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A Turkish Muslim Expresses Love For Israel

Israelis and Turks demonstrate against Erdogan's Turkish regime outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv on June 2, 2013.

Israelis and Turks demonstrate against Erdogan's Turkish regime outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv on June 2, 2013.
Photo Credit: Roni Schutzer/Flash90

JERUSALEM – Yahya Turk, from west Istanbul, is a unique voice in the war-torn Middle East. While Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan was calling Israel’s operation in Gaza ‘worse than the Nazis’, Turk chose to contact an Israeli rabbi and express his support for Israel.

Writing to Rabbi Baruch Efrati, a resident of Efrat in Judea, Turk shared that: “I want you to know that I love Judaism and the Jewish people.” He does not mince words when relating to Turkey’s prime minister: “In Turkey we have a bastard Prime Minister who has been rude to Israel, and I want to apologize to you for his words and actions;he is rude to us secular Turks too.”

Turk heard about Rabbi Efrati when he read an article of his on YnetNews where the rabbi described the Islamization of Europe as a positive development because of the religion’s moral values. “I was amazed and pleased that a rabbi would call the Islamization of Europe a good thing. Likewise I believe an all Jewish Europe would be a great thing too,” Turk told Tazpit News Agency. “I showed the article to my family and they all fell in love with him.”

His drive to write the letter was the advent of violent Islamism in the Middle East: “I felt a desire after seeing the horrors ISIS are committing in Iraq and Syria, along with years of negative media coverage on Muslims that I had to speak up, and Rabbi Efrati was the one to contact.” Turk expressed anger at radical Islam for giving Islam a bad name, as “they don’t talk for us, only their own terrorist group.”

Raised in what he defined as a typical secular Muslim middle class family in Istanbul, where he was taught that the greatest Turk ever was Ataturk and that Secularism is the only way forward for Turks, Turk looks back at that period as better times: “Remember the Ottoman Empire saved Jews from the idol worshiping Christians and again in World War Two, taking in refugees. Our eternal Leader Ataturk praised the Jews and I love you and your people.”

Concluding his message, Turk calls for the Muslims and Jews to unite: “Us God-fearing Muslims and Jews should unite because the God of Abraham is our one true God.”

Responding to his extraordinarily warm words, Rabbi Efrati wrote that he was “glad to read Turk’s words” and noted the unique historical period in which he and Turk are currently living in: “We live together in a world that seeks a deeper identity, meaning and spiritual direction. The wars you mentioned are part of that search; the creator allows it in order to give to the world a free will, to find the truth and right on its own… But we should not lose hope, everything is part of a great progress towards the light and the truth, lead by God, and the wars and difficulties are part of this long journey.”

Relating to Erdogan, Efrati writes: “It is indeed a shame that a great part of Turkey disconnects the heritage of this honest man [Ataturk], and connects to radical Islamic fundamentalism. I’m glad to hear that you oppose the president of your country, who is anti-Semitic, narrow-minded, and does not represent at all the cultural orientation of Ataturk.”

Concluding with words of friendship, Rabbi Efrati states:” These days we are fighting for our right to live as free people in our land; we do not stand alone, with us are many people like you, who support our righteous cause. Together we will win the darkness and illuminate light of faith and hope.” .

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.


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3 Responses to “A Turkish Muslim Expresses Love For Israel”

  1. yeah turskish are not like ishmael descendants who got hatred towards descendants of isaac.ishmaelites=beastic race.

  2. The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15, 2011. It doesn’t take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe – and possibly to the rest of the world.

    THIS WAS IN A SPANISH NEWSPAPER: “EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ ” By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

    “I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz… We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed a chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

    The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

    And under the pretence of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

    They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

    And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

    What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe .

    A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust
    from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

    It is now more than sixty years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, twenty million Russians, ten million Christians, and nineteen-hundred Catholic priests who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated. ‘Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

    How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States?

    If our Judeo-Christian heritage is offensive to Muslims, they should pack up and move to Iran, Iraq or some other Muslim country.

  3. Carole Lucas says:

    Thank you Harriet for sharing that information. All we can do is hope and pray that the eyes and hearts of the rest of the world will be open to the TRUTH.

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