kılıçarslan, “I used to think anti-Semitism was wrong, but I have changed my mind about it.”

Citing Gilad Atzmon, an Israel-born musician and novelist who has been accused of anti-Semitism by both Israeli and Palestinian intellectuals, Kılıçarslan wrote:

“The problem is not Judaism as an Abrahamic religion, but Jewish theology. This theology produced the world’s most dangerous mentality of racism, fascism and supremacism." 

"For Jews to become a harmless community, they need to give up their theology, their understanding of religion," he said.

Atzmon was also quoted by Erdoğan in his famous rant at the 2009 Davos Summit in a debate with Shimon Peres, who was Israel’s president at the time. “When it comes to killing, you know well how to kill.” Erdoğan has said to Peres.