Time and others report that Turkish leader Recep Erdoğan has used footage of the New Zealand mosque shootings in a video montage.
Footage of the New Zealand mosque shootings that was pulled down by Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms has resurfaced as a campaign prop in Turkey.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan screened a montage of videotaped snippets from the attack on Muslim houses of worship in an apparent attempt to galvanize his pious, conservative base ahead of March 31 local elections. At televised rallies in Istanbul and Tekirdag to the west, he showed blurred fragments of suspected attacker Brenton Tarrant’s online manifesto and his livestream from the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, which claimed the lives of 50 people.
But what all the reports are missing is a key fact: the video montage also shows a tweet from Yair Netanyahu, the son of Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu:
And I will remind him that Istanbul is actually a city called Constantinople! The capital of the Byzantine empire and center of orthodox Christianity for more then a thousand years before Turkish occupation! https://t.co/LIpPx8xqYX
— Yair Netanyahu (@YairNetanyahu) March 13, 2019
followed by a section from mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto:
“We are coming for Constantinople and we will destroy every mosque and minaret in the city,” which will be “rightfuly Christian-owned once more.”
What is @RT_Erdogan trying to do? All sites on the web are deleting this sickening video but he is broadcasting it at rallies, causing an uprising and promoting hate towards Jews by linking @YairNetanyahu with Christchurch.
Mr Erdogan you are making things worse not better pic.twitter.com/jbgPQm1xxZ
— Harry Theocharous (@TheocharousH) March 16, 2019
#Turkey's president #Erdogan played horrible footage of #ChristchurchMosqueAttack outdoors all day long in public rallies from big screens, later moved to indoor convention hall to play it again during his 5th speech on Saturday. All televised live in dozen TV outlets nationwide. pic.twitter.com/a5T8OUUOoH
— Abdullah Bozkurt (@abdbozkurt) March 16, 2019
The implication seems to be that Yair Netanyahu and the mosque shooter were either in cahoots with each other or at least he shares the shooter’s views. Either way, Erdoğan is trying to paint Netanyahu as somehow responsible for the terrible events last week.
Which beggars the question: why has the media ignored this part of Erdoğan’s video montage?