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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

News item:

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday waded into the controversy over comments by Turkey’s prime minister equating Zionism to a crime against humanity, rebuking the leader of the NATO ally by saying such remarks complicate efforts to find peace in the Middle East.


Kerry said the Obama administration found the statements by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “objectionable” and he stressed the “urgent need to promote a spirit of tolerance, and that includes all of the public statements made by all leaders” at a news conference in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

“We not only disagree with it; we found it objectionable,” Kerry said.

Far be it from me to be unappreciative when our administration does something positive. Erdoğan’s statement was indeed ‘objectionable’, although I find the formulation that it “complicates efforts to find peace” somewhat stupid. As if that’s the issue!

The problem is that the statement is far more than just objectionable. Because if Zionism is a crime against humanity, then the existence of the Jewish state is also a crime, a crime committed by the Jewish people, and the only acceptable redress for the ‘victims’ of this crime is to take the state away from the Jews and give it to them.

Erdoğan is inverting reality. The truth is that the Jewish people suffered centuries of oppression and mistreatment in their diaspora, and finally succeeded in returning home. In a rare moment of collective moral clarity, the nations of the world recognized the rightness of this solution to the ‘Jewish problem’ and implemented it in the declaration of the Palestine Mandate. Although this moral moment was short — the British quickly fell back into darkness and tried to prevent  the creation of a Jewish state — it came into being despite their efforts.

Since then, the enemies of the Jewish state and the Jewish people have been trying, by increasingly sophisticated means including war, terrorism, and lately a combination of these with a carefully planned and executed diplomatic and psychological assault aimed at Israel’s supporters and Israelis themselves, to reverse history and re-disperse the Jewish people.

Reality inversion is a tactic that has proven especially effective. So a ficticious ‘people’, the ‘Palestinians’, is created out of heterogeneous Arabs, a false history is created for them, and Jewish history and provenance in the land of Israel is denied. These Palestinians are falsely cast as victims of oppression, expulsion and genocide, when this is both the historical experience of the Jewish people and what their enemies are trying to perpetrate against them yet again.

Israel is accused of targeting children and noncombatants, committing terrorism, establishing an apartheid regime, being racist. But of course it is (for example) the PLO, Hamas and Hizballah who target civilians and children, and who are proud to announce that when ‘Palestine’ is declared, no Jews will live in it.

Self-defense by Jews is particularly offensive to their enemies — because, you see, how dare we claim to have a right of self-defense when we are not on the same level of humanity as our attackers — so Erdoğan was especially infuriated by the short Gaza war of 2008-9, and even more by the self-defense by Israeli commandos against the thugs that tried to kill them on the deck of the Mavi Marmara.

It is important for possibly naive Westerners (including Israeli officials) to grasp that it really doesn’t matter if Israel had a right to intercept the ships, who provoked the violence on the Mavi Marmara, what weapons they had, who fired the first shots or whether the Israelis had any options short of live fire. It is always unthinkable for Jews to kill Muslims, in this case Turks!

The existence of a Jewish state in the ‘Muslim Middle East’ is a similar affront to Arab and Muslim manhood. So in a way it is natural for them to invert reality and see our defensive actions as aggression. But it is also a deliberate tactic, a form of ‘big lie’ technique.

The struggle to destroy the Jewish state that has been carried out since 1948, and which has now reached a truly remarkable degree of sophistication, is in fact the ongoing crime against humanity. The greatest reality inversion of all is to present this extended war against the Jewish people, this multifaceted enterprise that is intended to result in the end of the only Jewish state and probably yet another genocide, as a positive struggle on behalf of the ‘Palestinians’!

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  1. Let's review: The obama response to the canard was tepid at best! The UN reaction that "IF it was interpreted correctly" indicates the continued reticence by the UN to address virulent Jew hatred; the FACT that the US Secretary General sat right next to the ottoman as he made the accusation smiling is indicative; the FACT that it took obama days to even react shows the hostility in the US to Jews under this administration.

  2. As I see it," says DR. YEHUDAH Bauer, MAJOR HOLOCAUST HISTORIAN, "Holocaust survivors are only those people who were physically persecuted by the Nazis or their cohorts. This means people who lived in ghettos and concentration camps or compulsory labor frameworks, who hid or who joined the partisan ranks. I don't mean to denigrate the suffering of people who suffered from race laws and anti-Semitic decree, or those who fled with nothing in their possession, but these are not Holocaust survivors."I AGREE AND REJECT ANY OTHER DEFINTION. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    The Holocaust can no longer be about the brutality, the murder of 6 million, the murder of 1.5 million children, all the horrors that go along with it,”It needs to be about what these brave souls went through, what we can learn from it. We need to charter that into education about love, about caring. If we take from it only the horrors and the murders, that will destroy the relevance of the Holocaust.

  3. Islamophobia: “A Crime against Humanity”.
    OIC Attempts to Globalize US for Islamic Law.

    The United Nations has become a tool to suppress the U.S. and other Western nations into a political and social order orchestrated by dictators, tyrants and powerful individuals whose true agenda is a universal government under global laws. As a result, the U.N. and its arms across the world have become a platform for some of its member to spew propaganda and racial hatred against the U.S. and Israel while cloaking their own crimes against humanity.

    At a recent UN Conference in Vienna, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the podium to address the 2,000 participants, including the UN Secretary-General, the Emir of Qatar, Presidents from Austria and Romania, Foreign Ministers from Iran and Spain about crimes against humanity. He boldly told the participants of the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations' forum that "As with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it is inevitable that Islamophobia be considered a crime against humanity."

    As a nation that advances equality, Americans certainly agree with the outcries of criticism against Erdogan for his remarks that put Zionism in the same category as anti-Semitism and fascism. In light of this, the verbal offense and branding of Zionism as a “crime against humanity” has been denounced by the UN Secretary-General as “hurtful and divisive comments,” “not only wrong," but “contradict the very principles on which the Alliance of Civilizations is based;” has also been condemned by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a news conference in Turkey with his statement “We not only disagree with it…we found it objectionable;” as well as the U.S. senior State Department and a White House spokesman adding their comments that this kind of hate speech has a “corrosive effect” on American-Turkish relations.

    However, the real subject of Erdogan’s comment was ‘Islamophobia,’ soon to be a crime against humanity if Erdogan and other Islamic political and religious leaders would have their way. Just as Israel, the U.S. and (unbelieveably) the U.N. recognize that Zionism is being branded along with anti-Semistism and fascism we must not let them ignore Erdogan’s inclusion of ‘Islamophobia,’ the silencing of any criticism of Islam, as a crime against humanity, a blasphemy against Islam.

    Those in the audience heard: “Islamophobia is a crime against humanity” and along with Zionism we will work to eliminate both. The coupling of Zionism with anti-Semitism and fascism was a planned tactic for the participants and the Muslim world. His remark was a 2-for-1 punch attacking Zionism while silencing the voices that would cut down Islam. His real message took on a different meaning after it left the room.

    Erdogan was not the only speaker to make comments to further the Islamic global agenda. His honorable Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Emir of Qatar also used the platform to complain about “an increase in the manifestations of misunderstanding about Islam and the Islamic civilization in addition to the Muslims’ suffering from marginalization, discrimination and hatred in many parts of the globe.” The Emir called “the Palestinian cause” the “last colonial issue in history.”.

    This attitude towards Zionism is just a cover for hatred towards Israel which is no big news story. In fact, it’s refreshing to hear the truth than have it covered over by ‘taquiyya.’ The really important story is Islamophobia and the United Nations.

    The groundwork for the campaign against Islamophobia began in 1999 with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the 52 Islamic nations’ organization chartered to combat defamation of Islam. They sponsoring several non-binding resolutions condemning the “defamation of religion” that were accepted by the U.N. And every year since, the OIC has had the “anti-blasphemy” resolution put to a vote in the Human Rights Council, their pathway through the U.N. into the U.S. and Europe and the goal of a global Blasphemy Law…and eventually Sharia Law.

    The OIC’s relationship with the U.N. was firmed up in the General Assembly in 2007 with the adoption of Resolution 61/49. This declaration took into account the desire of the U.N. and the (OIC) to continue close cooperation in the political, economic, social, humanitarian, cultural and scientific fields searching for global solutions to international peace and security, disarmament, self-determination.

    Then in 2010, a resolution called ‘Combating Defamation of Religions’ was passed in the Human Rights Council (HRC), a committee of the UN. This was followed later by HRC’s resolution 16/18 called ‘Combating Intolerance, Negative Stereotyping and Stigmatization of, and Discrimination, incitement to Violence and Violence Against, Persons based on Religion or Belief.’.

    The powerful IOC was also successful in 2012 of involving the Obama administration directly in their attempt to get this resolution 16/18 passed. The State department, represented by past Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, hosted and co-chaired three OIC meetings known as the Istanbul Process. These meetings were strongly supported by President Obama enabling the U.N. General Assembly to pass Resolution 16/18 making it an offense for Non-Muslims to Blaspheme Islam.

    The speeches given by both Turkey’s Prime Minister and the Emir of Qatar are continued signs of the never-ending attacks against the Western world, with Israel being front and center. We surely know where this is going…a means to shut down and silence open dialogue about Islamic Ideology and the Qu’ran. It means shutting down individuals like me who are dedicated to exposing the facts about the impending threat of the Islamization of America and Europe, along with the imposition of Sharia Law under the United Nations’ auspices.

    While the public dialogue focuses on the audacity of Zionism being accredited as a crime against humanity, we must not be blind to the bigger picture, the criminalizing of any criticism of Islam and the end of freedom of speech. Once this is implemented Western Civilization is only a short time away from Quranic life and Sharia Law.

  4. I noticed your avatar indicating that you support Marco Rubio in 2016. If that's the presidency or vice presidency, he can forget about it. He is NOT, I repeat, NOT a natural born citizen as the US Constitution requires, and if he were a mensch, he would say so himself. We either live by our laws, or we fundamentally transform America.

  5. Despite differing Israeli and Armenian alliances, the parallels between Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan are astounding. While Iran's mullahs want to see Israel destroyed and Erdogan sees Zionism, the basis for the return of Jews to their ancestral lands as a crime against humanity, President Aliyev of Azerbaijan considers all of the Republic of Armenia, with associated Armenian sites thousands of years old, as belonging to Azerbaijan. Some 20 years ago an Azeri Imam summed up prevailing Islamic belief precisely." Where the green flag of Islam has flown, no land shall be lost, no betrayal permitted."

  6. You may want to check his bio. He WAS born in the US and is fully eligible. That is OUR laws and has been upheld by challenges in the SCOTUS. Unlike obama, Rubio CAN prove his place of birth and it is a matter of public record.He was born in Miami. Are you going t tell us Miami, FL is NOT US territory? GET REAL.

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