TURKEY – Hate Speech against Christians and Jews

Gatestone Institute | Sezen Şahin | Nov. 11, 2019

Member of Parliament Garo Paylan hinted that the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not only failed to do enough to prevent hate speech, but actually has been instrumental in spreading it. Pictured: Garo Paylan. (Image source: Armenian National Committee of America video screenshot)

Billboards with images of blood-splattered crosses and Stars of David that began to appear in October on bus stops in central Turkey were removed recently, after eliciting an explosive response from a concerned opposition parliamentarian and a complaint by the country’s main human rights organization.

The disturbing images on the billboards — created by the Islamist Anadolu Youth Association and the National Youth Foundation, affiliated with Islamist Felicity Party — were accompanied by the Qur’anic verse, 5:51:

O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Whoso of you makes them his friends is one of them. God guides not the people of the evildoers.” (Arberry translation)

“Ey iman edenler! Yahudileri ve Hristiyanları dost edinmeyin. Onlar birbirlerinin dostudurlar ve sizden kim onları dost edinirse, O’da onlardandır. Allah zalimler topluluğunu doğru yola eriştirmez.”