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Turkish Twitter explodes with genocidal Jew-hatred

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Source: gatestoneinstitute

By Uzay Bulut

Although U.S. President Donald Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew condemnation from much of the Muslim world, one reaction stood out — that of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

“Those who think they are the owners of Jerusalem today will not even be able to find trees to hide behind tomorrow,” he said, during a Human Rights Day event in Ankara on December 10.

Erdoğan was referring to a hadith (a reported saying by Islam’s prophet, Mohammed) about Judgement Day:

“Abu Huraira reported Allaah’s Messenger (sall Allaahua layhiwa sallam) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allaah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.”

Radical Turks echoed Erdoğan’s sentiment on social media. Under the hashtag #KudüseSahipÇık (“Safeguard Jerusalem”), which quickly became a trending topic, Turkish Twitter-users expressed a seething Jew-hatred — not hatred of Israelis, but Jews. Here are some examples:

  • “I hope this will be a cause of war for us. I will spit on the blood of Jews.”
  • “[With each] Jew massacred, the world will get more relaxed, and say ‘I have got rid of those filths’.”
  • “The ummah [Islamic community] is ready for an intifada. They can exterminate the Jew.”
  • “To declare Jerusalem the capital [of Israel] means to start a new war in the Middle East. We have no fear of war. [The question is] Where will we bury millions of Jewish bodies? To touch
    Jerusalem means an end to Jews.”
  • “The Jew is cowardly. He cannot fight. He trusts his money, and recruits soldiers. But what we need is unity and livelihood.”
  • “For Jerusalem to belong to Muslims, not a single Jew should be left alive in Palestinian lands. It is either victory or victory.”
  • “Oh Allah! Do not take my soul before you grant me the privilege to engage in jihad against Israeli Jewish dogs.”
  • “There is only one thing to be said about Jews: There has never been a more cowardly, dishonorable, and peasant nation like them. The victory will definitely be ours.”

Some Twitter-users praised Hitler for killing Jews, while others condemned him for not doing a sufficient job. Then there are
those who suggested persecuting Turkish Jews. Tagging Turkish Interior Minister
Süleyman Soylu, one user tweeted:

“Synagogues, the Israeli consulate and Jews… If we burn down,
destroy and kill all of these things, will we be considered criminals
now?”

Other Tweets in the same vein included:

  • “Close all synagogues in Turkey. Either arrest or
    deport all Jewish citizens. Close all the water lines to Israel. Then they
    will croak automatically.”
  • “What if we shut down synagogues and churches? And
    open Hagia Sophia [Christian Basilica in Istanbul] to [Muslim]
    worship?”
  • “Chain all the synagogues in Istanbul. Tolerance
    has limits. Jerusalem is the capital of Muslim believers.”

Erdoğan’s statements — and those of Turks who share his worldview
— are further evidence that fundamentalist Muslims oppose Israel’s very
existence as a sovereign Jewish state. Their fury over Trump’s Jerusalem
declaration has nothing to do with U.S. or Israeli policies. Their fury stems
from Jews existing in Israel as a powerful nation – not as dhimmis (second-class
and persecuted people). Fanatic Muslims cannot get over the fact that Jews
still live in, and are in charge of, supposedly their Muslim holy land.

These reactions are also the most observable examples of Islamist
genocidal hatred of Jews and extreme Islamist intolerance of a non-Islamic
faith’s religious sensibilities and its national history.

To justify their rage, these radicals rewrite history. Their
claims that Jerusalem is a Muslim holy city, for example, are false. While
Jerusalem is mentioned 850 times in the Old Testament, it is not mentioned once
in the Koran. Ever since King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel some
3,000 years ago, the city has played a central role in Jewish
existence. It only became a focus of Muslim agitation in 1980, when Israel
adopted a Basic Law —
equivalent to a constitutional provision — declaring united Jerusalem as its
capital.

Muslims never declared Jerusalem their capital, even when they
controlled the area later called “Palestine,” after their invasion in
the seventh century. Instead, in the beginning of the eighth century, they
built the city of Ramla and named it their local capital. Jordan also did not
declare Jerusalem a Muslim capital when it controlled the city
from 1948 to 1967
. Moreover, during those 19 years, the only Arab leader who even
visited Jerusalem was King Abdullah I of Jordan — who was
assassinated there in 1951 by an Arab nationalist associated with the former
mufti of the city.

It is true that Al-Aqsa Mosque is located
in Jerusalem; the first reference to the mosque appeared in the 12th century.
Yet, the common perception that the Temple Mount, where Al-Aqsa is situated, is
the “third-holiest site in Islam” is based on a rhetorical ploy:
Mecca is Islam’s holiest place; Medina is its second-holiest. For Jews,
Jerusalem is the holiest city and the Temple Mount the holiest site; Judaism’s
second-holiest site is the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, which Muslims
usurped when they conquered the city in the 7th century and re-named it the
Ibrahimi Mosque. If Muslims are entitled to have control over the city that
hosts their so-called “third-holiest site,” why do they oppose Jewish
control over the city that contains Judaism’s first- and second-holiest sites?

Many Muslims also often purposely muddy that Jerusalem’s status as
the capital of Israel does not compromise the religious freedom of Muslims and
Christians. In fact, the city has never in its history been as open to pilgrims
from all religions as it has been under Israeli rule. By contrast,
during the 19 years when the Old City and its holy sites were under Jordanian
occupation, Jews — regardless of the origin of their passports — were
prohibited to visit and pray there. Still today, Jews visiting the Temple Mount
are prohibited from praying there.

Since the advent of Islam, Muslim regimes have destroyed — or
converted into mosques
 — synagogues, churches, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and
other non-Muslim places of worship. Accusing Israel of engaging in such
behavior is both a projection and a propaganda device.

The false narrative about Jerusalem is part of what Moshe Sharon,
Professor Emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem, calls the “Islamization of History.” The basic attitude, he says,

“is that … all major figures of history basically are
Muslim — from Adam down to our own time. So, if the Jews or Christians are
demanding something and basing it on the fact that there was a king called
Solomon or a king called David, or a prophet called Moses or Jesus, they say
something which is not true or, in fact, they don’t know that all these figures
were basically Muslim figures.”

He further explains:

“Anywhere which was connected with these people or with these
prophets who were all Muslims becomes a Muslim territory. And therefore, when
Islam was not in …the Middle East or other parts outside of the Middle East
which are now Muslim… any place like this had to be freed, not to be
conquered. … Islam appeared in history in the time of Mohammed — or
reappeared in history from their point of view — as a liberator…”

…presumably of an Islamic religion that existed since forever
and was distorted by religions which came
along later: Judaism and Christianity.

That is why the struggle of Israel is also the struggle of the
West against sharia-imposed historic revisionism and the slavery of dhimmitude,
the second-class, “tolerated” status assigned by Islamists to Jews
and other non-Muslims. It is a struggle for freedom in which the Jewish people
take back their history and freedom from Islamist and other dictators and
preserve them in their own ancient homeland.

The Islamist understanding of history and geography, however, is
completely different from scientific and historical facts.

According to Islamists, all prominent figures beginning from Adam
and Eve were Muslim, therefore all the lands where they lived were Muslim
lands. Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Yazidism, and others are not
belief systems which could also be respected. The believers of all those
religions are occupiers in Muslim lands. They are not natives or honorable
residents. They are not even communities whose rights and religious liberty
should be respected as much as that of Muslims. They have, in fact, according
to this view, abandoned the only true religion; they have therefore been cursed
and will be punished by Allah unless they convert to Islam. If they are allowed
to live despite that, it is all because of the “mercy” of Islamists
— but they are always to remain inferior to Muslims.

This is what Islamists assert and have acted on in the lands they
rule. But science — including real history, archeology, and objective
theological studies, among others — would disagree with the Islamists’
revisionist understanding of history.

It is natural that a religion claims that it is the only true one.
But most do so by still recognizing and respecting other faiths and their
histories. What is destructive and intolerant is if one religion denies the
authenticity of other religions and dehumanizes and demonizes their believers.
This distorted and misleading understanding of world history has also helped to
create extremely oppressive and violent Muslim regimes that have never treated
non-Muslims as equals.

An ideology that asserts that all of human history is actually its
own history, and other faiths are just inventions created by frauds that led
their believers astray, and that misled people who will burn in hell forever
because they do not believe in the only eternal, true, and perfect religion, is
not fit to create a tolerant culture that is respectful to, and accepting of,
other faiths. That is why this denialist, supremacist, and totalitarian
ideology has not been able to promote religious, cultural, or intellectual
diversity at any time in history in the lands that it took over.

This denialist view on history, which recognizes nothing but
Islam, is what mainly creates the enormous differences in understanding between
the Islamists who falsely claim ownership of Jerusalem and the Jews of Israel
who rebuilt their homeland and wish to live there in dignity.

The Islamists attempt falsely to Islamize history, by combining it
with the hate-filled teachings in Islamic
scripture openly claiming that Jews and other non-Muslims are “cursed by
Allah” and “shall be killed off.” This revisionist history is
how and why fundamentalists such as Erdoğan — and the Turkish Twitter-users
who follow his lead — have no compunction about disseminating genocidal
vitriol.

Their lies need to be exposed for what they are: antisemitism and
falsehoods disguised as legitimate criticism of U.S. and Israeli policy.

Uzay Bulut, a Turkish journalist born and raised a Muslim, is
currently based in Washington D.C.