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August 28, 2014 / 2 Elul, 5774
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Well-known Turkish Jewish Couple Found Murdered

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

(JTA) — A prominent Turkish Jewish couple were found murdered in their Istanbul home.

Police discovered the bodies of husband and wife, Jak Karako, 77, and Georgia Karako, 69, inside their apartment on Friday. They had been stabbed multiple times.

The Karakos were the former owners of Ören Bayan, one of Turkey’s most famous textile companies. According to media reports, the police are searching for the couple’s caretaker, whom they suspect of committing the crime.

According to the Daily Sabah newspaper, police entered the apartment after relatives were unable to contact the couple.

Hamas Takes ‘Credit’ for Kidnap-Murder of Three Israeli Teens

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

A senior Hamas spokesman in Turkey said that the terrorist organization was responsible for the kidnap-murder of three Israeli yeshiva students two months ago, contradicting original Hamas claims that an independent terrorist cell murdered the boys.

The Hamas official, Salach Al-Aruri, boasted of the “heroic action of the Kassam Brigades who kidnapped three settlers in Hebron.”

The three teenagers, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, 16 were abducted and murdered near Hebron. Their bodies were not found for more than two week, and their disappearance galvanized the country in prayer and in a demand that Israel smash the Hamas terrorist infrastructure.

The statement that “credited” Hamas with the kidnap-murders was made at a Turkish conference of the World Association of Muslim Scholars.

If that is what interests Muslim academics, it says a lot about their warped ideology.

Khaled Mashaal, Mahmoud Abbas Set to Meet in Qatar

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who lives in Qatar, is set to meet Thursday in the Qatari capital of Doha with Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, who remains head of the Palestinian Authority.

On the agenda will be the latest cease-fire proposal advanced by Egypt, and everything else that is going on in the region and affecting their two factions.

It is Mashaal, egged on by Qatar and possibly also Iran, who has stopped Hamas in Gaza from settling on an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement with Israel thus far.

Mashal is no friend of Abbas, particularly since Hamas has worked hard to sabotage the recent ‘reconciliation’ deal with which he tried to build a new Palestinian Authority unity government.

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) released for publication on Monday that top Hamas leader Salah al-Arouri ordered a strategic campaign of attacks against Israel from the comfort of his home in Turkey, which backs the terrorist organization.

Arouri reportedly intended the budding third intifada to destablize the political and security situation in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, and thereby sabotage the new PA unity government.

But in a joint counter terror operation by the IDF and Shin Bet, 93 Hamas terrorists were arrested in Judea and Samaria. A large number of weapons caches were picked up, and a massive amount of money was seized as well.

Brigadier General Tamir Yadi, Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, told journalists, “Over the last few months, the IDF and ISA uncovered a vast Hamas terror infrastructure. Upon receiving the intelligence from the ISA, the brigade’s forces prepared to embark on a number of arrests and counter terrorist operations in Beitunia, Deir Qaddis, Bethlehem and Dir Abu Mash’al. “IDF forces made a significant step against terrorism, demolishing the houses of those responsible for the kidnapping and murder of the three boys, which led to operation “Brothers’ Keeper”.

“The mission sends a severe message to those that wish to take part in terrorism, that such acts will not go unpunished and bare a direct retaliation. We will continue to use all our resources and abilities in order to deter such acts of terrorism. The IDF, in cooperation with the ISA and other security forces, will continue to operate against terror infrastructures in the Judea and Samaria Division,” he added.

Since Hamas seized control over Gaza in 2007, creating in effect a separatist state out of the region and wresting it away from the rest of the Palestinian Authority, the terror group has sabotaged numerous attempts by Abbas to ‘reconcile’ and form a unity government. Each time, the two factions announce an agreement — and then Hamas finds a way to slide out of it at the last minute.

The sticking point is, in reality, the fact that the Ramallah-based government has been made to understand by U.S. and European backers that it will receive no funding if it does not renounce violence, abandon terror, uphold prior legal agreements and formally recognize the existence and legitimacy of the State of Israel.

Hamas is committed to the absolute annihilation of Israel; it is written in the group’s founding charter, which it has never amended and has said it never will.

But Mashaal has been hosted by Qatar since leaving his headquarters in Damascus at the start of the Syrian civil war three years ago, when tensions rose between the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and the Hamas-led Palestinian Arab enclave there.

Turkey’s President-elect Erdogan Building PR via Israel & Gaza

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Turkey’s President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan — the country’s current prime minister — is scoring major public relations points at home via Gaza, through Israel.

Erdogan is raising millions for Gaza residents left homeless in the wake of a war on Israel started by their Hamas terrorist leaders.

The Ankara government has raised $20.8 million dollars so far to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza since the start of Operation Protective Edge, according to the Yeni Safak newspaper, which quoted Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler.

The country’s international development agency, TIKA, provided 15,000 Gaza families “through its permanent office in Gaza, under the ongoing heavy Israeli attacks,” Isler claimed in a written statement to the paper.

A rundown of benefits provided by the Turkish government included:

  • Daily food for more than 350,000 Palestinian Authority unity government Arabs since the beginning of Ramadan (but it was not made clear whether they were all residents of Gaza);
  • ‘Desperately-needed fuel’ for the Palestinian Energy Authority; and
  • Medicine and generators delivered by the Turkish Red Crescent.

In addition, Turkey transferred 18 wounded people to Ankara for medical treatment “as part of a plan to evacuate “thousands” from Gaza.

What was not mentioned was the pivotal role of Israel and Egypt in all of this: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was careful to first visit both nations to formally request the use of their airspace prior to sending aircraft to collect anyone from Gaza or deliver any form of aid.

As a matter of fact, Turkish aircraft have been using Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport to transfer all of the supplies and transport patients between Gaza and Ankara.

In addition, all aid deliveries to the region have been carried out with the full cooperation of the State of Israel via the land crossings into Gaza.

That, despite some rather vicious, anti-Israeli rhetoric by Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s prime minister to date, including comparing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with Hitler.

Also not mentioned was the fact that the top terrorist in Hamas, Salah al-Arouri, is living safely in Turkey, far from the reach of Israel and well within range of those from whom he can raise funds to finance more attacks against the Jewish State.

Erdogan has tightened Turkey’s ties with Iran and has equated Zionism with racism, leading the country in an anti-Semitic direction that has threatened the good relations Turkish Jews have always enjoyed with their neighbors. Breitbart News this week quoted one businessman as saying that Turks now swear at Jews in the street. The site reported that “one hotel warned in response to an email message requesting to book a room that ‘for your further safety concerns it is our duty to inform you that the Palestine embassy is our next door neighbor and we do not have private security within the hotel.’”

No need for that warning: Israel has already slapped an alert against travel to Turkey by its citizens. Most — if not all — all kosher production supervisors reportedly left the country several weeks ago following riots and attacks on Israel’s embassy in Ankara and near its consulate in Istanbul, in addition to harassment by various individuals.

A statement by Erdogan pressuring Turkish Jews to issue public condemnations of Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge against the Hamas terrorist group — launched to silence incessant rocket fire on citizens of southern Israel — makes clear his position regardless of any future ‘business’ arrangements with the Jewish State.

Shin Bet Busts Hamas Plot for Terrorist Attacks and Coup to Oust Abbas

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed Monday evening it has arrested 93 Hamas terrorists in Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem the past two months and broke up a Hamas plot to stage large-scale terrorist attacks in Israel and a coup to overthrow Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

A Hamas leader in Turkey directed the terrorist cells, which received approximately $600,000 from sources in Jordan to buy homes to hide terrorists and to purchase weapons.

Hamas set up in 46 cities and villages in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem to incite a resurgence of the intifada with terrorist attacks whose targets included the Temple Mount.

More than 70 indictments were filed in military court the past few days while the plot was kept secret under a gag order.

Police, soldiers and security personnel uncovered more than $175,000 during the arrests and found 24 rifles, six revolvers, seven rocket launchers and huge amounts of rifle cartridges and bullets.

The wide-scale terror network, set up under the noses of Mahmoud Abbas’ security forces in Judea and Samaria, was headed by Turkey-based Salah al-Aruri, whom Israel released from jail in 2010 in return for his agreeing to leave the country.

Al-Aruri had barely crossed the Allenby Bridge at the Jordanian border when the plot to set up Hamas cells was born, and he recruited his driver, Riad Nasser who lives in an Arab village near Ramallah, to lead the Hamas network from within Judea and Samaria.

Nasser has been in Israeli jails several times for terrorist activity and was last taken into custody last December. He has been question about the Hamas terrorist network for nearly three months.

Their plan was to stage large-scale terrorist attacks with mass casualties, with the anticipated result of weakening Abbas’ control and eventually ousting him.

Among the terrorists who belonged to the cells were academic students and seasoned terrorists. One of those arrested was trained in Malaysia to hack computers.

The large-scale arrests and revelation of a network of Hamas cells disproves claims that Hamas is weak in Judea and Samaria and that Abbas’ regime is able to stamp out terror and maintain security.

 

A Turkish Muslim Expresses Love For Israel

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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.” .

Turkey Brings Wounded Gazans to Ankara Hospitals

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Turkey is evacuating wounded Gazans to hospitals in Ankara, in cooperation with Israel and Egypt.

The first four patients, three women and a boy, arrived at Ankara airport Monday morning.

A Turkish air ambulance departed for Israel late Sunday night to pick up the four patients, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

President-elect, Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement following his electoral victory acknowledgment.

Permission to use Israeli and Egyptian air space for the venture was requested last week by Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, according to numerous international media.

Ultimately, “in the first stage we plan to bring to Turkey, and treat, maybe 200 patients,” Davutoglu said Monday morning while greeting the first batch of wounded at Ankara airport, according to the International Business Times.

However, Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev categorically denied any knowledge of the operation or Israel having given permission for use of its air space. “I’ve heard nothing about it,” he told TheJewishPress.com.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/turkey-brings-wounded-gazans-to-ankara-hospitals/2014/08/11/

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