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Turkish-Muslim TV Commentator Goes to Bat for Israel

Despite the risks, Ozbudak believes that 'someone should speak up and say the truth, so others can follow.'

Ceylan Ozbudak

Ceylan Ozbudak

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Ceylan Ozbudak is a Turkish TV commentator, peace activist, and supporter of the State of Israel. Ozbudak says she values the fact that

Israel has this democratic perspective which is very hard to find in the Middle East. There are minorities in the Knesset, which is hard to find in the Middle East. The democracy of Israel is something that we should all take an example from, as well as the religiousness. I am a religious person and respect religion.

According to Ozbudak, “People in the region look up to Israeli religiousness and this have set an example for other Muslims in the region.” Turkey, for example, has more mosques per capita than any other country in the world, even Saudi Arabia, and average Turks usually pray. Mosques are always full in Turkey. Thus, when the Jewish people value and respect their religion, it helps advance the cause of peace, for it helps Israel to fit into this very religious region of the world.

Ozbudak believes that Muslims around the world should recognize Israel’s right to exist:

According to Islam, Jews have the right to live in Israel until the day of resurrection, the end of the world. The Qur’an says, “Dwell in this land and when the promise of the End of Day comes to be fulfilled, we shall ensemble you there.”

Opposition to Radical Islam

She believes Hamas opposing Israel’s right to exist is merely one of many ways in which Hamas is behaving un-Islamically. Other manifestations include harming innocent people in violation of Islamic laws on armed conflict and engaging in offensive rather than defensive wars.  Ozbudak says that, “There is also no offensive war in Islam, only a defensive war. You cannot fire rockets at a place that is not fighting with you.”

Ozbudak is very much opposed to radical Islam. She claims,

They hate women, animals, art, science, every thing beautiful. What they are doing has nothing to do with Islam. It is a great danger to Islam.

Our Prophet had agreements with Jews and Christians, and they got along with them. The first Islamic country had Jews, Christians and Muslims living in peace. Caliph Umar invited the Jews back to Jerusalem. We learn Islam from these people. Al Qaeda and the Taliban have nothing to do with this.

Ozbudak, as an advocate for peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Jews, believes that the main obstacle to peace in the Middle East remains ideology. Thus, the ideology of hatred that permeates the Arab world needs to cease. She believes that the best way to diminish this hatred is to promote people to people interactions among the various peoples of the Middle East so that the peoples of the region can coexist with each other. In other words, peace should be built up from the bottom upwards.

Targeted by Terror

Unfortunately, Ozbudak and her group in Istanbul that supports peaceful coexistence within Israel have been targeted by radical Islamists for their beliefs. Evidently, al Qaeda had a list of targets within Istanbul. The first on the list was a synagogue, yet Muslim scholar Adnan Oktar, with whom Ozbudak is affiliated, was number two on the list.

Ozbudak believes this is because Oktar has been very outspoken in favor of peaceful coexistence with Israel. In fact, he and his friends have even held four conferences within Israel itself, as well as hosting members of the Israeli press and political leadership. Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and Israeli Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara, among others, have appeared on his TV show.

Nevertheless, despite the risks, Ozbudak believes that “someone should speak up and say the truth, so others can follow.” In an era when radical Islam is on the upswing, it is refreshing to have a Turkish voice such as Ceylan Ozbudak supporting peaceful coexistence with Israel.

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About the Author: Rachel Avraham is a news editor and political analyst for Jerusalem Online News, the English language internet edition of Israel's Channel 2 News. She completed her masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University. The subject of her MA thesis was: "Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab media."


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48 Responses to “Turkish-Muslim TV Commentator Goes to Bat for Israel”

  1. What nonsense.

    ''Our Prophet had agreements with Jews and Christians, and they got along with them. The first Islamic country had Jews, Christians and Muslims living in peace. Caliph Umar invited the Jews back to Jerusalem. We learn Islam from these people. Al Qaeda and the Taliban have nothing to do with this.''.

    The only way one could come to that conclusion is to ignore the second half of the koran, the all important portion that abrogates the earlier half from the Meccan period. Peddling false narratives is an abysmal substitute for sound scholarship, something of which is grossly lacking in all of these article recently posted at the JP. It's obvious that serious articles based on scholarship doesn't matter here, inventing narratives made up of whole cloth is of more importance.

  2. אהובה טייב says:

    Ever heard of the story of Shabtai Zvi ??
    Ever read "Rissalah al Yemen", Iggeret Teman, Epistle to Yemen of our Rambam ??

  3. Excellent article. I always try to find examples like this because I know that Truth opens hearts, even the hearts of people that we perceive of as our "enemy."

  4. I appreciate Ceylan for what she stand for but we need Arab leader and Arab media to speakout.

  5. I ment leaders from all Arab ountries

  6. Ceren Ataman says:

    Dear Kenneth, you said second half of the Koran involves hostility agains Jews. Would you please give us an example from the verses of the Koran. Because I read the Koran several times and did not see any verse that involves hostility agains Jews. Best regards.

  7. Donny Kligman says:

    Well said Kenneth!

  8. Melis Bayrak says:

    I thank you Rachel Avraham and Ceylan Özbudak.

  9. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG AMERICA MUST UNITE.

    Sent: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 11:28 am.
    Subject: [SPE-121-02] latest video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTYenEIEUp4

  10. "Approximately 51% of the Medinan Koran text is about jihad and verbal threats directed against Jews, non-Muslims and hypocrites (half-hearted Muslims). The Koran of Medina is 10.8% Jew hatred in nature." http://www.newenglishreview.org/Bill_Warner/Understanding_The_Koran/

  11. Grace Acosta says:

    This is all well and good, but what I don't understand is why she's preaching to us Jews. Shouldn't she be getting published in Al Jazeera or something?

  12. Sam Westrop says:

    Once again, the JewishPress is promoting an anti-semitic cult who use interfaith and false claims to support Israel to further their unique brand of Turkish Islamism.

    Harun Yahya, aka Adnan Oktar, whom this woman works for, states on his own website that he is the author of 'Judaism and Freemasonry'.

    http://www.harunyahyaimpact.com/haberDetay.php?haberId=117456

    Newsweek described the book as an 'anti-Semitic tract'.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2001/11/04/tolerating-the-intolerable.html

    New Humanist describes it: a derivative retread of anti-Semitic clichés in the manner of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which identified Jews and the masons as the devious obstacles to the emergence of a new, powerful Turkish-Muslim nation. “The principal mission of Jews and Freemasons in Turkey,” Oktar wrote, “was to erode the spiritual, religious, and moral values of the Turkish people and make them like animals.”.

    He also lists the book here: http://thecompleteworksofharunyahya.wordpress.com/tag/judaism-and-freemasonry/.

    Oktar's group is good at expunging incriminatory text – it'll disappear soon. Like everything, we've saved the PDFs and screenshots.

    He also writes about a book called 'Behind the Scenes of Terrorism' (also shown in the link above), in which he claims the mafia was brought about as a result of Israeli terrorism and the "jewish arms trade".

    See more about Oktar and his group here: http://standforpeace.org.uk/adnan-oktar-and-the-islamist-sex-cult/.

  13. Have you noticed how the women in Adnan Oktar's sex cult all look like clones of each other?

  14. David Toube says:

    Ooooh is it a SEX cult Aymenn? I had just put it down as some sort of anti-evolution scam. But sex? With bottle blondes? That's what they're offering?

  15. David Toube says:

    Also – this will mean nothing to you at all, but I've always thought Oktar looked a bit like the bloke of the Mastermind game box, from the 1970s:

    http://www.tnelson.demon.co.uk/mastermind/images/mastermind1.jpg

  16. This FrontPageMag symposium is a must read. Both Bill Warner and Robert Spencer, as well as Jamie Glazov, peel back the layers on supposed reform of Islam. http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=30658

  17. Hasan Afzal says:

    Funny you should say that David, he reminds me of Shang Tsung from the Mortal Kombat series:
    http://cdn.gamerant.com/wp-content/uploads/Mortal-Kombat-Shang-Tsung-Trailer.jpg

  18. Sam Westrop says:

    Have you also noticed that some of the cult-member women showing lots of cleavage are actually wearing skin coloured suits that go right up to their necks? It's conservatively risqué…

    http://www.bursadabugun.com/galeri/magazin/adnan-oktar-in-guzelleri-twitter-i-karistirdi-2690/56.html

    These are clearly serious advocates for change…

  19. Lisa Michelle says:

    The problem is, David Toobe, Oktar's cult is not just about sex, it's about sexual exploitation and abuse. Oktar abuses his women, and this might include Ceylan. If anyone here truly cares about her, they wouldn't continue to allow him to exploit them further by providing a platform for his message.

  20. Yori Yanover says:

    Sam Westrop · You're citing from the New Humanist? Seriously? They despise anyone who believes in God, not just the ones with the blond chicks. I can't believe that you try out arguments from a vehemently anti-religious source in a Jewish Press forum.

    Also, in terms of ethics, before sharing a person's private email, as in my response to your request today, it is ethical to ask their permission first. For someone seeking to clean up other people's back yard you're pretty deep in the fertilizer.

  21. Yori Yanover says:

    I highly recommend this shiur on Igeret Rav Ovadia Hager, you'll find in it a very satisfying presentation of Rambam's view.

    http://www.meirtv.co.il/site/content_idx.asp?idx=54411&cat_id=3892

  22. Sam Westrop says:

    What a wonderful response! Can't refute the facts, expresses dislike for the source.

    What's even more wonderful is that you're terribly upset about a secularist publication which objects to anti-Jewish bigotry but you are happy to publish a Holocaust denier on a Jewish site.

  23. Winston Zhang says:

    Sam Westrop There is a reason why Oktar chose women with huge twin minarets. Didn't Erdogan stated that "minarets are our bayonets…."?

  24. Lisa Michelle says:

    Sam Westrop, please add your above comment with the various citations to the comment section of the previous Jewish Press article written by Bert Schlossberg. If Yori continues to denigrate the once credible reputation of The Jewish Press and leave at vital information about Oktar's extremely dark record, we need to ensure they are properly armed with the tools to discern truth from fiction.

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