WATCH: Turkish Islamists Being Anti-Zionist-Not-Antisemitic

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Islamists in Istanbul (allies of Erdogan) got their rage on and “protested” the installation of metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount – by targeting a synagogue with kicks and objects. Because clearly their views on Israel are not because they actually hate Jews.

“Israel has banned Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque for many years,” Mican said in front of the synagogue. “It has not stopped at that and now it is harassing our Palestinian brothers by putting x-ray devices at the entrances to our sanctuary. Our brothers are not able to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This is limiting to freedom of religion, faith and worship.”

“We are carrying out a protest here,” he continued. “Zionists should pull it together. They shouldn’t prevent our brothers from the freedom to worship. We will prevent your freedom to worship here just like you are preventing ours there. We can come here tomorrow just like we are standing here today. You will not be able to get inside.”

Turkish President Erdogan eventually did condemn the attack. But it is hard not to read it and keep a straight face.



Speaking to reporters at a news conference at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport before heading to Saudi Arabia on July 23, Erdoğan said rights violations in Jerusalem may never be grounds for Muslims to violate the rights of others.

“We are members of a deeply rooted civilization that has provided peaceful coexistence to all religions, especially Jerusalem, for centuries. The violations of rights in Jerusalem should never be a reason for Muslims to violate the rights of others. Reactions must be measured in the framework of the law,” he said.

I guess that’s as true as this protest wasn’t antisemitic.

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