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Turkey: Islam Grows In Power

MEMRI Blog: Turkish Columnist: Mini - Mosques Pop Up In Restaurants, Metro, Cafes, Street Corners, Everywhere

Columnist Yalcin Dogan of the mainstream, top-selling Turkish daily Hurriyet complains in his column about the changing life-style in Turkey. He says that small mosques are popping up everywhere – even at public places where it disturbs the flow of the people, such as underground train stations. The owner of a famous kabab restaurant in Ankara who planned to serve alcohol on the second floor of his restaurant, had to give up the idea and turned the second floor into a small mosque due to the demands of his AKP clientele - who now pray there before ordering their food.

Dogan writes that on a major shopping street in Ankara, there is a new mescit (small mosque) now and people have to walk over praying people overflowing from the prayer house – when there already is a large mosque nearby. He writes that there are new mescits in growing numbers of restaurants, cafes, terminals, hospitals, shopping centers, post offices, airports and other public places.

“What is happening”, the columnist says, “is that the daily lives of Turks are being changed by the imposition of Islamist symbols everywhere.”

Source: Hurriyet, Turkey, September 1, 2007

 

MEMRI Blog: OIC Secretary General: The Muhammed Cartoonists Lower Than Dogs

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Turkish Secretary General of Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) lashed at the Swedish daily that published the controversial cartoon depicting prophet Muhammed as a dog. Ihsanoglu who is visiting Tehran said to journalists: “Freedom without boundaries becomes audacity. What the Swedish newspaper did is inhuman and uncivilized. It is provocation. Those who are responsible for the cartoon of our beloved prophet are much lower than the dog that they depicted”.

Source: Furkan Haber, Turkey, September 4, 2007

MEMRI blog: Protests in Turkey Against Muhammed Cartoons in Sweden

Hundreds of Turks recited prayers for the prophet as they marched in Istanbul to protest the Muhammed cartoons published in a Swedish newspaper. The angry crowd arrived at the Consulate General of Sweden but could not burn the Swedish flags that they brought with them due to the intervention of security forces.

Source: Furkan Haber, Turkey, September 3, 2007

MEMRI Blog: Mainstream Turkish Daily Milliyet, Islamist Milli Gazete: The U.S. Foreign Policy Shaped By Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion

Columnist Yaman Toruner of the mainstream Turkish daily Milliyet wrote a two part article in which he recommends that everybody, especially the Turkish Foreign Minister, urgently read the controversial new book ‘The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy’ authored by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. He says that this ‘must read’ book sheds light to the activities of the influential ‘Israeli Lobby’, and demonstrates the fact that the U.S. foreign policy is shaped by the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.

The Islamist Turkish daily Milli Gazete re-published Toruner’s article, with “Protocols” reference as its title.

The article also claims that Israeli lobby is the most influential lobby; that it raises the most amount of money – in U.S. history; that it is a taboo in the U.S. to criticize the Israeli lobby; that Christian Zionists are allied with the Israeli lobby; that there would be peace in the world if it weren’t for the Israeli lobby; that conflicts with Iraq, Iran, Syria were direct results of the Israeli lobby’s incitement; and that 9/11 attacks were done because of the U.S. policies of support for Israel.

Toruner says that AIPAC is the main organization in the Israeli lobby along with a long list of American organizations, such as WINEP, ADL, CUFI, IPF, AJC, and JINSA - and over 80 other organizations found in the American Jewish Yearbook.

What Toruner defines as a “must-read" book may fast become a new bestseller in Turkey, after last year's ‘Mein Kampf’.

Source: Milliyet, September 3-4, 2007, Milli Gazete, September 4, 2007