Turkey: Zionism, Like Fascism, a ‘Crime Against Humanity’

The United Nations “Alliance of Civilizations,” co-founded by Turkey and Spain, has an annual budget of approximately four million U.S. dollars.  It just completed its Fifth Global Forum this past week in Vienna. The ostensible theme of the lavish two-day gathering was “Responsible Leadership in Dialogue and Diversity.”

According to its appropriately named “Vienna Declaration,” the forum was aimed, among other things, at an informed debate on how responsible leadership can make a difference in promoting and protecting full enjoyment of the right to freedom of religion and belief in “a context of religious pluralism” and “greater diversity.”

Outlining his vision to make the Alliance of Civilizations more active in addressing acute inter-ethnic and inter-religious tensions, the High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Al-Nasser of Qatar, stated, “We will strive to use the tools at our disposal in the difficult settings around the world.  We will not shy away from them.”

How noble.  Unfortunately, the Alliance of Civilizations’ lavish global forum turned at times into a perversion of its stated mission.  The Emir of Qatar H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, for example, used his speech to complain about “an increase in the manifestations of misunderstanding about Islam and the Islamic civilisation in addition to the Muslims’ suffering from marginalisation, discrimination and hatred in many parts of the globe.”  The Emir called “the Palestinian cause” the “last colonial issue in history.”

Where, in the interest of inter-faith tolerance and dialogue, was the Emir’s acknowledgment of manifestations of misunderstanding about Christianity, Judaism and other faiths in the Muslim world, where non-Muslims suffer from marginalization, discrimination and hatred? Where is his call for good faith dialogue towards reaching a viable two-state Palestinian Israeli solution and rejection of the call by Hamas – whom the Emir visited in Gaza late last year –  to destroy the entire Jewish state?

Irresponsible, bigoted leadership was also on display at the Alliance of Civilizations forum.

Exhibit A was a speech delivered on February 27th by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. His hateful remarks equated Zionism with fascism and, curiously enough, with anti-Semitism. He labeled each of these “isms,” starting with Zionism, as “a crime against humanity” and said that Islamophobia belongs in the same crime against humanity category.

Sadly, UN Secretary General  Ban Ki-moon – who was present on the stage – remained silent. I asked his spokesperson whether “the Secretary General has any comment on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s inclusion of Zionism as ‘a crime against humanity’ during his speech at the Fifth Alliance of Civilizations Forum.” His response was no comment at this time, but that he would let me know if there is any change. Don’t hold your breath.

Ban Ki-moon’s silence is reminiscent of his decision to remain in the room during the Durban II Review Conference in 2009 (the official name of the 2009 United Nations World Conference Against Racism) when Iranian President Ahmadinejad opened the conference with an outrageous attack on Israel, which he called the most racist country in the world. At least on that occasion, the Secretary General did condemn Ahmadinijad’s speech after the fact, calling it “unacceptable,” a “very disturbing experience” and “destructive.” So far, he has not done the same with regard to Erdoğan’s inclusion of Zionism as “a crime against humanity” in his Alliance of Civilizations speech.

“We remind secretary-general Ban Ki-moon that his predecessor Kofi Annan recognized that the UN’s 1975 Zionism-is-racism resolution was an expression of anti-Semitism, and he welcomed its repeal,” said the human rights organization UN Watch in its press release denouncing the speech. “Erdoğan ‘s misuse of this global podium to incite hatred, and his resort to Ahmandinejad-style pronouncements appealing to the lowest common denominator in the Muslim world will only strengthen the belief that his government is hewing to a confrontational stance, and fundamentally unwilling to end its four-year-old feud with Israel.”

Erdoğan would do well to finally apologize to the Armenians for Turkey’s own crime against humanity – its genocide perpetrated on the Armenian population in the early part of the twentieth century. The American ambassador to the Ottoman Empire at the time, Henry Morganthau Sr., described the Turks’ mass murders of the Armenians as a “death warrant to a whole race” and as “race extermination.”

But Erdoğan, who did not hesitate in branding Zionism as a crime against humanity, told President Obama last year that Turks “are tired” of hearing about the Armenian “problem.” And learning little from Turkey’s bloody past, his government is cracking down on the nearly 20 million-strong Kurdish minority in Turkey. Yet Erdoğan has the audacity to use the UN Alliance of Civilizations platform to brand the Jewish people’s expression of their right to self-determination in their historic homeland as a “crime against humanity.”  Palestinians could have exercised the same right on land of their own sixty-four years ago, an opportunity which they rejected. They still can, if they would only sit down and negotiate a two-state solution in good faith rather than play games at the UN and fire rockets at Israeli civilians.

Iran was represented at the forum by its Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.  He casted Iran, the world’s major state sponsor of global terrorism,  as the victim of terrorism.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with Salehi on the sidelines of the forum. To quote Iran’s news agency: “Referring to Iranˈs important role in promoting the dialogue among civilizations, the UN chief appreciated Salehi for attending the 5th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Vienna.”

Was Salehi promoting constructive dialogue when he said in 2011 that “Palestine has, since the beginning, belonged to the Palestinians and we do not agree with partitioning Palestine under no circumstances [sic]?” He went on to say that Iran “will never recognize the Zionist regime [of Israel] and this has been the Islamic Republic’s position since the Islamic Revolution [in 1979] until now.”

Apparently, the Iranian leaders’ threats to destroy the Jewish state, their funding and arming of Hezbollah and Hamas, and the regime’s brutal treatment of religious minorities within Iran don’t matter so long as Iran’s foreign minister shows up at the UN conference.

Whatever utopian goals some of its supporters may cherish, the Alliance of Civilizations is yet another in a long string of United Nations forums wasting money with false hopes, and easily manipulated for ends that are a perversion of their stated objectives.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Islamist Turkey is lost to the west, but don't tell THAT to his best bud in the "People's House". Moreover, relying on the UN to set Erdogan (and countless others) straight, is to to rely on the dregs of humanity – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/04/richard-falks

    The above IS the true face of the UN. Let us dare not forget A'jad's exhortations, to wipe out ! the "Zionist entity", yet he is feted there, as well as many other leftist & Islamist addresses.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://frontpage richard sherman

    Erdogan. Hitler. HeydrIch. BOrman. EIchmann….all the same to the Jews..


    • Ben Jabo

      Far be it for Erdogan to criticize, he should first smell the stench under his own armpits:

      Dhimmitude – Racism – Discrimination – Ethnic Cleansing
      Apartheid, Racism, Fascism, Insults, et al, I am glad you brought up the subject, that is so prevalent in the Muslim world, where it is referred to as Dhimmitude, much more restrictive than your alleged Israeli Apartheid, you need some enlightenment as to what is going on in your little world
      Or better yet, here are some instant facts for your perusal
      Shall we use the Muslim examples of equal rights?
      Copts persecuted in Egypt, their Churches burned, while they are inside praying ?
      Christians afraid to go to Church in Iraq ?
      Last Synagogue in Cairo has just been closed !
      Turks gassing and incinerating Kurds in Iraq ?
      Syrians gassing their own people ?
      Car bombings in Iraq & Afghanistan ?
      Blowing up Mosques while people of other sects are at prayer ?
      Using Minarets for sniper vantage points ?
      Or should we just look at how Dhimmi's are treated, and the rules and regulations that govern them
      Your choice, pick em !!

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Nothing more than a mesuggene imbecil. Richard Sherman! rightly put he belongs to the same list

  • Demetrius M

    Like Turkey should have the nerve to talk about crimes against humanity. Ever heard of the events taking place in 1915-1922? You know, the crimes against Armenians…
    I now remember why I hate Turks…And Kosovars…. and Kurds…. And Palestinians.

    • defcon 4

      Don't forget the Istanbul pogrom of the 1950's, or the Turkish invasion and ethnic cleansing and occupation of Cyprus, or the simultaneous bombings of two synagogues on the same day in Turkey and the laughable Turkish "justice" inflicted on the muslim perps.


      Don't hate the Kurds. They also suffer under the yoke of Islamofascism.

      Turkey needs to be broken up – a Kurdistan needs to be established.

      A two-state solution in Turkey.

      • F.K. Juliano

        The Kurds are no better than the Turks. In most cases, they were the ones who actually killed the Armenians, ancient native people of eastern Asia Minor, and of course, Christians.

      • defcon 4

        Aw gee, just what the world needs, another islamofascist state.

    • Mary Sue

      Turkey's STILL Trying to deny that stuff.

      • defcon 4

        It is ILLEGAL to discuss the Armenian Genocide in Turkey. I had a discussion w/a Turkish muslime in which he stated that it was the Armenian Christians who were committing genocide against the Turkish muslimes, he also denied the Istanbul pogrom.

        • Mary Sue

          ahhh, he was going for taqquiya at its finest.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    DEFINE: ‘Crime Against Humanity’!

    Arab and/or Muslims of today control 22 nations…
    …….. 99½ percent of the ENTIRE Middle East
    land mass!

    ~ Israel occupies only a 1/2 of 1 percent speck on this same map. But that's still too much land for the Arabs to spare.

    ISLAM wants it all.



      Islamofascists will get it.


      • κατεργάζομαι

        Replying to SCREW SOCIALISM: (quote) "ETERNAL NAKBA. "

        In The Arab word "nakba" means catastrophe.

  • F.K. Juliano

    Turkey is a crime against humanity. The Turks are real-life Dothraki, barbarous horsemen who conquered a land of ancient civilizations, enslaved or massacred the people who had lived there for millennia, and renamed the place for themselves.

  • Chanameel

    May 10, 2012 American Thinker

    "Under the guise of freedom of Religion, Hillary Clinton held a summit last December:

    THE" ISTAMBUL PROCESS" that actually promotes the "GLOBAL BLASHEMY" lawrelentlessly pushed

    for over a decade by the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation to combat

    "Defamation of Islam."

  • Mike in VA

    Erdogan is an Islamist tool – someone to be laughed at and scorned.

    I wonder what the Armenians and the Kurds make of Erdogan's bleating about "crimes against humanity"?

    I suspect rank hypocrisy is one of the milder responses one could expect…

  • conservatibevoy73

    Screw the turks

  • Questions

    A common misconception about the Kemal Attaturk regime is that it reformed Islam, creating a "moderate" version capable of coexisting in a modern, post-Ottoman country. While it's true Attaturk brought Turkey into the modern world, he succeeded in this endeavor by driving Islamic fundamentalism (i.e., almost all of Islam) underground. No genuine reforms took place because it was not possible. This is Islam we're talking about. The fanaticism always was there; it just needed a pretext to reemerge. The Erdogan regime is providing that pretext.

    Turkey is still a NATO partner, but even that role outlived its usefulness when the Soviet Union expired. The Turks have never been our friends. They certainly aren't Israel's friends. Europe must reject Turkey's application to the EU. The Turkish sensibility has never been European.