Erdogan Succeeds in Antagonizing Both Arabs and Jews

Harut Sassounian


After brutally quelling massive domestic protests against his increasingly despotic rule, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now facing another serious problem: His unexpected “success” in uniting Arabs and Jews against him!

The Turkish Prime Minister had already antagonized Israel and Syria with his hostile actions and statements. In recent days, he also managed to offend millions of Egyptians by rejecting their new government after Pres. Morsy was deposed by the military. Despite Erdogan’s professed objection to the overthrow of Egypt’s ‘democratically elected President,’ it is evident that he is far more concerned about saving his own neck, fearing a similar takeover by the historically coup-prone Turkish military.

Last week, Aleppo University stripped Erdogan of his honorary doctorate in international relations, awarded to him in 2009, when Syria and Turkey were enjoying a short-lived love fest. Khodr Orfaly, President of the University, accused Erdogan of instigating “plots against the Syrian people” and using “arbitrary” violence against protesters in Turkey.

After losing an Arab award, the Turkish Prime Minister may next be deprived of the “Profiles in Courage” prize given to him by the American Jewish Congress (AJC) in 2004 for “promoting peace between cultures.” In an article published last month in the Jewish “Commentary” magazine, Michael Rubin urged the AJC to revoke its award, describing Erdogan as “Hamas’s leading cheerleader, a promoter of terrorism, and a force for instability in the region. Rubin further asserted that “Erdogan already had a history of embracing rabid anti-Semitism and harboring conspiracy theories during his tenure as Istanbul’s mayor.”

Rubin also criticized Pres. Obama for “toasting Erdogan” and the 135 members of the Congressional Turkey Caucus for running “interference for Turkey’s worst excesses,” including “arbitrary arrests, police violence, launching tear gas into hotels and consulates, attacking the free press, launching anti-Semitic diatribes, and ordering the arrest of medical personnel.” Rubin questioned the motives of these House members and wondered whether they “enjoy the wining and dining Turkish authorities arrange on trips to Istanbul or Ankara as a reward for membership” in the Turkey Caucus. He urged the members of Congress to “suspend if not resign their membership.”

Rubin strongly advised the American Jewish Congress and other Jewish organizations to “base awards on lifetime achievement, not only wishful thinking. The risk of bestowing legitimacy on platforms that run contrary to the AJCongress’ mission is otherwise too great. The AJCongress’ award to Erdogan not only did not stop Erdogan’s anti-Semitism, but rather it for too long provided cover for it. Perhaps the organization can now mitigate the damage it has caused — and also deflate Erdogan’s buffoonery — by publicly revoking its award.”

Regrettably, Rubin is nine years too late in criticizing AJC’s honoring of Erdogan. Back in 2004, within days of the award ceremony, I wrote a column critical of AJC and its President Jack Rosen who had absurdly announced that his organization was honoring Erdogan as leader of “a model Moslem country.”

Now that the whole world has seen Erdogan’s true colors under the façade of leading “a model Moslem country,” many others need to reconsider the awards they had lavishly heaped on this undeserving leader.

For example, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) should revoke its prestigious “Courage to Care Award” presented to Erdogan in 2005. On that “happy” occasion, the Prime Minister pointed out to Abraham Foxman, ADL’s National Director, Turkey’s “close relationship with Israel,” and pledged “zero tolerance” for “anti-Semitic diatribes.”

Here are some other honors given to Erdogan that should be rescinded:

State Medals:
— Russian state medal from Pres. Vladimir Putin (June 1, 2006)
— Crystal Hermes Award from German Chancellor Angela Merkel (April 15, 2007)
— Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest civilian award of Pakistan (Oct. 26, 2009)
— King Faisal International Prize for “Service to Islam” (Jan. 12, 2010)
— Georgia’s Order of Golden Fleece (May 17, 2010)
— Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi’s International Prize for Human Rights (Nov. 29, 2010)
— Kuwait’s “Outstanding Personality in the Islamic World Award” (Jan. 11, 2011)

Honorary Doctorates:
— St. John’s University, New York (Jan. 26, 2004)
— European University of Madrid (May 18, 2010)
— Moscow State University (March 16, 2011)
— Shanghai International Studies University (Apr. 11, 2012)
— University of Algiers (July 5, 2013)

Honorary Citizenship:
— South Korea (February 2004)
— Iran (February 2009)
— Kosovo (November 2010)

All those who have honored Erdogan have simply dishonored themselves. The sooner they revoke their accolades, the sooner they will redeem themselves from their disgraceful acts.

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  1. Alex Postallian said:

    There is going to be a REVOLUTION,in turkey…Thanks to the hitler looking,and acting,erodog. Very,Very SOON. So the decent people better leave,that animal sewer.

  2. GeorgeMardig said:

    Erdogan also succeeded losing Syria to Russia, from the start had Turkey had helped US in IRAK and in Syria, Russia wouldn’t have taken over Syria, the unreliability of Turkey as a partner brought disaster to US the West, Israel, and the whole area,

    • mgl said:

      Are you complaining about Syria with Russia? Only Russia can save Syria, like it did save Armenia.

  3. Garo Yeghichian said:

    The World must learne and know about the Turks who they are and what they are.being naive fore great nations all this years is not permissible.

    • Rifat said:

      AKP does not represent the Turkish nation. They only serve the agenda of other powers to form a “conquer-and-divide” agenda of the Middle East. They do not represent Turkish patriotism or love of their nation either. They only support the International Banks, Neoconservatives, Globalists, The EUSSR, and the Greater Middle East Project. Why do you think there was the Gezi Park protests in the first place (in which I am a supporter of)? For a government which offers more democracy, more patriotism, and less submissive politics to other powers.

      • hayrenaser said:

        good work rifat….
        keep on the good work, continue cleansing your country from poisonous spiders, money worshiping wolfs in sheep’s clothing
        you are right, the bankers are behind all these disorders including the Armenian genocide…and we all know very well who they are, they might hide behind a different color skin, a different nationality, extend a helping hand as humanitarian missionaries, spreading peace/prosperity/equality/human rights, the arch-angel guardians of democracy hypocrites…
        world, beware of the harlot of Babylon the great tempter, the beast is out destroying whatever it touches, resist surrender to materialism, all people of our precious planet, those who yearn for justice/harmony/goodness/fairness/righteousness, regardless of nationality, religion, artificial borders, and any other maliciously manufactured dividing lines, unite against tyranny and oppression, all the good people on this planet deserve to live and be happy, let not one forget that eventually all of us will answer to a higher court, and there you cannot bribe/strong-arm/sanction/threaten/terrorize/ your way out of judgment

  4. Alex Postallian said:

    First thing turkey must do,is be truthful of their past history,QUIT LYING.The world knows different,too many scars of their past behavior:toward their minorities.They can never be trusted,in displaying their mongol mentality.History has proved that when the mongols,went back home,they left behind their COWARDS,DESERTERS,the nucleus of modern turkey.Dont idolize political butchers of the past or present..Revise their attitudes toward their minorities,so you can have union.rather then disunion.I feel it will never happen,because the populous,thrives on the mongol mentality,doesnt know better,cowards ploy to pick on one smaller,Unarmed,women,children,old people..

    • hachik tashjian said:

      does ISTANBUL city should back to give greek ortodox christianity ??? or armenians should get from turks with american and russian help ? after lebanon syria iraq egypt helping copts and maronites ?

  5. ummwhat said:

    Hahaha “model muslim country” it’s kinda funny that europeans and jews picked one of the WORST muslim countries as a model :)) Turkey is a genocidal fascist country whether run by Erdogan or Ecevit!

  6. Arn.Sweden. said:

    According to a Serbian Prophet,
    Turkey will move its Capital to Mecka.

    According to the Koran (Which I dont endorse though the Evil One knows what Hid People will do)
    Turkey(?) will ask – “Du Al Karnain”(The two Horned One) for Help against Eastern Forces(Iran-Kurdistan).
    The Bible has pointed out the Two Horned One in Revelation chapter 13 in cooperation with the Ten Horned One.

    Those two are in Ezekiel chapter 38-39 called – Saba(Yemen)-Dedan(Saudiarabia)-(The Two Horned One,
    The Ten Horned One as – The Merchants of Tarsis/EU(compare the Italian Ruincity som 75km northeast of Rome-Tarquini).


  7. Alex Postallian said:

    If you live in turkey,a animal sewer,and complain about abuse,you have only yourself to blame..jerkey turkey is not going to change,because they prevail on the little people,too much a COWARD,to take on one its own size. My parents came to America,but I will never forget the scared eyes of my father.