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In an Ocean of Islamic Hatred We Discovered True Friends

Sinem Tezyapar has been laboring over the virtual pages of The Jewish Press to debate against Islamic anti-Semitism.

Turkish Muslim leader Adnan Oktar meeting with former Israeli Chief Rabbi Israel Lau.

Turkish Muslim leader Adnan Oktar meeting with former Israeli Chief Rabbi Israel Lau.

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The Jewish Press has been widely and wildly criticized for giving voice to a young Turkish, Muslim author named Sinem Tezyapar, who is, essentially, a spokesperson for author and television personality Adnan Oktar, pen named Harun Yahya, also a Turkish religious Muslim.

Oktar and his followers (feel free to use the terms “Sect” or “Cult,” it’s not anything they haven’t heard before) are no friends of the secularist establishment in Turkey. Oktar himself has done some serious time in Turkish prison, and his followers live in constant fear of persecution. They are also hated and regularly harassed by fascistic Muslims such as the Al Qaida thugs.

After a fairly jaded start, in which Oktar, or people in his employ, published several books denying the Holocaust and attacking Israel, this Muslim leader began a kind of transformation. He became better acquainted with Judaism and with Zionist history through some new Jewish friends (e.g. Jerusalem-based writer Ehud Tokatly) he was making over the Internet. He recognized his mistakes, apologized for the Holocaust denial book–which he had not authored, and started forging a brand new Muslim vision of a peaceful Middle East in which Israel is not only a Jewish Homeland ruling over its entire biblical territory, but also a place where the Jewish Temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem to become the center of adoration by the entire faithful world.

In addition, Adnan Oktar has played host to major Jewish and Israeli figures, including former Israeli Chief Rabbi Israel Lau, the late Rabbi Menachem Froman, and several past and present Israeli politicians, including many of the Shas leadership.

Sinem Tezyapar, essentially representing her teacher’s lessons, has been laboring over the virtual pages of The Jewish Press to debate against Islamic antisemitism, and presenting through cited verses a positive and optimistic vision of the Koran. At every turn, she has expressed nothing but love and acceptance of Jews and the Torah tradition. I’ve been responsible for bringing her work to this website and for preparing it for publication, and so I’ve been intimately familiar with it. There are no false notes here, no hidden agendas.

And so I was taken aback by the vitriolic response of so many of our readers, who attacked Sinem either as a naïve simpleton who doesn’t really understand what a hateful religion she follows, or a sinister Svengali, looking to trap innocent Jews in her web of lies.

At this stage of the game, the caustic debate has spread beyond our own website, to dedicated websites and Facebook pages, intended to smear both the author and us, the supposedly duped Jewish Press. That’s why I feel compelled to respond, so that we’re on the record, rather than to allow some outsider decide what our position might be.

For the record, then, and please feel free to copy and paste this to your hearts’ content (you got that, Israel Matzav?), here are the reasons why The Jewish Press has been publishing these articles:

First, Sinem and Oktar are not promoting terrorism, on the contrary, they openly and unequivocally denounce violence, hatred, anti-Semitism and terrorism.

That’s huge. As a Jew, member of a persecuted minority, my first inquiry regarding a gentile person must be: is he interested in killing me? It’s also recommended to anyone else when picking friends and loved ones, but to Jews it’s absolutely essential.

So, while millions of Muslims want me dead in many different hellish ways, these folks from Istanbul don’t. I find it refreshing and a very good start towards a better future. In fact, once I’m convinced—and I am—that they don’t want me dead, I don’t really care how truly devout they are, how chaste they are (or are not), and what are their preferred peccadilloes. It’s a group of monotheistic gentiles what don’t want me dead – I’m totally happy.

Second, they are preaching an alternative interpretation of Islam, promoting peace, love, tolerance and democracy.

They live in Turkey, for crying out loud, don’t you think they know that most Muslim leaders and followers the world over disagree with them? But they have the courage, even the chutzpah, to tell the world—and they publish unabashedly on Muslim and Arab websites as well—what Islam should be.

Unlike some American sitting in his Mom’s basement, typing away how naïve Sinem is, she is actually putting her money—and her life—where her keyboard is. And she’s doing it patiently, humbly, never an angry word, never a snappy retort. I couldn’t do it, honestly.

So we discovered these lovely Muslim peaceniks, who are lovey-dovey about Jews and Israel, and who completely ignore the grim realities of a billion Muslims out there who hate us. Fine. It still means these strange Muslim don’t want me dead, right? That definitely goes on the plus side in my ledger.

Third, they support Israel’s right to exist as an independent Jewish State, based on the Koran, they pray for the coming of the King Mashiach ben David, they support the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, they oppose Holocaust denial, they support the rebuilding of the Third Temple on the same Temple Mount. Is it any wonder they are being accused by radical Islamists that they are Zionist agents?

A recent Al Qaida attack in Istanbul, I’m told, was in retaliation for Oktar’s hosting of Rabbi Lau.

So, Muslim peaceniks, don’t want to kill me, and they’re saying my country belongs to me. Beats my European friends who say I must give away another two thirds of my country so that my neighbors might agree I have the right to exist.

Fourth, it is in our own interest to embrace friends of the Jews and of Israel. Plenty of Jews happily embrace messianic evangelicals who write openly that all they want is for us to convert to Christianity, and they even know that we’re all going there, like it or not, when That Man supposedly returns. We trumpet any pope who says we no longer have to pay for crucifying what’s his name. We’re a tiny nation, we can’t afford to scoff at anyone who wants to be our friend and lives up to it.

So, please, people, get with it. We’re in a war for our lives in which every friend counts. Enough with the crazy talkbacks.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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82 Responses to “In an Ocean of Islamic Hatred We Discovered True Friends”

  1. Yori Yanover says:

    Good enough. And if after all of that they declare they don't want to kill me but instead want to live in peace — it's a big improvement.

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    And we are explicitly ordered by the Torah to kill all Canaanites, all Amalekites, adulterers, idol worshipers, and rebellious sons, not to mention to inflict retaliatory blindings. At least that would be your impression if you read the Torah without a background in rabbinic writings. Islam is the same way; any commandment to kill Jews was nullified by Caliph Omar in the early 7th century. The facts are that the rabbinic attitude towards Islam is actually more favorable than their attitude towards Christianity, and that while living under Muslim rule was generally no picnic for Jews, it was far better than the crusades, expulsions, inquisitions, pogroms, and holocaust that the Christians gave us.

  3. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    The point is why should Jews HAVE to live under Islamic rule? Isn't that the real question. I surely don't want to.

  4. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    Yori Yanover …and you never heard of taquiyya, kitman or any of the other "fool" the kafir concepts of Islam? You do Jews a huge DISservice by continuing to publish this stuff and to believe it. Most Jews don't believe it.

  5. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    Charlie Hall …are you forgetting that the Grand Mufti (MOSLEM) was in cahoots with Hitler? Did you forget the MOSLEMS were the first ones to force Jews to wear yellow armbands in 807 AD?

  6. Yori, except for one paragraph about "That Man" I think that your article is great. Right on! I wish I had your gift of getting straight to the point – graphically! wham! You ought to be in Media. The only thing I want to add – This may be a new interpretation of Islam, or may be diving and delving into the "spiritual application" of Islam. No matter. And as I see it, it's needed, and, what is more, that's what is continually being done by the Tanakh, and rightly. I do not see any Orthodox Jews stoning their rebelious children a la the Torah, at least not in Brooklyn or Tallahassee, at least not in public.

  7. Yori, your take on this is exactly why I sought out Sinem as a friend on facebook. I was so impressed with her attitude towards us Jews. I'm sure you and I can point out all the reasons why Muslims are taught to hate us from the Koran, but if there are those who can go above those statements and rise to care to be our friends anyway, then bless them for doing so. I just hope there are others who want to befriend us and not hate us.

  8. Edit…Delete…Bernhard Rosenberg · 64 years old.
    Here is proof that the murderers in Boston are extremists Muslims. It is in Russian, II had someone translate it. It is his Facebook with extremist Muslim beliefs. Check out it out for yourself. My Synagogue and I have been threatened and damage was done to my garage door. and side of the house. This was sent by me to the Edison police and the F.B.I.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg,


  9. Yori Yanover says:

    Nanette CohenRayman — You're forgetting that 6 million Jews were annihilated by European Christians. And yet, when today Germans, Poles and others extend a hand of peace to us, we grab it. It's what small nationa do to survive, grab whatever friends are out there. Surely Hitler was a worse person than the Mufti, and yet you don't seem so irate at the notion of Jews living in peace with Germans.

  10. Yori Yanover says:

    Charlie Hall — I've been waiting for you to join this rough and tumble, mister. Nice to hear from you.

  11. Rafi Schutzer says:

    So what are they actually doing besides self-promotion? It's truly sickening to listen to their Koran thumping on Facebook. How are they better than the Xtian missionaries if they want to re-ottomanize the mideast. It's just a power delusion. http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1643.htm

  12. Rafi Schutzer says:

    Nanette CohenRayman Here's his real face: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1643.htm

  13. Rafi Schutzer says:

    Nanette CohenRayman Here's his real face: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1643.htm

  14. Rafi Schutzer says:

    Nanette CohenRayman Here's his real face: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1643.htm

  15. Rafi Schutzer says:

    Bert, just watch this please:


  16. Rafi Schutzer says:

    Bert, just watch this please:


  17. Rafi Schutzer says:

    Bert, just watch this please:


  18. Rafi Schutzer says:

    Nadene, check out the tree that Sinem and Aylin fell from


  19. Blessings and Covering by HaShem.. Zap that! Yeh somebody better hide the Truth. shalom g.

  20. I see the Press in Israel is pretty much like the major News Medias in all countries. Hide the Truth if it is Not Politically Correct.

  21. Dang I Hate liars and Decievers, who manipulate truth to their gain, even if it costs 100's or millions their lives. But i don't want or need to kill them. The God of Israel ''IS'' Still in full Control and He Is Getting Ready to intervene in the near future.. There is Still a God in and over Israel.. Amein?

  22. Selim Amado says:

    I am not sure that Mr. Oktar is such an influential religious personality in Turkey.

  23. Yori Yanover says:

    Rafi Schutzer · I'm not sure, and I don't really care. They don't proselytize over this website, they're polite and sweet, and they express friendship. That's it.

  24. Lee Smith says:

    its 2013 crazy liberal queer

  25. Yeshayahu Hollander says:

    Yanover is right, of course. The problem in this 2007 film is with the statement by Mr. Oktar that Zionism wants to rule the world.
    Mr. Oktar is human. He is influenced by what he reads – and has not sufficient knowledge to refute. Mr. Oktar differentiated between religious Zionists, with whom he says he has no problem, on one hand, and secular Zionists, about whom Mr. Oktar believed that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are correct. Notice that this film is from 2007. Recently he has learned that the Protocols are entirely false, and that they were published before secular Zionism was established. See also http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/turkish-muslim-leader-calls-erdogan-on-his-zionism-slur/2013/03/07/

    Yanover knows about Takiyya. Takiyya is a factor in evaluation of what one hears. Yanover has indicated a reply to this also.
    I hope to post in a day or two a comprehensive article.

  26. Les Le Gear says:

    IMO for every one "reasonable" muslim there are 1000 fanatics. This is analagous to "man bites dog".

  27. Rafi Schutzer says:

    Why don't you have on Nazis to tell us of the beauty of Wagner, Goethe and Handel? Why do Jews in Brooklyn need to be subjected to this kind of pathological liar and his troupe of blonde bombshell zombies? : http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1643.htm

  28. Rafi Schutzer says:

    Watch the video and you'll be sure he is a crook. The question is how much is the Jewish press being paid to carry his lies on this site?


  29. Rafi Schutzer says:

    He's another dog. Watch the video and you'll be sure. The question is how much is the Jewish press being paid to carry his lies on this site?


  30. Rafi Schutzer says:

    Watch the video and be ready for a shock if you think this guy is on our side. The question is how much is the Jewish press being paid to carry his lies on this site?


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