“I am one of the first political leaders officially declaring that anti-Semitism is a crime. I expect an official declaration that Islamophobia is a crime against humanity as well. Islamophobia emerged from the Western countries and this is a challenge that we all together need to surmount.” Since honest discussion of how jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism is generally classified as “Islamophobia,” such a declaration would have the effect of stifling all examination of or opposition to the jihadis’ motives and goals. The jihadis could then advance unimpeded and unopposed.
“Erdogan: Anti-Semitism is a crime, Islamophobia should be too,” Jerusalem Post, April 3, 2016:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with CNN ensured that Jewish citizens living in Turkey will be safe, and slammed European countries for not heeding his terror warnings.
When asked by CNN correspondent Christine Amanpour about the heightened threat towards Jews in Turkey, Erdogan firmly replied: “We have a very significant number of Jewish citizens and they have always been safe and secure where they are in Turkey.”…
On the alarming trend of anti-Semitism in Turkey and across Europe, Erdogan said: “I am one of the first political leaders officially declaring that anti-Semitism is a crime,” he said, adding “I expect an official declaration that Islamophobia is a crime against humanity as well. Islamophobia emerged from the Western countries and this is a challenge that we all together need to surmount.”
Erdogan also slammed European member states for not heeding his terror warnings, saying: “We have been calling the nations for a common stand against terrorism and many of the European member states failed to attach the significance that this call for action deserved.”
On the increased number of European nationals fleeing their countries to fight for ISIS, Erdogan added: “We have French fighters with ISIS, we have German fighters in ISIS, we have Australian fighters in ISIS and 22 countries out of the 19 countries feeding fighters into ISIS are EU member states. This is very meaningful which is why we need to form a strong alliance with EU member states.”…